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The European Conference on Education 2015


Thistle Brighton, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - Sunday, July 5, 2015 (All Day)

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 1, 2015

Registration Deadline for Presenters: June 1, 2015


Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience the UK. Join a global academic community.

This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in education. As with IAFOR’s other events, ECE2015 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.

The Third European Conference on Education (ECE2015) will be held alongside The Third European Conference on Technology in the Classroom (ECTC2015), and The Third European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL2015). Registration for any one of these conferences will allow attendees to attend sessions in the others.




ECE2015 Conference Theme: “Education, Power and Empowerment: Changing and Challenging Communities”


In this conference – one of a series of five held in 2015 on education, power and empowerment – participants are invited to explore and question ways in which education can change, empower and challenge communities and the ways in which communities can challenge structures and constructions of ‘education’. ‘Communities’ should be explored in their fullest meanings.

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About IAFOR’s Education Conferences


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.

IAFOR has five annual education conferences, exploring common themes in different ways to develop a shared research agenda which develops interdisciplinary discussion, heightens intercultural awareness and promotes international exchange.



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ECE2015 Conference Chairs


Professor Sue Jackson

ECE2015 Conference Chair

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

Sue Jackson is Pro-Vice-Master (Vice-President) for Learning and Teaching, Professor of Lifelong Learning and Gender and Director of Birkbeck Institute for Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck University of London. She publishes widely in the field of gender and lifelong learning, with a particular focus on identities.

Sue’s recent publications include Innovations in Lifelong Learning: Critical Perspectives on Diversity, Participation and Vocational Learning (Routledge, 2011); Gendered Choices: Learning, Work, Identities in Lifelong Learning (Springer, 2011, with Irene Malcolm and Kate Thomas); and Lifelong Learning and Social Justice (NIACE, 2011).

Sue is also the Director of the IAFOR Education Research Institute.



Linda Morrice

Dr Linda Morrice

ECE2015 Conference Chair

Senior Lecturer in Education
University of Sussex, UK

Linda Morrice is Senior Lecturer in Education at University of Sussex, UK. Her research interests focus on lifelong learning, gender and sexuality, identities, well being and migration. Her most recent book, ‘Being a refugee: learning and identity’; a longitudinal study of refugees in the UK, was published by Trentham Books in 2011. Linda is a member Council of SCUTREA (Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults) and is co-convener and co-founder of the ESREA (European Society for Research in the Education of Adults) Network on Migration, Ethnicity, Racism and Xenophobia. She currently has two research awards: Optimising refugee resettlement in the UK: a comparative analysis (ESRC), and Cultural Values from the Subaltern Perspective: A Phenomenology of Refugees’ Experience of British Culture (AHRC).



Dr Fergal Finnegan

Dr. Fergal Finnegan

ECE2015 Keynote Speaker

Maynooth University, Ireland

Dr. Fergal Finnegan is from Dublin, Ireland and was educated in Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University. He the Director of the Higher Diploma course in Further Education and a Lecturer in the Department of Adult and Community Education at Maynooth University. He worked as a community educator in Dublin’s inner city with a wide range of student groups before he became an lecturer. These experiences as practitioner have strongly informed his academic research on inequality and non-traditional students in higher education. Fergal has conducted extensive mixed methods and biographical research on non-traditional student experience both in Ireland and across Europe and is an editor of a recent book from Routledge entitled Student Voices on inequalities in European Higher Education: Challenges for Policy and Practice in a Time of Change. Other research interests include biographical research, learning theory, the nature of reflexivity and the role of recognition in teaching and learning. Fergal currently teaches the philosophy of education and learning theory on a range postgraduate courses in Maynooth. He also teaches and writes about education in relation to state formation, political economy and social movements.

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IAFOR Publishing Opportunities




The IAFOR Journal of Education is an editorially independent journal. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the appropriate editor. These open access journals, which conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organized thematically.



Conference Proceedings

If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.


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Eye Magazine

Eye Magazine is the International Academic Forum’s own in-house e-magazine publication. Through Eye magazine, we hope to enlighten you to various views and opinions of our contributors, many of whom have presented full research papers at our various conferences in Asia, Europe and North America.



IAFOR University & Institutional Partners


The International Academic Forum works with our partner institutions to encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research at this conference.

We work with senior administrators and professors to develop programs which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. This global partnership alliance allows our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. Read more about our partners.

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