Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Allgemeine Erziehungswissenschaft



  • Allgemeine Pädagogik, Bildung als Transformation
  • Negative Erfahrung, Erfahrung und Sprache, Ästhetik
  • Phänomenologie, Hermeneutik, Historizität, Dekonstruktion



In my PhD project I explore Bildung processes among pedagogy students, especially in relation to their internships in Danish day care institutions, where I have done my fieldwork.

As part of the formative process, I explore how students speak for themselves and narrate themselves in the light of negative experiences (Koller, 2018), that is, after the encounter with something essentially different from themselves. The critical question is, how to bring otherness to language and how to speak for oneself as (well as the) other (Derrida, 1987; Nielsen, 2012) without compromising what is outside of and irreducible to language (Waldenfelds, 1998; Meyer-Drawe, 2013; Rödel, 2019)? As part of a process of Bildung self-reflection can be understood as a kind of negative dialectic (Adorno, 2003, 2007) and a performative act (Butler, 2005, 1993; Derrida, 1987, 1985), that produces what it seems to presuppose, namely a self. The subject is not a stable identity, but constantly becoming (Fink, 1992; Brinkmann, 2012).

The methodological and theoretical challenge is, on the one hand, to show how biographical self-accounts are not just the product of norms that govern our conception of the world and who we are (Butler, 2005). On the other hand, the purpose of self-accounts is not only to transgress and break with existing norms, but also to renew common ideas of what good pedagogy is, so that the students, in agreement with the perspective of an Allgemeine pedagogic (Benner, 2012; Prange, 2009), get the chance to influence pedagogical practice. This dialectic between the particular and the general [das Allgemeine] and tradition and renewal is developed with reference to Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics and Derrida’s deconstruction. In this regard the relation between being, language and historicity is central.

My PhD project is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, and it is a collaboration between University College Absalon and Aarhus University.