Professor Kathryn Ecclestone visits University of Helsinki as a JustEd research fellow

The University of Helsinki is delighted to be hosting Kathryn Ecclestone, professor of Education at University of Sheffield, as a JustEd fellow in April 2014. Over a 25 year period, Prof. Ecclestone has developed an internationally recognized, original body of research that explores two linked themes: first, ‘therapisation’, i.e. the ways in which ideas and practices from different branches of therapy and psychology intertwine with the political and cultural rise of concerns about ‘emotional well-being’ and ‘vulnerability’, and second,
the impact of assessment policy on everyday educational practices in post-compulsory settings, focusing on the growth of emotional and psychological interventions and assessments.

During her visit in Helsinki, Prof. Ecclestone will plan a collaborative research programme on ‘The rise of therapisation and new forms of social justice in education policy in Britain and Nordic countries’ together with Kristiina Brunila and other Helsinki based JustEd-researchers.  She will be involved in joint funding applications and publications, lead workshops and give open lectures as well as doctoral supervision.

Prof Ecclestone will give two open lectures during her stay:

‘An emotional turn in education policy and practice: responding to the ‘vulnerability zeitgeist’’
Thursday 10 April at 10:15-12:00, Athena room 302, Siltavuorenpenger 3A, University of Helsinki

 ‘The implications of a critical perspective amidst a powerful consensus: the case of ‘therapeutic education in England’’
Friday 11 April at 13:00, Minerva Plaza, Siltavuorenpenger 5A, University of Helsinki

No registration is required for the lectures – warmly welcome to attend!

More information about Professor Kathryn Ecclestone

Lecture script and slides from Professor Ecclestone’s presentation ‘An emotional turn in education policy and practice’

New JustEd centre in Helsinki – the AGORA for the study of social justice and equality in education

Friday 11 April 2014 will mark the official opening of a new research center at the University of Helsinki, the ‘AGORA for the study of social justice and equality in education’. The Centre, also serving as a local branch of JustEd, consists of research groups and individual researchers that share a multidisciplinary approach to the questions of social justice and equality through the whole educational system and beyond.

In addition to coordinating and developing educational and adult educational research, the AGORA Centre will provide research based teaching and supervision for PhD students. Since influencing society is a key focus of the AGORA, collaboration with ministries, educational organisations and other partners within the public, private and third sector, will be a natural part of the Centre. Events bringing together political gatekeepers and researchers to discuss matters of equality and social justice will also be arranged regularly.

More information on the AGORA website
Invitation to the opening seminar on Friday 11 April (mostly in Finnish)

Travel grants to ESOF2014 for PhD candidates

The Euroscience Open Forum that takes place in Copenhagen 21-26 June 2014 is Europe’s largest, general science meeting and a platform for dissemination among policy makers, officials and researchers. JustEd will together with NordForsk participate in the ESOF conference with a panel discussion on June 23rd on “The role of education in promoting social justice”. The NCoE will be represented by Lisbeth Lundahl, Agnes van Zanten, Gunilla Holm, Lois Weis and Michelle Schweisfurth

The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in collaboration with Euroscience have now opened a call for travel grants for PhD candidates to attend the EuroScience Open Forum in June. Teh aim is to provide young researchers with a unique opportunity to interact with leading scientists from various scientific fields. The deadline for applications for travel grants is Tuesday 22 April 2014. Read more about the call