The research team explores how the welfare state creates citizens and populations through education and how education programs and reforms create welfare states.
Disciplinarily situated between education policy studies, history of education, welfare state history and educational sociology, we study educational and social reforms, international and transnational education transfer, migration and migrant education, racialization, racism and antiracism in education, social cohesion and inclusion strategies, crafting of the nation through education, and religion, state and secularization reforms.
We draw on methods and approaches such as comparative, historical and sociological policy analysis, ethnography, oral history, implementation studies focused on street-level actors, sociology of knowledge, global history, social history, history of mentality and knowledge, historical religion studies and sociology of knowledge.
The team engages particularly with international research environments, for instance particiating in the Vienna-Madison-Chapel Hill-Stanford-Aalborg Doctoral Colloquium for the History and Politics of Education. The colloquium brings together doctoral students, supervisors, chairs and discussants for 3 intense days of presentations, feedback and discussion.
In the past decade, attention on migrant children have seen a resurgance following e.g. the civil war in Syria and as a consequence of globalization debates. Head of CfU, Prof. Mette Buchardt unfolds the historical developments in the Nordic states (with an emphasis on the case of Denmark) in a podcast episode by Nordics Info run by Aarhus University. Nordics Info provides dissemination about the Nordic Region and is an interdisciplinary endeavour with relevant and thorough contributions. Find the podcast by pressing here.
Associate Professor Jin Hui Li was interviewed by the Danish Magistrates' Union, on the gender disparities in stories of labour market entry. An article she co-wrote found young men framed their path to the first jobs different than young women. Read the article based on the interview in full by pressing here.