BAICE Conference 2024
University of Sussex
3 – 5 September
The British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) is recruiting sub-theme co-convenors for the Conference Committee for BAICE 2024. The conference will be held at the University of Sussex between 3– 5 September 2024 and is hosted by the Centre for International Education (CIE). The overarching theme of the conference is:
Transgression and transformation: (re)bordering education in times of conflict & crises
Education systems ricochet from one global crisis to the next with increasing frequency, with each one impacting in different ways and disgorging new challenges. The years 2023-2024 may well be remembered as a time of unparalleled and intersecting global conflict and crises. According to the latest Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC), 258 million people faced acute hunger in 58 countries, while fifty million people in 46 countries were on the brink of starvation at the start of 2023 alone. Already undergoing severe economic crises, many of these countries are locked into cycles of inflation and currency depreciation, with IMF-mandated austerity and structural adjustment programmes as a condition of accessing emergency loans, substantially cutting spending on education and healthcare. Created through inequitable neocolonial policies, poor distribution of global and regional food and goods and lack of action on the root causes of climate change, these ‘crises’ are disproportionately borne by the people in and from the Global South, especially poor women and girls.
In 2023, approximately 117 million people, more than half of them children, were forcibly displaced or stateless, more than double the number of a decade ago (UNHCR 2023). As we near climate tipping points and increasing environmental injustices, the capacity to respond and adapt to climate shocks decreases. This climate fragility is a key driver of displacement and of conflict, which in turn exacerbates the underlying socio-ecological crises. We are living through a period of intense production and reproduction of borders: the closing down of national borders and violent push backs of the uninvited; the outsourcing of bordering from territorial to institutions and local communities through micro-level bordering practices gives rise to profound concerns of access to equitable and socially just education for displaced populations. Often presented as racially ‘neutral’, these borders give rise to racialized mobility, immobility, inclusion, and exclusion which have their roots in the productive technologies of colonial empires.
BAICE 2024 will engage with these global developments and crises with the aim of fostering dialogue across borders in a variety of understandings: disciplinary, theoretical, methodological, pedagogical, international, South-North as well as geographical, planetary and political. We invite engagement on how these various crises are shaping and transforming the work of educators and stakeholders, and the lives of those we work with and query whether and how our own work in international and comparative education might reinforce borders. We also look to where and what are the spaces for transgression which resist or challenge increasingly hegemonic knowledge systems and power structures in education. This calls for a radical reimagining and rehumanising of the work of education, one that goes beyond rhetoric and towards a radical re-bordering of education.
The Conference Committee will be made up of the co-chairs Professors Linda Morrice, Máiréad Dunne and Jo Westbrook, the BAICE Vice Chair Dr Alison Buckler, a conference manager, and up to 15 sub-theme co-convenors.
The conference will have five sub-themes. Each sub-theme will be led by three co-convenors: one from the BAICE Executive Committee, one from CIE, and one from the wider BAICE community (an academic, doctoral scholar or practitioner from an external organisation or institution, or an independent researcher active in the field of international and comparative education). The sub-themes are:
Role of Co-convenors
The role of the Co-convenors will include:
- Contributing to the overall conference strategy through email and regular attendance at conference planning meetings. Meetings will be primarily online. Please note that the inaugural conference committee will be on Monday 18 Dec, 1-2pm by zoom – please pencil this date in as we would like as many committee members to attend as possible.
- To work with their sub-theme team to develop the narrative for the sub-theme which will establish the criteria for abstracts submitted under that sub-theme.
- To review submitted abstracts for their sub-theme.
- To organise sessions for their sub-theme in consultation with the conference committee to ensure a coherent programme, including identifying and contacting chairs and contributors for sessions.
- To oversee the smooth running of conference sessions within their sub-theme
- To contribute to a conference committee working group (e.g. keynote team, inclusion, ECR, comms and publicity, etc)
- To contribute a short blog piece for the BAICE blog on a key idea from within their sub-theme. This will be used to promote the conference.
In recognition of the time and effort required in the role of co-convenor, BAICE will cover the full cost of conference attendance including three days of registration, accommodation and subsistence, and standard class travel from within the UK.
How to Apply
We invite expressions of interest (EOI) for this role from colleagues working in the field of international and comparative education. Applicants must be a member of BAICE, or willing to join the association if invited onto the conference committee. Please send a summary CV (two page maximum) and a short note (maximum 500 words) outlining your interest, expertise, and the sub-theme you would like to be considered for.
Please send your EOI to the BAICE Executive Secretary, Dr Jennifer Agbaire email@example.com by midnight on Friday 1st of December 2023 (extended).