Post-colonial cultural heritage conceptions of students. An empirical study with didactical intent.
Direction: Prof. Dr. Dirk Lange, Institute for Political Science, Hannover
Assistant: Malte Kleinschmidt, M.A.
The sub-project takes students‘ perceptions of the globalization process with regard to post-colonial perspectives into account. It aims at an empirical well-founded sensitization of the political, historical and economical education concerning post-colonial aspects. The German colonialism needs to be considered as one specific element of cultural heritage, which has been influenced by political and societal processes as well as other fields of history. With the means of didactical reconstruction and qualitative content analysis priorities are set on post-colonial identities, experiences with migration and racism, the essentialization of the cultural concept, the localization of alleged universalistic knowledge structures and the recognition of a colonial past and a neo-colonial present.Current historiography and prevalent identity construction have always been important dimensions for the post-colonial theory. The deconstruction of dominant cultural heritage forms has always presented a central starting point. It can be systematized in two ways: On the one hand, the past has been visualized with the intention to highlight the Western world. However, on the other hand, homogenous identities have been constructed during the nation building process.
In addition to the other project regarding education processes, this sub-projects concentrates on a thematic more narrow perspective and relates to particular participants. At the same time, it creates a theoretical framework for the political-historical reflexivity of cultural heritage and questions the didactical objectives of reflexive and inclusive education considering individual heterogenous prerequisites (sub-project 6). Furthermore, it relates to the area of social proximities, by highlighting the perceptions of cultural heritage of participants, who are characterized by cultural diversity (sub-project 3 and 4). In addition, it also touches the research about valorization processes (sub-project 1 and 2), because students play a significant role as participants of the past presencing.