Institute of Education

Markus Rieger-Ladich holds the chair for Philosophy of Education. at the Institute of Education, University of Tübingen. He is a member of the DFG Research Training Group "Doing Transitions" and is involved in the the special interest group on Philosophy of Education of the German Educational Research Association.

He is particularly interested in working on educational theory informed by theories of power. Therefore, he is engaged in poststructuralist, practice-theoretical, and cultural studies approaches. From these perspectives he examines the involvement of educational institutions in the production and reproduction of social inequality. He is currently researching auto-sociobiographical texts in which educational and social climbers reconstruct their own lives provide valuable insights into the logic of symbolic relationships of violence and the conditions for inferior subjectivity.

These studies are supplemented by analyses of the pedagogical thought style. To increase scientific reflexivity, Markus Rieger-Ladich investigates the struggle for the order of pedagogical discourse and their hegemonic strategies. Furthermore, he seeks to use literature, TV series, and other aesthetic products as new sources for theory formation and thereby to contribute to the further development of a “doing” approach to transition that is simultaneously critical of domination.

These interests are reflected in his teaching: In addition to lectures on educational theory, he offers seminars on aesthetic education, on the theory of science and the diagnosis of Zeitgeist as well as on theories of culture and society. Furthermore, he is involved in the Studium Generale and regularly organizes public lecture series.