1. What is EdJAM?
EdJAM is a research network funded by the United Kingdom Research Institutes’ (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). We are a growing network of researchers, educators and civil society organizations working in the arts, education and heritage. We are committed to creative ways to teach and learn about the violent past in order to contribute to building more just futures. We work together according to a set of values around generosity, dialogue, reflexivity, respect, co-responsibility, creativity and sustainability (read more about our values here).
EdJAM is currently supporting civil society partners in Cambodia, Colombia, Pakistan, Uganda and the UK on projects using creative methodologies drawing on heritage, digital technologies, transitional justice and memory approaches. Please explore their work on the projects pages of our website as these are excellent examples of the types of projects we hope to fund.
EdJAM takes a broad understanding of education and learning, understanding that schools and classrooms are not the only spaces for encountering the past and learning to build more just futures. We are interested in formal, and informal education and also in the interactions between these spaces. We are interested in teachers, textbooks, curricula and education policy and in finding out more about how these can mediate and enable (and challenge and prevent) learning. We are also interested in other mediating and enabling spaces and processes including, but not limited to, heritage sites and organizations, family and community space, media and technology, civil society and activist organizations, social movements, transitional justice and memory processes.
We welcome projects that explore how children and youth set their own agendas for engaging with the past and building more just futures, including through social movements, resistance and creativity. We are interested in the ways that ignorance, denial and complicity can maintain injustice and close opportunities for learning and dialogue. We support hopeful, creative, reparative and dignifying learning practices and approaches and welcome proposals that seek to develop or theorise these. Members of the EdJAM team have written about education as a site of memory and reading this may be helpful to understand more about our shared approach.
We organise our interests into the three EdJAM themes below. Please keep them in mind when applying and think about which theme your project most closely aligns with. We appreciate projects may align with more than one theme, but please chose the one that most closely aligns with the issues explored in or approach of your project.
- Heritage, Education and Everyday Lives
- History Education and Classrooms
- Transitional Justice and Memory
With this call for proposals, we plan to expand our network by funding between 13-19 projects that explore and advance creative approaches to teaching and learning about the violent past. EdJAM will provide a Digital Mentorship programme for all funded research projects, supporting learning and sharing across projects. Covid-19 permitting we will also host a summer school to bring all projects together to share their approaches and results and to help us to synthesise learning together. Collectively, the work funded by EdJAM will have a lot to contribute to discussions about peace education and building more just futures, including by contributing critical knowledge around how to meet Sustainable Development Goal target 4.7 to work towards a culture of peace and non-violence. We will also work together to identify other conversations where we can collectively and individually share our work.