Panel 8: Distributed Learning. New Communities of Practice in the Global South

Panel Time: 
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 14:30 to 17:00


Sandra Kurfürst, GSSC
Martin Zillinger, GSSC


Since the end of the cold war, political, economic and scientific institutions of the global north have kept multiplying, and their appeal and normative force seem to be increasingly non-negotiable. Actors and institutions operating from various parts of the worlds adopt, adapt and invent “travelling formats” (Behrends, Park and Rottenburg 2014) that shape and define discursive, material and social practice through time and space. In this process, knowledge transfer is more and more characterized by standardization – circulating through various media-techniques and along organizational chains between actors who are positioned unequally in the postcolonial world order. Far from being uni-directional, however, knowledge transfer is acquired through training and learning as a situated activity (Lave and Wenger 1991). New forms of learning and enskillment may fully transform social practices, or they bring forth vernacular practices that only partially adapt or refuse altogether standardized formats.
We are interested in empirical case studies that help to understand shifting forms of situated learning and enskillment in an interconnected globalizing world and invite contributions, which explore new forms of knowledge transfer at the interplay of local practice and globally circulating standards. Examples would be: the implementation of the German dual system of education in the Global South for export oriented industries, new forms of craftsmanship producing for a global market or mediated forms of enskillment that transform learning to a question of self-training.


  • Tomonori Ishioka, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Christoph Lange, a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities, UoC
  • Judith Wiemann, Economic and Social Geography, UoC
  • Soumhya Venkatesan, University of Manchester, UK
  • Ines Stolpe, Bonn University