Public education and the university: hostile sisters?

Call for papers for PhD students

Doctoral initiative seminar at Maison de la Recherche, Pessac.
8 and 16 December 2022

Public education and the university: hostile sisters?
a seminar initiated by Benoist Blanchard, PhD student at the MICA laboratory, Bordeaux-Montaigne University


> Seminar presentation
Popular education, in its oppositional relationship to politics (Besse et al.: 2016), does not like to know that it is being scrutinized, but neglecting it as an activist would be its tragedy. His rebellious nature, full of this ruthless force, forces him to push the limits of analysis of the university model, which also claims to provide individuals with the means for freedom of thought and intellectual, even political, autonomy. Is it then a whim or a necessity of survival that popular education is defined in a series of rejections? rejection of transfer, rejection of mediation, rejection of its categorization, rejection of the university model in short. It asserts its approach in spaces of action and claims to restore to individuals the means of their autonomy to act and think, away from canonical places of knowledge…

In the column of December 7, 2020, the Federation of Social and Sociocultural Centers of France, recognized as of public benefit in 1931 and approved for popular education, joins forces with actors of popular education, civil society organizations and researchers from the academic world. call on public authorities, associations, the media and the general public to the urgency and need to lead a “democratic struggle”. And while this text reaffirms the urgent need to act with citizens in order to reactivate democracy “which cannot be reduced to the right to vote”, at the end of the stage a call is addressed to all organizations, politicians, media, trade unions, associations, but not state institutions: they would be in ultimately seen as alienating rather than liberating?

This seminar was born from the desire to address this tension and to understand to what extent collaboration between popular education and the academic world would be possible without reducing the identity of the former (political freedom, social activity) in favor of the framework institutional and authority of the latter.

It is multidisciplinary with three axes of study of folk education:

1/ the way this movement was approached, thought about and defined in SHS research;
2/ conditions, problems and perspectives of dialogue between public education and scientific research, especially in the area of ​​mediation and transfer of knowledge, and thus also possible links between academic circles and militant circles;
3/ to address the issue of political displacement of research and re-evaluation of emotions in political science as cross-cutting procedures in research and public education.

> Organization and contributors
The seminar will be divided into three half-days, two of which will be open to doctoral students:

– Thursday, December 1 in the afternoon : A round table with local professionals and volunteers led by Hugo Fourcade (Lab LACES, University of Bordeaux) and with the participation of the public,

– Thursday, December 8 afternoon: History of popular education with Laurent Besse, (IUT de Tour, MCF in the history of education of the 20th century, history of youth) and History of sport in popular education with Julien Fuchs (STAPS de Brest) + 1 PhD student;

– Friday, December 16 morning: A history of ideas by Florence Boulerie (“Plurielles” team, UBM) and the context and challenges of contemporary popular education by Emmanuel Porte (in charge of studies and research at INJEP and co-director of the evaluation action”) + 1 Ph.D.

> Proposal format
Those interested in doctoral studies must submit a communication proposal (.pdf) with the following elements:
• Surname, first name, laboratory and axis, status and e-mails;
• name of the notice;
• Chosen axis of intervention;
• A 300-word abstract (bibliographic references not included) highlighting the interest of the paper and including an overview of the problem and theoretical framework;
• List of cited references (maximum 5).

Send paper proposals no later than November 13, 2022 to: [email protected]

> Venue of the seminar
Bordeaux Montaigne University Research House, Pessac.

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