Temporality in educational action

XXth AIEJI Congress · From 06 to 09 September 2022 · Lausanne · Switzerland
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The XXth AIEJI congress is organised by ACAL, an association bringing together various Foundations and structures active in educational action in the canton of Vaud. This association was created with the aim of organising the XXth AIEJI Congress in 2022. More information about ACAL here: https://acal2021.ch

AIEJI is the International Association of Social Educators. Founded in the aftermath of World War II, it has since developed into an international organisation with members from all over the world working with socially exposed children and young people, people with developmental disabilities and excluded and marginalised adults such as the mentally ill, the homeless and drug addicts.

Every 4 years, AIEJI organizes an international congress for all its members and affiliated professionals, academics, practitioners and others. It is an opportunity to produce, gather and exchange knowledge. More information here: http://aieji.net


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Temporality in educational action

Temporality is a plurivocal notion that is both abstract and concrete. Linked to Heidegger’s Dasein (1986), it refers to the existence and meaning of being in the world. The Da-sein, literally “being there”, designates this particular and paradoxical individual, carrying the concern of his or her “being” and the meaning of existence in the consciousness that he or she has of his or her finitude. In other words, temporality in Heidegger’s work refers to the way in which “the human being is temporal”. It is not limited to a submission to time, but is part of a project. The latter takes meaning from lived experience – the past – and the opening towards other possibilities – the future. To become a subject, to be oneself, then suggests being projected towards a future, a possible one. Doesn’t this posture commit us to having to choose and to answer for our choices in the present by anchoring ourselves in our past experiences?

The Dasein, however, is not purely individual; it is intimately articulated to the fact of being in the world and to intersubjectivity. In this sense, the subject’s future also depends on social and public conceptions of time. Indeed, cultural definitions of time structure social life inside and outside institutions, although its perception is subjective and dependent on lived experience. Thus, far from being merely a constraint imposed from outside, temporality in education refers to a plurality of conceptions and representations of time. Although educational action, because it aims at change, development, social integration and subject autonomy, de facto includes a temporal dimension, the issues linked to this plurality of “educational temporalities” (Alhadeff-Jones, 2018) remain little explored.

Following the example of emergencies involving prompt and punctual intervention, the concordance, congruence and compatibility of social, institutional and individual times (Bouquet & Riffault, 2013) are constantly being questioned. This highlights the temporal challenges of educational accompaniment.

Temporality, whether social or educational, will therefore be at the heart of the AIEJI 2022 congress as an object of reflection. To deal with temporality, the relations between the three main actors of socio-educational action will be questioned: the beneficiaries or users of social benefits, the social workers, the institutions to which the social workers are attached. This emphasis on the relations and interactions between these three actors will nevertheless take into account the social and cultural context and, in particular, social policies, the organisation of social benefits and their financing, and training logics.

The question that will be the main theme of this congress will be the following:

Around which issues is the temporality of the meeting between these three actors articulated?

Bibliographical references cited

Alhadeff-Jones, M. (2018). Conceiving temporal complexity in education from a critical perspective. Revue suisse des sciences de l’éducation, 40(3), 587-602.

Bouquet, B. & Riffault, J. (2013). Questions sur le temps et l’action sociale. Vie sociale, 2, 107-110.

Heidegger, M. (1986). Etre et temps. Paris: Gallimard.



From 06 to 09 September 2022


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Schedules ProgramLocation
8h-9h Welcome
9h-10h30 Ceremony OpeningGrand-Vennes
10h30-11h Break
11h-12h30 Conference plenery
Social work and its temporalities:
Critical, emancipation and transformation issues
Michel Alhadeff-Jones
12h30-14h Meal
14h-15h30 Two Conferences at choice
Reconnecting to others and to oneself through digital technology?
Marc Atallah
Philosophy and temporality
Julien Pieron
Auditorium HETSL

Salle de Grand-Vennes
16h-17h WorkshopB332
Schedules ProgramLocation
8h-9h Welcoming participants
9h-10h30 Conference plenary
Attachments, autonomy and circumstances:
The paradoxical work of educational time
Bertrand Ravon
11-12h30 Two Conferences at choice

The role of the State in educational action
Manon Schick

Is time still valuable ?
Magali Dubosson

Auditoire HETSL
12h30-14h Meal
14h-15h30 Film: Temporality and MigrationAuditorium HETSL
16h-17h WorkshopA332
17h-18h AIEJI General Assembly For AIEJI members only
Schedules Program
8h30 Meeting point
9h-17h Discovery of institutions
18h Congress evening Lausanne 2022
Schedules ProgramLocation
8h-9h Welcoming participants
9h-10h30 Conference plenary

The traps of time
Guillaume Delannoy
11h-12h WorkshopA332
12h-14h Closing dinner of the Comgress

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