On the 26th of October, the Centre for Education Policy Research from Aalborg University together with the Aarhus University Policy Futures program will host a public seminar on Antiracist education – reforming public education through perspectives from below. The event will be initiated by Professor George J. Sefa Dei from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with a keynote presentation on “Anti-racism education as decolonial and anti-colonial practice”. With the purpose of acknowledging the importance of anti-racism and contributing to theoretical and practical tools for thinking beyond Equity, Diversity and Inclusion [EDI] models from an anti-colonial lens, the presentation addresses discursive links between race, indigeneity, decolonization and anti-racist education. The lecture further discusses possible ways to develop research and scholarship for decolonial and anti-colonial framings of anti-racism, how institutions can support this work and the required future steps as “Way Forward”. Professor Sefa Dei’s keynote will be followed by seven contributing presentations by Jin Hui Li, Gro Hellesdatter, Manté Vertelyté, Tine Brøndum, Iram Khawaja, Dorthe Staunæs, and Mira Chandhok Skadegård.
Keynote by Professor George J. Sefa Dei
Panel 1: Jin Hui Li and Gro Hellesdatter Jacobsen
Panel 2: Manté Vertelyté, Tine Brøndum, and Iram Khawaja
Panel 3: Dorthe Staunæs and Mira Chandhok Skadegård
To sign up for the seminar, please contact Research Assistant, Hatice Filikci at firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 8th of November, the Policy Future Program is hosting the launch of the recently published Springer book Governing by Numbers and Human Capital in Education Policy Beyond Neoliberalism. Social Democratic Governance Practices in Public Higher Education, authored by Miriam Madsen and published in the Educational Governance Research book series (volume 19).
The book addresses governing by numbers and human capital policy in higher education by asking how higher education is quantified, how the quantitative information is used in educational governance, and how the information is perceived by students, teachers, managers, and policymakers, and affects decision-making. It also thematically discusses how human capital theory affects the quantification practices and, thereby, their effects. Based on these analyses, the book asks whether governing by numbers and human capital in education policy are necessarily neoliberal practices, and thus questions the theory of global convergence in educational governance.
The launch will be chaired by John B. Krejsler and include a presentation by the book author Miriam Madsen and editor of the Educational Governance Research book series, Lejf Moos.
On September 15, the Policy Futures program hosted a seminar for the local 25 members at Danish School of Education. The seminar included an introduction by the program director, Katja Brøgger and inspiring presentations by associate professor Gritt Nielsen, associate professor Lise Degn and assistant professor Miriam Madsen on their respective projects. The presentations sparked lively discussions on diversity, how categories come into being, the performative effects of budgets and numbers, research integrity and much more. The event was chaired by the program director in collaboration with early careers scholars, Manté Vertelyté and Hannah Moscovitz.
In connection to the project, Affective investments in diversity work in STEM at Danish universities, Policy Futures is launching a trans-continental lab on affects, diversity, and higher education. The lab is designed by program member, Dorthe Staunæs and hosted by her and another program member, Manté Vertelyté. The lab gathers 10 international researchers. With the goal of sharing, comparing, and learning about the diversity work carried out by humans and educational organization across different academic contexts and ‘diversity histories', the lab functions through online spaces, allowing researchers to work together from the distinct locations they are situated in. Based on a variety of data, the lab aims at considering the findings through theories and concepts of new materialism, posthumanism, poststructuralism and different strands of ‘the affective turn’.
To read more about the lab, check out the Affective investments in diversity work in STEM
The Danish Ministry of Children and Education has recently set up an expert group to consult on how the influence and significance of gender can be reduced in both day care, primary and lower secondary education and in upper secondary education. The group will be responsible for investigating possible reasons for the gender differences among children and youth’s results in school education. The Policy Futures member Dorthe Staunæs has been appointed as one of the contributing experts of the project.
June 8-10, 2022, the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University offers a PhD course on the "New Geopolitics of Higher Education". The course will explore the current geopolitical landscape, a conflicting EU, new nationalisms, and the paradoxes and contradictions around state power, nationalism, and higher education. Lecturers: Katja Brøgger (coordinator), Gerard Delanty, Marijk Van der Wende, Jo Dillabough, Ramona Coman and Hannah Moscovitz. The course is especially targeted for students of nationalism, European integration, geopolitics, and higher education, and it can be attended both online and in person.
For additional information and application click here.
Starting from the spring semester of 2022, the Policy Futures research program will facilitate Brown Bag seminars for the program's Phd Students, Postdocs, Assistant Professors, students, and research assistants. To support and encourage talent development, the seminars function as a platform for collaborative exchange and discussion. These exchanges can range from already developed papers to work-in-progress presentations as well as dialogues in relation to specific theoretical, methodological, or empirical questions.
The seminars will be held online, twice a month, during lunch time, guaranteeing the participation of as many scholars involved as possible.
The Policy Futures member, Miriam Madsen, has recently received funding from the joint committee for Nordic research councils in the humanities and social sciences, under the grant NOS-HS Explanatory Worshop, for a network with three workshops addressing Governing Education Pasts, Presents, and Futures with Data. The network is organized in collaboration with Berit Karseth from Oslo University, Nelli Piattoeva from Tampere University, and Ida Cheyenne Martinez Lunde from Oslo University. It will be running from January 2022, to June 2024. The first workshop will be held in Copenhagen, in February of 2022; the second one in Oslo, in August of 2022; and the third in Tampere, in February of 2023.
About the workshops:
Data practices of progression measurement, projection, prediction, risk assessment, policymaking, management, and memory crafting play a growing role in the governance of public education, especially in the Nordic countries. The workshop series will explore how these data practices create specific relations between the past, the present, and the future. To this end, the workshops bring together the latest theoretical developments, international scholars, both young and experienced Nordic researchers, and examples of data practices from the Nordic countries.
The research project, Asserting the Nation, explores how neo-nationalism has affected national and European higher education policy. The project centers on universities and compares how neo-nationalism has affected higher education policy in Poland, France, UK and Denmark.
The project is being launched with two introductory webinars. The first, on the 29th of October, 2021, and the second, on the 10th of November, 2021. For information on the webinars, check the events calendar to the left.
On the 29th of September, the Centre for Education Policy Research (CfU) at Aalborg University hosted an international seminar in collaboration with the Policy Futures research program. The seminar was organized and led by Director and Associate Professor, Katja Brøgger, Policy Futures research program, DPU, Aarhus University and Professor Mette Buchardt, Centre for Education Policy Research, Aalborg University.
Research program Director and Associate Professor, Katja Brøgger, received a Sapere Aude Research Leadership grant and an Inge Lehmann grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark to conduct a large-scale international research project on the rise neo-nationalism in higher education. Policy Futures member and Associate Professor, Søren Smedegaard Bengtsen, received the Sapere Aude Research Leadership grant to study how the cohesion between doctoral education societal impact and value may be increased.
Learn more about the projects here: https://dff.dk/en/grants/copy_of_research-leaders-2020?set_language=en
We are happy to announce that Professor of Education Susan Robertson at Cambridge University and Professor of Sociology, Romuald Nordmand from Strasbourg University have been conferred the title of honorary professors of Policy Futures for the period 1 September 2020.
Together with Oxfam Ibis, the Policy Futures PRIVATOPIA Network hosted this event on January 22. with Dr. Prachi Sristava from University of Western Ontario, one of the leading experts on commercialization of education and low-fee private schooling: Global Trends in Education: Commercialization – Why should we care?
The event was a great success – a packed room with students, researchers and political activists interested in education, development and the politics around the private and the public sector. Many thanks to Lucas Cone and Oxfam Ibis for organizing this.
This week Danish School of Education's research program "Policy Futures" teamed up with Centre for Education Policy Research at Aalborg University for the seminar titled: "Education Politics between the transnational and re-nationalizing pressures ". Jana Bacevic (University of Cambridge) and Bob Lingard (University of Queensland) participated as guest lecturers.
Danish School of Education's (DPU) research programme 'Policy Futures' at Aarhus University and Aalborg University's Center for Education Policy Research (directed by Professor Mette Buchardt) shares the distinct feature of engaging with education policy studies. In late September, they joined forces on a 2-day collaborative seminar. This seminar aimed at strengthening cross-institutional collaboration and sharing of knowledge and new trends within the field.
The seminar centered around themes such as "Transnational institutions and identity politics", "Repositioning educational responsibilities", "Breaking or (re-)making the (trans-)national?", "Pedagogy and reforms between national and universalist narratives", and "Data, numbers, and measurements". The seminar took place at DPU's location in Copenhagen. With another planned seminar in the spring in Aalborg, the two research groups expand horizons, achieve valuable insights into the work of colleagues, and receive appreciated feedback on ongoing projects. The joint initiatives on collaborative seminars promises well for a future successful partnership and not least for future examinations of education policy.
The research program Policy Futures hosted a public lecture by Bob Lingard (Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University) on Digital Learning Assessments in Education: A Critical Analysis
The presentation addressed the growing roles of big data and digital learning assessments in education in the context of the impact of digital disruption and changing social arrangements. This phenomenon has been characterised variously as the audit culture, knowing capitalism, data capitalism, the metric society and surveillance capitalism.
Lingard addressed the following questions: What is the nature of digital learning assessments and how do they evolve in complex and nonlinear ways from computer-based testing through Computer Adaptive Testing to Immersive Assessments? And, what are the relationships to big data, in terms of volume, continuous collection and interaction?
Brøgger, K. (e-pub ahead of print). Post-Cold War Governance Arrangements in Europe: The University between European Integration and Rising Nationalisms.
Krejsler, J. B. & Moos, L. (2021). Danish – and Nordic – School Policy: Its Anglo-American Connections and Influences.
Keynotes: Donatella della Porta and Manja Klemenčič
November 17th 2022
Keynote: Jania Komljenovic
September 26th 2022
Keynote: Sotiria Grek
May 11th 2022
Keynote: Ben Williamson
April 28th 2022
Keynote: Tom Popkewitz
March 10th 2022
Keynote: Sam Sellar
February 24 2022
Keynote: Ezekiel Jr. Dixon-Roman
November 26 2021
Keynote: Katja Brøgger, Hannah Moscovitz, Marijk van der Wende, Elizabeth Balbachevsky, Pundy Pillay, Meng-Hsuan Chou, and Vincent Carpentier
November 10th 2021
Keynote: Gregory Jusdanis, Eirikur Bergmann and Florian Bieber
October 29 2021
Keynote: Gita Steiner-Khamsi
May 28 2021
Keynote: Susan Robertson
April 23 2021
Keynote: Ann Phoenix, Dorthe Staunæs, John Krejsler and Nina Lykke
March 19, 2021
Keynote: Romuald Normand
March 09 2021
Keynote: Paolo Landri and Emiliano Grimaldi
December 03 2020
Keynote: Inka Bornmann
November 13 2020
Keynote: Anja Giudici
November 02 2020