05 August 2017

Comparative Education Society in Europe

CALL FOR PAPERS

Identities and Education: Comparative Perspectives in an Age of Crisis


May 29 – June 1, 2018

University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
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dentities are made and unmade and this is especially true in our current times of crisis. Depending on one’s perspective and location, this moment may be about enduring conflicts, deepening poverty and inequalities, dislocations of peoples, or for example, the rise of post-factual information flows. It may also be about the resurgence of populist movements that are fuelling new forms of border protectionism, cultural closure and anti-cosmopolitan identity displays.

But crises are not only about identity disruption and anxiety. They are also moments of possibility and potential. Not only do they trigger discussion about the causes of our current situation, but they also facilitate debate about our possible futures. Education, central to the project of individual and collective identity formation, national development and international relations, is at the heart of these moments. Whilst education has undoubtedly contributed to creating these moments, it is uniquely placed to engage with them. What should be the agenda of study and action for education in such times?

The conference offers the chance to examine and problematise our contemporary moment. Through the heuristic of identity, the conference aims at creating a platform for understanding our current challenges and considering the potential of education to address them. As an intellectual strategy, comparative education is well suited to explore the intersections of local, regional and global history, social structures and biographies of persons that interact to produce uncertainty as well as opportunity. As a palimpsest of history, cultures, aesthetics, geopolitics and disputed meanings, Cyprus and its capital city of Nicosia are one of the most suitable locations for exploring identity and education in interdisciplinary, inter-sectional, relational and eclectic ways.


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The following key speakers are invited to help us unfold the conference theme through Plenary Lectures:

·       Antonio Nóvoa, University of Lisbon, Portugal

·       Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, and University of Vienna, Austria

·       Noah W. Sobe, Loyola University Chicago, USA

·       Michalinos Zembylas, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus

·       Nelly Stromquist, University of Maryland, USA


The following sub-themes, organised as Working Groups and reflecting diverse perspectives, institutional sites and professional groups, have been established to explore the conference topic:

·       History, theory and comparative education

·       Governance, nation state and the new transnational order

·       Curricula, textbooks and citizenship

·       Practitioners, pedagogies and interventions

·       Higher education, vocational training and lifelong learning

·       Identities beyond formal education


In addition to these six Working Groups, there will be a Working Group dedicated to new scholars, as well as opportunities to submit papers for a number of cross-thematic sessions and thematically-focused panels where identity will be in perspective. These panels will include:

·       Conflict, reconciliation and the promise of education

·       The refugee crisis and the future of humanitarian work

·       Colonialism, neo-colonialism and identity

·       Gender, sexuality and education

·       Youth identities across Europe

·       Language, identity and education

·       Evaluation and assessment – and their impact on what it means to be educated

·       Global methodologies in the study of identity


Conference format: Individual or co-authored, theoretical or empirical papers and panels will be presented at the working groups, the cross-thematic sessions and the thematically-focused panels. Also, multi-author panels can be suggested (3-4 papers) and will take place within the cross-thematic sessions and the thematically-focused panels. The deadline for proposal submission is February 1, 2018.

For more info please visit the conference website: www.cese-europe.org/2018