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08.03.2018

PATTERNS Lectures conference publication "Is teaching always political?" is published!

The final conference of PATTERNS Lectures 2016/17 took place in Vienna in November 2017 and dealt with the topic “Is teaching always political? New challenges in higher education”. The event brought together lecturers from different generations of PATTERNS Lectures, PATTERNS Lectures Advisors and selected guests who took part as speakers and moderators.

Selected contributions fom the conference are now available in our conference publication which is published in March 2018! 

Here is a short preview from the introduction...
"The curriculum is never neutral: it privileges certain worldviews, certain traditions and certain authors. So we quickly moved on to experiences and questions from the classrooms: How to deal with unreasonable statements in class? Crossing the norm: where is the line? And just how much “political” is allowed if you want to keep your job? We knew then and there that we were opening a difficult chapter and that there was no moving on from here to a comfort zone where we could leave the conference with uplifted hearts and happy solutions.  (...)

We did not reach definite conclusions, but we started a dialogue to create a forum to share stories and experiences which are similar, and which show that we are not facing isolated cases. "

 

To view the full publication click here.