Dr Karsten Kenklies

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

I joined the School of Education in April 2016 from Jena University, Germany, where I was a Junior-Professor, holding the Chair for Comparative Education in the Institute for Bildung and Kultur. I worked for nearly thirteen years in Jena and (among other things) delivered History and Philosophy of Education undergraduate and postgraduate teaching there. Very much rooted in the tradition of a Hermeneutic Pedagogy, my research endeavours to unveil the systematic structures of theories and practices of education through their contextualisation (especially within the History of Ideas, Science, Philosophy and Art) and through diachronic (i.e. historical) and synchronic (i.e. intercultural) comparisons in a national and international (especially Japanese) perspective. Besides this – and linked to it by a methodological perspective framed by the notion of recognition – I am very much interested in developing a theory of Queer Education based upon modern theories of social philosophy and Queer Theory.

At the School of Education, I am involved in a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Education Studies, especially in the History and Philosophy of Education, Foundations of Educational Theory, and Contemporary Challenges for Educational Theory and Practice. I am a co-convener of the research group "Philosophy, Education and Culture" and a member of the research group "Rights, Citizenship and Dialogue". Besides supervising a number of PhD projects, I act as course leader for the full-time master course MSc Education Studies and represent the department in the Board of Studies of the faculty.


(Self-)transformation as translation : the birth of the individual from German Bildung and Japanese kata
Kenklies Karsten
Tetsugaku: International Journal of the philosophical Association of Japan Vol 2, pp. 248-262 (2018)
The eternal flower of the child : the recognition of childhood in Zeami's educational theory of Noh theatre
Kenklies Karsten
Educational Philosophy and Theory (2018)
Geschichte der Pädagogik
Koerrenz Ralf, Kenklies Karsten, Kauhaus Hanna, Schwarzkopf Matthias
The quest for traditions, or a case of philosophy of education
Kenklies Karsten
Phenomenology & Practice Vol 10, pp. 60-63 (2016)
Zirkel und Disparitäten : Das Paradox der wissenschaftlichen Bildung
Kenklies Karsten
Fundiert Forschen (2016) (2016)
Ästhetik und Lebenskunst : Schillers Briefe über die Ästhetische Erziehung und die Teezeremonie bei Sen no Rikyū
Kenklies Karsten
Aufklärungen (2016) (2016)

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Research interests

Based upon research I did supported by a research fellowship that took me to Japan for 6 months (preceded and followed by regular visits), I am currently working on a series of papers that analyse theories and practices of education in pre-modern Japan to connect those ideas to modern continental concepts of Bildung and Anglo-Saxon ideas of self-formation.

Professional activities

Journal of Philosophy of Education (Journal)
Peer reviewer
The Hermeneutic Imagination, or There ain't no such thing as Education
Tamagawa Gakuen. Kuniyoshi Obara 小原 國芳 und die alte Reformpädagogik Japans (Tamagawa Gakuen. Kuniyoshi Obara 小原 國芳 and the Traditional Progressive Education in Japan)
Dark Lights and Old Laddies, or: What is Queer Theory all about?
Another time, another space: on the aesthetic foundations of pedagogy
Educational Philosophy and Theory (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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