International conference Global learning in postcolonial times? New perspectives of arts and cultural education

Call for papers

Akademie der Kulturellen Bildung (Remscheid, Germany)

“Global learning” is a perspective on education that aims to take a 'global', i.e. holistic, multi-dimensional and comprehensive view of teaching rather than a fragmented, particular or discipline-specific way.

Postcolonialism is a cultural-theoretical perspective that ties in with anti-imperialist movements and is directed against the prevailing ethno- and Eurocentrism. The central theme is the continued influence of colonial structures on a formally decolonized present, in order to make clear that the colonial power relations have not been overcome. Didactically, an emancipatory approach is pursued that aims to reconstruct the cultural knowledge base of arts and culture education.

Both perspectives aim at a change of approach to teaching in and through the arts. What do these new perspectives mean for the arts and arts education? How can we detach ourselves from existing perspectives within Arts Education and maintain an open attitude to grasp the multi-dimensionality of the arts in a variety of dimensions? How do we promote multi-perspective perspectives in the sense of global learning? It is assumed that the arts can enable changes in views and experiences. How can we open up further changes of perspective when considering the arts? Based on postcolonial and global learning questions, the conference will discuss these questions in order to jointly develop recommendations for new perspectives on arts and cultural education.

The conference committee welcomes submissions – both research- and practice based in English.

Paper presentations can be max. 15 minutes and presenters will be grouped in sessions according to their chosen focus.

Researchers, practitioners and policy makers are invited to sign up for participation in the conference and select the option of either presenting a paper or attending without a presentation.

Important dates:

The deadline for indication of interest to participate and for abstract submissions is 2 July 2021.

The conference committee will consider the submitted abstracts on the basis of their scholarly merit and thematic relevance for the conference. Presenters will be notified about the result of the evaluation of abstracts by e-mail no later than 1 June 2021.

The deadline for confirmation of participation format (on-site or on-line) is 1 September 2021.

Participation in the conference is free of charge.

Conference Co-Chairs

Dr. Susanne Keuchel, Professor and Director, Academy of Arts Education

Dr. Charlotte Svendler Nielsen, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Co-Chair of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO)


In case of any questions, please, contact Susanne Keuchel

The “Kulturstiftung der Länder” (Cultural Foundation of the Federal States) has signaled its interest in providing financial support for the conference.


ENO Germany