Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies
School of Social Sciences
ZHCES Seminar Series
Schooling, Childhood and Aspirations in the Urban Margins
Abstract: This talk is based on an ethnographic study of a slum cluster and its neighbourhood state-run primary school in Delhi. Based on this study, the talk will explore how a State school, as a social and pedagogic institution, shapes the aspirations and worldviews of children in the urban margins. It will engage with the children’s everyday experience of marginality and exclusion as they negotiate the intersecting axes of caste, class, gender, and citizenship. In this process, it will make- sense of the political dynamics between the State and its margins while highlighting the role of schools and locating childhood in this context.
Dr. Gunjan Sharma
School of Education Studies
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi
Bio: Gunjan Sharma is a faculty member at the School of Education Studies, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi, India. She teaches courses at research, postgraduate, undergraduate, and professional development levels, in the areas of education studies, education policy, teacher education, curriculum studies, child rights, and action research. Her research and publication focus is on education policy–politics at school and teacher education levels. Her doctoral research examined educational aspirations in the urban margins in a post Right to Education Act context in India. In 2016-17, she was awarded Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellowship in education policy. She has worked with various government and non-government organisations on matters of public policy and served in various capacities on the national-level teacher education reforms in India.
Date: 31 May, 2023 (Wednesday)
TIME: 03.00 pm
Venue: # 207, SSS-II
(All are Welcome)