Viktor Johansson

Viktor Johansson

Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer

Viktor Johansson works on philosophy of education, children's philosophical thought, children's literature and indigenous early childhood education.

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The overarching theme of my research has been philosophical aspects of interactions between children and adults, especially in relation to early childhood education. That interest has mainly emerged as a work on children’s philosophy and in philosophy of education as an encounter between ethics, aesthetics, and literary theory.
Moreover, I have worked on exploring methods of ordinary language philosophy on topics such as learning, philosophy of play and philosophy through play.
At the moment I explore different forms of educational practices in indigenous contexts. In particular I am exploring children's philosophy and storytelling in Sámi early childhood education in encounters with traditional actitivites and stories.


Books and Book Chapters:

Johansson, Viktor, (2022). An exercise in Sami philosophising: indigeneity, the young child, and an ethics of cultural translation. In Dina Mendonca & Florian Franken Figueiredo eds, Conceptions of Childhood and Moral Education in Philosophy for Children. (J. B. Metzler)

Johansson, Viktor (2019). Literature and Philosophical Play in Early Childhood Education: A Humanities Based Approach to Research and Practice (London: Routledge).

Johansson, Viktor (2019). Filosofi i tidig barndom: Omedelbarhetens pedagogik (Malmö: Gleerups).

Johansson, Viktor (2018). Philosophy for Children and Children for Philosophy: Possibilities and Problems. In Ann Chinnery, Viktor Johansson & Naomi Hodgson section eds. Section 3, Revisiting Enduring Debates in Paul Smeyers ed. International Handbook of Philosophy of Education. (Dordrecht: Springer).

Peer-reviewed Articles:

Johansson, Viktor (2021) Sámi children as thought herders: philosophy of death and storytelling as radical hope in early childhood education. Policy Futures in Education (Online first). doi:10.1177/14782103211031413

Johansson, Viktor (2021). Olmmái-Stállu: deflection, decolonization, and silence in Sámi early childhood scholarship, Ethics and Education, 16:1, 51-73, DOI: 10.1080/17449642.2020.1864594

Johansson, Viktor (2019). Cosmopolitanism and the Pedagogy of Immediacy: Preparing Teachers for the Philosophical Life of Early Childhood. Knowledge Cultures 8(1)

Johansson, Viktor (2018). Killing the Buddha: Towards a Heretical Philosophy of Learning. Educational Philosophy and Theory 50(1).

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