EDUCATION AND POST-DEMOCRACY
The FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of the JOURNAL SCUOLA DEMOCRATICA was hosted at the University of Cagliari, Italy, June 6 through 8, 2019, by Scuola Democratica, Centro Interuniversitario per la Ricerca Didattica (University of Cagliari and University of Sassari), Il Mulino.
The conference stands as an opportunity to present and discuss empirical and theoretical works from a variety of disciplines and fields covering education. The focal theme of the Conference is a trend currently affecting many countries invested by processes of globalization: the advent of what Colin Crouch called «post-democracy» (check Keynote Speakers list).
Organizers, promoters and partners of the Conference wish to invite educators, teachers, researchers, scholars, academics, scientists, professionals, experts and policy makers to join the conversation and bring the disciplines towards a more integrated set of alliances by:
- promoting a trans- and inter-disciplinary discussion on urgent topics;
- fostering debates among experts and professionals;
- diffusing research findings all over international scientific networks and practitioners’ mainstreams;
- launching further strategies and networking alliances on local, national and international scale;
- providing a new space for debate and evidences to educational policies.
Each of the 9 streams has several tracks and each track claims to be a podium for raising voice to overcome geographical and cultural barriers while exercising emerging ways to identify the challenges in the context by joining studies, gathering together and networking.
The First International Conference of the Journal “Scuola Democratica”
is organized and promoted by
Centro Interuniversitario per la Ricerca Didattica
(Università di Cagliari e Università di Sassari)
With this event, «Scuola Democratica» wishes to introduce the first International Conference of the journal. The aim of the Conference is to discuss a trend currently affecting many countries that have been invested by the process of globalization: the advent of what Colin Crouch called «post-democracy» (2004).
Nowadays, 14 years later, the problematic condition described by this term has become even more urgent and complex. Forms of authoritarian democracy have burst and spread on the international scene, translated and mobilized by increasingly successful neo-populist and sovereignist political movements. These two regressive forms of post-democracy – one nourished by neo-liberalism, the other by populism – configure historical challenges for the world of education and culture: it is on this ground, and not only on the political and economic level, that decisive matches are in fact being played.
These challenges are both tangible and intangible, and call into question the modern ideas of justice and democracy. To deal with them, practitioners and education scholars within schools, universities and training will have to engage in new cultural efforts. These challenges pass through four important dimensions of the educational systems, all of which appear to be crossed by antinomies and uncertainties: the ethical-political socialization, the differences, the inclusion, the innovation.
The first International Conference of «Scuola Democratica» is therefore named Education and Post-Democracy, and its goal will be to investigate these processes. The Promoters and the Organizers of the Conferences would like to invite all the interested actors to join the conversation: national and international scholars, experts of education, professionals in training policies and practices, etc.