May 26-28, 2023
The EU-funded research project SMOOTH (Horizon 2020) is organizing an international conference to bring together researchers, practitioners, teachers, civil society organizations, activists, journalists, and policy-makers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of a commons-oriented education to reverse inequalities, to present good practices resulting from ongoing projects, and to inform political decision-making processes.
The conference critically draws out the implications of the commons for refiguring education, and for social change in general, on a footing of equality, sharing, participation, togetherness, caring, and freedom. It will address active social inclusion according to the ‘educational commons’, through a variety of methodologies such as pedagogical documentation, pedagogy of (active) listening, ethnography, discourse analysis, etc. ‘Educational commons’ refer to learning communities where decisions about the educational process are made collectively with equal participation in assemblies jointly by the teachers, learners and their guardians (when they are under age). The very practice of education and learning becomes a ‘common good or resource’ which is collectively shaped and managed by the members of the educational community in terms of equality, freedom, and participation. Moreover, proposals relating to the improvement and enrichment of educational policy are a key area of the conference. Furthermore, the discussion of the development of recognition tools and various practices or “languages” of evaluation of the learning outcomes of the commons are of equal importance.
The aim of the conference is to deepen and advance the emergent field of educational commons by discussing the following research questions from theoretical as well as empirical viewpoints:
- Can educational commons serve as a catalyst for reversing inequalities and an inclusionary strategy for children and youth at risk of social exclusion in Europe?
- How educational commons can contribute to the reversal of inequalities?
Contributions from all academic disciplines and research topics are welcome.
Papers, panels, and workshops should be related to the following areas:
- Educational commons and socio-political transformation
- Alternative pedagogies, heterotopias or real utopias in education: advancing freedom and equality
- Environmental, urban, cultural, political and digital commons and education
- Art, creativity and educational commons
- Peer to peer learning and governance
- Children and Young people as commoners
- Teachers as commoners
- Active social inclusion via informal and non-formal learning pathways
- Pedagogical documentation
- Active listening and conflict resolution in educational commons
- Post-digital glocalism and education
- Educational policies and alternative forms of evaluation
- Discourse, power, and subjectivation in educational commons
- Design justice and education
The papers will be selected according to relevance to the areas of the conference. Selected papers will be published in a collective volume/book.
The conference will be organized around short presentations (15-20 min max) with space for open discussion, and workshops.
The venue is the Lab of Sociology of Education, which is located in the main campus of the University of Thessaly (UTh, https://www.uth.gr/en) in Volos. The Lab belongs to the Department of Early Childhood Education at the University of Thessaly. UTh, and specifically the Lab of Sociology of Education (http://socedu.ece.uth.gr/) has a significant expertise on the field of commons, childhood, youth, and education, educational policy, as well as a vast experience in innovative educational interventions with the participation of young people and children. UTh is one of Greece’s leading Social Sciences and Humanities academic units.
Submissions of contributions: The language of the conference is English. Abstracts, names, and title for contributions (papers, panels, workshops) of no more than 200 words should be sent directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org by January 30, 2023.
The deadline for notification for abstracts is 15 March 2023.
There will be no conference fees.
Liselott Mariett Olsson
Lucía del Moral-Espín
Judith von der Heyde