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Democracy, Bildung and Play: Aesthetic matters in education

CHEF Talk (webinar). Speaker: CHEF Talk by Herdis Toft, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark. Free and open to all.

04.08.2020 | Søren Smedegaard Bengtsen

Dato man 28 sep
Tid 15:00 16:00
Sted A Zoom-link will be shared with the participants closer to the event.


Play processes support democracy and Bildung, that is, formation/self-cultivation and human growth in social communities. A main purpose for (Danish) day care and educational institutions is education for democracy. This aim can be fulfilled through awareness of how democracy and Bildung are closely connected to forms of play representing aesthetical matters, that must not be neglected in education. 

Herdis Toft is inspired by:

(1) Rancière and his understanding of the relation between democracy and aesthetics, both matters that relate to the ways in which divisions and subdivisions in the social take place

(2) Agamben and his critique of the way in which contemporary individuals are ascribed definite identities, thereby losing their freedom to not being someone predetermined within existing social and symbolic (educational) order; and 

(3) Nietzsche and his distinction between aesthetic processes as Apollonian and Dionysian stylizing that are vital regarding human growth.

Please register for the webinar here  

The webinar is organised by the Centre for Higher Education Futures (CHEF) at Aarhus University.