Material School Design in the Making: Between Dreams and Everyday School Life
Researching the contemporary history of Danish school architecture, with Lisa Rosén Rasmussen, Danish School of Education (DPU) / Aarhus University, Denmark.
Join us on Oct 24th for a special lunchtime seminar with visiting speaker Dr Lisa Rosén Rasmussen. This event is co-hosted by CRLI Learning Space SIG and the School of Education and Social Work’s Policy Research Network (STEPRN). Lisa is a historian of education, known for her work bringing together past and present accounts of how teachers use classroom spaces.
Material School Design in the Making: Between Dreams and Everyday School Life (Researching the contemporary history of Danish school architecture)
- When: Weds Oct 25th, 1.00-3.00pm
- Where: Room 458, Education Building A35, University of Sydney
- This is a brown-bag event, please feel free to bring your lunch (light refreshments will be provided)
- Registration is not required, everyone is welcome to come on the day
New school architecture as a political tool for creating the school of tomorrow is a recurrent theme in the contemporary history of education and politicians, architects, school leaders, teachers and pupils have over time invested hopes and dreams in numerous building projects. However, questioning the ways schooling is done and involving multiple people and material matters, the making of new school spaces through its planning, construction, occupation and use rarely turns out to be neither a straight-forward nor a predictable story.
With a focus on the contemporary history of Danish school architecture, this seminar aims to analyze and discuss the sometimes messy, contradictory, and stretched out intra-actions of space, materiality and pedagogy in the making of material school design. The seminar will preview the forthcoming book Making Education. Material School Design and Educational Governance (eds. Grosvenor & Rasmussen, Sept /Oct 2018), which, inspired by Tim Ingold’s notion of making, explores the relationship between educational governance and material school design as a complex entanglement of people and material matters, political and pedagogical ideas, processes of construction and building but also of aesthetics and practices of everyday schooling. Developing these lines of thought further, the presentation will also reflect on the first findings in an ongoing project about teachers’ pedagogical work and new school buildings in Denmark in the 1970s and 2010s.
Dr Lisa Rosén Rasmussen is visiting scholar at Melbourne Graduate School of Education and an associate professor in the comparative and contemporary history of education‘ at the Danish School of Eduaction (DPU)/Aarhus University, Denmark. Concerned with the intercrossings of policy, pedagogy and everyday school life, she has published on educational architecture, school space, and the materiality of schooling from the 1950s and onwards. She has also been part of the book project Schools in Denmark: A History of Everyday Life, Conditions, and Visions over 500 Years. Her visit is sponsored by the School of Education and Social Work’s Policy Research Network (STEPRN).