Working group 9: Critical pedagogy for peace and development


Felippe Constancio, University of Lapland (


Emerged in the late 1960′, Critical Pedagogy is a successful educational movement to support one’s development of consciousness of oppression and freedom and the connection between knowledge and power. After more than 50 years of global transformation, can this paradigm still provide meaningful approaches to research and practice in the face of today’s peace and development issues?

This working group aims to investigate new approaches to dialogic research methods and new forms of practising critical pedagogies that enlighten the current paradigm’s wingspan. It addresses (but is not limited to) two main questions:

  • What examples of success and failure of recent Critical Pedagogy approaches in research and practice can be found today?
  • Which lately emergent paradigms are commensurable or unfeasible with critical pedagogies?

The group welcomes contributions of social scientists, educators, media educators, and media professionals to share experiences and insight on successful and unsuccessful approaches to create dialogues between researcher and researched, as well as on experimented techniques to empower the oppressed to request liberty. 


Felippe Constancio, University of Lapland: Critical Communicative Methodology for development research in digital media

Ossi I. Ollinaho, University of Helsinki: Encounters of critical pedagogy, buddhism and social phenomenology: reflections on peace

Anna Sofia Suoranta and Juha Suoranta: Critical Pedagogy and Everyday Peace as Action