Current Projects

Liv Mjelde and Richard Daly

Like the current authors, VET and Culture are interdependent and would have quite different identities without their respective reliance on one another. Both terms are highly contested in our class-riven world. Vocational, associated closely with the manual labour market, is stigmatized as a poor cousin of general education. Culture, on the other hand, from colere (Latin: to cultivate) has to do with patterns of human activity and symbolic systems that lend them meaning in both phylo- and ontogenetic senses. A major trend in VET studies focuses on comparative policy content and standardization in the face of an ever-changing labour market. Much that is written on these themes shares a similar aim of transcending class and other divisions in society and tends to reflect poorly the rich and uneven local vocational education activities on the ground, be it across a nation, a continent or internationally. We argue that given the sectional interests in society, epistemological honesty demands a clear exposition of the researcher’s standpoint of knowing. Where does the VET analyst stand in society? What is demanded of the eyes and ears of researcher from the North working in the South? How about the colleagues in the South? Is “decolonizing the mind” a useful concept for both North and South in more than one way? We are both concerned with learning and teaching in communities of practice. One of us has spent her working life learning/teaching in the working class culture of VET, and the other with learning and teaching in “multicultural” underclass settings.


Workshops Entebbe and Kampala, Uganda

20. november 2018 Kyambogo University, Kampala: The Noma Project. Sharing of Experiences 7 years later

12.–15. november 2018 Nagenda International University of Arts and Design:

A. Vocational Pedagogy. Master/apprenticeship models in Vocational Education.

B. Vocational Pedagogy. Learning through Praxis and sharing.

C. The Education of the Future.


Beatriz Borjas, Beatriz Garcia, Vicente Palop Estoban, 2018: Revision de Las propiedades magicas en el taller, de Liv Mjelde (2002) en clave de formacion profesional y Trabajo en America Latina. In Rutas de Formacion no. 6. Cartagena, Colombia.



Mjelde, Liv 2021: Mentoring and the Education of the Future. Brussels Europeana Digital Session June 29th

Mjelde, Liv 2020: A Pedagogy of Quetioning? Dialogue on Vocational/General Education @globalthursdaytalks Ankara: University of Ankara



Martinsen, Daniel & Leer Salvesen, 2020: YLI 50 år. En prat med Liv Mjelde – stifter av YLI. Eleveorganisasjonens nyhetsblad

Mmantidi, Eliot Moleba 2020: The Alternative Histori(es) Project. The Cliff Hanger: The significant meeting. The Alternative Histories)Project. Oslo Khio, (Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo)  Teaterhøgskolen: skuespiller- og regissørutdanning.



Book Enslaved Labor. Soviet women in Nazi Labor camps in Northern Norway 1942–1945. (Eds. Bibbi Lee)


Film Production and presentations

Documentary film / Book presentation: Tamara Sushko/Liv Mjelde: «Frosen Fish, Warm Voices». «Secrets in a Pair of Scissors”. Luleå

Film presentation 2018: “Scissor and Secrets”. Murmansk: Murmansk Documentary Film Festival.

Film presentation 2019: “Scissor and Secrets”. Sevastopol: Won together. Documentary film festival.

Sevastopol: Talk: Conscious Oblivion. Special Session. Sevastopol Documentary Filmfestival.


Book presentations

5. september 2018 Bodø: Nordlandsmuseet: «Fisk, russerkvinner og arbeid på Langstranda i krigens midte»

3. oktober 2018: Oslo Seniorsenteret OsloMet: «Saksens hemmelighet. Russerkvinners  slavarbeid i Nord i 2 verdenskrigs midte»

3. desember 2018 «Russerkvinner i Nord i 2. verdenskrigs midte». Kirkenes. Grenselandsmuseet