Contact person: Director Eva
Mark, phone: +46 (0)31 786 5228
The Grundtvig Institute at Göteborg University was
established in 1997 after an appeal for more collaboration and dialogue
with the university from the folk high schools in the region. The same
year the university board decided upon a vision to ”further develop
a free and democratic university based upon the heritage of N F S Grundtvig”.
The Danish priest, poet and writer N F S Grundtvig (1783-1872) –
portrait to the left – is considered to be a pioneer within
the field of adult education, and with a connection to Göteborg.
He proposed a free Nordic Academy to be established in Göteborg.
Collaboration with India
1999 the Grundtvig Institute is involved in an academic exchange with
Jadavpur University in Kolkata. Professor Asoke
Bhattacharya from the Adult
and Continuing Education and Extension Centre at Jadavpur University
is the contact person and has visited Göteborg several times. In
2003 Bhattacharya was instrumental in establishing a Grundtvig Research
Institute at the university. There Grundtvig’s ideas and theories
on education and democracy, and preventing social segregation through
continued and adult education are applied. The faculty is also engaged
in practical development work among the people of the South Parganas District
of West Bengal, for which the faculty has been given the ”UNESCO
Award for adult literacy”.
The Grundtvig Institute is also engaged in a cooperation with Ljungskile
Folk High School that every year during the period August–December
runs a World course on Justice,
Peace and Environment”, including a three weeks tour to north
India. In 2003 the former Director of the Grundtvig Institute Ingrid
Lomfors travelled along with a group from Ljungskile to the village
folk high school Jagriti Vihara in Ranchi, Jharkhand State. The founder
and headmaster of this school was himself trained at a Swedish folk high
school and therefore got inspired by Grundtvig’s ideas. More
information on Jagriti Vihara.
In February 2006 Ingrid Lomfors left the position as Director
for the Grundtvig Institute, and changed over to work at Göteborgs
Lectures in connection with N F S Grundtvig’s 221st
The Grundtvig Institute organised a half-day seminar on
Wednesday 8 September 2004 (G:s birthday). Asst. Prof. Bosse
Bergstedt, Dept. of Education, Lund
University, lectured on ”From education to deconstruction. On the
challenges for adult education in a postmodern society”, and Prof.
Asoke Bhattacharya then lectured on ”Let
no-one cry out for bread at his table”, where he described how Grundtvig’s
ideas have been assimilated into an Indian context.
(Photo from the seminar to the right: Ingrid Lomfors, Bo Bergstedt
and Asoke Bhattacharya)