Matthias Fiedler casts a development education gaze on global events

Date: 27th October 2011

Title: "A development education gaze on global events."

Speaker: Matthias Fiedler, Director, Irish Development Education Association

Description of event:

The recent drought in the Horn of Africa and famine in Somalia have left an estimated 12 million people in need of aid. Given the recurrent droughts that the region is experiencing, people there are forced to consider if their pastoral lifestyle can be maintained. But is there a different story to be told? About our lifestyle? Do we need to shift our focus on seeing global challenges as truly global and start discussing what we here in the North have to do? How does development education fit in?

Matthias Fiedler is the Director of the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA). IDEA's main goal is to advance and support a professional, cohesive and creative development education sector in Ireland. Prior to IDEA, Matthias worked for two years for the DICE (Development and Intercultural Education) project, an Irish Aid-funded project that aims to integrate development education and intercultural education in initial teacher education in Ireland. Originally from Germany, he moved with his family to Ireland in 2001. From 2001 to 2006 he was a Lecturer of German at University College Dublin. He studied German, history and anthropology at the University of Göttingen, Germany and holds a doctorate in philosophy with a thesis on German colonial discourses in the 18th and 19th centuries. He has worked as a teacher in Germany and Cameroon. He has published articles on development education, intercultural education, postcolonial theory and German colonialism.

All are welcome!

Time: 1pm

Venue: Dundalk Institute of Technology, Nursing Building (N122)

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