What pedagogical topics relevant for a sustainable future are today’s educational systems based on? How are these topics related to image practices / imageries (models, art works, visualizations, media, architecture, sites, landscapes ....)? How can we answer specific phenomena of today’s globalised world in education?

 

The project Exploring Visual Cultures (EVC) focusses on the concept of Global Citizenship Education (how it is addressed by UNESCO https://en.unesco.org/themes/gced ). It deals therefore with specific contents of school subjects like art and history, but also addresses a broader inter- and transdisciplinary approach to images and image practices in the context of education for sustainable development (ESD) dealing with questions of culture, heritage and aspects of a shared and globalized future.

 

Which stories could be told about the chosen imageries, which meanings and histories are inscribed into them? How are certain cultural practices developed in their respective communities of origin and how are they (re)constructed over time? What is their relevance for education in present times? Which narratives could be told about them, what kind of (entangled, local and global) networks do they construct? The project EVC focuses on a multi-perspective approach to the interpretations of such image practices by collaborating interdisciplinary and worldwide, especially in the selection and interpretation of such and therefore relevant visual objects / imageries. We are convinced that in a multipolar world coming generations should be educated to be able to recognize and handle these complexities and ambiguities and therefore deepen intercultural understanding.