International Conference: Failing identities, schools and migrations. Teaching in (trans)national constellations


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Movements of people across borders have taken place almost everywhere and in every historical period. Yet, never before have there been so many people worldwide prepared or compelled to migrate due to environmental disasters, (civil) wars, and other threats, and able to shift their location of work and daily life across great distances due to technological changes, mitigating the limits of space and time. Migration, as the act of crossing borders, goes along with both the transformation and the confirmation of existing conditions. Migration has thus to be understood as a source of perturbation as well as the object of discourses and the subject of political and everyday conflicts. The discursive construction of migration is of particular interest to the field of pedagogy, as discourses frame educational processes and vice versa. Moreover, new opportunities open up for a transformation of both curricular content and conceptual ideas of an educational system, whose structures more often than not, are still shaped by narrow( ing) perspectives of national paradigms.

The fact that diverse economic, cultural, infrastructural and political developments interact globally and increasingly frame peoples’ relationships, is both a crucial political issue and a main point of reference for an appropriate revisioning of pedagogy. Several pedagogical approaches provide new impulses towards the development of educational systems that are not restricted to narrow constructions of a national or even racially imagined understanding of identities and subjects. As key actors of school education, teachers should be able to handle the continuously changing realities of globalized societies shaped by migration in a flexible and reflective way. Thus, the ability to develop a new understanding of a general pedagogical competence that meets the needs of these transformational processes in the age of migration is a fundamental challenge. The conference therefore aims to discuss and reflect on the role of teaching practice and teacher training in (trans)national constellations around the world on the basis of recent scholarly findings.



Prof. Dr. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu
Arbeitsbereich Interkulturelle Bildung
FB 12: Erziehungs- und Bildungswissenschaften
Universität Bremen

Prof. Dr. Paul Mecheril
Center for Migration, Education and Cultural Studies
Fakultät für Bildungs- und Sozialwissenschaften
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg


Registration deadline: 01. Oktober 2018

90 Euro               full-time employees
60 Euro               part-time employees
40 Euro               students
40 Euro               not employed

Languages of the Conference & Translation: We will be able to provide simultaneous English-to-German and German-to-English translations for the (keynote) lectures that will be given in the plenary. We can offer whispered translation for the panels to some extent especially in English and/or German.

Aysun Doğmuş (Universität Bremen)

Saphira Shure (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg)