Time and location

Tuesday, 12 November 2019
18:00 - 20:00 (Admission: 17:30)
Albert Schweitzer Haus
Schwarzspanierstrasse 13, 1090 Vienna

Organized by ArtSeeks Communications in cooperation with VIDC

Program

INTRODUCTION 
Michael Fanizadeh, VIDC

OPENING SPEECH
H.E. Ramses Joseph Cleland, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to Austria

PRESENTATIONS
Elina Marmer, Project Manager of IMAFREDU (Image of Africa in Education) und CHIEF (Cultural Heritage and Identity for Europe’s Future) und Hrsg. des Rassismus- kritischen Leitfadens, University of Applied Sciences (HAW) Hamburg

Vanessa Spanbauer, Journalist „Fresh - Black Austrian Lifestyle“ & Derek Roberts, Bilingual coordinator, City of Vienna
Project: Advancing Equality Within The Austrian School System (AEWTASS)

PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderation: Rita Isiba, founder Aphropean & Partners

PANELISTS
Yaw A. Boadu Ayeboafo, Legal & Research Officer, Diaspora Affairs Office of the President, Ghana

Mamadou Koné, Educational facilitator and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Mali

Margaret Carter, Dual Language Program (DLP) teacher; City of Vienna

Barbara Höller, Project Manager/Editor for Geography; Veritas Verlag

Manfred Wirtitsch, Director, Education Departement I/1 Basic Principles and Crossover Skills; Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Researc

The discussion will take place in German and English.

Thereafter, please be invited to enjoy a delicious Ghanaian buffet and to use the time to network

Who Speaks For Whom – volume 2: Education in Austria: The Representation of African Countries and the African Diaspora


Background

In view of the fact that the education system plays a vital role in the creation and legitimation of knowledge, we want to discuss - based on academic research findings - how the African continent is currently portrayed in the Austrian educational sector. Historically speaking the African continent has been depicted in the context of abject poverty, violence and as being underdeveloped. The challenges with the Eurocentric one-sided representation of the motherland in school text books is that it ignores the actualities and specificities of social-political and economic dynamics of the continent and fails to address the complex situations prevailing in African countries. It also fails to examine the power relations between the Global South and Global North.

The purpose of this event is to present to national authorities and other stakeholders working in the field of education, concrete solutions and measurements on how to tackle this situation. Therefore, the initiative Advancing Equality Within The Austrian School System (AEWTASS), initiated by members of the African Diaspora is being finalized and will be introduced in its entirety at this symposium. The aim of the project is to change long-standing biases and omissions that limit the understanding of the African continent and to allow to change the above mentioned false narrative. We are of the opinion that it is of enormous importance to deconstruct distorted information about Africa and the African Diaspora and to reconstruct the history of facts in order to allow Austrian school children to receive a balanced, accurate and just portrayal of the African continent.

We will focus on questions such as the following:

- Do students have sufficient opportunities to deconstruct the erroneous information about the African continent that is presented to them?

- What are the requirements to amend an Austrian school textbook?

- How could a possible collaboration with members of the African Diaspora and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research be established?

- What is the role of an anti-racist educator?