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


Exploring Visual Cultures (EVC) focuses on the concepts of Shared Heritage, Education for Sustainable Development, and Global Citizenship Education (as defined by UNESCO).The project not only addresses traditional academic subjects like art and history, but also looks at images and image practices through a broad inter- and transdisciplinary lens within the context of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), asking questions about culture, heritage and our shared globalized future.


What stories can we tell about particular imageries? What meanings and narratives are such imagery inscribed with? How do certain cultural practices develop in their respective communities of origin and how are they (re)constructed over time? What is their relevance in present-day education? What narratives can we tell about them? What kind of networks (entangled, local and global) do they construct? Through interdisciplinary and worldwide collaboration, especially in the selection and interpretation of relevant visual objects / imagery, EVC engages a multi-perspective approach to understanding such image practices. We believe that in a multipolar world coming generations should be educated to recognize and handle these complexities and ambiguities, thereby deepening intercultural understanding.