Nordisk Sommeruniversitet

Nordic Summer University

Re-thinking education: alternatives to existing educational orders
Preliminary Programme for

Study Circle 8: Learning and Bildung in time of Globalization

Winter Symposium 6-8 March 2020
at the University of Wroclaw, Poland

Click here for a PDF version of the CFP for the 2020 Winter Session

Click here for a PDF version of the Final Program for the 2020 Winter Session


This symposium aims to discuss papers addressing global-local sustainable alternatives to the “global education industry” and uniform global oriented educational initiatives (as OECD-PISA, 21 st Century skills etc.) Proposals dealing with a critical examination of existing educational orders, but especially also alternatives, ideas, concepts and rethinking of education in relation to current global issues are welcomed.

The symposium is organized around two overlapping main themes:


    1. Global and glocal dialogue on education
      Global/world citizenship and intercultural and transcultural education: What could education for glocal citizenship look like; how do you take in global perspectives in the intercultural and transcultural education locally
      Dialogue with non-western thinkers, ideas, and thought, developing heterological thinking and/or global/glocal dialogue on education. Non-western thinking somehow is still an “un-thought,” a black hole, in contemporary (“Western”) thoughts about global education, (despite good intentions). How can such an educational, glocal dialogue be initiated, thereby going from comparative pedagogics to intercultural and transcultural pedagogical thinking and practice?
      Which questions do the global problems in the Anthropocene (i.e. global warming, diminished biodiversity, increased pollution, unstable climate, removal of rainforest etc.) raise regarding, how we are to perceive inter-human relations, intra-human complexities and cultural schizophrenia; in short, what it means to be human? Further, how are we to rethink and transform the relations between humans, animals, plants, earth, location, place, space and time? Which role does, can and should education play in the Anthropocene?
      The Creation of alternative, cultural sustainable and peaceful educational orders. The “holistic view” of SDG’s presupposes what we paraphrasing the peace researcher Kenneth Boulding could call the sustainability of spaceship Earth as a place of limited resources, which should (also) give room for human existence in the future. How can such sustainability be created, and which role can and should education play in that regard
    2. Institutional transformations of educational institutions, organizations, and structures How can insights from Theme A be combined with social innovative institutional transformations of educational institutions, organizations, and structures in a glocal perspective?
      How can we develop future, sustainable new cross- disciplinary, cross-institutionalized and non-formal social forms of learning and edification processes?
      How are these new social forms of learning and edification to be integrated in a non-uniform way at both local and global levels?
      More specially, can (and if yes, how) such initiatives theoretically and in praxis be connected with two new initiatives of UNESCO regarding the future of education (a 2030 initiative where education is related to the SDG’s and a (post-) 2050 initiative, “Future of education – learning to become”
      Launch of UNESCO Framework “Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the SDGs” (ESD for 2030), Berlin, June 2020
      Future of Education – Learning to become (education 2050 and beyond)


Friday 6. March

13.00-14.00 Light Lunch (sandwiches)
14.00-14.15 Welcome
14.15-15.00 Michael Paulsen: Human exceptionalism and the Anthropocene call for dialogue with non-humans
15.15-16.00 Kristian Guttesen: Emotions (SEL), Virtues, and Education, by use of Character Education Through Poetry
16.00-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-17.15 Kerstin von Brömssen: Simone de Beauvoir’s Ethics of Ambiguity and Education in post-secular and neo-liberal times
19.00-20.00 Dinner for Study Circle 8


Saturday 7. March

Dinner (all three study circles)

09.00-09.15 Intro to the program for Saturday
09.15-10.00 Bill Thompson: Blockchain as Social Utopia
10.15-11.00 David Kergel: Overcoming the Limitations of Intercultural Pedagogy – Towards the epistemological Rupture of inclusive Pedagogy
11.00-12.15 Coffee Break
11.30-12.15 Jasna Koteska: The transformation of Education: Golden Mean. Social and Individual Values
12.15-13.15 Lunch
13.15-15.30 Special Theme: Education in Poland (together with study circle 5)
13.15-14.15 Magda Tabernacka: (Dis)organization of the education system in Poland
14.15-15.00 A Representative for High School No. 5 in Wrocław: preliminary title: Education in Poland
15.00-15.30 Discussion: Education in Poland and the Nordic countries – past, present and future
15.30-16.00 Leave for Centrum Historii Zajezdnia
Guided tour and workshop at Centrum Historii Zajezdnia
19.00-21.00 Dinner (all three study circles)


Sunday 8. March

09.00-09.45 Jesper Garsdal: Futures of education: UNESCO, world philosophy and environmental humanities post-2050
10.00-10.45 Oleg Kofoed: What if we had to learn to be in a place, all over?
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-12.00 Discussion of the draft for a new proposal for SC8 to be presented in Oslo at the Summer session
12.00-12.15 Last thoughts and farewell
12.15-13.00 Light Lunch (sandwiches)



The symposium will take place at University of Wroclaw the 6 – 8 of March 2019. It will be arranged by Nordic Summer University, in collaboration with University of Wroclaw, which is located in the city center of Wroclaw.

Getting there

By train: It is possible to get to Wroclaw by train. See for tickets.

By airplane: Copernicus airport, Wroclaw, is well connected with many big cities, such as Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.


Each participant is expected to pay a fee of 60 Euros. This covers an annual membership of the Nordic Summer University and other expenses. Once you receive confirmation that your proposal has been accepted you will be given more information on how to pay the fee. All meals, coffee at the WS are included.
The Nordic Summer University (NSU) annual membership fee facilitates the existence of NSU, which is a volunteer-based organization. As a member you can sign up for all events organized by NSU, take part in the democratic decision-making process on which NSU is based, and become part of the extensive network of NSU.

All meals, coffee at the WS are included. You pay the fee by following the instructions here:


  • Jesper Garsdal, Associate professor VIA University College
  • Kerstin von Brömssen, Professor Educational Sciences University West
  • Michael Paulsen, Associate professor Department for the Study of Culture University of Southern



Participants should apply to their institutions, Art Councils, local foundations, or other possible sponsors to have their travel and accommodation cost covered. Those not affiliated with an institution or otherwise in need of financial support may apply NSU for help regarding covering part of their travel and accommodation expenses.

Update: We have now passed the application deadline. Those who have applied will be informed about the decisions in early January.

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