Interests and point of departures

Identity matters: power, knowledge and place

“Matters” of identity have a twofold meaning in the theoretical points-of-departure of the node. Not only is identity of fundamental importance in the teaching and learning process, i.e. it “matters”, the expression also captures how actual corporeal and physical matter factor into place and space making. How does gender, sexuality, age, religion, and dis/ability interplay with narratives and norms of knowledge. Within this framework the node seeks to explore the role of positionality in education. Theories of new materialism and interest in how matters of identity, power, place and space is put in the forefront. This intersection creates new potentials for research that takes into account the performativity and situatedness of practices, thus creating new entries to understand the challenges in education today.

The node is organized around three interdisciplinary themes; (1) the national and transnational; (2) the histories and contemporary stories; and (3) the theories and practices of education. The first theme (the national and transnational) illuminates knowledge production connected to citizenship, mobility, and culture in education. The second theme (the histories and contemporary stories) seeks to unveil how norms of knowledge of the past relate to narratives of knowledge of today, and how this is intricately linked to identity formation. The third theme (the theories and practices of education) is dedicated to the actual places of formal and informal learning, exploring construction, establishment, and negotiations of identity, knowledge and power relations.

Connecting these themes, the node creates a space of dialogue and further inquiry of identity and knowledge in education for researchers in studies of language and literacies, science and social science.