Summer School - Human Rights Education in Secondary School Settings: Theories, Practices, and Teacher Training, 25 - 30 July 2016, Germany

Publish Date: Apr 18, 2016

Deadline: May 02, 2016

Event Dates: from Jul 25, 2016 12:00 to Jul 30, 2016 12:00

Human Rights Education in Secondary School Settings: Theories, Practices, and Teacher Training Braunschweig, Germany July 25 to 30, 2016

The Georg Eckert Institute and Teachers College of Columbia University are pleased to announce the third Georg Arnhold International Summer School, which will critically explore theories and practices of human rights education (HRE) at the secondary school level. It will take place at the Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig, Germany, from July 25 to 30, 2016.

The Summer School will look back at the evolution of HRE aims and approaches as they pertain to secondary school environments, with discussions on critical approaches and pedagogies, curriculum policies, teaching and learning resources, educator preparation, non-formal programming in schools, and evidence of impact. The Summer School invites participants to “look forward” on topics such as the place of HRE within a larger critique of the human rights framework, the roles of state and non-state actors in delivering HRE, and the challenges and potentialities offered by the use of traditional and nontraditional educational media and curricula. The Georg Arnhold Program has a special interest in post-conflict and transitional societies, though proposals for other contexts will also be considered.

With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the United Nations first recognized the role of education in promoting rights and fundamental freedoms. Since the 1990s, human rights education has gained momentum in many countries and developed a presence in international human rights policy documents. The General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training in 2011. This declaration reflects aspirations for HRE to contribute to "the prevention of human rights violations and abuses by providing persons with knowledge, skills and understanding and developing their attitudes and behaviours, to empower them to contribute to the building and promotion of a universal culture of human rights." (Art. 2, Para. 1)

HRE has been linked to education for sustainable peace and incorporated more recently into the Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 and the UN’s Global Citizenship Education initiative. Recognizing this bridge between the concepts of HRE and education for sustainable peace, the Summer School aims to reflect upon lessons learned and study innovative ways to educate children and youth about, through, and for human rights, fostering their capacity for critical thinking and supporting their social and political empowerment to increase the social cohesion of the societies they live in. The GEI and Teachers College thus invite original contributions that draw upon diverse contexts, theories and methods to shed new light on questions including, but not restricted to, the following four sets of issues (see the Call for Papers for more information and relevant research questions):

  • HRE Pedagogies and the Challenges of Human Rights
  • HRE Policies and Teaching Practices
  • Traditional and Nontraditional Learning Tools
  • Teacher Preparation and Training in HRE

The week-long Summer School will bring together early-career scholars, senior researchers, and practitioners interested in the field of human rights education from around the world. It will provide an interdisciplinary and international forum that will allow participants to debate and critically reflect upon key research questions, methods, findings, and their implications. The academic program will include interactive lectures and workshops by renowned experts, offering participants the opportunity to widen their research perspectives and improve their methodological competencies.

The GEI plans to publish the proceedings of the Summer School and will ask participants and experts to submit articles for publication based on their presentations.

The working language of the Summer School will be English. No registration fees apply. Accommodation and meals will be provided for all participants, and economy-class travel expenses will be reimbursed.


The invitation to the Summer School is extended primarily to doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars from the humanities and social sciences (e.g., the fields of education, history, political sciences, sociology, law, anthropology, and psychology). People working for international organizations and NGOs in the relevant fields are also welcome to apply. Applications from students enrolled in a Master’s program and recent graduates with a Master’s degree will be considered in exceptional cases.

The GEI and Teachers College of Columbia University invite suitable applicants to submit abstracts of no more than two pages together with a CV, a list of publications (if applicable), and the completed application form.

Submissions should be made electronically. All documents must be in Word or PDF format, and the total file size may not exceed 3 MB (file name: last name, first name). Please send applications to, with the subject line “Arnhold Summer School.”

The deadline for completed applications is May 2, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified byMay 27, 2016.

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