Education is Relation not Output

Welcome to the conference Education is relation not output? - Scenes of knowledge and knowledge aquisition at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden, May 17th-19th 2016. Conference, workshops, internship as observers at schools and round table discussions.

Re-thinking the idea of university and scholarly life means to critically examine the conditions for teaching in terms of the current policy discourses and freely develop an idea of university out of an international perspective. University does not exist simply to convey information or expertise. It is a society in which everyone is responsible for in a reflected way participating in diverse relationships to him-/herself, to others and to the world, and, based on diverse forms of knowledge and representation, actively forming them. In this conference combined with other spaces for discussion a perspective on university as a place for social development will be opened up by academic scholars as well as by professionals in the fields of school as well as of art.

In cooperation with the international scientific network: Tacit Dimensions of Pedagogy


Anja Kraus (Educational Science, Linnaeus University)

Margareta Wallin Wictorin (Cultural Sciences, Karlstad University)


The conference is free of charge and open for everyone. The language at the conference will be English.


Globalization, Interculturality and Interdependence

Today we live in a space of intense proximity; the economic, ecologic and human interdependence of the diverse nations and cultures becomes more and more obvious. In future fast and profound changes and new chances are expected. A sustainable way of dealing with these challenges presupposes intercultural and ecological thinking, characterized by openness and flexibility and by the knowledge about the entanglements and the interdependences of diverse values, cultures and species transcending the national borders and continents. In a pedagogical sense, the knowledge to be learnt is always related to the ability of connecting and applying it to challenges at hand, sustainably caring for oneself, for others and for the environment in the wide sense.

Diversity and Gender

Today, the idea of scientifically valid representation taking a reflexive place outside of the real by referring to the abstraction of a European masculine being as the template for conceptualizing the individual is confronted by a research on people's knowledge in a world of cultural diversity and diverse forms of self-representation. Feminist approaches regard a social context as formed by performative references to subjectivity and generality. They deal with the question of how objectivity is constructed, reasoned and fixed. In our forum we will deal with the concepts of diversity, gender and education and critique against norms that operate in education and society.

Humanism and Democracy

Cultural performance is always performance of a community in handling and interpretation of verbalized and non-verbalized significant characters. It comes into effect in the medium of the physically expressive, namely, when symbols and their sensual presence appear together. Cultural meanings would become evident in the enforcement character of (social and other) events and actions. The question is how values, agency and critical thinking of individuals can be emphasized, individually and collectively, without overstressing rationalism, naturalism and empiricism or faith.

Visual Culture and Media

Not only education, also art is about relation rather than outcome. Art is about meeting and interpreting; and it can be a way to investigate the world and put things at stake. Contemporary art, academic research and education are successively converging as ways of searching for knowledge, and all can function as methods to broaden the mind. The artes liberales are considered essential for a person in order to know how to take an active and responsible part in civic life; new social and public media unfold own dynamics that enforce or hinder from such participation.


Programme (preliminary)

Tuesday, the 17th of May

11.00-13.00 Registration (house M)

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.20 Welcome (Local: IKEA, house N)

13.20-14.00 Keynote speaker Siarhei Piashkun, Belarus
                    (Local: IKEA, house N)

14.00-15.30 Session 1: Globalization, Interculturality and Interdependence

Workshop 1 (Local: M1051)
Is intercultural pedagogy possible? Identifying and overcoming intellectual barriers to intercultural education in the interface of epistemology and aesthetic learning (Feiwel Kupferberg, Katarina Elam, Margareta Wallin Wictorin, Rasoul Nejadmehr, Tarja Karlsson Häikiö, Marie-Louise Hansson Stenhammar, Scandinavia)

Workshop 2 (Local: M1053)
Cooperative Learning within Educational Networks: Perspectives for Good Educational Governance and Public Value (Gudrun Marci-B., Germany)

Workshop 3 (Local: M1049)
Values and Knowledge Education (VaKE) – a Didactic Tool to Teach Humanism and Democracy (Jean-Luc Patry, Austria)

Workshop 4 (Local: M1050)
Openness in Education: Claims, Concepts, and Perspectives for Higher Education (Theo Hug; Austria)

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break (house M)

16:00-16.40 Keynote speaker Nanna Lueth, Germany
(Local: IKEA, house N)

16:40-18:10 Session 2: Diversity and Gender

Workshop 1 (Local: M1053)
Staging Gender: the Articulation of Tacit Gender Dimensions in Drama Classes in a Swedish Context (Anna Lund & Maria Hedlin, Sweden)

Workshop 2 (Local: M1051)
Mermaiding – Body-Styling and Practices in Textile-Esthetical Processes of Education (Anne-Marie Grundmeier & Maud Hietzge, Germany)

Workshop 3 (Local: M1049)
"Gender" as a form of "Tacit" knowing in the fields of Pedagogy (Anja Kraus, Sweden)

Workshop 4 (Local: M1050)
Cultural Ethnic Diversity and of Gender in the School Patio (Stela M. Ferrarese, Argentina)

18.10-19.30 Break (house M)

19.30 Dinner at a restaurant in town

Wednesday, the 18th of May

8.00-12.00 Hospitations at schools

12.00-13.00 Break

13.00-14.00 Lunch at restaurant Kristina

14.00-14.40 Keynote speaker Tatiana Shchyttsova, Lithuania
(Local: IKEA, house N)

14:40-16:10 Session 3: Humanism and Democracy

Workshop 1 (Local: M1053)
Being and Becoming: A phenomenological perspective on formative dimensions of preschool education (Eva Schwarz, Lotte Alsterdahl, Maria Pröckl & Beatriz Lindvist, Sweden)

Workshop 2 (Local: M1051)
Is Tacit Knowledge Communicable? (Peter Baumgartner, Austria)

Workshop 3 (Local: M1049)
A Concept Analysis of Critical Thinking in the Framework of Critical Pedagogy in Teacher Education (Fatma Saçlı Uzunoz; Turkey)

Workshop 4 (Local: M1050)
Never change a running system - but what if the system leads in the wrong direction? Is there any way to promote change and innovation against all odds? (Barbara Vollmer & Sibylle Rahm, Germany)

16.10-16.30 Coffee Break (house M)

16.30-17.30 Round Table discussion with Stephen Hwang, rector at Linnaeus University: What is the university's role in the society today and in the future? (Local: IKEA, house N)

17.30-18.00 Break (house M)

18.00 Dinner at Teleborg Castle 

Thursday, the 19th of May

8.30-9.10 Keynote Helene Illeris, Norway
(Local: IKEA, house N)

9:10-10.40 Session 3/1: Art, Visual Culture and Media

Workshop 1 (Local: M1053)
Things that matter. Acquiring Knowledge through Self-Organized Artistic and Cultural Activities (Hanne Seitz, Germany)

Workshop 2 (Local: M1051)
Topoi - Atopoi (Antje Majewski, Germany)

Workshop 3 (Local: M1049)
Media and Cultural Education. A Means to Social Cohesion in a Global World (Michael Waltinger, Sweden)

Workshop 4 (Local: M1050)
Media abstinence – why less can be more (Anna Aloisia Moser, Germany/USA)

10.40-11.20 Keynote Matthias Rath, Germany
(Local: IKEA, house N)

11.20-12.20 Lunch at restaurant Kristina

12.20-13.50 Session 3/2: Art, Visual Culture and Media

Workshop 1 (Local: M1053)
People in Museums (Ellen Kobe, Germany)

Workshop 2 (Local: M1051)
Photography as Encounter – Reflective Potentials of Photographic Approaches to Pedagogic Processes (Katja Böhme, Germany)

Workshop 3 (Local: M1049)
Learning is Practice not Output. Visualizing hidden practices of learning with an camera-ethnographic approach (Bina Mohn, Germany)

Workshop 4 (Local: M1050)
Performance and Competence: Visual Knowledge Productions in the Artistic Research Learning Process. Results from Project CU FaBiT (Maria Peters + Christina Inthoff, Germany)

13.50-14.50 Round Table discussion  (Local: IKEA, house N)

15:00-17.00 Coffee and events (house M)

Keynote speakers

Tatiana Shchyttsova is professor for Philosophy at the Department for Social and Political Studies at the European Humanities University (Vilnius), Director of Center for Philosophical Anthropology (EHU). Fields of interest: phenomenology of intersubjectivity, intergenerational relations, ethics and social philosophy. She helped to move her university from Minsk/Belarus to Vilnius.

Nanna Lueth is artist, art educator and cultural theorist. She is professor for Art Didactics and Gender Studies at the University of the Arts Berlin. Her research priorities include art education, gender and media.

Siarhei Piashkun, PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, is the Head of the International Office at the Polotsk State University. He is academic expert and evaluator for programs of the EC (TEMPUS, ERASMUS, Erasmus Mundus projects) and supervisor and advisor for European scientific cooperations. Providing the EACEA with results of evaluations. Investigation of the ENPI initiatives in the EU support of the strategic categories (for the participants and partners in Belarus, Sweden and Latvia).

Stela Maris Ferrarese Capettini is professor for Physical Education. She is politically engaged in the Human Rights for indigenous people in Argentina. Her research Interests: Indigenous education with the emphasis on environmental education and reinforcement of cultural identity, cross-cultural communication, gender, land rights and land administration, conflict analysis and management, games of indigenous peoples in Argentine and their application in intercultural physical education.

Matthias Rath is professor for Philosophy at University of Education Ludwigsburg and Head of Research Center Youth - Media - Education. He is Vice Chairman of the Association for Media Education Research. 2005-2014 he was Scientific Member of the Board of State Institute of School Development. His fields of research are: media ethics, media research, media education research, applied ethics, mediatization research, leadership.

Prof. Norm Friesen är Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices vid Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He is Director of the New Media Studies Research Centre (, and is presently undertaking federally-funded research in media and education.


Other useful information


We have pre-booked rooms at Elite Park Hotel in the center of Växjö. Please, call or email the hotel and use the code "ERO" when you book to get our special price. Note: The pre-booked rooms can not be booked on-line on the hotels website.

You can book via email or telephone
+46/(0)470 - 702200.

Elite Park Hotel
Västra Esplanaden 10-14
Box 434
SE-351 06 VÄXJÖ
Tel: +46 (0) 470 70 22 00
Fax: +46 (0) 470 47 577

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From Copenhagen Airport/Kastrup

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The taxi stand is situated at Resecentrum (the Travel centre, i e the train and bus station).

Bus between central Växjö and Linnaeus University

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