Queering the school? Towards anti-oppressive schools

By on 18.05.2016 in Seminars

At the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, JustEd member and team leader Kristiina Brunila, University of Helsinki, hosted a historic event.

“This is the first time our faculty arranges such an event as this, where we highlight the important issues of gender and sexual minorities,” said Kristiina in her opening words at the seminar Queering the School! Disrupting Heteronormativity in Education.

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The house was full when Kristiina Brunila opened the seminar.

Jón Ingvar Kjaran, University of Iceland, School of Education.

Jón Ingvar Kjaran, University of Iceland, School of Education.

The aim of the seminar was to discuss how to disrupt heteronormativity in school practices and cultures as well as education politics and policy together with researchers, teachers, students and actors from civil society and politics.

JustEd member Jón Ingvar Kjaran, University of Iceland, gave a lecture on the Nordic perspective on gender and sexual minority rights in education.

The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman Kirsi Pimiä talked about the legislation and the Non-Discrimination Act as a support for sexual minorities.

The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman Kirsti Pimiä.

The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman Kirsi Pimiä.

The Non-Discrimination Ombundsman’s job is to advance equality in Finland and to prevent and tackle discrimination. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is an independent and autonomous authority.

Other speakers at the seminar were Riikka Taavetti, researcher at University of Helsinki, Jukka Lehtonen, senior researcher at University of Helsinki, Elina Särkelä, teacher at Viikin normaalikoulu, Miro Jukka, Seta ry and Jani Toivola, Member of Parliament and Member of the Education and Culture Committee.

AGORA, JustEd, the Department of Teacher Education at Helsinki University and the WeAll Research Project organised the seminar.

Jukka Lehtonen, senior researcher at University of Helsinki.

Jukka Lehtonen, senior researcher at University of Helsinki.

 

Kristiina Brunila, University of Helsinki, Jani Toivola and Aija Salo, Office of the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman.

Kristiina Brunila, University of Helsinki, Jani Toivola, Member of Parliament and member of the Education and Culture Committee, and Aija Salo, Office of the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman.

 

 

 

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