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Re-Situating Learning: Historical/Political Dis/Unities of Practice

Open Lecture with Jean Lave.

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Tuesday 19 September 2023,  at 10:00 - 12:00


Room D170, DPU, Aarhus University, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 Copenhagen NV

Chairs: Dorte Kousholt & Line Lerche Mørck

A decade ago, I joined colleagues in Belo Horizonte and Copenhagen to invent a collective Brazilian-Danish Workshop. We are now finishing a book of our long theoretical/ethnographic research collaboration. Early on we called the book “Beyond Situated Learning.” But a lot has changed over the years and at the moment the title of the book is: Transforming Practices: Creating New Spaces of Difference and Equal-ity. Theoretically — in the spirit of situated learning — we have pursued a critical historical/political relational theory. Ethnographically — a dozen or so members of the Workshop have produced ethnographic studies of bakers’ apprentices in Denmark, sex workers in Belo Hori-zonte, bank clerks in Bologna and a rock band in Arhus as it creates music. Others are studies of how children learn (not) to take part in so-cial life at school in Denmark, and (not) to do household chores in Brazil; how children learn to play soccer on the streets of Belo Horizonte but try not to be taught soccer in school; how a former gang member become a good muslim transgressing gang identity and radicalization in forensic psychiatry, an alternative youth center and production schools in Den-mark. My part of our project explores the counter-hegemonic, disalien-ating, workshop-mediated practices of learning in Danish production schools. Theoretical inspiration has come from Gramsci’s and Lefebvre’s dialectical relational method of inquiry.

The lecture is open for all, but registration is necessary