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Struggling for Educational Justice in Disabling Societies


On 11 December at 5 pm in room 207, Dr Josefine Wagner (University of Innsbruck, University of Lower Silesia) will give a talk entitled “Struggling for Educational Justice in Disabling Societies: Insights into a Multi-sited School-based Ethnography of Inclusive Policies and Practices in Poland, Austria and Germany”.

Trained as a high school teacher for English, History and Politics in one of Berlin’s multicultural neighbourhoods, Josefine completed her doctoral work within the European Doctorate of Teacher Education (EDiTE) at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, Poland and the University of Innsbruck in Austria from 2016 to 2019. Struck by the migrant and gender bias of students with special educational needs at her own school, Josefine decided to scrutinize pedagogical assumptions of deficit and disability. Under the supervision of Hana Cervinkova, Juliet Golden and Michael Schratz, Josefine explored racist and eugenic discourses inherent to special pedagogical assumptions, discourses and practices through the medical gaze of the disabled Other. Her multi-sited ethnography of three Central European primary schools in Poland, Austria, and Germany investigated inclusive education policies and practices as well as the barriers that stood in the way to realizing equal educational opportunities for all children close to their homes.

After finishing a postdoctoral position at the University of Innsbruck and working as a teaching assistant in the study abroad program “Negotiating Identities across Europe’s Borders,” under the guidance of Dr. Golden (Syracuse University & University of Lower Silesia), Josefine will continue to build on her dissertation research. She hopes to turn her manuscript into a first monograph while setting out on an annual research fellowship at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from January to September 2020. Josefine also holds the 2019 Presidential Fellowship Award of the Council on Anthropology and Education.

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