Barbara Schellhammer

Main focus: Cultural Philosophy


Languages: English, German

City: Munich

Country: Germany

Topics: blended learning, dialogical self, e-learning


During 2005 and 2015 I lived and worked in Canada and taught in Victoria, BC, at the Royal Roads University (School of Peace and Conflict Studies) in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice. In 2005 and 2006 I did research while living with the Inuit tribe in the North-West-Territories of Canada (Inuvik, Ulukhaktok and Paulatuk). I conducted an advanced training as a Coach (Erickson College, Vancouver) and received the mediation certificate of the Pulse Institute, Calgary.

In 2009 I did my doctor‘s degree at the Munich School of Philosophy. In my dissertation "Dichte Beschreibung in der Arktis. Clifford Geertz und die Kulturrevolution der Inuit in Nordkanada" I combine my research outcomes and experiences as a social worker in the North-West-Territories with Clifford Geertz thick description.
2009 I was offered a chair by the International CVJM-Hochschule Kassel. There I worked as a Professor for International and Intercultural Social Work until 2013. From 2013 on I came back to the Munich School of Philosophy, where I have been teaching and doing research about cultural philosophy, Selbstsorge, peace work, conflict resolution as well as Intercultural Philosophy and (adult) education until today.

In 2018 I habilitated at the University of Hildesheim (venia legendi Cultural Philosophy) with her habilitation treatise "Fremdheitserfahrungen und die Sorge um sich selbst. Untersuchungen zur Entwicklung der Fremdheitsfähigkeit einer Person".

At the Munich School of Philosophy I developed Internet-based learning-teaching scenarios in the field of adult education (E-, M- and Blended Learning). Besides publishing several books and articles I organized the conference "Culture. A Life of Learning. Clifford Geertz - Impulse seines Denkens für gegenwärtige gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen" in 2016 at the Munich School of Philosophy.
From 2017 until 2018 I was Academic Director Europe & Middle East for Jesuit Worldwide Learning.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

"Wahrheit und Versöhnung in Kanada" - zum Wahrheitsbegriff indigener Völker

Wahrheit und Versöhnung in Kanada
Zur Bedeutung indigener Philosophietraditionen für die Heilung des kulturellen Genozids an Ureinwohnern

Vortrag von Dr.habil. Barbara Schellhammer
Der Vortrag nimmt seinen Ausgang bei den verheerenden Folgen der Assimilationspolitik Kanadas, die in der gewaltvollen Umerziehung indigener Kinder gipfelte. Der Wunsch nach Aufarbeitung führte im Jahr 2008 zur Einrichtung der Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Damit verband sich die Hoffnung auf Heilung transgenerationeller Traumata verbunden mit der nachhaltigen Bewältigung von Alkoholismus, häuslicher Gewalt und Suizid.
Der Vortrag spürt der indigenen Bedeutung des öffentlichen „Wahrsprechens“ für den Prozess der Versöhnung als Grundlage für die emotionale, leiblich-seelische und spirituelle Heilung des kulturellen Genozids nach. Dabei spielt die philosophische Auseinandersetzung mit dem Wahrheitsbegriff der Aboriginals eine zentrale Rolle, die auch für westliche Heilungsmethoden wertvolle Impulse liefern kann.

This talk is in: German
Intercultural Philosophy in Pactice. Experiencing Native American Thought in Canada

Indigenous Knowledge can be a resource both for social work as a profession and development and social change, as its underlying objective. However it is not very clear how values that are drawn from indigenous knowledge backgrounds can inform social work and development practices in various country situations and contexts. In fact, what constitutes indigenous knowledge is an issue of debate among scholars as well as development experts. Bearing in mind the overbearing influence of Eurocentric worldview, it is pertinent to explore how social workers and development practitioners can be sensitive to other cultural knowledge forms and values.This conference brings together scholars and practitioners to explore the question of indigenous knowledge and related themes. In trying to bridge the gap between theory and practice, the event will examine how indigenous knowledge constitutes a resource and also poses a challenge to social work and development in Europe, especially in dealing with migrant and refugee communities in the various countries. The conference will draw experiences both from the global South as well as the North, whilst critically examining social work practices confronted with indigenous knowledge forms and values in Europe.

This talk is in: English