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Cultural diversity, vernacular knowledge and inclusive education in India

English title Cultural diversity, vernacular knowledge and inclusive education in India
Applicant Schöbi Dominik
Number 156778
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Chaire d'Anthropologie Sociale Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales Université de Fribourg
Institution of higher education University of Fribourg - FR
Main discipline Ethnology
Start/End 01.04.2015 - 31.03.2020
Approved amount 383'513.00
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Keywords (6)

Interculturality; Sociology of knowledge; Inclusive education; India; Dalit studies; Minorities

Lay Summary (Italian)

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Titolo del progetto di ricercaMulticulturalità, tradizioni del sapere popolare ed educazione socialmente inclusiva in IndiaIn sintesiNel mondo contemporaneo, definito sempre più da forme di socialità globalizzate ed interconnesse, è sul piano della multiculturalità che emergono nuove sfide e potenzialità per l’integrazione e la coesione sociale. Il progetto è incentrato sullo studio di tradizioni del sapere popolare e di forme di apprendimento, intese in senso lato, idonee a promuovere processi e spazi dialogici che favoriscano l’inter-culturalità.
Lay summary

In sintesi

Nel mondo contemporaneo, definito sempre più da forme di socialità globalizzate ed interconnesse,  è  sul piano della multiculturalità che emergono nuove sfide e potenzialità per l’integrazione e la coesione sociale. Il progetto è incentrato sullo studio di tradizioni del sapere popolare e di forme di apprendimento, intese in senso lato, idonee a promuovere processi e spazi dialogici che favoriscano l’inter-culturalità.   

Soggetto e obiettivi

Nel corso degli ultimi decenni, l’India ha vissuto un forte aumento nella scolarizzazione di popolazioni provenienti da estrazioni socioculturali diverse e spesso marginalizzate, facendo nascere interrogativi sui contenuti pedagogici e sulle modalità didattiche. Basandosi su un’indagine approfondita delle esperienze educative vissute da gruppi sociali appartenenti alle suddette popolazioni e delle loro fonti del sapere, il progetto si propone di sviluppare materiali didattici testuali ed audiovisivi e di valutarne le potenzialità come strumenti per la promozione di competenze interculturali. L’obiettivo è di arrivare alla realizzazione di supporti didattici tramite uno scambio scientifico-professionale basato sulla realtà empirica e che risponda alle esigenze pedagogiche del contesto.

Contesto socio-scientifico

Il progetto parte da un esame del vasto panorama multiculturale offerto dalle realtà storicosociali dell’India centrale e si concentra sulle pratiche e sui sistemi normativi che caratterizzano sia le diverse comunità locali sia gli operatori pubblici sia gli organismi della società civile presenti sul territorio. La metodologia si avvale di un approccio inter-disciplinare capace di integrare in una stessa cornice analitica tre aree di ricerca, soventemente trattate in maniera separata, quali lo studio di fonti del sapere popolare, l’etnografia e la pedagogia.


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Publications

Publication
Political Science and Images in Schooling: Personal Reflections on Textbook Making Process
George Alex M. (2018), Political Science and Images in Schooling: Personal Reflections on Textbook Making Process, in Contemporary Education Dialogue, 16(1), 5-25.
Engaging with Politics: Teaching Democracy
GeorgeAlex (2018), Engaging with Politics: Teaching Democracy, in Teacherplus , 3.
Life, Ideals and Learning(s) to be a ‘Teacher’ in B.Ed: Interactions, Observations and Learning
(2017), Life, Ideals and Learning(s) to be a ‘Teacher’ in B.Ed: Interactions, Observations and Learning, in Journal of Indian Education, 5.
Life, Ideals and Learning(s) to be a ‘Teacher’: An Analysis of the Literature of the B.Ed Program
(2017), Life, Ideals and Learning(s) to be a ‘Teacher’: An Analysis of the Literature of the B.Ed Program, in Journal of Indian Education, 38.
Akbar, Jahangir or Shahjahan: Do Images Help Us Learn Better?
GeorgeAlex (2016), Akbar, Jahangir or Shahjahan: Do Images Help Us Learn Better?, Sage, New Delhi, 120.
Indel as Indra – Hinduising Tribal Gods
(2016), Indel as Indra – Hinduising Tribal Gods, Raiot, India.
Anti-caste Radicalism, Dalit Movements and the Many Critiques of Secular Nationalism in India
Renzi Beatrice (2015), Anti-caste Radicalism, Dalit Movements and the Many Critiques of Secular Nationalism in India, in Burchardt Marian, Wohlrab-Sahr Monika, Middell Matthias (ed.), DE GRUYTER, Berlin, München, Boston, 63.
Intersectional perspectives on Dalit women and justice
RenziBeatrice, Intersectional perspectives on Dalit women and justice, Manohar, New Delhi, --.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Eklavya Foundation, Dewas, Madhya Pradesh India (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale, Prof. Dr. Édouard Conte France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Samavesh, Society for Development and Governance, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh India (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Delhi, Department of Political Science, Prof. N. Sukumar India (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
University of Delhi, Central Institute of Education India (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Colloquium of the Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien Individual talk The Governance Structure of Pre-Independence Malwa 03.02.2020 Erfurt, Germany Renzi Beatrice;
BA Course, Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät Individual talk Development and Democracy in India 14.10.2019 University of Erfurt, Germany Renzi Beatrice;
Colloquium of the Max-Weber Kollege für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien Individual talk Accessing Mobility and the Promises of Success in School: discussion on childhood memories 21.11.2018 Erfurt, Germany George Alex;
International Conference “Religion and Urbanity: Theorizing Mutual Formations” Talk given at a conference Religion at the Crossroads of Rural-Urban Life-Worlds 06.11.2018 Augustinerkloster, Erfurt, Germany Renzi Beatrice;
BA Course, Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät Individual talk Religious Pluralism in Modern India 15.10.2018 University of Erfurt, Germany Renzi Beatrice;
Swiss Graduate Programme ‘Generation, Generational Perspective, Generational Order Talk given at a conference Intergenerational mobility and accessing opportunities: Analysing Dalit lives 09.10.2018 University of Fribourg, Switzerland George Alex;
25th European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS) Talk given at a conference Diversity and Inclusion in Hindi Langauge Textbooks for Elementary Schools of Madhya Pradesh 25.07.2018 Paris, France George Alex;
Religious Individualization in Historical Perspective Talk given at a conference Religious Individualization and the Collective Self 27.06.2018 University of Erfurt, Germany Renzi Beatrice;
Antrittsvorlesung Individual talk Wahrheit, Religion, Geld – Medien der (Un)Ordnung und des Konflikts 20.06.2018 KulturQuartier Erfurt, Germany Renzi Beatrice;
MA Course, Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät Individual talk The Political System of Contemporary India 09.04.2018 Erfurt, Germany Renzi Beatrice;
The Political Fate of Egalitarian Programs: A Comparison between India and Brazil Talk given at a conference Suum Cuique? Perspectives on Gender and Equality in Madhya Pradesh 19.03.2018 Hyderabad, India Renzi Beatrice;
Colloquium of the Max-Weber Kollege für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien Individual talk Diversity and Inclusion in Hindi Langauge Textbooks for Elementary Schools of Madhya Pradesh 24.01.2018 Erfurt, Germany George Alex;
MA Course, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy Individual talk Development and the Socio-Religious Undercurrents of Wealth Disparity 16.10.2017 Erfurt, Germany Renzi Beatrice;
International Conference ‘Dalits and Religion’ Talk given at a conference Deconstructing Religion: Dalit Counter-Discourses and Forms of Religiosity 04.07.2017 Erfurt, Germany Renzi Beatrice;
Colloquium of the Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien Individual talk Intersectional perspectives on Dalit women and justice 23.05.2017 Erfurt, Germany Renzi Beatrice;
Joint Seminar of the Indo-Swiss Research Program in the Social Sciences Talk given at a conference Kinship networks and intergenerational mobility, presentation 01.09.2016 New Delhi, India Renzi Beatrice;
Humiliation and the Struggle for Social Recognition Talk given at a conference Shame, religious ideology and the aggregation of dissent 19.11.2015 University of Erfurt, Germany Renzi Beatrice;
Joint Seminar of the Indo-Swiss Research Program in the Social Sciences Talk given at a conference Systems of Relatedness, Culture and Vulnerability in Transition 09.09.2015 University of Lausanne, Switzerland Renzi Beatrice;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Education and social mobility Talk 15.03.2019 Wayanad, India George Alex;
Education and the marginalised Workshop 27.02.2019 Hyderabad, India George Alex;
Education mobilisation Workshop 22.02.2019 Mangalore, India George Alex;
University education and social mobilization of Dalits Talk 09.05.2016 Nagpur, India George Alex;
Democratic ideals Workshop 24.11.2015 Bangalore, India George Alex;
Revitalizing Education for Democratic Citizenship among School Students Workshop 12.10.2015 Bangalore, India George Alex;
Experiences of the state education system Talk 16.05.2015 Bangalore, India George Alex;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Indel as Indra – Hinduising Tribal Gods International 2016

Abstract

In today’s ever more interconnected national landscapes, assimilationist or essentializing cultural approaches are increasingly being challenged by diasporic forms of citizenship and ethno-culturally diverse minorities. One of the major questions facing societies and nation-states concerns multiculturality and how diversity can be approached therein, so as to create spaces of civic participation across different forms of social cohesion. The study focuses on the role of knowledge and education, seen as cultural resources, in influencing processes of social integration. Taking the case of India, the project explores the field of multiculturality by grounding it within the societal systems making up the life-worlds of its diverse communities. The research is divided in two complementary sub-project (sub-project A dedicated to the role of knowledge and sub-project B to that of education) as well as a common component devoted to participatory action research and the development of learning resources. Aiming to mark an advance in the sociology of knowledge, the study also sheds light on the workings of what we term cross-cultural knowledge pathways. It explores contextually how community-centered epistemological formations are transformed in the process of integrating within mainstream cultural spaces, and how this process carries the potential to trigger mutual adaptation. The research provides a practical contribution to the field of intercultural education by developing learning resources capable of sustaining reflexive cultural exchanges.Methodologically, the project devises a multidisciplinary approach examining oral and written sources through discourse and textual analysis, participatory action research as well as institution and actor-oriented methodologies.
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