Call for Abstracts: Praxis Symposium on Praxis in Higher Education - With a Focus on the Nordic Context

Date: May 22-24, 2019

Venue: Department of Educational Research and Development at the University of Borås, Sweden

Deadline abstracts: February 28, 2019 for parallel paper presentations (150 words)

Abstract submission: Email to Giulia Messina Dahlberg Link Arrow giulia.messina_dahlberg@hb.se
The submission email should have the subject line ‘Abstract submission Praxis symposium’ and include the title, all author names, and author affiliations.

The symposium is open to researchers from all Nordic countries who share an interest in higher education, as well as invited guests from non-Nordic countries.

The aim of the symposium is to create a space to consider and deepen our understanding of key challenges and pressures (and opportunities!) facing universities today, and generate new educational possibilities. The symposium will be an opportunity for researchers to come together in the spirit of a critical conversation to theorise, share research, debate and create knowledge about (and for) praxis in a university environment, especially in the Nordic context.

The symposium will include a combination of keynote presentations, panel discussion, parallel paper presentations, and small group discussions. It will be held in English. Places are limited to 100 delegates, with priority given to those presenting papers. 

The time allocation for parallel paper presentations will be 30 minutes (inclusive of 15 minutes for discussion). They can be fully developed papers or slide presentations. Papers based on empirical studies are particularly encouraged.

Topics for parallel paper presentations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Manifestations of praxis in higher education (e.g., in leadership, research, teaching and learning, scholarship, and/or community engagement)
  • Challenges and/or opportunities for enacting practice as praxis in higher education
  • Praxis and related constructs in the context of higher education, e.g., socially-critical education, social justice, bildung, Didacteik, transformative education, responsive education, practical wisdom, critical praxis… other?
  • Ethics, ethical practice, and or ethical deliberation within academia
  • Sustainable education and sustainable universities
  • Conditions for academic work
  • Power and agency in higher education
  • Praxis-oriented higher education pedagogies
  • The purposes of higher education?
  • Social justice issues in higher education


Symposium key dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline - February 28
  • Notification regarding abstracts - March 14
  • Registrations open - March 4
  • Registrations close - April 24 (fee payment/invoice request at time of registration)
  • Papers/slide presentations submission - May 7
  • Symposium - May 22-24


Keynote presenters 
(Confirmed so far):

  • Professor Eva Bendix Petersen, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Professor Petri Salo, Åbo Akademi University, Finland


Journal special issue:

A planned output of the symposium is an ‘in-preparation’ higher education journal special issue based on selected papers presented at the symposium. If you would like your paper to be considered for inclusion in the special issue, please indicate this in your abstract submission.

Contact:
For inquiries, or to be added to the mailing list to receive symposium updates and further information, please contact Kathleen Mahon, Link Arrow kathleen.mahon@hb.se

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