Towards a zombie theory of inclusive education: A discourse analysis of European special educational needs policies for early childhood and beyond

Inaugural lecture by professor Fabio Dovigo.

2019.01.08 | Lise Wendelboe

Date Fri 01 Feb
Time 15:00 16:00
Location Festsalen, room A220, DPU, Aarhus University, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 Copenhagen NV.

Dealing with differences is a central question in inclusive education, as it aims at ensuring that everyone can obtain a good quality education by removing barriers to learning and participation in school. However, learner diversity is nowadays subject to the pressure towards increasing pathologization that contributes to the students’ marginalisation and exclusion. In the light of this, the lecture will propose to examine special educational needs policies, especially at the early childhood level, through the category of zombie. A long-lasting and successful genre in the popular culture, zombies have lately become a subject of interest in social sciences. As a conceptual framework, it helps shed light on the way barriers to learning and participation are built on the notion of difference as liminality.

Fabio Dovigo’s research focuses on early childhood education and care, with a special interest on the inclusion of vulnerable children. As an expert of mixed-methods research, he has been responsible for the design and coordination of several international research projects funded by the European Union (Opvet, Oracle, Rescue, Access4All, UE4SD, Accedes, Pica). Over the years, he has been invited as a visiting professor to the Autonomous Barcelona University, IIQM Alberta, JKU Linz, University of Ghent, University of Lund, Teachers College Columbia, Valencia University and UCLA, where he taught research methods on master’s and PhD’s courses. He is ECER NW4 Inclusive Education convenor.


Following the lecture, the Danish School of Education (DPU) management team and the school’s head Claus Holm cordially invite all participants to a reception.

Participation is free, but for practical reasons, please register





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