New book: Fair and Competitive? Critical perspectives on contemporary Nordic schooling

A new JustEd publication edited by Anne-Lise Arnesen, Elina Lahelma, Lisbeth Lundahl and Elisabet Öhrn.

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The Nordic countries have traditionally been regarded as archetypal representatives of social democratic welfare states. But particularly since the 1990s the concept of universal welfare and education has increasingly been infused with neo-liberal ideas and technologies, even if the extent to which this has happened and its expressions vary from one Nordic country to the next. Marketisation, new public management and an emphasis on individualism and individual responsibility have profoundly affected education, with increased focus on competition, knowledge, performance and assessment. This is the context, the educational landscape of this book.

Through ethnographic studies in varied educational institutions in Finland, Norway and Sweden we ask, how these political aspects are visible, how they are negotiated and contested in the practices and everyday lives of students and teachers in schools, and what are their implications for democratic influence? Can the competitive school be at the same time fair? The chapters are written from a critical ethnographic perspective, using ethnographic data and analysis to address power relations in education with reference to the political aim of social inclusion and democracy. The authors address diversities and differences and their interpretations are informed by an intersectional understanding of gender, ethnicity and social class.

The authors of this book include members from JustEd teams 2, 4 and 6.

More information about the book and its’ contents: Fair_and_competitive_flyer

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions grant for a three-year project on “Higher Education Internationalisation and Mobility: Inclusions, equalities and innovations”

Nafsika Alexiadou from Umeå University is part of an international team awarded a prestigious research grant from Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). The grant is for a three-year project on “Higher Education Internationalisation and Mobility: Inclusions, equalities and innovations” which will focus on Roma participation in higher education opportunities in Europe. The project will start in January 2015.

This research/innovation project will focus on how principles of equity and inclusion can be applied to internationalisation strategies and programmes in higher education and on developing research and innovation capacity in this field. It will focus on the Roma community in Europe as a critical example of a marginalised group, at both staff and student levels. The Partnership is between three universities (Sussex, Umeå and Seville) and the Roma Education Fund (REF), based in Hungary and with offices also in Romania, Slovakia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

More information on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) is available on the European commission website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/index_en.htm

Mobility fellowships

JustEd mobility fellowships for year 2015 have been granted to the following persons:

Doctoral student Pia-Maria Niemi, University of Helsinki, for a stay at the University of Oslo

Doctoral student Tuuli From, University of Helsinki, for a stay at the University of Gothenburg

Doctoral student Valgerður Bjarnadóttir, University of Iceland, for a stay at the University of Gothenburg

Doctoral student Tommi Wallenius, University of Helsinki, for a stay at the Umeå University

Doctoral student Jenni Helakorpi, University of Helsinki, for a stay at the University of Gothenburg

Post-doctoral researcher Jon Kjaran, University of Iceland, for a stay at the University of Helsinki

Associate professor Kathrin Otrel-Cass, Aalborg University, for a stay at the University of Melbourne

University lecturer Sirpa Lappalainen, University of Helsinki, for a stay at the University of Gothenburg

Professor Åke Ingerman, University of Gothenburg, for a stay at the University of Melbourne

Professor Kristiina Brunila, University of Helsinki, for a stay at the University of Gothenburg

Associate professor Anna Slotte-Lüttge, University of Helsinki, for a stay at the University of Oslo

Professor Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, for a stay at the Science Po

Associate professor Marie Carlson, University of Gothenburg, for a stay at the University of Helsinki

Associate Professor Maija Salokangas, Trinity college Dublin, for a stay at the University of Helsinki

Senior lecturer Wieland Wermke, Uppsala University, for a stay at the University of Helsinki

Professor Hilda Borko, Stanford University, for a stay at the University of Oslo

Post-doctoral fellow Clément Rivière, Sciences Po Paris / Université Paris-Est, for a stay at the University of Helsinki