24 - 25 November 2014

Inequality, Education and Social Power: Transregional Perspectives

Education is an often ideologically charged notion that has been the object of many expectations and at times also cause for disenchantment. It is sometimes thought of as the means of reducing structural inequalities within societies. Nevertheless, access to education itself can be distributed in unequal ways, contingent on the very structures it is supposed to even out. Furthermore, the question of which forms of knowledge are recognized as education can be
fundamentally contested.

This conference, jointly organized by the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Transnational Research Group Poverty & Education in India and hosted at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, aims to bring together research on inequality, education and social power from various disciplinary perspectives, as well as from various countries in different world regions. It seeks to facilitate a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and concepts among different research communities. Thus, the conference hopes to contribute to opening up new perspectives on the relationship between inequality, education and social power.