Panel A.05 — In the interstices of education: subjects, spaces and processes for social justice

Convenors Anna Fausta Scardigno (University of Bari, Italy); Maurizio Merico (University of Salerno, Italy)

Keywords Education; continuum; interstices; social justice; mechanisms of inclusion


The panel aims to reflect on the subjects, spaces and processes that inhabit the interstices of education.

The objective is to analyse, on the one hand, the interstitial mechanisms that contribute to reproducing inequalities and dynamics of exclusion in educational contexts and, on the other one, to focus on the potential of an intersectional research approach that contributes to contrasting the reproduction of exclusion and inequality and the non-recognition of diversity – in other words, that contributes to social justice and injustice – in the perspective of the “continuum of education” (Merico & Scardigno 2022).

Scholars are invited to propose contributions that focus on methodological and/or theoretical aspects and that aim to overcome the satellite and isolation logic with which flaming issues are usually addressed in educational contexts, with respect:

– to subjects involved in interstitial dynamics (i.e. subjects with disabilities, subjects with a migratory background, and so on);

– to processes that emerge in border areas (with reference to gender, generations, social relations, and others interstitial dimensions);

– to intersectional contexts and processes (i.e. spaces of urban generativity, new youth cultures, and so on).

Priority will be accorded to research contributions that refer to the field of applied research or to the evaluation of projects, services, and policies, and which will be capable of questioning if and how – in its multifaced, plural and continuous dimensions – education plays a decisive role in contending the reproduction of mechanisms of selection and exclusion, especially when it embraces an interconnected perspective, endemically in relation with contexts, people and social and territorial variables.


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