Values on the international agenda

Democracy is under threat, the debate climate is brutal and values we consider as obvious are under threat. – We must learn from history, says trio of professors organising an international conference on values.

​​​​Professors Kåre Fuglseth, Gabriella Gelardini and Per Jarle Bekken are organisers of the conference.

We have had 70 years of peace because we know the value of peace. We encourage people to use their right to vote because we know the value of voter turnout. We protect our freedom of speech because we know the value of openness and dissenting opinions. Values that we have taken for granted for several years, are now under pressure. 

We talk about values in this way all the time, but it is not always clear what values mean and what they actually involve.​

– There is a great need in our society to clarify our values, how they are learned and brought on. One way of going forward is to look at the significance of our values throughout history, says Gabriella Geraldini, Professor at the Faculty of Education and Arts. 

The past means everything for the future

Together with professors Kåre Fuglseth and Per Jarle Brekken, Geraldini is organising an international conference about values and education.

Internationally recognised Education, Philosophy and Religion top researchers from 13 countries are uniting to discuss the significance of values throughout history. From May 29th to June 3rd 2022 they are set for a rich programme from morning to evening.​

– We will not go backwards in history. But if we do not know the past, we are doomed to make the same mistakes again. Future generations have to know the history of values, the three Professors say.

Educators meet historians

The conference is spot on. Even in primary and secondary education, Democracy and Citizenship is introduced as an interdisciplinary topic. 

– The topics introduced in primary education should not only be relevant, but also historic. We should not make children responsible for today’s situation, but we should make them capable to take responsibility. We don’t know what we will need in the future, but we do know the past, says Kåre Fuglseth, who welcomes educators to discuss with historians. 

– The conference is highly relevant, with participants from large international research environments, say Geraldini, Fuglseth and Bekken.

Some of the researchers you will meet at the conference: 

• Malte Brinkman, Professor of Theory and Philosophy of Education, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

• Hindy Najman, Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford, UK.

• W. Martin Bloomer, Professor of Classics, University of Notre Dame, USA.

• Jorunn Økland, Professor in Gender Studies, University of Oslo and director at The Norwegian Institute in Athens.

• Jörg Rüpke, Professor of Classical Philology and Comparative Religion, Max-Weber Center for Advanved Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany.​

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