Views on the Relations between Research, Practice and Politics in the Sector of VET- Festschrift for Anja Heikkinen- Edited by Philipp Gonon, Lorenz Lassnigg and Manfred Wahle
Edited By Philipp Gonon, Lorenz Lassnig and Manfred Wahle
On comparing. Or: The struggle for history and culture. A tribute to Anja Heikkinen - Matthias Vonken
127 On comparing. Or: The struggle for history and culture. A tribute to Anja Heikkinen Matthias Vonken When I was asked to write an essay for an anthology for Anja’s anniversary, the demand was not to write a scientific article as usual but something “what I ever wanted to say to Anja”. This is quite a challenge for me because usually it isn’t a problem to talk to her in a direct way and I thus haven’t much to say what I couldn’t do in one of the annual conferences. But then I remembered the issue of history and culture and its unsolved problems and innumerous attempts to in- clude them in the work of the “VET & Culture Network”… The VET & Culture Network, for which Anja is some kind of spiritus rector, wants to bring together researchers and scholars from Europe and (in the mean- time) from all over the world to discuss issues e.g., concerning comparative VET with a cultural and historical perspective. That is so far part of the pro- gram. As I joined the network during the conference in Erfurt in 2002, many as- pects of very different parts of VET were discussed, besides the role of history and culture. In the following years, this was perpetuated. In every conference there was a part on reflections of the network and its future, and always Anja demanded to include the role of history and culture more than it happened in the past. Nothing changed. In the conference in...
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