The question of Learning and Bildung in time of Globalisation

Nordic Summer University
Symposium in study circle 8: Learning and Bildung in time of Globalisation

14-16. March 2018 Trollhättan, University West

Background and scope

The aim of this first symposium in the study circle is to present different “state of the art” or “work in progress” perspectives on “learning and Bildung in time of Globalisation”. The Call for Papers invites presentations dealing with one or more of the following subthemes:

  1. Global/world citizenship and intercultural and transcultural education
  2. Otherness and difference: education models of alterity
  3. Dialogue with non-western thinkers and thought, developing heterological thinking
  4. Creation of alternative, cultural sustainable and peaceful educational orders

Since it is the first symposium in the study circle we encourage participants to present what they aim to work with the next three years in the circle and what they conceive as the main questions, obstacles and challenges. Later we will produce an anthology/book or journal theme on “learning and Bildung in time of Globalisation”. As much research show, education is undergoing constant change under the effects of globalisation and bring rapid developments in technology and communication within learning systems across the world. Ideas, values and knowledge, as well as changing roles of students and teachers within education, are themes we expect to discuss and plan for further explorations and seminars.


We invite scholars, as well as students and practitioners, interested in the topic to propose papers on any aspect of the concept of “Learning and Bildung in time of globalisation”. You are welcome to apply with an abstract of about 350 words, to be submitted to or Deadline for abstracts is November 15, 2017. Please cite name and affiliation in the e-mail. It is also possible to attend without presenting a paper.

If you wish to do so, please write to or

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Forms of Presentation

The symposium will consist of two possible forms of presentations: 1) Paper presentation with discussion (about 40 min. incl. discussion). 2) Round tables (include 15 minutes of presentation, followed by 45 minutes of discussion and feedback. Roundtable presenters should bring questions to pose to others at the table in order to learn from and with those attending. Indicate in your abstract which form of presentation you prefer. Presentations can be in English or one of the Nordic languages.


The symposium will take place at University West in Trollhättan the 14 – 16th of March 2018. It will be arranged by Nordic Summer University, in collaboration with University West.

University West is located centrally in Trollhättan, Sweden. Trollhättan is an industrial city in Sweden. It lies in Västergötland province in the Götaland region, and has 53,000 inhabitants. In Trollhättan the Trollhätte canal starts, connecting the Kattegat (west coast) with the lake Vänern.

Trollhättan is located 75 km north of Sweden’s second-largest city, Gothenburg.

Getting there

By airplane: You can fly to Landvetter Airport, Gothenburg and from there take the coach to the Central train station in Gothenburg and then the local train to Trollhättan Station. The local train takes 38 minutes from Gothenburg C to Trollhättan Station.

By train: Take a train to Gothenburg Central Station and from there a local train to Trollhättan Station.

Trains from Gothenburg to Trollhättan leaves every half hour or every hour, depending on the time of the day. The train station in Trollhättan (“Resecentrum”) lies just ten minutes walk from the center of the town and from the University West.

Accommodation and fees

Each participant is expected to pay a fee of 300 SEK. Once you receive confirmation that you’re proposal has been accepted you will be given more information on how to pay the fee.

Fee covers expenses for lunch Thursday and Friday, coffee breaks and dinner Thursday evening. Participants should apply to their institutions, Art Councils, local foundations or other possible sponsors to have their travel and accommodation cost covered. Those not affiliated with an institution may apply NSU for travel and accommodation funding.


  • Kerstin von Brömssen, Professor Educational Sciences, University West, Sweden.
  • Michael Paulsen, Associate professor, Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark.
  • Jesper Garsdal, Associate professor, VIA University College, Denmark.

The Nordic Summer University (NSU) is a Nordic network for research and interdisciplinary studies.

NSU is a nomadic, academic institution, which organises workshop-seminars across disciplinary and national borders. Since it was established in 1950, Nordic Summer University has organised forums for cultural and intellectual debate in the Nordic and Baltic region, involving students, academics, politicians, and intellectuals from this region and beyond.

Decisions about the content and the organisational form of the NSU lay with its participants. The backbone of the activities in the NSU consists of its thematic study circles. In the study circles researchers, students and professionals from different backgrounds collaborate in scholarly investigations distributed regularly in summer and winter symposia during a three-year period.

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