Ecole Mondiale was originally initiated by King Leopold II of Belgium in 1902 as a postgraduate school to develop and prepare young men for a colonial career in the overseas areas of the European nation states. Filip Van Dingenen and Ive Van Bostraeten aspires to rethink this project trough the design of 9 thematic ‘field stations’ on various locations. The aim is to redefine and investigate the feasibility of the Ecole Mondiale as a pedagogical project.
In 1905, King Leopold II placed a cornerstone at Tervuren to mark his project to build Ecole Mondiale. The classic 8 departments included : Agronomy, Ethnography, History, Languages, Law, Mathematics, Medicine and Natural History. These departments were accompanied by a document center with the expectation that its graduates would build an international knowledge center. In particular, Leopold aimed to prepare people to explore new territories. Today, we no longer have to explore the world, but to learn how to take care of our our existing world
The term “Field Station” includes a number of didactic elements and will be arranged/intertwined by subject from different angles. “Field Stations” include presentations in the form of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, study tours, excursions, re-enactements, screenings, roundtables and polyvalent activities. The particular thematic emphasis of the field stations will be on the relation of man-nature-environment, the transition movement, deep ecology, sacred geometry, bioenergetics, cosmology and the study of various contradictions dealing within the framework of the dialectical principle of dynamism and unity. In this way we want to develop a process-based, experimental, from co-creation, playful and integrated pedagogy in interaction with specialists in different domains.
The Ecole Mondiale is a cross-over between the scientific canon (physics, biology, mathematics, astrophysics, agronomy, chemistry, …) and elements from the anthropocene, holistic philosophies, religious texts, esoteric mystery schools, social sciences, neuro-linguistic practices, meditative reflection and energetic healing.