Lucas Cone

Lucas Cone

Tenure Track Assistant Professor

My research explores the intersections between pedagogy, school life, education policy, and digital technologies. In my work, questions about how society meets new generations constitute a prism to make visible the assumptions, values, and power dynamics at play in the present: Does society exert too much or too little control over the time of children and young people? What do we consider essential to teach and learn today? How is the need for institutions such as kindergartens, schools, or youth education justified from a historical perspective? And when does someone or something become a problem when certain political goals and economic interests are invested in the education sector?

In education, society's relationship to itself as a force of power and authority is brought to the forefront: This is where we take responsibility for the existing and make it (im)possible to enter the world in new ways. How we, as a society, manage this responsibility is not set in stone but closely linked to changing historical, material, and social conditions. In short, it matters whether we educate with books or iPads, not because we are determined by our surroundings but because human possibilities for freedom are always shaped in interaction with the objects and relationships that frame the pedagogical encounter. This entails a focus on both the doors that are opened through contemporary education policies but, equally important, on the doors that are closed. In my research, I am particularly interested in how digital technologies and companies are involved in this dynamic today – for example, when global tech companies become involved in public education offerings, thereby maintaining specific ways of opening and closing the world for their participants.

I teach and supervise in the history of education, education policy, critical perspectives on educational technologies, critical pedagogy, school life, and ethnographic approaches to institutional research, feminist and posthumanist theory, post-qualitative methods, as well as comparative and international pedagogy.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Carrying the Community: Addressing the Consequences of Privatization and Funding Shortfalls for Education Support Personnel

    Cone, Lucas & Giudici, A., 2024, Education International Research. 102 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportResearch

  2. E-pub ahead of print

    Subscribing school: Digital platforms, affective attachments, and cruel optimism in a Danish public primary school

    Cone, Lucas, 16 Oct 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Critical Studies in Education. 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Plug and Play Pedagogy: Exploring the Messy Realities of Smart Technology in a Danish Public School

    Cone, Lucas, 2023, Aarhus Universitet. 278 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch

  4. Pandemic Acceleration: Covid-19 and the emergency digitalization of European education

    Cone, Lucas, Brøgger, K., Berghmans, M., Decuypere, M., Förschler, A., Grimaldi, E., Hartong, S., Hillman, T., Ideland, M., Landri, P., van de Oudeweetering, K., Player-Koro, C., Rensfeldt, A. B., Rönnberg, L., Taglietti, D. & Vanermen, L., Sep 2022, In: European Educational Research Journal - EERJ. 21, 5, p. 845-868 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    The platform classroom: Troubling student configurations in a Danish primary school

    Cone, Lucas, 2023, In: Learning, Media and Technology. 48, 1, p. 52-64 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Teachers on the market: Professional relations, desires, and ambiguities in digital teacher-to-teacher economies

    Cone, Lucas, 2022, In: Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. 28, 6, p. 742-756 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. Introduction: mapping commercial interests and imaginaries in Nordic education

    Cone, Lucas & Moos, L., 8 Mar 2022, In: Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy. 8, 1, p. 1-8 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

  8. “They Would Do Just Fine Without Me”: Experiences of Private Tutoring in Denmark

    Cone, Lucas, Sep 2021, In: ECNU Review of Education (ROE). 4, 3, p. 566–589 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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