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Global learning in postcolonial times? New perspectives on arts and culture

Global learning is an approach to education that aims to take a ‚global‘, i.e. holistic, multi-perspective and comprehensive view of teaching subjects rather than in a fragmented, particular or discipline-specific way.

Postcolonialism is a cultural-theoretical approach that ties in with anti-imperialist movements and is directed against the prevailing ethno- and Eurocentrism. The central theme is the continued influence of colonial structures on a formally decolonized present, in order to make clear that the colonial power relations have not been overcome. Didactically, an emancipatory approach is pursued that aims to reconstruct the cultural knowledge base.

Both approaches aim at a change of perspective on teaching subjects and knowledge stocks in observation and attitude. What do these approaches mean for the arts and arts education? How can we detach ourselves from existing approaches within arts education and maintain an open attitude to grasp the multi-perspectivity of the arts in a variety of dimensions? How do we promote multi-perspective viewpoints in the sense of global learning?

Based on postcolonial and global learning perspectives, the conference will discuss these questions in order to jointly develop recommendations for new educational perspectives on art and culture. It offers a large number of panel discussions and invited lectures from renowned speakers from all over the world.

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The conference will be a hybrid event allowing for you to choose to attend in person or online. This event will be held in the Academy of Arts Education in Remscheid (Germany). Conference language is English.

Thursday, 21 October

Conference presentation: Arno Neele (analog), Patricia Gläfcke (digital)

13:00 Welcome
Susanne Keuchel, Markus Hilgert (KSL), Charlotte Svendler Nielsen (ENO)

13:15 Introduction: Arts Education – Perspectives from five continents
Susanne Keuchel

13:30 Keynote: Perspectives and goals on Arts Education
Emily Achieng‘ Akuno


Moderator: Julius Heinicke

14:00 Keynote (digital): Post-colonialism and Arts Education
Samuel Ravengai

14:20 Lecture: Growing Up In A World of Difference: Rethinking Performances of Multiplicity
Charlene Rajendran (digital)

14:40 Lecture: German Contact Point for Collections from Colonial Contexts
María Leonor Pérez Ramirez

15:00 Panel Discussion with Susanne Keuchel, Emily Achieng‘ Akuno, Samuel Ravengai, Charlene Rajendran and María Leonor Pérez Ramirez; Moderator: Julius Heinicke

16:00 Coffee Break

Global Learning

Moderator: Lode Vermeersch

16:30 Keynote: Global Learning in Arts Education – a multiperspective approach from five continents
Ernst Wagner

16:50 Lecture (digital): Culture at Work Africa: Experiences from an EU project
Christina Bosch Pla, Lisa Thelma Sidambe

17:05 Lecture (digital): Photography project with African diaspora in Portugal
Lígia Ferro

17:30 Panel Discussion with Ernst Wagner, Christina Bosch Pla, Lisa Thelma Sidambe, Ligia Ferro; Moderator: Lode Vermeersch

18:30 Dinner

20:00 Get Together

Friday, 22 October

Future Perspectives

09:30 Lecture: „Critical Friend“ – Conclusion on the conference
Michael Wimmer

09:45 Keynote: Change of Perspective on Cultural Education Research – Post Qualitative Research
Lesley Le Grange

10:15 Lecture (hybrid): Crossing borders between arts education and research to get insights to children’s experiences
Gerard M. Samuel & Charlotte Svendler Nielsen

10:30 Porto Santo Charter: Culture and the Promotion of Democracy: Towards a European Cultural Citizenship
Sara Brighenti

10:40 Coffee Break

11:10 Final Discussion: Arts Education of the Future – Global and Postcolonial? with Lesley Le Grange, Gerard M. Samuel, Charlotte Svendler Nielsen, Sara Brighenti, Susanne Keuchel, Markus Hilgert
Moderator: Michael Wimmer

12:00 Lunch

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