Tampere 2017

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Welcome to the 24th conference of Vocational Education and Culture-research network!

It is at the same time the 13th conference for the Finnish History and Philosophy of Education-research network, and therefore invites seniors, juniors and practitioners interested in different kinds of struggles to participate. Presumably we will have some programme also on afternoon 7.9. and morning 10.9., but this will be decided closer to the date. Inquiries at this stage of preparations to anja.heikkinen(at)uta.fi.


The 13th Summer Days of the Finnish Research Network on History and Philosophy of Education will take place in University of Tampere, 8.-9.6.2017, in collaboration with the research group Equality and Planetary Justice in Adult, Vocational and Higher Education, the research programme Freedom and Responsibility of Popular Adult Education, the research network Vocational Education and Culture and ESREA-network Active Democratic Citizenship and Adult Learning.

Discipline is a core concept in education, both in practice and in theory. Are educational practices necessarily also disciplinary despite their overt commitment to empowerment and emancipation, and how have the conceptions about discipline transformed historically and in different contexts?

While justification of educational practices is increasingly based on authorized knowledge about education, how has the ownership and power of educational knowledge transformed historically and in different contexts? The position of education as a discipline has always been controversial: is it a genuine academic subject (science) with its distinctive categories, concepts and theories, or just application of conceptual and theoretical tools from other disciplines? Has the traditional human-centered fixation to certain disciplines – such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, economy – also contributed to environmental, economic and social crisis, which endanger the continuity of human life itself?

What counts as education and educational knowledge is also fundamental for diversification of educational discipline into sub-fields or even new disciplines. This in turn relates closely to diversification of educational professionals, whose conceptions about education may fundamentally differ and even contradict each other.

The Summer Days-event invites senior and junior researchers, students and practitioners to discuss and debate about different kinds of disciplinary struggles in the history of education, preferably from historical and philosophical perspectives. The call for papers and information about the event will follow soon on the websites.

See more: Conference webpage