Invitation to the pre-conference for NERA 2020 in Turku

Dear all members of NERA Network 22 Post-approaches to Education

It is our pleasure to invite you to the pre-conference for NERA 2020 in Turku, Finland.

The pre-conference is a direct continuation of the pre-conference at NERA 2019 in Uppsala, Sweden, where work on a special issue focusing on Posthuman1 Conceptions of Change in Empirical Educational Research was decided upon.

At the pre-conference, we will be discussing and developing papers that relate to, but do not necessarily have to respond to, the call for papers for this special issue. You will find the call for papers at the end of the invitation. There will also be inspirational lectures from senior colleagues that are grappling with these issues already. We invite junior (PhD/doctoral students) and senior scholars interested in, curious or critical about the posthuman approaches to education to join the pre-conference.

The purpose of the pre-conference at NERA 2020 is to strengthen the research network around post-approaches to education in the Nordic countries, and to allow for meetings and academic debate between PhD/doctoral students and seniors.

Preliminary program for the pre-conference

March 3
13.00 Intro
13.30 Lecture: Camilla Eline Andersen, Pd.D., Stockholm University: “Grappling with the world: responsibility, subjectivity and transformation”
14.30 Paper 1 (with response and discussion)
15.15 Pause
15:30 Dialogical lecture: Pauliina Rautio, Ph.D. University of Oulu & University of Helsinki & Riikka Hohti, Ph.D., University of Helsinki: “(Post)Human Nature? And other questions multispecies inquiry asks from us”.
16:30 Paper 2 (with response and discussion)
17.15 Paper 3 (with response and discussion)
18.00 End day 1 and dinner
March 4
9.30 Paper 4 (with response and discussion)
10.15-11.00 Conclusion
1 Posthuman involves all the ‘posts’: new-materialisms, feminist materialisms, ANT and post-ANT, speculative realism, science and technology studies, and, and, and…

Participating with paper

Participants that wish to have their idea for an article/book chapter/analysis discussed, have to send in a paper (the form and size of which is for the author to decide) no later than February 15, 2020 via mail to Sofie Sauzet: sosa@kp.dk. From the list of papers, we receive, we will organize the final program. Paper sessions are organized as followed: 15 minutes presentations, 15 minutes prepared response, and 15 minutes discussion amongst the participants.

If papers are responding to the call for the special issue of Researching Educational Research Methodology, they must also be e-mailed to: simon.ceder@konstfack.se

Participating without paper

Deadline for registration is February 15, to Sofie Sauzet: sosa@kp.dk

The warmest of welcome,
Martin Hauberg-Lund Laugesen, Simon Ceder, Virpi Valtonen and Sofie Sauzet

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Special Issue of Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology

(RERM)Posthuman Conceptions of Change in Empirical Educational Research

Special issue editors: Sofie Sauzet, Simon Ceder & Linnea Bodén

Change is at the heart of the educational project. Mostly, the subject of change is described as the individual learning subject – the student – changing from ignorant to knowing, from not able to able. Critical pedagogies emphasize change as the student becoming empowered. However, education is also thought of, and used as, a means changing at-risk groups, or societies at large. Posthuman (or new materialist, feminist materialism, post-ANT and so on) theory implies being part of the world, embedded, entangled and always becoming, with the ever-unfolding movements of the world.

Thus, change is not the change of the individual subject, particular groups or systems, from one state to another. Rather it is about “giving to the world the power to change us, to ‘force’ our thinking.” (Stengers 2008, p. 57). Posthuman approaches questions ideas of change from a relational ontology and an ontology of movement. It is not only humans who change; rather, the world is in constant change – an intra-acting absolute movement – and the focus is the ongoing becomings that constantly transforms the world (Deleuze & Guattari, 2013). From this ontology, change is ongoing in all aspects of life and learning. Distinguishing the transformative capacities for change, transformation, or differences can thus be difficult. How can posthuman approaches to change be studied and materialized in empirical educational research? What is being changed, who is being changed, how does change happen, and for what purpose? How can posthuman research engage in, argue for, and manifest changes to educational practices?

With this special issue, we wish to address posthuman conceptions of change in empirical educational research working with posthuman theories and methodologies. We look for contributions that address and explores education as a question of change, transformation, quantum leaps, worldings, transitions, cuts, development, shifts, revolution, evolution, transposition, innovation or learning. We look for contributions with an empirical ambition within educational or pedagogical studies from a posthuman/new materialist perspective. The special issue will be a multidisciplinary collection of articles addressing change in education through posthuman approaches with a focus on empirical research. We invite article contributions to this special issue through a range of possibilities. Here we name but a few:
• Posthuman view on transformation in empirical research
• Change through educational experiments
• Learning as change
• Worldling as change
• Aesthetic learning processes
• Change through affirmative critique
• Affective engagements in education
• The role of change in action research and practice based research
• New approaches to emancipation and critical pedagogy
• Transformational informal learning processes
• Change in organisations
• Leadership and management as change
• Change in eastern western indigenous education
• Climate change and education
• Measuring change
• How the empirical changes the researcher
• Which change is “better” and an improvement, and for who/what

Timeframe:
• 1st of December: Deadline for 150-word abstracts
• 15th of December: Response on abstracts
• 15th of February, 2020: Deadline for papers. (Papers are max 5 pages, and somewhere between the abstract and a finished article)
• 3rd or 15th of March, 2020: Response on papers from SI editors (either at NERA Network 22 pre-conference or as written response)
• 15th of June, 2020: Deadline for full articles
• 1st September, 2020: Response on full articles
• 1st of November, 2020: Deadline final article.
• 15th of February 2021: Publication date

Please send the abstract to simon.ceder@konstfack.se
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact sosa@kp.dk, simon.ceder@konstfack.se or
linnea.boden@buv.su.se

References
Deleuze, G. & Guattari, F. (2013). A thousand plateaus. Bloomsbury
Stengers, I. (2008). Experimenting with refrains: Subjectivity and the challenge of escaping modern dualism. Subjectivity, 22(1), 38-59.

Special Issue and registration

Dear members of network Post-approaches to Education!

At our network meeting in Uppsala we decided to make a special issue within a journal. An editorial board was added at the meeting with Sofie Sauzet, Simon Ceder and Linné Boden.  An interesting och creative invitation is now ready and attached.

Special Issue of Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology (RERM) Posthuman Conceptions of Change in Empirical Educational Research

1st of December: Deadline for 150-word abstracts

Please send the abstract to simon.ceder@konstfack.se

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact sosa@kp.dksimon.ceder@konstfack.se or linnea.boden@buv.su.se

NERA 2020 in Turku

We also want to inform that the registration for the NERA 2020 conference in Turku, Finland opens at September the 15th. https://nera2020.fi/

Abstract submission ends: 15 November 2019

See you in Turku!

Best regards, Bosse Bergstedt

Special Issue of Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology (RERM) Posthuman Conceptions of Change in Empirical Educational Research

Special issue editors: Sofie Sauzet, Simon Ceder & Linnea Bodén

Change is at the heart of the educational project. Mostly, the subject of change is described as the individual learning subject – the student – changing from ignorant to knowing, from not able to able. Critical pedagogies emphasize change as the student becoming empowered. However, education is also thought of, and used as, a means changing at-risk groups, or societies at large. Posthuman (or new materialist, feminist materialism, post-ANT and so on) theory implies being part of the world, embedded, entangled and always becoming, with the ever-unfolding movements of the world. Thus, change is not the change of the individual subject, particular groups or systems, from one state to another. Rather it is about “giving to the world the power to change us, to ‘force’ our thinking.” (Stengers 2008, p. 57). Posthuman approaches questions ideas of change from a relational ontology and an ontology of movement. It is not only humans who change; rather, the world is in constant change – an intra-acting absolute movement – and the focus is the ongoing becomings that constantly transforms the world (Deleuze & Guattari, 2013). From this ontology, change is ongoing in all aspects of life and learning. Distinguishing the transformative capacities for change, transformation, or differences can thus be difficult.

How can posthuman approaches to change be studied and materialized in empirical educational research? What is being changed, who is being changed, how does change happen, and for what purpose? How can posthuman research engage in, argue for, and manifest changes to educational practices?

With this special issue, we wish to address posthuman conceptions of change in empirical educational research working with posthuman theories and methodologies. We look for contributions that address and explores education as a question of change, transformation, quantum leaps, worldings, transitions, cuts, development, shifts, revolution, evolution,transposition, innovation or learning. We look for contributions with an empirical ambition within educational or pedagogical studies from a posthuman/new materialist perspective.

The special issue will be a multidisciplinary collection of articles addressing change in educationthrough posthuman approaches with a focus on empirical research. We invite article contributions to this special issue through a range of possibilities. Here we name but a few:
• Posthuman view on transformation in empirical research
• Change through educational experiments
• Learning as change
• Worldling as change
• Aesthetic learning processes
• Change through affirmative critique
• Affective engagements in education
• The role of change in action research and practice based research
• New approaches to emancipation and critical pedagogy
• Transformational informal learning processes
• Change in organisations
• Leadership and management as change
• Change in eastern western indigenous education
• Climate change and education
• Measuring change
• How the empirical changes the researcher
• Which change is “better” and an improvement, and for who/what

Timeframe:
• 1st of December: Deadline for 150-word abstracts
• 15th of December: Response on abstracts
• 15th of February, 2020: Deadline for papers. (Papers are max 5 pages, and somewhere between the abstract and a finished article)
• 3rd or 15th of March, 2020: Response on papers from SI editors (either at NERA
Network 22 pre-conference or as written response)
• 15th of June, 2020: Deadline for full articles
• 1st September, 2020: Response on full articles
• 1st of November, 2020: Deadline final article.
• 15th of February 2021: Publication date

Please send the abstract to simon.ceder@konstfack.se
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact sosa@kp.dk, simon.ceder@konstfack.se or linnea.boden@buv.su.se

References
Deleuze, G. & Guattari, F. (2013). A thousand plateaus. Bloomsbury
Stengers, I. (2008). Experimenting with refrains: Subjectivity and the challenge of escaping modern dualism. Subjectivity, 22(1), 38-59.

Pre-conference 2019: Tuesday March 5th – Wednesday March 6th, Uppsala

Dear all members of NERA network 22

We are pleased to inform you that we are in the conciliation stage of organizing the pre-conference in connection with the NERA conference in Uppsala 2019.

The pre-conference is a direct continuation of last year’s pre-conference, and this year’s focus is on methodological issues related to the overall theme:

Posthumanist transformatory methodologies in education

In itself a post-human approach implies being part of the world, embedded, entangled and always becoming. It is not research on or for the world but with worlds. As such, distinguishing the transformative capacities for change, transformation or movement, or the differences that posthuman approaches to education does, can be difficult. In this pre-conference, we wish to address the “troubles of transformation” in post-human methodologie. We want to go into dialogue around, and gather different ways of, worldling. A range of possibilities are: affirmative forms of critique, the development of new concepts, new explorative approaches, affective engagements, experiments and laboratories, diffraction apparatuses, and new thinking technologies.

The preliminary program for the pre-conference is outlined here:

Tuesday March 5th 2019

12.00 – 12.15 Introduction

12.15 – 13:15 Lecture: Michalinos Zembylas, Open University of Cyprus

13.15 – 13.30 Bio break

13.30 – 14.30 Workshop 1: Karin Gunnarsson & Simon Ceder

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee

15.00 – 16.30 Lectures: Anne Beate Reinertsen

16.30 – 16.45 Bio break

16.45 – 17.45 Workshop 2: Sofie Sauzet

17.45 – 18.15 Wrap up – Bosse Bergstedt & Merete Moe

19.30               Dinner

Wednesday March 6th 2019

09.00 – 9.15: Start up from wrap up – Bosse Bergstedt & Merete Moe

9.15 – 10:45: Discussions: project-description/methodological sketch

Please allow for changes as agreements with lectures are still pending.

We encourage both PhD students and other interested juniors to attend the conference.

We recommend accommodation at Akademihotellet in Uppsala.

Participants should send in a one page project-description/methodological sketch of a chosen/current project you are working on (max 500 words) no later than January 20th 2019 via mail to bosse.bergstedt@ontolab.cc

Warm welcome/ Karin Gunnarsson, Merete Moe, Sofie Sauzet, and Bosse Bergstedt

Notes from network meeting 2018-03-08

Network 22: Post-approaches to Education

Network meeting, NERA, 2018-03-08

Attendees

 Sofie Sauset, Karin Gunnarsson, Karin Elise Fajersson, Agnes W Bjelkerud, Cecilie Otterland Myhre, Anna Herbert, Ann Merete Otterstad, Camilla Nærgaard, Merete Moe, Helene Falkenberg and Bosse Bergstedt

Notes from network meeting

The new name Post Approaches to Education has worked well and there have been several new members.

Network 22 continues to be one of the bigger networks in NERA. This year included 1 pre-conference, 2 symposiums and 14 paper session (18 preregistered papers).

The network could do better by via email sending out information about future disputations and career opportunities. The website needs updating. Last year Linnea Bodén started a group on Facebook named “Post-Approaches to Education”, it is an excellent place for communication between conferences.

Bosse Bergstedt and Anna Herbert were chosen as conveners for another year.

This year´s Pre-conference

This year´s pre-conference was a direct continuation of last year’s conference, and the overall theme where: Diffraction and intra-action in the empirical research process 

The focus was on methodological issues. How can researchers utilize themselves as tools in connection with the empirical material? How do we relate to the boundaries that traditionally exist between subjects and objects? How are they transcribed and transformed in the research process? How are different post approaches in pedagogy related to this problem?

 The pre-conference were a mixture between short lectures and workshops with senior lecturer and doctoral students in the network 22. The purpose of the pre-conference was to strengthen the posthuman research network in Scandinavia and to enable doctoral students to discuss their dissertational work with other doctoral students and senior lecturers.

Drawing on a posthuman and poststructuralist thinking the lecturers as well as the workshops deled with different questions in relation to methodological issues, analytic strategies, issues about data production, etc.

The lectures were followed up by discussions and feedback in parallel workshops with 4-5 doctoral students and one senior lecturer in each group. Based on their research work each doctoral student presents a question, a wonder, a challenge, etc. which are addressing the poststructuralist/post-human traditions.

There were 27 participants in the pre-conference and the evaluation of the conference was very positive.

The committee that arranged the conference have participated Merete Moe, Helene Falkenberg, Camilla Nørgaard and Bosse Bergstedt,

Funding for the pre-conference from NERA was 14.000 NOK.

Program and attendance list attached.

Next year’s Pre-conference

 Next year NERA conference will take part in Uppsala. March 2018. There was a great deal of agreement to arrange a pre-conference also next year.

A proposal for title: “Remaking of the world”. With a focus on: how can a post human action research look like?

The following committee was elected to host next year’s pre-conference: Merete Moe, Sofie Sauzet, Karin Gunnarsson and Bosse Bergstedt

The committee is responsible for making an application to NERA.

Economical funds will be searched from NERA before 1th of August.

A task for the committee is also to explore the possibilities of arranging any kind of meeting place, alternative conference in autumn / winter.

Pre-conference 2018, Wednesday March 7th -Thursday March 8th, Oslo

Dear all members of NERA network 22!

We are pleased to inform you that we will arrange another pre-conference. This time we connect with the NERA conference in Oslo March 2018.

As mentioned the pre-conference is a direct continuation of last year’s pre-conference, and this year’s focus is on methodological issues related to the overall theme: Diffraction and intra-action in the empirical research process

Program

Wednesday March 7th: Oslo University, Blindern, local: U 31.

12.00-12.15     Introduction of the day

12.15-13.15  Keynote I: Lotta Johansson,”Seeking astray – diffractions and detours in the research   process”

13.15-14.15  Workshop I: Malou Juelskjær, “On (co)creating a research phenomena: agential realist inspired research practices. // Philosophical, practical and collaborative investigations.

14.15-14.45     Coffee

14.45-15.45  Keynote II: Helene Falkenberg, “Making school classes as cutting together-apart –
diffractive and rhythmanalysis of organizing school classes”

15.45-16.45  Workshop II: Lise Hovik, “Affective approaches to Artmaking for Early Years. Examples and discussion”

16.45-17.00     Coffee

17.00-18.00  Workshop III: Merete Moe, “Autobiography – How your personal sociology connects to the world”

18.00-18.30     Wrap-up discussion

19.00             Dinner at Delicatessen Tapasbar Majorstuen, Vibes gate 8
0356 Oslo (350 Nkr).    Sign up for dinner to Camilla (can@ucc.dk) latest at 5 pm the day before,  including information about allergies.
Thursday March 8th – Oslo University, Blindern, local: U 31

09.00-09.45     Keynote III: Bosse Bergstedt, “Stick to the middle of a grass straw

– about the discovery of movement”

09.45-12.30 Paper discussion groups (coffee bars)

This year we encourage both PhD students and other interested to submit paper for paper discussion group sessions.

We have extended the deadline for paper submission (max. 900-1200 word) until March 1st, 2018.

The paper should address the following questions:

How can researchers utilize themselves as tools in connection with the empirical material?

How do we relate to the boundaries that traditionally exist between subjects and objects?

How are they transcribed and transformed in the research process?

How are different post approaches in pedagogy related to this problem?

It is possible to participate even without paper. Anyway, sign up for participation as soon as possible, and send possible paper within March 1st to Bosse Bergstedt (bosse.bergstedt@soc.lu.se)

All the best and see you in Oslo!

Helene Falkenberg, Merete Moe, Camilla Nørgaard and Bosse Bergstedt

 

Network meeting, NERA, 2017-03-24

Network 22: Post-approaches to Education

Attendees:

Linnea Bodén, Merete Moe, Helene Falkenberg, Tarja Karlsson Häikiö, Malou Juelskjaer, Dorthe Staunæs, Rikka Holti, Karin Gunnarsson, Mattias Nilsson Sjöberg, Bosse Bergstedt, Dorethe Bjergkilde, Camilla Nørgaard, Elin Sundström Sjödin, Emelie Moberg.

Notes from network meeting:

All agreed that the new name Post Approaches to Education works well.

Network 22 continues to be one of the bigger networks in NERA. This year included one pre-conference, 2 symposiums and 10 paper session (15 preregistered papers).

It is possible for PhD students who joined the pre-conference to get 1 ETCS credit. But a 2-4 page paper that was sent in in advance is required. A certificate can be sent to Bosse Bergstedt and he will undersign it.

The book Posthumanistisk pedagogik: Teori, undervisning och forskningspraktik (2017) was presented at one of the two symposiums. Editor of the book is Bosse Bergstedt. The book is published by Gleerups förlag and is written in Swedish.

The network could do better by via email sending out information about future disputations and career opportunities. Also Linnea Bodén has started a group on Facebook named “Post-Approaches to Education”.

Next year’s Pre-conference and/or PhD course:

Next year NERA will take part in Oslo. We had a discussion if and how we could follow up this year’s exciting pre-conference. The committee this year was Bosse Bergstedt, Helene Falkenberg, Camilla Eline Andersen and Mattias Nilsson Sjöberg. Invited lectures: Dorthe Staunæs, Hillevi Lenz Taguchi and Malou Juelskjær.

Funding for this year’s pre-conference was 20.000 NOK. Economical funds can be applied for at NERA from 1th of August at the latest.

A suggestion came up if the pre-conference could be developed into a PhD-course. This has to be discussed more in detail.

A suggestion came up if it is possible to invite an international keynote to the pre-conference. It is. No specific name/person was raised.

Do all agree to open up the pre-conference not only for PhD students but also to senior researchers? What is required for participation next year is an individual paper that should be sent in in advance – this year only 11 papers was sent in. But if this rule only applies to PhD’s is not clear and must be discussed.

Merete Moe, Helene Falkenberg and Camilla Nørgaard showed interest to be the committee for planning the pre-conference next year in Oslo. Also Mattias Nilsson Sjöberg is available. However, information about this committee should be sent out by email so that more than those attending the network meeting would have an opportunity to be in the committee.

Pre-conference 22-23 march, 2017

Program: Pre-conference 22-23 march, 2017

 The material conditions for education, teaching and learning

 The preconference will be arranged as a mixture between short lectures and workshops with senior lecturer and doctoral students in the network 22 Post-approaches to Education. The purpose of the preconference is to strengthen the posthuman research network in Scandinavia and to enable doctoral students to discuss their dissertational work with other doctoral students and senior lecturers.

The program of the preconference

Drawing on a posthuman and poststructuralist thinking the lecturers as well as the workshops will deal with different questions in relation to theoretical and methodological issues, analytic strategies, issues about data production, etc.

The short lectures will be held by 3 senior lecturers who have taken up a position on the research field of the poststructuralist/posthuman traditions in Scandinavia. The lectures will be followed up by discussions and feedback in 4 parallel workshops with 4-5 doctoral students and one senior lecturer in each group. Based on their research work each doctoral student presents a question, a wonder, a challenge, etc. which are addressing the poststructuralist/post-human traditions.

Location: Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, Copenhagen: Room 2.1.042 in Building A

Wednesday 22 March

13.00-13.15             Introduction: Bosse Bergstedt

13.15-14.15             Lecture: Dorthe Staunæs

14.15-15.15             Lecture: Hillevi Lenz Taguchi

15.15-15.30             Coffee

15.30-16.30             Lecture: Malou Juelskjær

16.30-17.00             Questions and discussions

18.00                       Dinner

Thursday 23 March

8.30-11.00               Workshops (and registrations*)

*Registration to NERA-conference will take place at the Imperial Cinema between 9:00-11:00

(Imperial Cinema [Nordisk Film Biografer], Ved Vesterport 4, 1612 Copenhagen, Denmark)

 

Inbjudan till symposium i Helsingfors om Posthumanistisk pedagogik

Nätverket Posthumanistic and Poststructuralist Pedagogical Research (nätverk nr 22) inbjuder för andra året i rad till ett symposium om posthumanism och pedagogik vid NERA:s kongress, denna gång i Helsingfors 9-11 mars 2016.

Posthumanistisk pedagogik – när mänskliga och icke-mänskliga subjekt kopplar samman

Symposiets syfte är att att belysa posthumanistiska perspektiv i aktuell pedagogisk forskning. En forskning som får oss att tänka annorlunda kring det som är bortom mänsklig kontroll. Det innebär att det finns en strävan efter att utveckla alternativa förståelser av subjektivitet, tid, kunskap, agens, och relationalitet bortom antropocentriska begränsningar. Vad händer när vi ser mänskliga och icke-mänskliga subjekt som samkonstituerade och i ständig intra-aktion med varandra? I pedagogiska situationer kan det t ex vara subjekt som kopplar ihop och skapar relationer med kropp, materia, teknik, djur och natur. Den posthumanistiska forskningen följer flöden och rörelser och uppmärksammar hur dessa producerar sammanflätningar av olika slag. Särskild uppmärksamhet riktas mot företeelser som det ännu-inte-sedda eller det oväntade, när kroppen talar eller när språk, materian och naturen omkullkastar vår förståelse av det vi tar för givet. Posthumanisk forskning har inte bara betydelse för vad vi studerar utan också hur vi gör det, det har direkta konsekvenser för såväl forskningspraktik som forskarsubjektivitet och etik.

Om du är intresserade att medverka i symposiet, sänd in ett kort abstract senast 28 oktober 2015 till bosse.bergstedt@soc.lu.se. En gemensam anmälan görs därefter från nätverket till NERA den 1 november.

Följande anvisningar gäller för ett symposium: A symposium session builds on a theme and is proposed and planned by a symposium organizer.The papers focus on a common theme. A symposium has a chair (often the organiser) and one or more discussants, who have read the papers in advance. Some symposia will overlap more than one session. The symposium organizer will decide how the symposium is to be organised and the time allotment for each presentation. It is recommended that at least two different countries/national perspectives must be represented in the symposium. The organizer of the symposium submits a proposal (as organiser’s text) with a plan for the symposium including: 1 The title of the symposium, 2 An abstract describing the entire symposium, 3 The names of the contributors, titles of their presentations and their abstracts

Välkomna att medverka i ett spännande symposium!

Bosse Bergstedt