Dr Karsten Kenklies

Senior Lecturer

Education

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.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    As part of my work, I supervise a number of Master and PhD students in different fields of conceptual research. Those fields include e.g.

    • LGBT issues in educational theory (conceptual or historical non-empirical research)
    • Intercultural comparison in educational theory (conceptual or historical non-empirical research)
    • Japanese education (conceptual or historical non-empirical research)
    • Martial Arts education (conceptual or historical non empirical research or qualitative empirical research)
    • Hermeneutic Pedagogy (conceptual or historical non-empirical research)
    • Pedagogical anthropology (conceptual or historical non-empirical research)
    • Aesthetics & educational theory (conceptual or historical non-empirical research

    I invite those who might be interested to work in one of those (or related) fields, to get in touch with me so that we can start to reflect upon a dissertation or any other kind of project. It would be good if a first contact would already include a short draft expose which answers the following questions:

    1. What is the one(!) question your dissertation/ project attempts to answer, and which smaller questions do you think will lead up to an answer of the final big question?
    2. What method would you like to use to find an answer to your question?
    3. What material would you plan to use to answer your question?
    4. What limitations do you think will your answer to your question inevitably have?

    Based upon your answers to those questions, we can start to think about the possibility of a supervision or support for any sort of project.

Prizes and awards

Research & Conference Fellowship
Recipient
2015
Research Fellowship
Recipient
2012
Research & Conference Fellowship
Recipient
2010
Research Fellowship
Recipient
2008
Award for Fundamental Research
Recipient
2007

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Publications

The struggle to love : pedagogical Eros and the gift of transformation
Kenklies Karsten
Journal of Philosophy of Education (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9752.12376
The eternal flower of the child : the recognition of childhood in Zeami's educational theory of Noh theatre
Kenklies Karsten
Educational Philosophy and Theory Vol 51, pp. 1227-1236 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2018.1533463
Review of: Naoko Saito & Naomi Hodgson (eds.) (2019). Philosophy as Translation and the Understanding of Other Cultures. Oxford & New York: Routledge
Kenklies Karsten
Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook Vol 13, pp. 187-189 (2019)
(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)
Geschichte der Pädagogik
Koerrenz Ralf, Kenklies Karsten, Kauhaus Hanna, Schwarzkopf Matthias
(2017)
Queer Pädagogik : Annäherungen an ein Forschungsfeld
Kenklies Karsten, Waldmann Maximilian
(2016)

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Research interests

My research is predominantly systematic-conceptual-comparative. Based on the comparison between European, (East-) Asian and North American theories and practices of education, I attempt to introduce a culturally sensitive theory of education. Especially discussions around a German notion of Bildung, American Transcendentalism and educational practices prevalent in traditional Japanese arts are used as foundation for developing a general theory of education.

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.

As part of the research group Education, Philosophy and Culture at the School of Education at Strathclyde University, I am involved in a variety of different projects: publications, research projects, conferences, etc. In addition, I am co-founder of ExET - Experiments in Education Theory - a group of researchers that embraces a purely conceptual approach to education research and that is part of a larger international network of researchers who promote systematic-conceptual and philosophical research into education across different countries and continents.

Professional activities

PESA Conference 2019
Participant
7/12/2019
WERA 2019 Focal Meeting
Participant
5/8/2019
Too much time, too much education: Exiting the Educational Rat Race
Speaker
23/7/2019
PESGB Gregynog Conference 2019
Participant
22/7/2019
Die Logik der Heterogenität (The Logic of Heterogenity)
Speaker
1/7/2019
Globales Lehren, Postkoloniales Lehren. Perspektiven für Schule im Horizont des Globalen(Global Teaching, Postcolonial Teaching. Educational Perspectives in a Globalized World)
Participant
1/7/2019

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