The conference has been cancelled. Thank you to all who submitted abstracts! We hope to make another attempt at a later time.
Education is universally recognized as a vital track of social mobility and democratic transformation. However, there are a range of challenges which constrain educational policies and practices to adapt to emerging challenges of mobility, both at the national and global scale. In today's globalized world, it is important to constantly engage with the dynamic patterns of education in diverse contexts in order to fully harness its emancipatory promises. Hence is the relevance of this international seminar which looks at two seemingly different educational settings in Sweden and India, exploring the values, expertise and challenges that feature the pedagogical praxis in Sweden and India.
The overall aim of this international seminar, which draws synergy from the ongoing collaboration between Karlstad University and Banaras Hindu University, is to learn from the convergent and divergent experiences of two countries in evolving pedagogies to promote the imperatives of democracy and development. Indeed, there is a lot to learn from each other’s pedagogical experiences. Whereas the Swedish education with its strong emphasis on ensuring equal education for all, and a special concern for the vulnerable and disadvantaged is currently facing the challenge of how to handle the recent influx of migrants and the increasingly multicultural and multilingual classrooms. India, having a long experience in dealing with diversities in its educational system is struggling with the challenge of access and participation in education; quality of education, system efficiency, governance and management are of primary concern.The makeup of the two nations and their respective history has shaped their unique take on education. Today, global concerns are of equal importance to both and need to be considered. Migration and the new media landscape are but two, which might be mentioned.