Final Conference, November 2017, Vienna
In the final event of the 4th edition PATTERNS Lecturers from different editions came together, discussing freedom of speech in the classroom, the role of university teachers and students as part of civil society, and universities’ responsibility for engagement and democracy. The conference „Is teaching always political? New challenges in higher education“ took place on 24 – 25 November 2017, in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, in the beautiful and inspiring setting of the Atelierhaus. The event hosted four panels including vivid discussions and left us with many more questions and some insights into daily practices from the PATTERNS Lectures community.
In the frame of the conference we asked and discussed questions such as: Is teaching always political? Has teaching always been political? What is the responsibility of the lecturer? How to deal with political discussions, with hate speech in the class room? Are there limits of free speech in the classroom? Who should draw them, and where? How do lecturers critically interact with institutions like the university, the state, art and culture? How should students be involved in civil society engagement?
The conference brought inputs from different perspectives and a panel discussion about freedom of speech, civil society engagement and democracy with Boris Buden, Elke Krasny and Hedvig Turai (PATTERNS Lectures Advisors). Contribution to panels were made by: Ovidiu Gherasim-Proca, Marina Simić, Ana Kolarić, Izabela Kowalczyk, Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska, Andrea Pócsik, András Müllner, Cristina David, Irfan Hošić, Martin Piaček. The panel discussion in the evening was moderated by Silke Lange, Central Saint Martins, London.
Selected conference contributions are now available in our conference publication!
If you are interested in more information on the topic see also our article on the topic upon our participation in the 8th ELIA Academy in July 2017 in London.
Photos: Elisabeth Gruber