Abstract Guidelines

We invite submissions for individual papers, symposia, workshops and posters/exhibitions – and we also have some spaces in the programme set aside for more creative sessions that you would like to propose that might not fit formal expectations of academic conference submissions. All submissions will undergo double-blind peer review by the conference committee.

Please submit your abstract or proposal by 5pm (UK time) Monday 11th March 2024. Decisions will be announced by end of April.

To maximise participation in the conference and to avoid timetable clashes, we request that each individual is only a named presenter on either an individual paper or a symposia submission. You may present in one of the above and a creative session, but you will need to let us know if both of these are accepted through the blind review process so we can schedule accordingly.

All members of our community, and anyone with an interest in international and comparative education, are welcome to participate in the conference whether they submit an abstract or not. Registration will open soon.

Individual Papers

Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words. Individual papers will be grouped by the conference committee into sessions lasting 60-90 minutes. There will be approximately 3-4 presentations in each session. Each presenter will be given 10-15 minutes to present their work. Prior to the presentation, we would like presenters to communicate with one another to decide on 1-2 key questions that link their work, and that they would like the audience to respond to in the discussion. There will be approximately 25-30 minutes for discussion in each parallel session. We intend that this will encourage networking, collaboration and shared learning. Please make it clear in your abstract how your work links to the main conference theme, and the sub-theme you are applying to.

Symposia

Please submit an abstract of up to 800 words. Symposia will last between 60-90 minutes. There is no limit to the number of presenters. All proposals will be considered, but to ensure the conference is financially viable, priority may be given to sessions that include three (or more!) registered conference participants.  We especially welcome submissions that include early career researchers on the presentation team. We are open about the format of the session, but we ask that the presentation element is limited to 30 minutes, with the rest of the session focussed on discussion. In your abstract, please briefly indicate how you intend to structure the session. Please make it clear in your abstract how your work links to the main conference theme, and the sub-theme you are applying to. Please also make it clear why a symposium space has been chosen over an individual paper submission (i.e. the work might span multiple projects with comparative data or perspectives).

Posters/exhibitions

Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words. We welcome traditional academic posters, as well as other visual representations of work that can be displayed in our exhibition space. Please make it clear in your abstract how your work links to the main conference theme, and the sub-theme you are applying to.

Creative sessions

Please submit an abstract of up to 800 words. We welcome any format or structure as long as there is a strong focus on people coming together to communicate, reflect and learn. Creative sessions will last 60-90 minutes – please indicate which you would prefer. There is no limit to the number of presenters. All proposals will be considered, but to ensure the conference is financially viable, priority may be given to sessions that include three (or more!) registered conference participants. We especially welcome submissions that include early career researchers on the presentation or facilitation team. Please make it clear in your abstract how your work links to the main conference theme, and the sub-theme you are applying to.

Author Bio of 125 words.

Abstracts are expected to show a clear link to the overall conference theme and chosen sub-theme.

Avoid including references in the abstract unless essential (but these must be included in the word count if used). Please ensure your abstract adheres to the word count for the type of submission.

Avoid an overly long title for your abstract.

Ensure that the context of your abstract is sufficiently clear, e.g. country(ies) of focus, level of education addressed, type or period of research etc.

Indicate, if appropriate, whether the abstract is based on ongoing or completed research.

Use clear and concise language. The official language of the conference is English. We encourage authors to have their work proof-read before submission.

Due to pressure of space on the conference programme, abstracts will not be accepted after the deadline of 11 March (17:00 GMT)

ABSTRACT REVIEW PROCESS

Each abstract will be reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Committee and assessed against each of the following criteria:

  • Relevance; does the paper directly interrogate the conference  theme (Transgression and transformation: (re)bordering education in times of conflict & crises) and the chosen sub-theme
  • Originality; are there new thoughts, arguments, findings, methodologies or ways of addressing the topic?
  • Clarity and coherence of the enquiry or activity or conceptual framework
  • Significance for educational practice, policy or theory

Conference Committee decisions on the abstract review process will be communicated to authors by end of April.