Chair: Stephen Carney, Roskilde University, Denmark
This Working Group (WG) deals with some of the most profound and complex challenges or even contestations facing education and identity formation in Europe and elsewhere. Whilst encouraging a broad array of papers, the WG is particularly interested in papers that address the following issues:
- Techniques and technologies: the rise and implications of new governance methods and systems. This might include the application of ‘big data’ to education as well as new developments regarding measurement, performance and surveillance systems. How are these new regimes of visibility (re)shaping notions of the educated person in national, regional and global terms?
- Actors and organisations: the role of international agencies and new scalar relations (for example regional and transnational configurations) in recalibrating and challenging the role of nation states in the field of education and identity formation. Who is setting the agenda for education and what does it mean to be educated in an age of fluidity? In what ways does this new agenda differ from earlier ones?
- Subject positions and identity politics: the prospects for education in an age of uncertain transnationalism. What types of education become possible as the state is displaced from its historically privileged position in educating populaces? What new educated subjectivities and positionalities are emerging (or under erasure) as new actors and processes attempt to redefine (historically contested) notions of the educated person?
The WG welcomes contributions from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and conceptual orientations aimed at understanding the interests driving such transformations and how these are affecting educational identities nationally and beyond.