EDiTE @ 117th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association

From November 14 -18, EDiTE researcher Josefine Wagner attended the 117thannual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose, California.  Ethnographers from around the globe meet here to discuss their discipline, present cutting-edge research, and commit to the goal of telling the counter-narrative. This year, the AAA’s forum on educational ethnography, the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) organized an early scholar poster session in which Josefine was able to participate. Drawing on the EDiTE network, ELTE researcher Helena Kovacs provided critical feedback and valuable ideas on input and design. Among early scholars from Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S., Josefine presented her doctoral dissertation work under the title “The Limits of Educational Justice: A Multi-Sited School-based Ethnography of Inclusive Policy and Practices in Poland, Austria, and Germany.” Thanks to the fluctuating audience, the poster session turned out to be the perfect opportunity to practice a 2-minute talk on three years of cross-country, primary school research.

One of the highlights for education scholars was CAE’s president’s distinguished lecture that Thea R. Abu El-Haj gave. Matching the EDiTE framework of Transformative Teacher Learning for Better Student Learning within an Emerging European Context, Abu El-Haj reminded the audience that “learning is social, education is political, and as such education is always potentially transformative.” Inspirationally, she laid out the foundations of educational anthropology, as well as the tools and the aspirations of the discipline:

I insist on the power of our discipline and our methodological stance to unearth the imperial architecture that continuously tries to remain buried underneath the everyday practices of education. Staying close to the ground, observing carefully the practices of everyday lives, we track the ways that these historical ruinations are embedded in, taken up, reshaped, and sometimes blown apart in particular global contexts.

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