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Invitation to international seminar titled "Education Politics and Hidden Cold War Schemes. The past in the present educational directions international and nationally"

Centre for Education Policy Research (CfU) is proud to host a International Seminar in collaboration with Policy Futures-research, DPU, Aarhus University. The international seminar titled "Education Politics and Hidden Cold War Schemes. The past in the present educational directions international and nationally" will take place Wednesday September 29, 2021: 13.30-17.30 at Aalborg University, Copenhagen. Add the date to your calendar and sign up!

Last modified: 24.08.2021

INVITATION TO International SEMINAR "Education Politics and Hidden Cold War Schemes.The past in the present educational directions international and nationally"

Location: Aalborg University, A. C. Meyer’s Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen SV, Ground floor (1), room 1.001a + 1.001b (the conference hall)

The International Seminar is arranged by: Director and Associate Professor Katja Brøgger, the Policy Futures-research, DPU, Aarhus University and Professor Mette Buchardt, Centre for Education Policy Research, Aalborg University. 

The seminar presents keynote speaker Thomas S. Popkewitz and presentations from Viktoria Boretska, John Benedicto Krejsler, Katja Brøgger and Mette Buchardt.

ABSTRACTS:

Thomas S. PopkewitzProfessor at University of Wisconsin-Madison. "How Contemporary Educational Sciences Became Reasonable: The Transnational Sciences Related in Education In The Post War World Two Years". The lecture focuses on the transnational infrastructures related to the sciences of educational in the post war Two decades.  It examines the systems of reason that codified and calculated experience in which society and population were viewed as “data” of experimental laboratories (R&D).  Mass observations through interviews, sample surveys and ethnographies produced new spaces for action. These included  studies of classrooms, families, childhood, community, and “political cultures”.  The knowledge was affective; anticipatory of a future to be activated.  It was comparative, embodying double gestures: hopes that simultaneously inscribed fears of dangerous populations.  The comparativeness was internal and external in creating Others, the latter often signified epochally as The Cold War.

Viktoria Boretska, Research Associate at University of Luxembourg. "The imperative of scientificity in education during the times of the Soviet state reconstructions". In this presentation, Boretska will explore how the holy grail of science and scientific method has become an imperative for the field of education throughout those periods of change - education, responsible for producing new kinds of educated subjects. Along with this, it will be discussed that these processes of scientification, despite the assumed universality of the meaning, were neither monolithic nor ahistorical.

John KrejslerProfessor MSO at Aarhus University. "Transnational European Mobilization as a Producer of Global Effects: Exploring the outbound performative effects of European education policy". This presentation maps the genealogy of how a transnational truth regime is produced in a Northern region that produces global impact, and is, simultaneously, a projection of 'Western soft power' in a Cold War and post-Cold War context. With references to the OECD, EU, the Bologna Process and IEA, it is common to observe the transnational turn in European education policy with an inward-looking perspective that emphasizes effects on European nation states and European integration. This presentation highlights the often forgotten effects of these processes in producing formats that travel globally.

Katja Brøgger, Associate Professor at Aarhus University. "Post-Cold-War governance arrangements in Europe: Bypassing or asserting the nation in higher education policy?". This presentation explores how the current virulent calls for a return to the homogenous Nation may be turning the tables with regards to the prospects and promises of European integration through education. In many ways, the post-Cold War EU-driven efforts to create a joint European Higher Education Area constitutes an era of unprecedented internationalization of higher education. Through soft governance mechanisms the EU aimed to forge a European identity. Meanwhile, currently we are witnessing how the rise of neo-nationalism has started to erode the harmonization of European higher education systems, which reveals a profound conflict between European federal harmonization and nation-building. 

Mette Buchardt, Professor at Aalborg University. "The Education Politics of ‘Real Life’ and the Quest for Social Usefulness. Cold War Reform Processes in the Nordic Welfare-Nation-States in past and present". The presentation elucidates this history, focusing on how national Protestantism became part of social engineering efforts in the Cold War education reform processes during the 1950s-1960s, aiming at replacing “dannelse” with a focus on “real life” in the crafting of welfare-state education policies. Here the “treat” and inspiration from of other states in the East- as well as the West block and the allegedly changed conditions in “the atomic and hydrogen world” was a key feature and argument for change.

 

program for the seminar:

13.30-13.45 Professor Mette Buchardt, Assoc.  Professor Katja Brøgger, Aarhus University: Opening

13.45-15.00: Keynote Professor Thomas S. Popkewitz, University of Wisconsin, Madison: How Contemporary Educational Sciences Became Reasonable. The Transnational Sciences Related in Education In The Post War World Two Years

15.00-15.20: Break

15.20-17.20: Shorter presentations

  • Research Associate Viktoria Boretska: The imperative of scientificity in education during the times of the Soviet state reconstructions
  • Associate Professor Katja Brøgger: Post-Cold-War governance arrangements in Europe: Bypassing or asserting the nation in higher education policy?
  • Professor MSO John Krejsler: Transnational European Mobilization as a Producer of Global Effects. Exploring the outbound performative effects of European education policy
  • Professor Mette Buchardt: The Education Politics of ‘Real Life’ and the Quest for Social Usefulness. Cold War Reform Processes in the Nordic Welfare-Nation-States in past and present

17.20-17.30: Summing up

Sign up for no later than September 14, 2021: Research Assistant Nanna Ramsing Enemark at nre@hum.aau.dk.