Online CHEF talks in March 2021

Chef Talk

Transdisciplinary being: a univocal pedagogy for self-cultivation

Date: March 9, 2021, 15.00-16.00

Venue: Online. Participants will recieve a Zoom-Link closer to the event.


Speaker: Professor Paul Gibbs, East European University, Georgia

Registration deadline: 
March 7, 2021


To teach we must teach something, and we must recognise what we seek to do and why. In Confucian texts it is self-cultivation, in European texts it has its roots in perfection. If we fail to understand that, we are as enjoined in Tolstoy’s dilemma of, “in reality I was still confronted with the same insoluble problems of how to teach without knowing what I was teaching” (1987:23).

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Teaching and learning – Educational development for a whole university 

Date: March 23, 2021, 15.00-16.00

Venue: Online. Participants will recieve a Zoom-Link closer to the event.

Fee: Free

Speakers: Associate Professor Sarah Robinson & Director Anne Mette Mørcke, both Centre for Educational Development, Aarhus University, Denmark

Registration deadline: March 21, 2021


In October 2020, the four faculty based pedagogical centres at Aarhus University were amalgamated as one ‘Centre for Educational Development’. This research-based pedagogical centre is situated to service university faculty in an era when teaching is emerging from a shadowy background. The centre is seeking to find a position to start conversations about teaching and learning with faculty. Its vision is to lead and support faculty to equip students to become critical thinkers, to be collaborative and co-creative and to be able to solve problems to which the answers are unknown. This talk raises the question, what should such a centre do to engage faculty in discussions about teaching and learning for a new and better future?

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Women’s University 1928-2018

Date: March 30, 2021, 14.00-15.00

Venue: Online. Participants will recieve a Zoom-Link closer to the event.

Fee: Free

Speakers: Professor Ning de Coninck-Smith & Dr Astrid Elkjær Sørensen, both Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark

Registration deadline: March 28, 2021


First speaker: Professor Ning de Coninck-Smith
Title: Making the un-visible matter. Theoretical and methodological reflections on the writing of university jubilee history.

University jubilees generate books – boring books, but frequently very informative about quantitative expansions, important scientific breakthrough, renowned (male) professors and impressive campus.

What is missing from these accounts are the men and women on all levels, who on a daily basis make higher learning/universities. What is also missing are theoretical and methodological reflections about, what is told and what is not and what makes university change and where to detect the micro and affective processes, where the shifting logics of academic life become visible?

Second speaker: Dr Astrid Elkjær Sørensen
Title: Gender & Academization

In her presentation, she discuss through a series of empirical examples how notions and negotiation of the feminine and masculine played into the academization of the teachers’, nurses’ and pre-school teachers’ profession in the period 1990-2020, and how it has shaped our understanding of these professions.

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