This summer school for doctoral students offers the opportunity to discuss the importance of Protestant education in the context of globalization with a special focus on the situation in Sub Saharan Africa. The missionary movement brought Protestant education into other continents and unfolded the ambivalence of oppression by the colonial domination and liberation through the gospel. Today, there are in many countries of Sub Saharan Africa a substantial number of schools run by churches.
Opposite tendencies can be perceived that characterize this field of practice and research in a special way:
– The tension between the raise 500 years ago and the fractures of the mission history: What does this historical legacy mean for Protestant schools today?
– The tension between a Reformation claim to quality of education and the educational reality: Protestant schools wanted and want to be good schools. Can this claim be implemented?
– The tension between an emancipatory ideal of education and the educational reality: Are Protestant schools a picture of the social situation in which they operate, or do they represent a critical counterpart?
– The tension between the diversity of individual schools run by the Protestant churches and the challenges of a globalizing world: the diversity of Protestantism is also reflected in the diversity and autonomy of individual schools. At the same time globalized governance structures of education are strengthening. Is the network between schools strong enough to meet the challenges of globalization?
This summer school intends to bring together doctoral students who are working in their doctoral theses on this range of issues. The summer school will be held in English.
Time: 30th of July 2017 to 6th of August
Venue: Leucorea, Wittenberg, Germany
There will be 10 bursaries for scholars from Africa and 5 from non-African overseas-countries, covering accommodation and transport.
Please apply with a CV (Europass format), a proposal and a letter of motivation, latest until 20th of March 2017
Questions and applications should be addressed to
Prof. Dr. Annette Scheunpflug, University of Bamberg,