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Writing Postcolonial Histories of Intercultural Education


Edited By Heike Niedrig and Christian Ydesen

Bringing together a group of international researchers from two educational sub-disciplines – «History of Education» and «Intercultural Education» – the contributions to this volume provide insights into the (pre-)history of intercultural issues in education across a vast range of historical, national-geographical and political contexts. The anthology takes its readers on a fascinating journey around the globe, presenting case studies from Asia, Africa, Europe and America. The coherence of the journey is found in recurring themes and questions, such as: How does the discourse on «multiculturalism» or «intercultural learning» construct the norm and the Others in these educational settings? Who has the power of definition? And what are the functions and effects of these processes of Othering?
Heike Niedrig, PhD, studied African Languages in South Africa as well as Literature, Sociology and Education in Hamburg, Germany. Her present educational research at the University of Hamburg deals with transnational educational careers of young African migrants from a postcolonial theory perspective.
Christian Ydesen, PhD, studied History and Philosophy in Aalborg, Denmark, and was a PhD fellow at the Danish School of Education in Copenhagen (Denmark), and at the Centre for Educational Sociology in Edinburgh (UK). His research focuses on the history of intercultural education and on educational testing.