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Education theory and practice in challenging times

Théories et pratiques éducatives pour des temps difficiles

Cultivating an ethos of social justice, respect and diversity

Cultiver une éthique de la justice sociale, du respect et de la diversité

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Published on Monday, December 12, 2016 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

The focus of this bilingual (English-French) conference is the dynamic interplay between various societal actors at a time when social and political developments across the globe challenge the very fabric of today’s multicultural societies. The conference aims to create an active and open forum for all who are connected to intercultural education and related fields, including theorists, practitioners, and students. The forum is organized under a series of strands.

Announcement

Argument

The focus of this bilingual (ENG-FRE) conference is the dynamic interplay between various societal actors at a time when social and political developments across the globe challenge the very fabric of today’s multicultural societies.

The conference aims to create an active and open forum for all who are connected to intercultural education and related fields, including theorists, practitioners, and students. The forum is organized under a series of strands.

Instead of traditional keynote speeches, each morning will start with a ‘framing of the day’ for 30 minutes by a well known academic (e.g. Paul Gorski). The day will close with reflections on the day by individuals and organizations that ‘practice’ intercultural education (heads of schools, NGOs, teachers, youth workers). They will reflect on the relevance of the presentations for their work.

Strands

1-Diversity in education

Coordinators: Barry Van Driel (IAIE), Jennifer Kerzil (UCO)

This strand focuses on diversity pedagogy, especially as it relates to equity issues in learning environments, both formal and non-formal. Presentations may emphasize theoretical developments, action research, empirical research, systemic implementation efforts, or concrete applications.  Proposals may be for papers, paper discussions, interactive dialogues, panels, or workshop formats. All presenters will be asked to encourage discussion among participants.

2- Diversity in the workplace

Coordinators: Ingrid Plivard and Douja El Amouri (UCO)

This strand examines the challenges resulting from globalization and economic internationalization faced by organization. Developing international partnership, settling in foreign countries, merging with an extra national firms force organization to deal with diversity in the workplace: management of multicultural teams, training and support for expatriates, improvement of intercultural communication skills, confrontation of organizational cultures… Presentations should focused on those issues and their possible answers, particularly the benefits of intercultural education.

3-Migration and mobility: policies and practice

Coordinators: Barry Van Driel and Maja Nenadovic (IAIE)

Mobility around the planet continues unabated and poses opportunities and challenges for educational policy makers and practitioners everywhere. Strand 4 focuses on the educational dimensions of this mobility. Presentations may emphasize policy measures, theoretical developments, empirical research, systemic implementation efforts, the voices of migrants, or concrete applications.  Proposals may be for papers, paper discussions, interactive dialogues, panels, or workshop formats. All presenters will be asked to encourage discussion among participants.

4-Diversity in the media and arts

Coordinators: Albin Wagener (IMIE), Anne Glick (IAIE), Jennifer Kerzil (UCO)

This strand recognizes the invaluable and unique role that diverse media and arts play in intercultural education and cultivating respect, diversity and social justice throughout society. Consequences of discrimination and, more generally, of mutual prejudices spread by media and other networks will be explored and discussed. Presentations are expected to focus on how diversity in media and the arts influences intercultural interaction, education and society, in both theoretical and practical terms. Proposals may present innovative approaches already in practice, such as media and digital literacy, visual learning, and digital identities.  Research projects or theoretical approaches from any area of media or the arts are also possible.

5-Social justice in education, health, and the workplace

Coordinators: Michele Kahn and Paul Gorski (IAIE)

This strand presumes that the most important purpose of intercultural education and discourses is to create more equitable and just classrooms, schools, institutions, and societies. Presentations should focus on analyzing and directly confronting racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, xenophobia, economic injustice, and other forms of oppression in these or related contexts. Proposals may be synthesis of research projects, discussions of innovative and transformative theoretical or philosophical frameworks for social and institutional change, or demonstrations of critical pedagogical strategies.

6-Religious diversity and extremisms

Coordinators: Leslie Bash (IAIE) and Ingrid Plivard (UCO)

With an increasing migratory flow and the settlement of foreign population, our cultural background becomes more and more complex. This growing diversity in a problematic economic context creates identity tension in each cultural group leading some to populism and some to extremism. Tensions mainly focus on religion, beliefs and secularity. This strand invites researchers and practitioners with strong concern for religious fact and his impact on diversity acceptance. To what extent does religion (education) play a role in modern society, and in what way does it influence and shape intercultural relations in diverse communities? The development of extremism, religious radicalization will also be discussed. Furthermore, this strand invites researchers and practitioners in the field of countering violent extremism, preventing the radicalization of vulnerable (youth) groups and studying the impact of these trends on both discourse and practice of multiculturalism, immigration and coexistence, on local, regional and global levels.

Submission guidelines

For each of the conference strands, we are accepting proposals in the following categories:

  • Papers and posters on concluded or ongoing research in intercultural education and related fields
  • Papers and posters on intercultural educational experiences and/or pilot-projects
  • Book and audio/video presentations, particularly on didactical material relating to intercultural education and related fields
  • Art objects, theater and circus performances, films, etc.
  • Adaptive e-learning tools and WEB 2.0 based learning and teaching tools

For each of these categories, you can submit a proposal directly on the conference website (http://www.iaieangers-eng.uco.fr/call-for-papers/submission-form/).

  • Abstracts can be submitted in English or French
  • The abstract has to specify the name, institutional affiliation and email address of the author(s) as well as the strand to which it is submitted.
  • It should include the following information (where appropriate):
    • main objectives,
    • conceptual framework,
    • methodology and
    • results.

Please specify also the equipment required for your presentation (PC, beamer, DVD player etc.).

All abstracts should be submitted by March 15, 2017.

The Conference will take place from 13th to 16th June 2017 at UCO Angers.

Scientific committee

  • Leslie BASH (IAIE, Royaume-Uni)
  • Douja EL AMOURI (UCO, France)
  • Anne GLICK (IAIE, Pays-Bas)
  • Paul GORSKI (IAIE, États-Unis)
  • Kyung Hwan MO (KAME, Corée)
  • Michele KAHN (IAIE, États-Unis)
  • Jennifer KERZIL (UCO, France)
  • Maja NENADOVIC (IAIE, Croatie, Hongrie, Pays-bas)
  • Ingrid PLIVARD (UCO, France)
  • Sang Hwan SEONG (KAME, Corée)
  • Barry VAN DRIEL (IAIE, Pays-Bas)
  • Albin WAGENER (IMIE, France)

Places

  • Université Catholique de l'Ouest - 3 place André Leroy
    Angers, France (49)

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Keywords

  • éducation, interculturel, justice sociale

Contact(s)

  • Jennifer Kerzil
    courriel : iaieangers [at] uco [dot] fr

Information source

  • Jennifer Kerzil
    courriel : iaieangers [at] uco [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Education theory and practice in challenging times », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, December 12, 2016, https://calenda.org/387225

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