Digital Autumn School: Transculturality in Teacher Education

Online event via digital video conferencing tool
  • October 21st–23rd, 4pm–8pm CET
  • October 28th–30th, 4pm–8pm CET
Map showing the starting time of the Autumn School in participants' time zones

TEACHING IN A GLOBALISED, DIVERSE, DIGITAL WORLD

Junge Menschen unterschiedlicher Herkunft halten gemeinsam Weltkugel in die Höhe
Bild: © istock/franckreporter

School teachers play a key role not only for larger educational processes, but also for individual educational success within our complex and globalised digital world. In our Digital Autumn School, we seek to explore the challenges, benefits and relevancy of the scholarly concept of transculturality for future teachers in countries all over the world in order to fulfil this role. Within the context of teacher education, applying a transcultural perspective may help us reconsider the categories of race/ethnicity, gender, class or age; it questions such constructs as ‘the other’ or ‘normal’; it acknowledges interconnectedness and suggests a relational approach to linguistic, social, economic, and political aspects of our everyday and (future) professional lives. Thus, we aim to find out whether and in what respect transculturality may allow for a widening of perspectives and a self-reflexive shift.

The essential question to be discussed and debated by the participants of this year’s Autumn School is: What does transculturality mean to me as a future teacher?

Drawing on the expertise of school teachers and international scholars from a wide range of fields such as Educational Studies, Anthropology, Political Science and Language Studies, the participants of this Autumn School will discuss the concept of transculturality and consider its relevance for their profession as future school teachers.


SPEAKERS / EXPERTS

Transcultural approaches require interdisciplinary engagement – this is why our programme includes international scholars from various disciplines:

  • Dr Corinna Assmann, English Literature and Cultural Studies (HSE; University of Mannheim)
  • Dr Maria Bondarenko, Foreign Language Pedagogy and Instructional Design (Heidelberg University/University of Quebec in Montreal)
  • Dr Tobias Endler, Political Science and American Studies (HSE)
  • PD Dr Bernd Hirsch, English Literature and Cultural Studies (HSE)
  • Amarachi Igboegwu, Educational Sciences with focus on diversity and inclusion (Heidelberg University)
  • Dr Ute von Kahlden, Helmholtz-Gymnasium Heidelberg
  • Junior Professor Dr Britta Klopsch, Educational Sciences and School Pedagogy (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Michelle König, Auguste-Pattberg-Gymnasium Mosbach-Neckarelz
  • Professor Dr Carola Mantel, Educational Sciences, International Cooperation and Migration Studies (University of Teacher Education Zug, Switzerland)
  • Professor Dr Julia Roth, Interdisciplinary Center for Gender Studies, Center for Interamerican Studies (Bielefeld University)
  • PD Dr Carsten Wergin, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Senior Fellow at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (Heidelberg University)
  • Dr Portia Williams, Executive Director of International Affairs (OIA) and Assistant Professor (Coterminous) in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies (Teachers College, Columbia University)

ORGANISATION


PROGRAMME

WEDNESDAY, 21ST OCTOBER 2020

4:00–4:10pm: Meet and greet


4:10–5:20pm: Opening of the Autumn School

  • Introduction
  • Group presentations

5:20–5:30pm: Coffee and motion break


5:30–6:40pm: Discussion of Pratt's and Juneja's texts


7–8pm: Bar chat

THURSDAY, 22ND OCTOBER 2020

4:00–4:10pm: Meet and greet


4:10–5:20pm:

  • “Transculturality in the 21st century”
    Live discussion with PD Dr Carsten Wergin
    4:10–5pm: Group 1
    5–5:50pm: Group 2

5:20–6pm: Coffee  break


6–7:30pm:


7–8pm: Bar chat

FRIDAY, 23RD OCTOBER 2020

4:00–4:10pm: Meet and greet


4:10–5:20pm:

  • “Thinking Transnationality Intersectionally: Interdependent Inequalities from a Global Perspective”
    Live discussion with Prof Dr Julia Roth

5:20–5:30pm: Coffee break


5:30–6:40pm:

  • “Exclusive Access – or Doors Wide Open? Teacher Education, Transculturality, and the Ingredients of a Vibrant Democracy”
    Live discussion with Dr Tobias Endler (special guest: Dr Portia Williams)

7–8pm: Bar chat

WEDNESDAY, 28TH OCTOBER 2020

4:00–4:10pm: Meet and greet


4:10–5:20pm:


5:20–5:30pm: Coffee break


5:30–6:40pm:

  • “Transcultural Aspects in Second/Foreign Language Education: Shifting from Touristic Curiosity towards Identity Transformation”
    Live discussion with Dr Maria Bondarenko

7–8pm: Bar chat

THURSDAY, 29TH OCTOBER 2020

4:00–4:10pm: Meet and greet


4:10–5:20pm:


5:20–5:30pm: Coffee break


5:30–6:40pm:

  • Special event: “Teaching Consciously: Understanding the Impact of Implicit Bias in the Classroom”
    Live discussion with Amarachi Igboegwu
    (Participants limited to 20)

7–8pm: Bar chat

FRIDAY, 30TH OCTOBER 2020

4:00–4:10pm: Meet and greet


4:10–5:20pm:

  • “What does Transculturality Mean to me as a Future Teacher?”
    Final discussion with school teachers Michelle König and Dr Ute von Kahlden
    Moderators: PD Dr Bernd Hirsch and Dr Katarina Batarilo-Henschen

5:20–5:30pm: Coffee break and motion wheel-of-fortune


5:30–6:40pm:

  • Film: “Heidelberg – a Transcultural Space”
  • Final discussion

7–8pm: Bar chat

HEALTH AND WELLBEING


WHAT WE OFFER

  • expert guidance and stimulating discussions in an interdisciplinary, international and interactive study environment;
  • skills and competencies in critical reflection on transculturality in (teacher) education;
  • opportunity to network and exchange experiences on an international level;
  • a certificate from the Heidelberg School of Education (credits: 4 ECTS);
  • free admission;
  • students of Heidelberg University are entitled to attend the Autumn School as a substitute for the seminar “Diversität und Transkulturalität in Schule und Bildung”, Modul Inklusion, M. Ed. Profillinie LA Gymnasium.

WHAT WE EXPECT

  • motivation to actively exchange ideas, discuss and reflect upon the topic of the Autumn School;
  • mandatory participation in online sessions on October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th and 30th; each online session will take place from 16:00 to 20:00 CET;
  • substantial preparation on the basis of a study reader and further digital material (videos etc.), provided in advance;
  • participation in individual parts of the programme will be possible upon request – preference will be given to those seeking to take part in the entire Autumn School;
  • a blog post reflecting the Autumn School (to be submitted by  November15th, 2020) – contributions fulfilling the editorial requirements will be published on https://hse.hypotheses.org/;
  • good command of the English language.

APPLICATION

Our digital Autumn School is open to student participants enrolled in a teaching degree programme at

  • the University of Birmingham
  • Heidelberg University
  • Heidelberg University of Education (Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg)
  • Université Paul-Valéry 3, Montpellier
  • Università di Napoli Federico II, Naples
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
  • Sorbonne Université, Paris, and
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

To apply, please send an email indicating your motivation for participation as well as details about your current study programme to the following address by September 20th, 2020: transculturality@heiedu.uni-heidelberg.de

We look forward to welcoming you to our digital Autumn School!


ACCESS

Participants will receive access details via email.

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