CHEF talk and seminar in March

Chef Talks F20

CHEF Talk: Democracy, Bildung and Play: Aesthetic matters in education

Date: March 12, 2020, 12.00-13.00

Venue: Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, CUDiM, 
             room 656, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483, 8000 Aarhus C
             Also, it is possible to follow by video-link from DPU, Campus Emdrup, 
             room D120, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 København NV
             
Speaker: Herdis Toft, Associate Professor, Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark

Play processes support democracy and Bildung, that is, formation/self-cultivation and human growth in social communities. A main purpose for (Danish) day care and educational institutions is education for democracy. This aim can be fulfilled through awareness of how democracy and Bildung are closely connected to forms of play representing aesthetical matters, that must not be neglected in education.

Herdis Toft is inspired by:

  • Rancière and his understanding of the relation between democracy and aesthetics, both matters that relate to the ways in which divisions and subdivisions in the social take place
  • Agamben and his critique of the way in which contemporary individuals are ascribed definite identities, thereby losing their freedom to not being someone predetermined within existing social and symbolic (educational) order
  • Nietzsche and his distinction between aesthetic processes as Apollonian and Dionysian stylizing that are vital regarding human growth.

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CHEF Research Seminar: Whose freedom? Which autonomy?

Date: March 31, 2020, 14.00-16.00

Venue: Danish School of Education, Campus Emdrup, room D120, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 København NV
            Also, it is possible to follow by video-link from Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, CUDiM,
            room 656, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483, 8000 Aarhus C

Speaker: Sharon Rider, Professor at Department of Philosophy, Research Coordinator at Department of Economic History, 
               Uppsala University, Sweden

In this lecture, Sharon Rider will discuss:

  • How the issues involved in questions concerning academic freedom have somewhat different anatomies, depending upon which systems, subjects or organizations are involved (students and teachers, the university and the state, the university and the faculty, etc)
  • Whether the freedom involved is understood primarily in political, economic, or conceptual terms


The autonomy of one party, actor or agent in one sense can mean drastic incursions on the autonomy of another in a different one. Therefore, to the extent that academic freedom is under attack, the question of what is being threatened and by whom will have somewhat different answers in different contexts.             

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