Humboldt Ferngespräch »Global Knowledge Disparities – The North-South Divide«

Mi 01 Jul 2015

Barbara Ischinger (OECD), Hebe Vessuri (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and Andreas Eckert (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/Forum Transregionale Studien) discussing »Global Knowledge Disparities – The North-South Divide«.

You can find the discussion paper of the Humboldt-Ferngespräch here. The text is based on the »Humboldt Ferngespräche« discussion held at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on November 20, 2014 within the framework of the international Winter Academy »Education, Inequality and Social Power: Transregional Perspectives« organized by the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland.

Please find the video recording here and the press release (in German) here.

Summary

Education has been the object of many expectations and at times also the cause of disenchantment. Often ideologically charged, it is considered the means of reduc-ing structural inequalities within societies. Nevertheless, access to education itself can be distributed in unequal ways, contingent on the very structures it is supposed to even out. Education can thus function both as a corrective for structural inequal-ities and as a means of reinforcing them. In addition, it is connected with global developments and debates such as UNESCO programs or OECD studies, which are not necessarily articulated within local contexts.

To discuss the issue of global knowledge disparities across the North-South divide, three leading scholars and practitioners in the field of the internationalization of education and research were invited in the framework of the international Win-ter Academy "Education, Inequality and Social Power. Transregional Perspectives" organized by the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung - Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland