Call for Proposals
Theme: Contemporary Higher Education: Close-up research in changing times
HECU 9 invites participants to consider, from a range of theoretical and contextual perspectives, the roles, work, and purposes of contemporary higher education in challenging times.
The world we live in is changing rapidly, propelled by powerful forces in society, politics, economics, technology and the environment. These inescapable drivers of change impact on the higher education landscape and bring challenges to practitioners and researchers alike.
In very different ways, each of the think pieces addresses the conference theme. The differences in the focus and concerns of the three think pieces are intended to offer conference participants a number of different angles from which to think about this theme. In responding to one or more of the think pieces in their proposals, participants might choose to build on the work in the think piece, to contest or challenge the ideas or assumptions they contain, or to show how these issues have arisen in their own research. In building the conference around a common theme and the three think pieces the intention is to encourage the development of in-depth collective conversations over the two days of the conference.
Proposals are invited to respond to one or more of the think pieces, and may include contributions that critically explore the following questions:
- Diversity, equity and social justice: what forms does diversity take, and how should our thinking change in order to promote equity and conditions for social justice in higher education?
- The changing purposes of higher education: a right or privilege? A public or private good? Employability as the mission? Bundling or un-bundling?
- Policy, access and success: what is the role of close-up research in informing policy making around access to university, more inclusive curricula and finding new ways to help students succeed in higher education?
- Critical citizenship and critical thinking: in a “post-truth” world of misinformation, disinformation and “fake news”, how should pedagogy adapt to support students in becoming more critically aware, engaged, and thoughtful? How can close-up research lead a response to the growing anti-intellectualism characterised by a conflation of expertise and elitism?
- Literacy: how do new forms of technology, knowledge-making and writing challenge being literate in the 21st century?
- Imagining the future: more change - what promises and possibilities, constraints and enablings do current close-up research reveal?
|Proposal submission deadline
||02 July 2018 midnight UTC
|Notification of proposal outcome
||23 July 2018
|Early bird registration deadline
||16 August 2018
|Full paper upload
||15 October 2018 midnight UTC
Two forms of proposal will be considered:
- Single Paper proposals
- Symposium proposals
Important: please note that the proposal upload system requires a registration process separate from the conference registration to log in for proposal submission. It also requires a brief biographical note.
All proposals will be subject to blind peer review and authors will be notified of the outcome of the process by 23 July 2018. The peer review criteria are available for download here.
People are welcome to submit more than one proposal, however, as space is limited we will give priority to ensuring one paper from each person.
Single Paper Proposals
For those wishing to submit single paper proposals, an outline of 1000 words should be uploaded here . An automated reply will follow submission.
Closing date for submission is midnight UTC, 2 July 2018. The outline should include a discussion of how the paper relates to the conference theme and to one or more of the keynote think pieces.
One joint proposal for each symposium should be uploaded to the proposal submission site . The closing date for submission is midnight GMT, 2 July 2018. An automated reply will follow submission.
Presenters will be expected to provide digital copies of their papers to the conference office by 15 October. These will be placed on the website for delegates to access before the conference.