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Guidelines for Submission

We are inviting individual or co-authored paper submissions that will be informative and relevant, informed by theory and/or empirical research, and which encourage opportunities for intellectual engagement.

The language of the conference is English, so abstracts and papers should as a general rule be written and delivered in English.



Abstract proposals should be no more than 400 words in length and may include the following elements: 

  • purpose or objectives;
  • perspective or theoretical framework;
  • methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry;
  • data sources, evidence framework; and,
  • results, conclusions, and/or implications. 

(Proposals for papers that are still in progress and have not, at the time of submission, reached final conclusions or research findings, are also welcomed.)


Working Groups

At the time of submission, you are expected to indicate the Working Group (WG) you would prefer to present your paper at. You can choose between:

  • Working Group 1: History, theory, and identity in/of comparative education
  • Working Group 2: Governance, nation state, and the new transnational order
  • Working Group 3: Curricula, textbooks, and citizenship
  • Working Group 4: Practitioners, pedagogies, and professional identities
  • Working Group 5: Higher education, vocational education and training, and lifelong learning
  • Working Group 6: Identities beyond formal education
  • New Scholars Working Group 


Thematically-Focused Panels

To further facilitate the grouping of papers and thematic cohesion/relevance we intend to create a number of Thematically-Focused Panels (TFPs) which all have the notion of identity in perspective/at their core. If you wish to submit a paper at one of these panels, you are expected to indicate this during the submission prossess. Please choose 'Thematically-Focused Panels' and let the organisers to allocate your paper to an appropriate themed session (e.g., conflict, reconciliation and the promise of education; the refugee crisis and the future of humanitarian work; gender, sexuality and education; language, education and identity; evaluation and assessment - and their impact on what it means to be educated).

It is also possible for colleagues to propose their own TFPs. That is, if you already have a group of three or four papers, which are relevant to the theme of the conference but do not fit in the frame of one of the working groups, and you wish these papers to be grouped together in a thematically-coherent session, please go to Submit a TFP or CTS proposal.



Cross-Thematic Sessions

You can also choose to present your paper at one of the Cross-Thematic Sessions (CTSs). These sessions provide space for papers that are relevant to the broader field of comparative education but that do not necessarily relate closely to the focus in any of the working groups and the main conference theme. At the time of submission you will be given this option, please choose 'Cross-Thematic Sessions'. The organisers will allocate your paper to an appropriate session.

It is also possible for colleagues to propose their own CTSs. That is, if you already have a group of three or four papers, which do not exactly fit into the conference theme, but are relevant to the broader field of comparative education (and/or related fields, e.g. international education policy, multicultural and intercultural education), and you think they would profit from being grouped together in a coherent session, please go to Submit a TFP or CTS proposal


Papers and publications

Papers presented at the WGs and recommended by the WG Chairs to the Executive Committee of CESE and the Local Organising Committee, will be considered for publication. Recommended full papers will undergo peer-review (by members of the Executive and Organising Committees) and the selected papers will be published in:

  • a thematic book on identities and education; and,
  • a special issue on identities and education of the Journal European Education.

Full papers must not exceed 7,000 words including appendices, references and diagrams.


Submission deadlines

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 1st February 2018. Due to requests, we have extended the deadline for submission to February 15
  • Notification of paper acceptance: by 1st March 2018