«Bildung» through Academic Teaching
Edited By Lara Rodríguez Sieweke
The anthology departs from the fundamental idea that the university is deeply connected to the ideal of «Bildung» and to democratic values. If the university should serve as an open space to develop democracy and to meet today’s social, cultural and ecological challenges, then one has to take into account the different disciplines’ approaches to education. Thus, the featured proposals on school and university education come from diverse research fields such as general education, media education, art and aesthetic education, philosophy, ethnology, sociology, performance art and gender.
Educating Responsible Citizens. Intercultural Competence and Aesthetic Education (Katarina Elam / Marie-Louise Hansson Stenhammar / Tarja Karlsson Häikiö / Feiwel Kupferberg / Rasoul Nejadmehr / Margareta Wallin Wictorin)
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Katarina Elam, Marie-Louise Hansson Stenhammar, Tarja Karlsson Häikiö, Feiwel Kupferberg, Rasoul Nejadmehr, and Margareta Wallin Wictorin
Educating Responsible Citizens. Intercultural Competence and Aesthetic Education
Abstract: What is aesthetic education good for in pedagogical regards and how can it be compared with the competencies that intercultural education aims at? Our main argument in the article is that the core of intercultural competencies consists of a number of overlapping modes of knowledge, skills and capabilities such as active empathy, critical approach to hidden colonial and racial heritages, dialogic relationships with the world and the other, as well as openness to experiences that are radically different from one’s own. We regard these skills, competencies and knowledge as main elements of “educating responsible citizens.” This article is a joint product of researchers working within different disciplines and with different knowledge interests. They share an interest in the question of if and how aesthetic education can lead to the particular intercultural competence of educating responsible citizens.
Keywords: Intercultural competence, aesthetic education, empathy, responsible citizens
Introduction: Arguments for the Arts as Tools in Intercultural Education
In Sweden, intercultural education was first mentioned in a public inquiry in 1983 (SOU1983, 57), which stated: “Intercultural education includes all children and all adults in the school – also outside the school” (43). In another public inquiry, intercultural pedagogy was considered a “natural foundation of all education”, and here it was recommended that an intercultural perspective...
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