“Research as participation in the process of knowledge”

The first (Re)Search Summer School at the Goetheanum

19 – 25 July 2021

The (Re)Search Summer School is a week-long experience for young researchers to share in the awe-inspiring task of setting ourselves afoot in the path of knowledge. Through theory and practice, individual and collective work, we will seek those questions that can get us started in a journey of discovery, where learning in wonder gives way to questions of morality in research. The all-encompassing theme of the pilot summer school will thus be, “Research as Participation in the Process of Knowledge”.

Who is it for?

The school is open for young people of all backgrounds, regardless of previous academic experience. It is recommended for the curious, interested spirit who seeks answers to their questions and want to find approaches that will lead them to unveil new mysteries as they emerge in their research.

(Re)Search is a project that can live in and out of academic contexts because investigating is a central aspect of all human life, regardless of the tasks that we chose to engage with. This is the reason why the school is an experience also recommended for those who intuitively seek to nourish and enliven the work they are already doing. Whether you are a student, soon to start in university, or already engaged in professional life, the school will offer ways to apply research approaches to your own life in all its uniqueness and complexities.

The programme

The pilot of the Youth Section Summer School at the Goetheanum will take place in 2021. Together with you, we want to explore themes that put the human being at the heart of the path of knowledge.

Each day will develop in a threefold manner during theoretical, practical & experiential activities. In morning impulses (lecture-like moments) key themes and ideas will be presented. These will be followed by the exercising of methods and tools proposed, always guided by a facilitator.

The week will aim to develop research initiatives out of the participants’ longings and interests. There will be chances to explore these in groups and individually, particularly in the afternoons and evenings, where the efforts will be focused on developing the unique impulses awakening from the group attending the Summer School.

Evenings will be reserved for contemplation, assimilation and letting go of the days’ experiences, in order to pick up fresh endeavours in the next morning.

All the activities are aimed not only at learning contents, but also to get to know each other and to deepen through the relationships formed between participants and facilitators our knowledge and experiences in the (Re)Search Summer School.

Themes & Contents

  • New perspectives in research: from academic life to living with our questions
  • The ethics of method and the moral aspect of research: what values lie within the methods we use?
  • Anthroposophy, spiritual science & Goetheanism: Rudolf Steiner’s legacy
  • Developing Love, Devotion & Generosity in qualitative research
  • Indigenous epistemologies and methods of research

Experiences

  • Star gazing at the Astronomical Section evening
  • “The Common Room” a space to get creative with others about our questions
  • Ermitage caves excursion: exploring in the dark, facing the unknown
  • Fire, music & storytelling

Participation fees

The Youth Section at the Goetheanum would like to launch a new way to raise funds for its school activities. Modelled on the Free Columbia programmes, there are no set tuition fees or material costs. Considering the costs of running the school, we suggest 1.00 – 1000.00 CHF as a contribution from each participant. A detailed budget will be released soon so that participants and interested funders can look at how the costs are spread and managed. 

The Youth Section’s team is constantly working towards fundraising to make its activities available to youth from all backgrounds and corners of the world. This course is thus available thanks to the efforts and donations of individuals, as well as the support of friends and funders. By making a contribution towards this course, you are ensuring that further learning activities can take place at the Youth Section and the Goetheanum, that other young people can benefit. 

When choosing your contribution amount, we ask that you consider your current situation and how much you can honestly give in order to value the experience of the Summer School and the work and care that has gone into planning and delivering this opportunity. If you feel that you cannot contribute anything, please consider running a fundraising activity yourself. This can be fun and soul-enriching! There are a number of creative ways to raise funds – from selling old goods, to bake sales, to creating crowdfunding campaigns! 

The team

This Summer School is an invitation to join other young investigators in an immersive experience at the Goetheanum. We are interested in education, art, anthropology and the social sciences and how through a diversity of disciplines, one can shed light on the world and ourselves.

Alongside many others in the academic and non-academic spheres of social and anthropological research, the team behind (Re)Search’s Summer School pilot is concerned with understanding how our lives are impacted through the methodologies used in scientific endeavours.

We believe in the need to be critical thinkers and the importance of questioning the assumptions at the base of our knowledge. However, questioning is not enough! We are committed to finding answers too; answers that support human endeavour to create a freer and more ethical world.

Andrea De La Cruz is a researcher at the Youth Section at the Goetheanum. She holds two Bachelor of Arts and a teacher’s certification in Waldorf education. Since 2011 she has worked in youth-oriented projects in a variety of roles: from organiser of events and youth networking programmes, to researcher and workshop facilitator. She is interested in exploring, through encounter and dialogue, the essential questions of humanity, the nature of relationships and the renewal of human will in service of the future.

 

Dr. Constanza Kaliks leads the Youth Section and co-directs the General Anthroposophical Section at the Goetheanum – School of Spiritual Science. Born in 1967 in Chile, Constanza grew and lived mostly in Brasil. Constanza completed her studies of Mathematics in São Paulo, and went on to be mathematics teacher at the Escola Rudolf Steiner in São Paulo for 19 years. There she was also a teacher in the Waldorf Teacher training. Constanza has a Masters Degree in Education and completed her Ph.D on Nicolaus of Cuse. She is married with two children.

 

Ioana Viscrianu was born in Romania, where she first became active in the Youth Section. studied economics and psychology in Bucharest and finished her training in biography work. Afterwards she moved to Germany where she continued her study at Alanus Hochschule and worked in the social field with people from different cultures. She is currently completing her MSc in Clinical Psychology at the University of Göttingen.

 

Dr. Joaquin Muñoz is Assistant Professor at the University of Augsburg, Arizona. His interests include teaching, learning, language and literacy policies and practices, and the experience of marginalized youth. Most recently his attention has focused on critical pedagogy and literacy and its potential to respond to neoliberal policies. He works on the development and implementation of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Culturally Responsive Schooling for communities. His work is placed in diverse places: from Puerto Rican communities and African-American communities in Pennsylvania, to Native/Indigenous communities in Arizona. His teaching philosophy is based on the active engagement of students in pursuit to nurture and produce critical thinkers who are confident in their agency as teachers and action takers.

Johannes Kronenberg grew up in the forests of Bosch en Duin in the midst of Camphill Christophorus, The Netherlands. Ignited by the question how to work towards ‘The Good’ and societal transformation, he studied a Bachelor of Arts in the city of Arnhem and a Master of Science in sustainability and leadership in Karlskrona, Sweden. He has been involved in strategic sustainability work, developing education programs on bachelor level, master level and informal learning initiatives, artistic research and the Youth Section of the Netherlands since 2014.

 

Dr. Nathaniel Williams is the co-founder of Free Columbia with Laura Summer. He studied visual art and marionette theatre in Basel, Switzerland, graduating with a certificate in visual art from the neueKUNSTschule in 2002. He also received a PhD in Political Theory from the University at Albany. He is currently the director of the M.C. Richards Program in Philmont New York.