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Symposia at the Studio of Villa Bosch
Heidelberg University
Department of Geography
Berliner Str. 48
69120 Heidelberg

Anna Mateja Punstein
Katrin Janzen
Laura Suarsana

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Program of "Geographies of Schooling"

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016


Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Welcome Address and Introduction to the Symposium (09:30)

Peter Meusburger (Heidelberg, Germany)



Session 1: Regional and Local Governance of Schooling I
Chair: Caroline Kramer


Territorial Governance of Schooling in Shrinking Regions (10:00)          

Holger Jahnke (Flensburg, Germany)


Coffee Break (11:00)


From Republican Spaces of Schooling to Educational Territories, Local Educational Policies and Regimes in Post-decentralized France (11:30)

David Giband (Perpignan, France)


Lunch (12:30)


Session 2: Regional and Local Governance of Schooling II
Chair: Ferenc Gyuris


School Autonomy Policies and the Changing Governance of Schooling (13:30)

Herbert Altrichter (Linz, Austria)


Coffee Break (14:30)    


Local Educational Landscapes in Germany – Interfaces and Interlacings Between Education Policy and Urban Development (15:00)

Thomas Coelen (Siegen, Germany)


General Discussion (16:00)


Dinner at the restaurant “Backmulde” in the historic town of Heidelberg (19:00)



Thursday, September 15, 2016

Session 3: The Smaller the Better? Small Schools vs. Large Schools Within Their Local Systems
Chair: Sarah Holloway


Bigger or Better? Research Based Reflections on the Localisation of Small Rural schools In Norway – Meta Perspectives on Research Questions, Theory, Design and Research Methods (9:15)
Rune Kvalsund (Volda, Norway)


Rural Schooling and the Micro-Politics of Community: The English Rural Headteacher (10:15)

Sam Hillyard and Carl Bagley (Durham, UK)


Coffee Break (11:15)


A Multilevel View on Small Schools. After 25 Years, a Second Glance at Changing Systems in Baden-Württemberg and Vorarlberg (11:45)

Caroline Kramer (Karlsruhe, Germany)


Lunch (12:45)


Session 4: Schools in and for Society
Chair: Rune Kvalsund


Small Rural Schools in Austria with a Special Profile – The Metamorphosis of Small Village Schools into Marketplaces of Education? (13:30)

Andrea Raggl (Vorarlberg, Austria)


“School Means Friendship to me" A Child-Centred Perspective on Schools and Neighbourhoods (14:30)

Christian Reutlinger (St. Gallen, Switzerland)


Coffee Break (15:30)


 ‘Alternative’ Education Spaces and Local Community Connections: A Case Study of care Farming in the UK (16:00)

Peter Kraftl (Birmingham, UK, via Skype)


General Discussion (17:00)


Optional: Dinner at a restaurant in the historic town of Heidelberg (20:00)




Friday, September 16, 2016


Session 5: School Systems in a Spatial and Historical Perspective I
Chair: Andrea Raggl


Ideology, Spatial Planning, and Rural Schools: From Interwar to Communist Hungary (9:15)
Ferenc Gyuris (Budapest, Hungary)


Planning of School Network in Poland: Historical and Contemporary Legacies, Local Policies and Contexts (10:15)

Artur Bajerski (Posen, Poland)


Coffee Break (11:15)


Adolescent Engagement in Learning: Schools that work (11:45)

Anne Sliwka (Heidelberg, Germany)


Lunch (13:00)

Session 6: School Systems in a Spatial and Historical Perspective II
Chair: Sam Hillyard


Changing Positions of Elementary Schools Between the State and Communities in Czechia (14:00)

Silvie R. Kučerová (Prague, Czech Republic)


Coffee Break (15:00)


Schooling Society (15:30)

Fabian Kessl (Essen, Germany)


General Discussion in the garden (if the weather allows) (16:30)


Optional: Dinner at a pub in Handschuhsheim  (20:00)



Saturday, September 17, 2015

Session 7: The (Geo-)Politics of Schooling
Chair: Holger Jahnke


The Geopolitics of National Exclusion in Provincial Education (9:15)

Laura Schaefli (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)


Schools, Families and Social Reproduction (10:15)

Sarah Holloway (Loughborough, UK)


Coffee Break (11:15)

Geopolitical Framings of Subalterity in Education I: Compounding a Neoliberalized Welfare State (11:45)

Ranu Basu (York, Canada)


Lunch (13:00)


Concluding Discussion (14:00)
Chair: Holger Jahnke (Flensburg, Germany) and Caroline Kramer (Karlsruhe, Germany)


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