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19.-21.6.2017 - Project workshop

The consortium projects met in the University of Jyväskylä and discussed the data generation in the communities in Tanzania and Uganda, issues emerging from the data analysis, and the potential connections between the conceptual ideas and people's narratives. Very fruitful mid-term seminar resulting into new ideas.  

16.2.2017 - Conference presentation

Kontinen, T. , Alice N. Ndidde & Karembe F. Ahimbisibwe (2017) Spaces for learning of citizenship in a Ugandan gender NGO. In: Development Days 2017, University of Helsinki, Finland, 16.2.2017.

1.12.2016 - Symposium presentation

Kontinen, T. (2016) Growth into citizenship. An approach to conceptualize learning in development. Jyväskylä Development Studies Symposium, 1.12.2016.

26.10.2016 - Conference presentation

Holma, K. (2016) John Dewey’s Philosophy and Lived Experiences of Growth. In: John Dewey’s Democracy and Education 100 years Anniversary. Democracy and Education: Reversing the Democratic Recession? Oslo, Norway, 26.10.2016.

21.10.2016 - Research collaboration meeting

GROW- team met with Senior Researcher Sirkku Hellsten from the Nordic Africa Institute, and discussed  African philosophy, civil society and fieldwork enjoying Sirkku's vast experience.

19.10.2016 - Conference presentation

Kontinen, T. , Kilonzon, R. , Nguyahambi, A. & Holma, K. (2016) Building citizenship capacities in Tanzanian civil society: Learning as growth into democratic habits. In: Education Africa? Prospects and Challenges of the New Generation. University of Jyväskylä, 19.10.2016.

30.9.2016 - Conference presentation

Blanken-Webb, J., Holma, K. & Kontinen, T. (2016). Growth into Citizenship: John Dewey’s Philosophy and Lived Experiences in East Africa. In: Dewey's 'Democracy and Education': 100 years on. University of Cambridge, UK, 28.-30.9.2016.
 

12.8.2016 - Conference presentation

Kilonzo, R., Kontinen, T., Ndidde, A. & Nguyahambi, A. (2016) Citizenship and civil society interventions. Reflections from Tanzania and Uganda. In: 28th Conference of Nordic Sociological Association, Working group: Sociological knowledge production in contested and contingent “North-South relationships”, Helsinki 11.-13.8.2016.

6.-8.7. 2016 Project workshop

The team gathered in Kampala to clarify research methodology and data collection design. It also negotiated with the case NGOs in Uganda and visited the partner College in Makerere University 

30.-31.5.2016 - Workshop organized by project members

"Pluralism", University of Helsinki - http://www.nordprag.org/plu.html

15.4.2016 - Publication

Holma, K. & Kontinen, T. (2015) The Rocky Road of Growth into Contemporary Citizenship: Dewey, Gramsci, and the Method of Democracy.Studier i Pædagogisk Filosofi 4 (2), 24-37.

7.4.2016 - Conference presentation

Blanken-Webb, J. & Holma, K. (2016). Growth into Citizenship: John Dewey’s Philosophy and Pluralist Contexts in East Africa. In: John Dewey Society: The Centennial Conference on Democracy and Education, Washington DC, 7-8.4.2016. 

30.9.-2.10.2015  - GROW  kick-off seminar in Helsinki

The research consortium (see the photo above) gathered for three days seminar in Helsinki. Participants were exhausted but satisfied after searching for shared understanding of concepts, designing methodologies and setting schedules. A plenty of learning, intensive debates, and a lot of laughter.

 13.10.2015

Our website is open! Here you can find basic information about our project. News about the progress will be updated.

 

Overview

Growth into Citizenship in Civil Society Encounters (GROW) 

The Academy of Finland Development Research Funding

Funding period: 1.9.2015-31.8.2019

Growth into citizenship in civil society encounters is a consortium project which combines the expertise of development ethnography and philosophical pragmatism and joins the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Oulu (University of Eastern Finland in 2015-2016). The project collaborates with the Makerere University in Uganda, and the University of Dodoma in Tanzania.

The main objective is to develop a new theoretical framework of growth into citizenship for development research in dialogue with philosophical pragmatism and  development ethnography. This objective is divided into three subtasks: 1) to investigate the theoretical conditions of growth into citizenship in the context of philosophical pragmatism; 2) to explore the processes of growth into citizenship in the encounters within civil society development interventions in selected cases in Uganda and Tanzania ; and 3) to experiment with methodology where pragmatism informs ethnography and ethnographic findings facilitate the construction of new theory. In the dialogical methodology used, pragmatism informs the fieldwork focus and the ethnographic findings contribute to the theory development. Each case provides a vignette of changing citizenships interpreted through John Dewey’s notion of learning as growth, in the context of value pluralism, and citizenship mainly conceptualized as learned abilities and habits of participation. Moreover, the construction and negotiation of the notion of citizenship is investigated within the contexts of civil society interventions explicitly addressing citizenship. The areas of interests include different perceptions of citizenship and their transformations along the negotiations, characteristics of different societal contexts, different patterns of social memberships, and political peculiarities of African political societies, as well as their potential implications to the conceptual understandings will be examined.    

 

 More information about the project in the University of Jyväskylä:

Tiina Kontinen, tel. +358-40-485 6718, tiina.t.kontinen@jyu.fi

More information about the project in the University of Oulu:

Katariina Holma, tel +358 2 944 83633, katariina.holma@oulu.fi

 

 

 

People

Project leader, Consortium: Katariina Holma, Professor, University of Oulu
 
Project leader, University of Jyväskylä: Tiina Kontinen, Academy of Finland Research Fellow

 

Main researchers:

Postdoctoral reseacher:  Henrik Rydenfelt, University of Helsinki / University of Eastern Finland (2016) / University of Oulu (2017)
Postdoctoral researcher:  Jane Blanken-Webb, Unversity of Illinois at Urbana Champaign / University of Eastern Finland (2015-2016)
Postdoctoral researcher: Ajali M. Nguyahambi, University of Dodoma / University of Jyväskylä (2017-2019)
 
Associate researchers:
 
Researcher: Alice Ndidde, Makerere University, Uganda / University of Jyväskylä
Researcher: Rehema Kilonzo, University of Dodoma, Tanzania  / University of Jyväskylä
Assistant researcher: Karembe Ahimbisibwe,  Makerere University / University of Jyväskylä
Assistant researcher: Haji Chang'a, University of Dodoma / University of Jyväskylä

Data

The project gathers data from citizenship interventions conducted by civil society organizations in Tanzania and Uganda. The spesific cases will be decided in 2016.

 

Publications

Publications

Holma, K. & Kontinen, T. (2015) The Rocky Road of Growth into Contemporary Citizenship: Dewey, Gramsci, and the Method of Democracy.Studier i Pædagogisk Filosofi 4 (2), 24-37.

Conference papers

Blanken-Webb, J. , Holma,  K. &  Kontinen,  T. (2016) Growth into Citizenship: John Dewey’s Philosophy and Lived Experiences in East Africa. In: Dewey's 'Democracy and Education': 100 years on. University of Cambridge, UK.

Kilonzo, R., Kontinen, T., Ndidde, A. &  Nguyahambi, A. (2016) Citizenship and civil society interventions. Reflections from Tanzania and Uganda. In: Knowledge-Making Practices and Sociology’s Global Challenge. 28th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association, Helsinki, Finland, 11-13.8.2016.

Blanken-Webb, J. & Holma, K. (2016). Growth into Citizenship: John Dewey’s Philosophy and Pluralist Contexts in East Africa. In: John Dewey Society: The Centennial Conference on Democracy and Education, Washington DC, USA, 7-8.4.2016.