«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.
Introduction: Learning Scenarios for Social and Cultural Change: Bildung through Academic Teaching (Anja Kraus / Lara Rodríguez Sieweke)
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Anja Kraus and Lara Rodríguez Sieweke
Introduction: Learning Scenarios for Social and Cultural Change: Bildung through Academic Teaching
Research on the university within the humanities and cultural and educational sciences is relatively rare and has been mostly neglected in the general discourses on it (e.g., see Heinrich 1987, Hug 1996, Bourdieu 2002, and Derrida 2004). Among other disciplines, the arts have had representatives such as Beuys, Böll, Staeck and Eliasson, who have been involved in both the conceptualization and creation of universities. The latter takes up the importance of the experiment. In Eliasson’s words, “by engaging in experimentation we can challenge the norms we live by.1” Eliasson, supported by the Berlin University of the Arts, founded the Institut für Raumexperimente e.V. (Institute for Spatial Experiments), a project which collaborated with numerous international universities and institutions, and aimed at investigating various “learning situations of uncertain certainty.” Furthermore, the institute aimed to integrate a “multiplicity of voices” and to establish “a school of questions rather than of answers.”
We depart from the fundamental idea of the university as being deeply connected to the ideal of Bildung, and to cultural (democratic) values. However, there are some unmistakable signs that contemporary humanists have not quite succeeded in explaining why Bildung and culture are decisive for the development of society. If the university should serve as an open space to develop democracy and to meet the huge social, cultural and ecological challenges...
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