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The European Conference on Education 2014


Thistle Brighton, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - Sunday, July 13, 2014 (All Day)

Abstract Submission Deadline: Extended to May 15, 2014

Registration Deadline for Presenters: June 15, 2014

The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global university partners is proud to announce the Second European Conference on Education, to be held from July 9-13, 2014, at the Thistle Hotel Brighton, in the United Kingdom.



Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience the UK, explore Brighton, London and the South-East of England, join a global academic community…

2014 Conference Theme: Transforming and Changing Education: “Borderlands of Becoming and Belonging”

IAFOR promotes and facilitates new multifaceted approaches to one of the core issues of our time, namely globalization and its many forms of growth and expansion.  Awareness of how it cuts across the world of education, and its subsequent impact on societies, institutions and individuals, is a driving force in educational policies and practices across the globe.  IAFOR’s Conferences on Education have these issues at their core.  The conferences present those taking part with three unique dimensions of experience, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating heightened intercultural awareness and they promoting international exchange.  In short, IAFOR’s Conferences on Education are about change and transformation.  As IAFOR’s previous education conferences have shown, education has the power to transform and change whilst it is also continuously transformed and changed.   The theme of transforming and changing education continues into 2014 in the European, North American and Asian Conferences on Education.

Globalized education systems are becoming increasing socially, ethnically and culturally diverse.  However, education is often defined through discourses embedded in Western paradigms as globalised education systems become increasingly determined by dominant knowledge economies.   Policies, practices and ideologies of education help define and determine ways in which social justice is perceived and acted out.  What counts as ‘education’ and as ‘knowledge’ can appear uncontestable but is in fact both contestable and partial. Discourses of learning and teaching regulate and normalise gendered and classed, racialised and ethnicised understandings of what learning is and who counts as a learner.

In many educational settings and contexts throughout the world, there remains an assumption that teachers are the possessors of knowledge which is to be imparted to students, and that this happens in neutral, impartial and objective ways.  However, learning is about making meaning, and learners can experience the same teaching in very different ways.  Students (as well as teachers) are part of complex social, cultural, political, ideological and personal circumstances, and current experiences of learning will depend in part on previous ones, as well as on age, gender, social class, culture, ethnicity, varying abilities and more.

The Second European Conference on Education

In this conference – one of a series of three to be held in 2014 on transforming and changing education – participants are invited to explore the educational borderlands of becoming and belonging, including borderlands of geography, ‘difference’, culture, educational discourses, policies and practices, and more.   This conference will explore the transformative effects of education through the borderlands of becoming and belonging, including:


  • how constructs of learner identities as ‘self’ and ‘other’ are negotiated through the borderlands of becoming and belonging
  • how these constructs shape senses of ‘learner’ and ‘non-learner’ for marginalised individuals

Constructions of knowledge:

  • how understandings of ‘knowledge’ are constructed for learners and teachers through becoming and belonging
  • how hierarchies of ‘knowledge’ are determined and played out in educational borderlands

Transformative pedagogies:

  • how transformative pedagogies can be developed and sustained within and through borderlands
  • how learners and teachers can use education to transform and change their understandings of and engagement with becoming and belonging

The role of educational institutions:

  • how educational institutions endorse and/or challenge binaries belonging and unbelonging
  • how hidden differences and inequalities are played out in educational borderlands, and the pedagogical challenges this raises

We hope and expect the 2014 conference themes to inspire a number of research avenues, and look forward to discussing ideas, findings and synergies, in this International Academic Forum.

We hope to see you at ECE2014!

Professor Sue Jackson

ECE 2014 Co-Conference Chair

Pro-Vice-Master, Learning and Teaching,
Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender,
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Professor Barbara Lockee

ECE 2014 Co-Conference Chair

Professor of Instructional Design and Technology
Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach in the School of Education
Virginia Tech, USA

IAFOR Global University & Institutional Alliance – Working Together

IAFOR works with our university partners to nurture and encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research. We work with senior administrators and professors in our partner institutions to develop programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. The global partnership alliance means that our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. For a full list of university and institutional partners, click here.

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journal_cover_education_400Publishing Opportunities: Authors of Accepted Abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR journals associated with the conference. For more information about the IAFOR Journal of Education and other journals, click here.

International, Intercultural, Interdisciplinary

The European Conference on Education is organized as part of a month long series of academic events in the UK organized by IAFOR. Those attending ECE will have the opportunity of attending several other conferences held in parallel for no extra charge:

ECTC2014 – The Second European Conference on Technology in the Classroom

ECLL2014 – The Second European Conference on Language Learning