NERA 2011

The Faculty of Education, University of Jyväskylä, invites you to participate in the 39th NFPF/NERA Congress in Jyväskylä 2011.


Gate of Knowledge at the University of Jyväskylä Main Campus.
Photo by Kirsi-Marja Nurminen

Congress Theme

The focus of the NERA 2011 Congress will be the topic of human rights in the context of education and the educational sciences. The congress aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for approaching an enhanced understanding of rights in the fields of education, education policy, and education research. NERA 2011 seeks to combine academic expertise and pedagogical perspectives, including those of human rights education.

Recent decades have seen the global spread of a human rights ethos. Its impact can be observed in the extensive development of, for example, international human rights instruments and the worldwide public adoption of human rights discourses. Indeed, people seeking access to social and political resources increasingly frame their claims in the language of human rights.

Rights discourses play an important role in emancipatory struggles and in the practices and methods of governance. The language of the rights discourses is adopted by a variety of actors, despite the fact that they articulate competing conceptions and interpretations of human rights. Consequently, the ambivalences and tensions inherent to rights talk have long been the subjects of scholarly attention.