Translating Socio-Cultural Anthropology into Education



TRANSCA is a project that will state what social anthropology can do for education as a sustainable response of the European educational sphere to on-going and new societal challenges such as diversity, immigration, socio-economic disparities and exclusionary politics.

TRANSCA is a strategic partnership with the goal of  further developing the cooperation between teacher education and socio-cultural anthropology in order to address the crucial issue of social inclusion in schools by implementing e.g. tools for self-reflexivity and hierarchical positionality.

TRANSCA aims to promote, and in some countries initiate, the process of transferring relevant aspects of socio-cultural anthropological knowledge into teacher education in Europe by building on existing approaches and experiences and adding new and innovative didactic assessments and practices with regard to core societal issues and social science concepts (such as interculturality, diversity, migration, integration, gender, intersectionality etc.).

One core innovation is the translation of reflexive anthropological methods and approaches into the field of teacher education - field excursions, conversation protocols, teacher’s (field) diaries - for generating ethnographic knowledge and insight into societal challenges allow teachers take on the role of learner, to know their students’ lived realities in new and substantial ways.

Secondly, TRANSCA focuses on novel ways how teachers (and pupils) can address contested hierarchical structures, which often mark the diversity in the school classes (e.g. minorities within minorities, social class, structural discrimination etc.). The aim is to share current practices and spark new ideas to help anthropology become more widespread in teacher education and consequently in schools. Students are growing up in a highly globalized world, increasingly interconnected by technology, which enhances the need for students to broaden their knowledge on global intercultural dynamics and social inclusion.

The overall objectives of the TRANSCA project are the development of innovative didactic strategies, enhancing social inclusion in the educational sphere and thereby sustainably contributing to social cohesion in Europe.

The strategic partnership TRANSCA unites relevant institutions from four countries (Croatia, Greece and Denmark with Austria taking the lead) represented by lead organisations focused on socio-cultural anthropology (with expertise in teaching anthropology) and will develop cooperation with Teacher Colleges and other relevant institutions (such as the Teaching Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists).

TRANSCA will further involve multipliers (future teachers and lecturers at teacher colleges) who will provide feedback and discuss the core Intellectual Outputs of the TRANSCA project:  a collection of good and a selection of best practices (Whitebook), a concept manual, the development of new teaching modules for teacher education, a whiteboard animation and an online lecture series.  These intellectual project outputs will be uploaded to the digital project platform, to provide a sustainable knowledge database including methods and networking resources beyond the end of the funded period of the TRANSCA partnership.

Duration: September 2018 - August 2020

The partner countries carry out the collection primarily in their own country, and it is attempted to acquire as much information as possible from the following surrounding countries. Austria (Switzerland, Germany); Denmark (Sweden, Norway); Greece (Bulgaria, Albania); Croatia (Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina)