Invitation to a Guest Lecture
Global Flows of Holistic Pedagogies:
The evolution and transformation of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s education approach
Nina Nessel, Universität Heidelberg
Monday, June 4, 2018, 6 – 8 pm
Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Seminarraum 014, Landoltweg 9-11, 14195 Berlin
This talk will present a research project investigating how pedagogies based on the
education philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) have travelled from the Indian
to the German primary school context. In times of increased globalisation and
migration, the issue of global circulation and local adaptation of education policies is
highly topical. Worldwide, we are witnessing the impact of neoliberal policies on the
education sector. For-profit education provision and the rationalisation of departments
of humanities are just some outcomes of these policies. At the same time, due to
increased migration, there is a high demand for holistic approaches to education that
value the whole spectrum of diversity in the learner.
There is a scarcity of research that analyses how education policies from the Global
South have travelled to the Global North to influence the respective education systems.
This is an unfortunate shortcoming, as the transcultural perspective is particularly
useful when studying the connections between allegedly distinct locales and regions.
The aim of this research project is to fill this gap by answering the overall research
question: What are the global flows of education policies and ideologies that led to the
evolution and transformation of Krishnamurti’s education approach? By studying the
application of his philosophy transculturally, the project intends to explore
entanglements between globally circulated neoliberal education policies and holistic
approaches to learning.
Nina Nessel is coordinator of the Forum Urban Spaces at the Heidelberg Centre for
Transcultural Studies. She holds an MA in South Asian Studies and Transcultural
Studies as well as an MA in Education and Sociology. Her regional focus is on India
and Nepal. Her research interests include individualized learning methods, global
circulation of education policies, and Asian schooling models.
Faculty, students and guests welcome!
Please bring interested guests.
Jun-Prof. Dr. Thomas Stodulka
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Freie Universität Berlin
04.06.2018 | 18:00 - 20:00
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Landoltweg 9-11, room 014 (seminar room)