New Learning Economies in the Vicinity of the State

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New Learning Economies in the Vicinity of the State
Participants: Ida Mangor (Ph.d), Jakob Williams Ørberg (post.doc), Gritt B. Nielsen (grant holder).
This AUFF funded research project aims to investigate a series of new learning economies that are characterised by being (partially) unregulated by the state and by working as alternatives or supplements to increasingly marketised and resource strained formal education systems. The project asks: what kind of learning is valued and capitalised, with what currencies and within which socio-economic systems; how do they intersect with state-regulated credit-based systems; and how do they reconfigure the learning individual’s motivations, ambitions and sense of moral obligations to a wider (local, national, global) community.
Ida Mangor’s PhD project focuses on the different forms of learning and education that shape community gardens and compost initiatives in Madrid. Among other, she investigates to what extent these initiatives work to conjure up alternative socio-economic settings, based on e.g. community-oriented sharing and gift-giving and the use of open badges, a bitcoin inspired open source technology designed to value and acknowledge all sorts of experiential learning and competences. Jakob Williams Ørberg’s post.doc project focuses on an extreme case of marketisation, namely the growing industry of shadow education (private education offers which help students pass examinations). These offers adjust themselves to shadow and increasingly supplant the established system and, through fieldwork in India, the project explores what role they play, from their position outside state control, in generating certain kinds of e.g. calculative and gambling individuals. Gritt B. Nielsen builds on previous research in New Zealand and Denmark and focuses on the emergence of student-driven activist-oriented learning communities. Furthermore, she focuses on cross-cutting methodological and theoretical insights about the emergence of new learning economies (as opposed to dominant notions of one global learning economy).
Drawing on economic anthropology, the project understands an economy as a complex morality-based system of exchange (incl. e.g. gift-giving, trading, sharing) that in different ways work to integrate or separate individuals and combine utilitarian, self-interested maximisation with socially oriented identity formation. With its focus on new cutting-edge learning economies, the project aims to reconceptualise and further develop the classic theories of gift- , sharing- and market economies and provide important insights into the potential effects of the new learning economies on formal education systems more generally.
Effektiv start/slut dato02/05/201631/12/2019

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