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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.138

Educational practices for Global Citizenship – anthropological views and approaches

Speakers

  • Verena SCHNEEWEISS

Primary authors

Description

Anthropologically informed educational practices foster intercultural competency and mutual understanding through interactive methodologies aiming for an understanding of global issues and complex interconnections. These educational practices, like Global Citizenship Education (GCE), stand between the fields of education and political practice – they use anthropology as a resource of knowledge and as an attitude, as a way of looking at issues, but they do not teach anthropology itself. Thus, they are a form of applied anthropology but also contain elements of action anthropology, as the facilitators take up a stance on global injustices and encourage commitment towards social change and transformation. Apart from (self-) reflection and critical assessment, the aspect of agency or intervention is vital, in order to promote a sense of global citizenship. Globalisation and othering are core issues on which socio-cultural anthropology can provide expertise in educational practice, where these topics are of great concern as well. Furthermore, on intercultural questions anthropology provides a dynamic approach to culture and raises awareness for plural identities, especially in regard to migration. In my presentation, I want to highlight the connections between socio-cultural anthropology and various educational practices and concepts which aim at solidarity on global and societal level. This means not only looking at personal intercultural competence but also at the structural and political level, focussing on questions of power, discrimination and participation.