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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


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.

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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: Knowledge Policies and the State of Inequality

congress-logoThe 24th World Congress of Political Science organized by IPSA takes place between July 23-28 2016 in Istanbul.

The conference also features a panel on higher education and research, titled “Knowledge Policies and the State of Inequality: Instruments For or Against?”.

Text of the call: In a global market of higher education and innovation, where students have free access to massive open online courses (MOOCs) and where ideas are brought to the market to improve everyday life, inequality should be a thing of the past. Yet more than ever before, the gulf between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ are growing by the day. This panel examines how policy actors – at the local, national, regional and global levels – instrumentalise knowledge policies to increase and decrease the state of inequality between citizens, between nations, and between the world’s geographical regions (North, South, East and West). We define knowledge policies broadly to include higher education, science, research and innovation policies. As a point of departure, we assume that policymaking is a complex process, involving multiple actors across governance levels with diverse interests and preferences. Instrument choice thus reflects the policy actors’ ambitions, compromises made, and the intended effects of implementation. Put simply, instrument selection is not neutral. This panel invites contributions to assess the processes leading to instrument selection, adoption, and implementation. For example, papers can address: (a) the role of discourse and ideas such as the knowledge-based society/economy, excellence, globalism, and regionalism in these processes; or (b) how policy actors and organizations strategize and interact in knowledge policymaking to contribute to the state of inequality.

The deadline to propose a paper is October 7, 2105 and the instructions how to submit a proposal can be found here.

Please note that there is also a possibility to submit new closed panels until 07th of October. Read more on the conference website.


Call for papers: The Global Governance of Knowledge Policies: Europe of Knowledge in Context

ecprNext year, the ECPR conference will be held 26-29 August 2015 in Montreal, Canada. For the first time, ECPR is going global, with the conference held outside of Europe.

On this occasion, the Europe of Knowledge section is expanding as well, the title for 2015 is “The Global Governance of Knowledge Policies: Europe of Knowledge in Context“.

Abstract for the section: 

Knowledge policies are at the forefront of contemporary global politics. Indeed, knowledge is to be the foundation on which societies coalesce and economies thrive; the competition for knowledge drives the global race for talent. The fourth Europe of Knowledge section invites contributions to go beyond Europe and consider these overarching questions: What key themes should we address when we talk about the global governance of knowledge policies? How and why are these themes crucial for our understanding of public policymaking in knowledge domains? 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 and multi-level governance of knowledge policies. By ‘role’, we refer to the effects that ideas, actors (individual, organisational), policy instruments and institutions have had on the governance of knowledge policies, and vice-versa. Our focus on ‘roles’ is to enable a multidisciplinary discussion on whether these factors share defining characteristics across different knowledge policy domains (i.e. research, higher education, and science), and between distinct governance levels and geographical regions. This section continues to welcome all scholars, theoretical and methodological approaches to critically discuss the reconfiguration of knowledge systems – in Europe and around the world.

Current panel proposals (we have included the extended abstracts for the panels that have published the extended call, and we will update this post when more of these calls get published, check also the ERA-CRN site):

Call for papers: various themes related to higher education policy

ICPPThe International Conference on Public Policy will take in Milan from Wednesday, 1st July to Friday, 4th July, 2015. The call for papers has recently been issued.

Deadline for applications – 15th of January 

In total there are 18 various section, including a section for specific topics that also includes education. Here are a number of panels of interest for higher education policy:

T18P27 – Governance of Knowledge Policies (Section 18c – Education)

Chaired by Jens Jungblut, University of Oslo, Department of Education; Meng Hsuan Chou, Nanyang  Technological University; Pauline Ravinet, Université Lille 2. Discussants: Mitchell Young (Charles University), Tim Flink (WZB) and Tatiana Fumasoli (ARENA; Oslo)

The governance of knowledge – generation, organisation, or dissemination – has now permeated all policy levels, from the local, national, regional to the global. These processes, however, are studied across diverse disciplines – science and higher education (policy) studies, international relations, comparative politics, sociology and organisational studies – often disconnected from one another. This is surprising given that there are at least three clear research foci they have in common. At the level of (i) discourse and ideas, attention is paid to whether, how, and why concepts such as excellence, globalism and regionalism, innovation, to name but a few, percolate into daily practices and how they are then weaved into the fabric of policies, organisations or systems. Similarly, these disciplines have in common their interests in how the dynamics of higher education, research and science have impacted (ii) the central organisations, i.e. universities and non-university research institutes, as well as the funding and regulatory agencies. Finally, there is also clear shared research interest in how such dynamics have affected (iii) groups and individuals as members of these organisations, e.g. asking whether and how the normalisation of universities or their global differentiation/isomorphism clash with the normative foundations of science as a profession/vocation or, even earlier, with the hitherto humanistic ideals of ‘socialising’ students by education.

This panel invites researchers from across diverse disciplines to examine the multi-level governance of knowledge policies and politics, focusing on any of the above-mentioned dynamics as well as the role of actors in influencing them. Submitted papers should be clearly linked to one of the three sections – each addressing one of the three research foci identified. All accepted papers must have a clear conceptual approach, preferably supported by empirical examples beyond a single case study.

T02P05 – Patterns and pathways of convergence/divergence in higher education: A comparative perspective (Section 02: Comparative Policy)

Chaired by – Martina Vukasovic, Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG), Ghent University, and Donald Westerheijden, CHEPS, University of Twente. Discussant: Giliberto Capano

Call for papers: Transnational Academic Spaces

Uni_BielefeldThis one-day conference will take place at Bielefeld University in Germany on March 27th 2015 and it titled “Transnational Academic Spaces”. The keynote speaker for the conference is Professor Russel King from University of Sussex.

At this one-day conference in Bielefeld, focus is on international student and academic mobility around the world. The aim is to explore how transnational academic spaces are organized, with a focus on processes leading to social inequalities at the macro-, meso-and micro-levels. Theoretical and empirical contributions adopting a transnational focus are welcomed, especially when they take into account opportunity structures of host, home and third countries and explore the relationships between them. Instead of focusing solely on mobile individuals, the organisers also welcome contributions that situate non-mobile students and faculty members who are also an integral part of transnational academic spaces. And finally, the organisers welcome contributions that explore the dynamics of transnational network construction of academic institutions as well as the impact of internationalization processes and the macro-context on transnational academic spaces, transgressing micro-level approaches.

Abstracts may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Call for contributions: Learning without Borders

HETLInternational Higher Education Teaching & Learning Association (HETL) is holding a conference in cooperation with  the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota, on September 22-24th, 2015. 

The theme for the conference is “Learning without Borders“, with the purpose to include a range of research and perspectives on learning-centered teaching practices, curricular activities, and assessment methods related to global learning and engagement. Three types of contributions are expected:

  • Research Presentation. Each 90 minutes research discussion panel will consist of 3-4 presenters and a moderator/facilitator. Each panelist will present for up to 15 minutes, followed by an in-depth Q & A discussion (dialogue) by all presenters and audience members.
  • Research in Progress Roundtables. Roundtables will be an opportunity for presenters to discuss the beginning stages of their research with others interested in a similar topic. Each roundtable will have two individuals investigating a similar topic who will facilitate the 90 minute discussion. Delegates can feel free to move from one roundtable to another.
  • Poster Presentations. Poster presentations provide a forum for scholars to engage in active discussion with other conference delegates about a completed research project or about a project in developing stages. The poster venue allows scholars with similar research interests to interact by using the poster as a focal point.

Criteria for proposals

Call for papers: Institutional Design Futures – Higher Education

cordThe Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD) at the College of Public Programs in Arizona State University is organizing a conference: Institutional Design Futures: Higher Education. 

The conference will take place at the Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 9-10, 2015.

The following call for papers has been issued: Issues of organizational theory and institutional design begin to transcend the boundary between theory and practice as the Obama administration continues its push to create a new college rating system. The stated ambition of making access to public resources contingent upon institutional performance raises a host of important considerations for the future of higher education. As new organizational forms emerge in the realm of higher education and new public policies aim to protect public investments therein, questions rise relative to the attributes of organizations that promote and stifle public value.

Conference topics include: Institutional setting and “Dimensional publicness” in higher education; public, private and for-profit sector differences in higher education and public value assessments of university performance, the evolution and future designs of universities.