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Challenging norms through intersectional perspectives, artistic exploration and norm-critical pedagogy

Conference contribution
Authors Beatrice Persson
Anna Carlson
Published in InSEA 2017, The 35th World Congress of the Int'l Society for Education Through Art: Spirit/Art/Digital
Publication year 2017
Published at School of Design and Crafts
Language en
Keywords Intersectional perspectives, artistic exploration, norm-critical / anti oppressive pedagogy, painful position
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Arts


To challenge the norms through norm critical pedagogy is to focus on the processes where norms create and maintain hierarchical difference. For us this means that we challenge the students through proposing the question: what does it mean to be human today? Exposing them to contemporary art, postcolonial theory and interculturality in close encounter with the unknown. In workshops, artistic explorations, theoretical discussions and essay writing we force students to identify and analyse the connection between art and life. This is a consious course of actions in trying to situate students in a painful position. A painful position is where the normal and safe begins to crack, when the protection of oneself becomes a hindrance, revealing ones predjudices. In the painful position we are exposed to ourself, forced to become aware of ones actions of maintaining power structures and traditions. In order to convince students to come to rest in the painful position we try to create a climate for communication where different voices are allowed to speak and be heard, and various lived exeperinces can exist without judgement. This is a space for communication that is explorative, where contradictions is advocated, creating opportunities to rethink, evaluate and come to terms with strategies for negotiation. The climate should also cater for an insight of the importance of emotions and affect in relation to the unknown. This unknown which is created through artistic representation processes is autonomous and norm critical. It is a way to see beyond the obvious, to discover hidden patterns in oneself, to see past the surface into our conceptions of the world, where prejudices and beliefs are viable. Artistic exploration and representation processes has many points of contact with processes within norm critical pedagogy, which means that art in schools and society creates important spaces which gives us all a place to practice and approach that which we not yet understand.

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