23rd – 25th September 2020

University of Edinburgh 

Partnerships in education: collaboration, co-operation and co-optation

Partnerships and other forms of collaboration are viewed as essential to addressing global education challenges. Partnership is recognised as a stand-alone goal within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and collaborations within and across the spheres of education research, policy and practice, and across disciplines, are increasingly the norm.

At BAICE 2020, we aim to consider critically the changing ways that education is conceptualised, planned, provided, resisted, researched and communicated in various contexts. While recognising the potential value of collaborations, we intend to challenge the normative, aspirational pursuit of partnerships, and the asymmetries embedded in them, which are often ignored. We are interested in how politics, power, priorities, culture and language are understood, recognised and navigated by different education stakeholders in diverse initiatives and relationships. We invite papers that reflect on past, present and future collaborations across a wide range of sub-themes to more robustly conceptualise joint ventures in comparative and international education.

Indicative Sub-themes

  • Global-local nexus of education
  • Partnerships beyond schooling
  • Experiencing education in schools
  • Technology: realising educational potential and a new autonomy
  • Education partnerships in conflict and protracted crises
  • Partnerships and collaborations: a critical retrospective
  • Provision and financing of education
  • Educational research as collaboration