In the same weeks in which the European Conference on Educational Research has taken place in Budapest, Europe has been a theatre of dramatic and violent conflicts amongs migrants and police forces.
As researchers and European citizens, the convenors of the Network 17 “Histories of Education” do not want to look away.
For this reason, we share the statements discussed during The Moot – EERA Council and now published in an edited version on the blog Refugees Ecer 2015 | Amplifying the voices of refugees (https://refugeesecer2015.wordpress.com/statement/).
Recurring crises have transformed Europe and its peoples throughout the centuries. The current refugee crisis and its human and educational implications were discussed intensively at the annual European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) in September 2015. Educational researchers emphasize that research and education are central to the framing of ideas and the construction of life chances. We collectively call upon educational researchers across Europe and beyond to reflect on and act according to our moral and intellectual responsibilities.
Educational researchers are responsible for paying attention as best as they can, to be as discerning as they can about the particular situation. And this means that on the one hand we should absolutely avoid a hierarchy between ‘migrants’, ‘strangers’, ‘refugees’, but we should nevertheless recognize the need of efforts to not conflate the issues they name, particularly also in the present situation
Educational researchers could try to find/invent ways to be objected or contradicted not only by ‘facts’ and ‘arguments’ (that is based on its own rules and languages defining on beforehand what is taken as valid way of objecting) but also by those that are affected by it (and which do not speak the language or know the rules)
Educational research should not only follow contemporary issues, be they national or European. Instead of only keeping pace with societal developments, our research agenda should challenge and actively rework that what is happening today.
We, as educational researchers, recognize that within the overall population of displaced persons, there will be many who are educators and students of various kinds. We should find opportunities to collaborate with them and involve our institutions in these kinds of collaborations.