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Lovisa Bergdahl

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Lovisa Bergdahl
Senior Lecturer
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Phone: +46 8 608 4023
PD 252 Primus


Senior Lecturer in Education

Research Interests

My research be placed in the intersection of education (pedagogy), didactics (as the art of teaching) and feminist- and post-secular philosophy. I am interested in the so called "the return of religion", looking particularly into the values ​​and dilemmas that this return seems to be causing in education. Issues may include Muslim girls dress in schools, exceptions from sex- and swimming classes, end of term celebrations in churches etc.

My dissertation (Seeing Otherwise: Renegotiating Religion and Democracy as Questions for Education, Stockholm University 2010) took its point of departure in these kinds of debates, looking particularly at how the cosmopolitan model of education (Nussbaum) and the deliberative model (Habermas) respond to religious diversity. It explored some of the themes offered in these liberal models, drawing on thinkers like Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida and Søren Kierkegaard in the purpose of renegotiating the contemporary liberal relationship between religion, democracy and education.

I am currently conducting the research project "Lived Values: a pedagogical-philosophical enquiry into the Value Basis of Swedish Schools" (VR 2015-2018). What has become of the fostering task of education in the ‘knowledge society’ – a society characterized by not only by a ‘legitimation crisis’ but also by a ‘crisis of knowledge’ (e.g. PISA; TIMS)? What would become of this task if we not only acknowledged the fostering aspects of knowledge but also the knowledge aspect of fostering. The overall aim of the project is to develop a language for what it might mean to foster other peoples’ children as a teacher in our contemporary society. The study includes Dr. Elisabet Langmann and Professor Carl Anders Säfström, both at Södertörn University.

Recent work also explores the content dimension of Religious Education teaching drawing primarily on the work of Luce Irigaray. This research is conducted within the project "Images of Femininity and Masculinity in the Classroom: A Feminist Philosophical Inquiry into the Subjects of Religion, Science Studies and Swedish" (VR, 2011-2015) conducted by Prof. Sharon Todd, Stockholm University.


Within pedagogy:
Timeless Pedagogical Problems, Pedagogical Theory and Policy, Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives.

Teacher Education programs:
School Politics and Pedagogy in a Historical Perspective, Theory and Method, Development and Learning.

Research Seminars

  1. Advanced Studies in Education (ASiE) at the School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University. The seminar engages with different aspects of the emancipatory and critical tradition in educational thought, as well as policy questions and curriculum studies more generally.
  2. The Higher Seminar in Education at the Department of Culture and Learning, Södertörn University.