Nowadays in European societies, social cohesion is threatened by two pervasive and interconnected socio-economic phenomena: 1) the inequalities and insecurities in the work world generated by the globalized economic competition and 2) the growing of nationalism linked to massive migration movements of all kinds. Deviant behavior, growing of extremist parties, social anxieties emerge in this context. Promoting tolerance, equality and cooperation appears then as a crucial stake, specially for young people who will build tomorrow’s society. In this project, scholars, artists, and pedagogues from France, Hungary, and Sweden engage in developing an innovative methodology that will empower young people who may be facing fewer opportunities and social exclusion, particularly those with minority or migrant background.
To this project, Professor Asta Cekaite brings her experience within both the field of migration and integration research, such as on schooling conditions in Swedish-as-second-language classes for child migrants, as well as her expertise in embodied interaction, learning, and peer culture studies. Other project collaborators are: Dr. Julia Nyikos and Dr. Augustine Lefebvre (De l'Art et D'autre, Paris, France); Kristina Medey and Edina Deme (Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary).
Foster communicative competencies and transversal skills
The project aims at creating a threefold curriculum to foster communicative competencies and transversal skills in relation to the European Cultural Heritage, with the pedagogical materials that will include:
- A theoretical and methodological rationale for addressing communication, cooperation, and conflict management skills;
- A compendium of activities to develop these skills in museums at the cognitive (verbal, visual); manual; and bodily levels;
- A set of methodological video tutorials for facilitators and art mediators;
- A portfolio of cultural, artistic, and bodily activities to be used at multilateral meeting with youths and stakeholders;
- A video-based qualitative assessment tool for monitoring the efficacy and efficiency of the developed program.
This transnational project has the proposed duration of 25 months.