NERA Refugee Statement, Helsinki, March 2016

NERA (The Nordic Educational Research Association) responds to the current refugee situation, and ECER’s call in Budapest 2015 “We need to talk about Europe”, by emphasizing the need for academically reworking and rethinking the role of education in relation to notions like democracy, equity, social cohesion, the welfare state, citizenship, solidarity – opening these notions up to diversity and plurality. We wish to support the voices of those who are excluded in current practices and discourses, and we see it as a responsibility for our members to participate in public debate, critically analysing the concrete initiatives that are currently taking place in everyday educational settings.

If education is a particular kind of conversation between the past and the present, the old and the new, the local and the global, residents and migrants, then the way we deal with the current situation is a pressing common concern. One of the educational challenges we are facing today is the questioning of a traditional view of the relationship between education and the becoming of the citizen. In particular, we are eager to shift the perspective from asking “What kind of citizens can ‘they’ become, and what might they do to ‘our’ society?” to asking “What kind of citizens and what kind of society do we together want to become and create?”

Support to networks

The board of NERA will in accordance with economic means support network activities. There is 30 000 NOK in the 2015-budget for support to networks. Support will only be given to network activities between the congress, particularly activities for PhD-students and other network activities and symposia in connection with pre- or post-NERA network congress. The applications must be submitted by the convener of the network to the chair of the NERA board, Carl-Anders Säfström, by August 1st, 2015. For more information see Application for NERA network support.

Call for NERA symposium applications for AERA 2016

If you intend to apply for the NERA spot for symposium for NERA networks at the AERA conference in Washington DC (April 8-12th 2016), it is time to let the board know. Due date for applications is June 25th, 2015. If more than one network intends to use this standing opportunity, the president/board will take decision of what network to support no later than July 1st, 2015. The decision will be based on the policy papers for NERA. Apllication should be directed to President Carl Anders Säfström.

The Right and Duty to Speak the Truth

The NERA 2015 conference was held in Gothenburg from March 4th to 6th 2015. Here is President Carl Anders Säfström’s opening speech from the conference.