Category: Conferences and Seminars

Podcast: University Civic Engagement – What Does It Mean To Be An Engaged University?

The recording was made during a seminar organized by the research group ExCID (Expert cultures and institutional dynamics: Studies in higher education and work) at University of Oslo. The ExCID group is focused on theoretical, methodological, and empirical understanding of the dynamics of higher education and its way of fostering academic and professional development. The seminar was held 15th of November 2016.

University Civic Engagement: What Does It Mean To Be An Engaged University?

Presenter: Dr. Bojana Culum (University of Rijeka, Croatia)

Bojana Culum (University of Rijeka, Croatia)

Bojana Culum
(University of Rijeka, Croatia)

Abstract for the seminar:

Civic engagement refers to the ways in which citizens participate in the life of a community in order to improve conditions for others or to help shape the community’s (better) future, through both political and non-political processes. Civic engagement is considered to be central to the public purpose of higher education and essential to the student experience, empowering students to become active and socially responsible citizens in a democratic society. However, in the context of major societal changes and challenges, it is argued that publicly-funded universities have to move beyond creating such engaged experiences only for students and that they have a civic duty to engage with wider society on the local, national and global scales, and to do so in a manner which links the social to the economic spheres. There are many ways to live our commitment to community and civic engagement, from big impacts to small decisions. This seminar will reflect on research in the field as well as critics and serve as a platform for discussion on what does it mean for contemporary universities to embrace civic engagement and become active and socially responsible institutional citizen(s) and caring (institutional) neighbours – how to foster meaningful connections and engagement between universities and communities to effect positive change in society.

Bojana Culum works as assistant professor at the University of Rijeka’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Pedagogy, Croatia. Her research focuses on university third and civic mission, university civic and community engagement (the concept of an engaged university) and changes in academic profession with particular interest for early career (female) researchers’ socialisation into academia. She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Portland State University, USA, during the academic year 2015/2016.

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The recording has been reposted with permission from the research group.

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Conference review: Higher Education as a Critical Institution – the CHER 2016 Conference

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Miguel Antonio Lim  (University of Manchester)

Now that next year abstract deadlines are coming up, it is just about time for reflections of what the conference season had to offer in 2016. 

This guest entry is written by Miguel Antonio Lim. He is Lecturer in Education and International Development at the University of Manchester. His research interests include the sociology of evaluation, international higher education, and professional expertise. He has worked on research projects around global university rankings and audit culture in higher education. Miguel has previously been EU-Marie Curie Fellow at Aarhus University and Executive Director of the Global Public Policy Network Secretariat. He has worked for the Asia Pacific Center at Sciences Po-Paris and taught at the London School of Economics.

The 29th Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER) conference took place on the 5th-7th September at Cambridge University around the theme: ‘The University as a Critical Institution?’ While CHER is among the most popular and important research-oriented conferences in the field of higher education, the organizers noted an increased participation at the 2016 conference to almost 200 delegates.

CHER 2016 was marked by the strong presence of higher education researchers from around the world. There was a babble of languages spoken throughout the coffee breaks. Colleagues working in the UK, Russia, China, the USA, Germany, Italy, and the Nordic countries, among others, presented work about their various regions.

Apart from the geographical breadth of the conference, CHER 2016 also showcased a wide variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches towards the study of higher education. These were particularly apparent in the sessions of the conference in which Sue Wright, an anthropologist, and Vicky Boliver, a social policy scholar (using statistical methods) delivered their keynotes.




Conference review: first year with ECPR SG on Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation

Earlier this year, the SG on Politics of Higher Education, Research and Innovation was established. Thus, this year marked the first ECPR conference, where the section on knowledge politics was explicitly backed by a standing group. This marks an important milestone for higher education, research and innovation themes at ECPR. Thus, we asked Meng-Hsuan Chou and Mitchell Young – two of the three convenors of the standing group about what they thought about his years section “Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation”, and what their plans are for next year.

How would you characterise the section this year?

Dr. Meng-Hsuan Chou

Dr. Meng-Hsuan Chou (NTU Singapore)

Hsuan: The section is becoming increasingly diverse with more contributions from those who are joining the section for the first time. This is fantastic! The mix of continuity and new additions is very refreshing. I also enjoyed listening to presentations on very contemporary issues (e.g. refugee flows and receptions by universities in Europe); these presentations demonstrate the salience of the research we do in this section.

Mitchell: The section this year had a strong conceptual element, with a number of panels that addressed theory and methodology. At the same time we did not miss out on empirical studies, which covered a wide swath of both the politics of research and higher education.

What was the highlight for you with this years’ section? 



Call for papers: EFMD higher education research conference

EFMDEFMD is organising a higher education research conference, this year themed “Innovations in Higher Education”. The conference is held 10-11 October at IESE Business School in Barcelona.

Deadline coming up soon! 

The conference theme is described as following: “The conference will focus on the many innovations that are taking place in higher education and address these from three broad perspectives. First the conference will look at the different forms of innovations in the governance, management and internal organisation of higher education institutions. It will also look at innovations in the delivery of education and in the different types of innovations that higher education institutions are engaging in for the production of research.”

The conference has three tracks:

• Track 1: Innovations in forms of governance, management and organisation of higher education institutions
• Track 2: Innovations in education
• Track 3: Innovations in research

Authors are requested to submit an outline paper of around 2000 words – deadline 27th of May!

Download the call for papers here (pdf)




Call for papers: University between Global Challenges and Local Commitments

raher7th International Conference of the Russian Association of Higher Education Researchers will be held in Moscow on October, 20-22, 2016. The theme of the conference is “University between Global Challenges and Local Commitments”. 

The conference is aimed at both researchers and practitioners with interest in discussing the challenges and goals facing universities and their stakeholders.

Keynote speakers for the conference include:

  • Simon Marginson (University College London);
  • Marek Kwiek (University of Poznan);
  • Peter Maassen (University of Oslo);
  • Giovanni Abramo (National Research Council of Italy).

Call for papers covers seven thematic tracks (read more about each track here), including:

Track 1. A System of Higher Education on the Global Market
Track 2. A System of Higher Education and Local Context
Track 3. University Organizational Structure in the Age of Global and Local Challenges
Track 4. Research and Publication Strategies of Contemporary Universities
Track 5. Learning and Development in a Contemporary University
Track 6. Inclusive Higher Education: Quality and Accessibility
Track 7. Other

For further information about the Conference please follow the link: http://educonf.hse.ru

The deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2016 (see here for how to submit a proposal)




Call for papers: Second International Conference on Cultural Political Economy

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The Second International Conference on Cultural Political Economy is hosted by the Centre for Globalisation, Education and Social Futures at the University of Bristol.

Theme for the conference: “Putting culture in its place in political economy”. The conference will focus on themes in inter‐ and trans‐disciplinary social sciences, approaching Cultural Political Economy as analytical resource. It will look to further develop the Cultural Political Economy conceptualisations and it is particularly interested in ‘the cultural’ in relation to ‘the political’ and ‘the economic’

The organisers are in particular focused on the concept of Cultural Political Economy (CPE), defined as following: “Cultural Political Economy (CPE) is an emerging and still developing trans‐disciplinary approach oriented to post‐disciplinary horizons. It can be understood as a trans‐ and post‐disciplinary research paradigm that can used to study a wide range of phenomenon. What makes it distinct and new is that it is concerned with making ‘cultural turns’ in the study of political economy. It does so to enhance its interpretive and explanatory power. It takes into account that the economic and political spheres are always‐already cultural and that taking this into account transforms the study of political economy and cognate fields.”

Key dates: 

– abstract submission deadline: 29 April 2016
– notification of abstract acceptance: 27 May 201
– registration opens: 27 May 2016
– registration closes: 27 July 2016
– full paper submission (of selected abstracts): 27 July 2016
– conference: 25-26 August 2016

Read more here on the conference website




Call for papers: University futures conference

unikeThe conference “University futures” is arranged as a part of the UNIKE project. The conference is held June 15 – 17 2016, at the Danish School of Education, University of Aarhus, Copenhagen Campus in Denmark.

The main focus of the conference is following: How is a wide range of businesses and other stakeholders engaging with and reassembling the university? What is meant by internationalisation? Must it only be a strategic aim or can it be a participatory process? How are universities mobilised by nations and regions in the global knowledge economy? How can ideas from feminism and post-capitalism be used to create a liveable university? What would it mean to have an open system of higher education? Are there alternative ways of organising the university and its relations with society? 

Interested in submitting a paper? The call of papers can be found below.

Call for papers:




Call for papers: Politics of higher education, research and innovation section at ECPR 2016

one of the panels at the section for Knowledge policies at the 2015 ECPR conference in Montreal

The section for Knowledge policies at the 2015 ECPR conference in Montreal

The ECPR conference has for several years had a successful section on Europe of Knowledge (for instance, read reviews on the 2014, 2013 and 2011 conferences). This year, the section has been widened in relation to the proposed Standing Group on knowledge politics. Below is the global call for papers for the section at ECPR 2016 conference.

This is a global call for the ECPR 2016 ‘Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation’ section (formerly Europe of Knowledge) endorsed by the proposed Standing Group of the same name.The ECPR General Conference will be held on 7-10 September 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic.

You will find below the section abstract along with short panel abstracts and the contact details of the panel organisers. Extended CFPs for each panel will be circulated and posted on the CRN’s site in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in submitting a paper to one of these panels please contact the panel chair(s) directly (contacts are below) to discuss your ideas before the 24th of January 2016 or submit an abstract independently to the section before the formal deadline (15 February 2016) via MyECPR. Please note that ECPR only allows individuals to perform each conference function (including paper presenter) once within the academic programme, though multiple co-authorship is possible.

Section description: Knowledge policies are at the forefront of contemporary global politics and are seen as the foundation on which societies coalesce and economies thrive. This section builds on the previous four sections on the Europe of Knowledge and invites contributions from around the world to consider the various dimensions of knowledge policy development. Specifically, we are interested in theoretical, empirical, and comparative contributions that investigate the role of the ‘four I’s’ – ideas, interests, instruments and institutions – in the global, multi-level, multi-issue, and multi-actor governance of knowledge policies, including failures and successes. By ‘role’, we refer to effects that ideas, actors (individual, organisational), policy instruments/mixes, and institutions have had on the governance of knowledge policies, and vice-versa. We focus on ‘roles’ to enable a multidisciplinary discussion on whether these factors share defining characteristics across different knowledge policy domains (i.e. research, higher education, and innovation), and between distinct governance levels and geographical regions. This section continues to welcome scholars from all theoretical and methodological approaches to critically discuss the reconfiguration of knowledge systems around the world.




Call for papers: Complexity and the politics of knowledge policies

IPPAHKThe 2016 HKU-USC-IPPA Conference on Public Policy will be held 10-11 June 2016 in Hong Kong.

The theme is titled “Coping with Policy Complexity in the Globalized World”. The conference includes also a panel on knowledge policies. Interested? Deadline for paper proposals is 30th of January 2016, and the call for papers for this panel is outlined below:

T03P05: “Complexity and the politics of knowledge policies: multi-issue, multi-level and multi-actor”

The complexity of policy processes and the relationship between instrument choice and impact have always intrigued scholars of politics, public policy, and public administration. Indeed, complexity constitutes a key element in established public policy theoretical frameworks such as punctuated equilibrium, multiple streams, and is at the core of Lindblom’s science of ‘muddling through’. In recent years, policy scholars such as Cairney and Geyer have pushed for embracing complexity as a foundation and starting point for policy analysis. These scholars advocate a ‘complexity theory’ approach that enables researchers to attend to both top-down as well as bottom-up dynamics, interests and behaviour of various actors, and how policy ideas, goals and instruments are interpreted and transformed during the policy process.




Call for papers: inequalities of access to higher education

sciencespo-lieppSiences Po – LIEPP is organising a conference themed “Inequalities of access to higher education: the role of policies, institutions and markets“. The conference takes place in Paris, October 8-9, 2015. The conference language is English.

The conference is a follow-up to the research project “Transition to higher education in France: the role of networks, institutions and markets” funded by LIEPP (Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies) in 2013-2015.

From the call of papers: “While the conference welcomes contributions that describe existing inequalities on the basis of social class, ethnicity, gender and age, and especially how these different factors interact with each other, the focus is, more specifically, on the ways in which policies, institutions and markets influence the shape and extent of access inequalities. Each of these dimensions, which constitute the sub-themes of the conference, can be treated separately or simultaneously. Contributors might focus on a specific level (macro, meso or micro) or on their interrelation, on a single set of actors (policy-makers, secondary or higher education administrators, professors or counsellors, market professionals, students and parents…) or on their interaction and on various types of schemes, devices, processes and practices. Statistical and qualitative as well as mixed-methods studies are equally welcome. Cross-country comparisons are encouraged but proposals can focus on specific countries and localities if they show awareness of global dynamics and/or processes in other national settings.”