Topic Groups

The role of non-academic partners in ENO

Chairperson: Joanna Orlik

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New approaches to education: On-line and blended formats in the field of arts and culture incl. how to provide access and avoid social inequality

Chairperson: Patricia Glaefke

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Research/Policy: Exchanges on how research can be communicated to stakeholders and included in the formulation of research-based policy

Chairpersons: Baiba Tjarve, Charlotte Blanche Myrvold & Edwin van Meerkerk

The topic group Research/Policy explores and exchanges both experience with the dynamics of research and policy and research practices. The topic group meets regularly, often around the presentation of a case study by one of its members or by an invited guest. The aim of the topic group is to get a better understanding of the dynamics of commissioned research in the fields of arts and cultural education.

Assessment in arts education – development of a holistic (cross-disciplinary) tool to assess learning opportunities related to the key competence of cultural awareness and expression

Chairpersons: Charlotte Svendler Nielsen & Nuala Hunt

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Surveys on participation in arts and culture – sharing of questionnaires and results for possible comparative analyses across countries

Chairperson: John Lievens

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Arts-rich schools: Sharing of models and experiences

Chairpersons: Pat Thomson & Egge Kulbok-Lattik

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Transcultural and Glocal Perspectives

Chairperson: Tanja Klepacki

The European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education and ACEnet work against the background of the profound insight that we live in a deeply crisis-ridden and globalized world in which Eurocentric or Occidentocentric perspectives are outdated and insufficient to find answers to the pressing questions of our time. These questions force us to reflect on both the content and purpose of arts and cultural education, its target groups, and on the way we organize these processes, as well as on the political choices and the coalitions and interests that inform these choices.

The aim of this working group is therefore, on the one hand, to critically analyze the field of arts and cultural education in Europe in its current state of formation, and on the other hand, to also reflect on ENO’s and ACEnet’s own work against the background of transcultural and post-colonial perspectives.

It goes without saying that a corresponding project cannot be carried out solely from within the networks themselves. In the coming years, it will therefore be important to connect both networks even more strongly than before with experts of different professions from all over the world. We seek to enter into an equal polylogue of the most diverse global voices to explore the questions mentioned above as well as the language and discourse in which such a polylogue can take place. This is not designed to harmonize the debate, but to open a space for dissensus and thus for “true” discourse.

Given these assumptions, the working group aims to:

  • better understand and get an overview of the state of the arts in Europe regarding issues of globalization and intercultural developments, as well as the blindspots in the field;
  • promote international, multidirectional collaboration at a global/planetary level;
  • critically reflect on the assumptions in policy and research on arts and cultural education regarding postcolonialism, globalization, etc.;
  • explore different, non-European perspectives on arts and cultural education policy and research for the benefit of policymakers, practitioners, and researchers;
  • invite scholars, policy makers and practitioners from all over the world to reflect on the practices, perspectives, and values that underpin policy, practice, and research on arts and cultural education.

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Council conclusions on an EU strategic approach to international cultural relations and a framework for action (2019/C 192/04). Official Journal of the European Union, 62, 7. Accessed 12 May 2020
Jörissen, B. (2019). Territorien der Theorie: Post-koloniale Irritationen meiner bildungs- theoretischen Praxis. In U. Stadler-Altmann & B. Gross (Eds.), Beyond erziehungswissenschaftlicher Grenzen. Diskurse zu Entgrenzungen der Disziplin. (pp. 57–62). Opladen: Barbara Budrich. See for English translation: (19.10.2022)
Martin, R., Skjøstad Hovde, S., Chanunkha, R. ., & Hiroti, P. (2021). Decolonizing perspectives of arts education. Journal for Research in Arts and Sports Education, 5(4), 1-3.
Østern, T. P., Reppen, C., Lion, K., Lundmark, K. ., & Sjöstedt Edelholm , E. (2021). Future designs of tertiary dance education: Scanning the field for decolonizing potentials in a major change project at the Department for Dance Pedagogy at Stockholm University of the Arts. Journal for Research in Arts and Sports Education, 5(4), 62-78.
Ulrichsen, G. O., Eriksen, H. ., & Bayati, Z. (2021). Struggling to decolonise ourselves as an antiracist act within the field of Nordic Community School of Music and Arts. Journal for Research in Arts and Sports Education, 5(4), 19-38.
Wu, Jinting, Paul William Eaton, David W. Robinson-Morris, Maria F. G. Wallace and Shaofei Han. “Perturbing Possibilities in the Postqualitative turn: Lessons from Taoism and Ubuntu.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, vol. 31, nr. 6, 2018, pp. 504-519.
Zajda, Joseph , and Yvonne Vissing (2022)Discourses of Globalisation, Ideology, and Human Rights. Cham: Springer Nature.

Contribution of arts/culture education towards the health and well-being of pupils

Chairperson: Marlies Tal

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Teacher-Artist Partnership as a Model of Continuous Professional Development

Chairperson: Ronald Kox

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