07 SES 01 A, Social Justice and Intercultural Education – Continuining the Conversation
At a time when populistic and sovranista (suprematist) rhetoric and policies promote and lay sole claim to national identities, take action to limit the human and educational rights of individuals, families and workers from minority ethnic backgrounds, and effectively block refugees at their borders, for us in NW07 it is imperative that the conversation about social justice is begun again in earnest and that it continues. We believe that Education has the power to confront injustice, to transform lives and challenge inequalities. The reality is that disparities have continued to grow and the world has become ever more complex and complicated, as compared to what was happening in 1996 when this network first came into existence. Then, words like Islamophobia and ‘the refugee crisis’ were not in common use, though we always knew that when we combine social justice with intercultural education there were bound to be more questions than answers. Difficult issues such as who is the ‘outsider’ and who is the ‘insider’ have reemerged over time and their intensity has increased, especially since poverty is growing among the local citizens, as happens for instance in Italy and Greece. Identity is another important issue for all students. Why is it that in some countries eg. UK those young people who might have considered themselves ‘European citizens’ or ‘global citizens’, may have to re-configure their identity after Brexit? And in Italy young people who are integrated at the educational, linguistic and social level cannot achieve citizenship owing to the re-setting of the law just before the recent political elections? What is the meaning of diversity? Can we ignore the nations’ own cultural, linguistic and socio-economic diversity that is too often seen as disparity? What can we as researchers do on an individual and collective level?
This network opens up assumptions about the question of rights, equity and inclusion with regard to race/ethnicity, gender, social class and disability. It looks at human rights, the value of intercultural understanding and the search for opportunities to develop social and moral understanding of complex issues in our day to day work. Surely that must continue.
We would like to do this in the form of a conversation welcoming the audience to participate. We will present our thoughts in the light of the current socio-political changes and of our own intercultural research and methodological approaches.
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00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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