2nd International Brno Workshop
A Cultural Difference and
Social Solidarity Network Workshop
The Promise and Possibilities
of Critical Pedagogies:
Pedagogies of Difference and Solidarity in Contemporary Societies
Masaryk University, Department of English Language and Literature,
Brno, Czech Republic
29th August – 30th August 2015
The last four decades has seen a resurgence in interest in pedagogies and pedagogic forms, strategies and practices. Traditionally associated more directly with schooling, the ‘pedagogic turn’ in social theory, headed by Foucault’s critical analysis of the constitution of normativities and orthodoxies and Illich, Friere, Giroux and hooks engagement with emancipatory pedagogies, has encouraged a broader understanding of pedagogy in society. Pedagogy appears to encapsulate both the reproduction and sustaining of the ‘status quo’ in political and cultural discursive strategies and hegemonies, and the developing of coherent and effective oppositions to existing orthodoxies and for ethical and political change.
Pedagogy may well be a popular focus because it allows the possibility of change by discursive politics and ethical debate against the more daunting task of radical restructuring and more persuasive than the term of political debate within particular national political cultures. They suggest the promotion of participation and democratic debate in public affairs, with the possibility of finding solidarities in culture and norms with the space for recognition and appreciations of difference. At the same time, pedagogic strategies are effective in the constructions of exclusion, marginalisation and pathology. In addition, there are concerns that a focus on pedagogies may well push the terms of opposition into cultural rather than political domains, and the tool of analysis might not provide the critical basis for open political argument
This workshop – occupying the weekend of the 29th and 30th August - invites papers from both within and across disciplinary divides in the humanities and social sciences that extend the analyses of pedagogic forms, strategies and practices and explore how they contribute to the making, breaking and remaking of settlements of solidarity and difference in contemporary societies. Papers might focus on the following, although the list is not exclusive:
Other related topics discussing cultural difference and social solidarity are welcome.
Panel suggestions, alternate forms of intellectual presentation and papers (both polished and in progress), which should be aimed at 20 minutes maximum presentation as well as shorter presentations and contributions are welcomed. The workshop will be organised around paper presentations that allow for discussion as well as exposition and roundtable plenary consolidation of the paper themes and discussions. We expect to publish from the workshop in both an established book series and a special issue of a journal and/or the annual publication of the Network, CDSS Record.
Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network (CDSS) is an international organisation focused broadly on fostering collaboration and debate around the broad issues of difference and solidarity in human societies. The network organizes an annual conferences, as well as periodic seminars and collaborative projects (see www.differencesolidarity). It has a particular interest in supporting international research collaboration and younger researchers entering the international stage. The network works towards the development of trans-disciplinary and trans-national understandings of and interventions in questions of solidarity and difference. This event is the first collaboration between the network and the Department of English Language and Literature at Masaryk University, in Brno, the Czech Republic.
Cultural Difference and
Social Solidarity Network
is an initiative that seeks to promote ethical, responsible, and reasoned discussions, conferences, publications, and literary and artistic events on issues of cultural difference and social solidarity.
Note: CDSS receives no revenues or commissions from any authors' works posted on our website. We will gladly post conference participants' works which support our values to promote broad interdisciplinary research and discussions of societies and cultures.
Cultural Difference and
Social Solidarity Network
“New Directions in Reconciling Solidarity and Difference in Contemporary Societies”
Middle East Technical University - Northern Cyprus Campus
July 2nd - July 4th 2015
Edited by Scott H. Boyd and Mary Ann Walter.
Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Heimat? - Vielleicht
Anita Haviv-Horiner/ Sibylle Heilbrunn
In 16 Interviews berichten Kinder von Holocaustüberlebenden, die in Deutschland aufgewachsen sind, über Ihre besondere Lebenssituation. Die Hälfte von Ihnen wohnt noch heute in Deutschland, die andere Hälfte ist nach Israel eingewandert. Es geht um Identität, Zugehörigkeit und "Heimat".