SEC seminarium

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Blåsenhus 14:340
  • Lecturer: Petter Sandgren, Department of Education, Stockholm University & Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence
  • Contact person: Håkan Forsberg
  • Seminarium

"The concept 'transnational fields' in research within sociology of education".
Petter Sandgren presents a chapter from his coming book "Learning to Rule: The Transnational Field of Elite Boarding Schools". The objective of the presentation is to invite to a discussion on the possibilities and limitations of using 'transnational fields' as a research tool.

Learning to Rule: The Transnational Field of Elite Boarding Schools: Book abstract

This book explores the global history of elite boarding schools from 1799 to the present time and reveals the previously neglected interconnected and dynamic nature of these schools and the elites they cater to. Drawing on primary sources from elite boarding schools in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Sweden and the United States, this book challenges the conventional narrative of a one-way diffusion of the English elite ’public’ boarding school model to the rest of the world during the second half of the nineteenth century and onwards. It argues instead that the English public schools should be understood as part of a dynamic ‘transnational field’ of elite boarding schools that emerged during the first half of the nineteenth century. Within that transnational field, ideas of how future leaders should be educated would continue to diffuse and circulate across traditional national boundaries over the following two hundred years. The book’s global and long-term historical perspective, which captures continuity and change within this transnational educational and social field, will be invaluable for building a broader understanding of how independent boarding schools have so successfully produced such a disproportionate number of elites over the course of history, and to get a better sense of what type of leaders they produce.

Language: English.

Everyone who is interested is welcome.