PHD Studentship in Interdisciplinary Child Research, Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Deadline: 31 August, 2020.
The PhD candidate will be part of the interdisciplinary research group WorldViews. WorldViews consists of researchers with backgrounds in education, sociology, anthropology, and interdisciplinary child and youth research. What we have in common is a genuine interest for social justice as well as a desire to understand and reveal power structures and marginalisation processes in formal and informal contexts. WorldViews seeks to contribute to increased knowledge and critical reflection surrounding socio-cultural discourses about childhood, youth, upbringing and family life. In our research, we explore children’s, youths’ and families’ encounters with hegemonic, normative and taken-for-granted sets of values, worldviews and knowledge systems. Through our research we aim to disclose how children and young people’s everyday lives are shaped by diverse understandings connected to class, ethnicity, gender, and generation, and examine processes and relations that create, preserve or reduce ‘othering’.
The PhD candidate will conduct research in the project Visualizing youth narratives: Empower Youth, Broaden horizons, Enhance intercultural encounters (ViYouth). ViYouth is an international and interdisciplinary project. The primary objective of ViYouth is to enhance transformative learning and critical reflection among diverse youth populations (aged 15 to 16) in Norway, the Netherlands, Chile and Brazil. The secondary objective is to develop a model of inclusive education, focusing on a sense of belonging, global citizenship and interconnectedness. The three overall aims are: 1) To empower youth by enhancing a sense of autonomy and protagonist participation in the creation of self-representations. 2) To foster transformative learning through intercultural understanding, appreciation and dialogue among youth. 3) To reduce the potentiality of ignorance, discrimination, racism and xenophobia among youth.