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The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Dubai 2016

The InterContinental Festival City Event Centre, Dubai, U.A.E.

Saturday, February 27 - Monday, February 29, 2016

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 1, 2016

Registration Deadline for Presenters: February 1, 2016

Hear the latest research. Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network. Experience Dubai. Join a global academic community.

The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global university and institutional partners, is proud to announce the second IAFOR International Conference on Education in Dubai.

This international and interdisciplinary conference will act as a centre for academics, practitioners and professionals to discuss new research in education. IICEDubai2016 will create opportunities for the internationalisation of higher education and sharing of expertise. We invite professionals from all corners of the world to develop policies, exchange ideas, and promote new partnerships with organisations and peers.

The second IAFOR International Conference on Education in Dubai will be held alongside the second IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Dubai 2016. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.




IICEDubai2016 Theme:

“Education and Social Justice: Global Trends, Local Solutions”


In this conference – one of a series of five held in 2016 on education and social justice – participants are invited to explore and question the ways in which education can influence global trends and develop local solutions for social justice and diversity. Abstracts should address one or more of the streams below, identifying a relevant sub-theme :


  • Inclusive approaches: developing equity in education
  • Education, globalisation and social justice
  • Developing transnational spaces for equality in education
  • Challenges of literacy and communication through the global and the local
  • Education and social justice: power and disempowerment


– Education: social justice and social change
– Education: social and political movements
– Education and post-colonialism
– Education for sustainable development
– Conflicting perspectives in learning and teaching
– Digital technologies and communications
– Educational change through technologies

– ‘Englishes’ in global communication
– Bi-cultural, bi-lingual and bi-national education
– Languages education and applied linguistics (ESL/TESL/TEFL)
– Linguistics and Pedagogy
– Multilingual societies
– Education for interdisciplinary thinking
– Education for intercultural communication
– Education for international exchange
– Challenges of new technologies

– Primary and secondary education
– Higher education
– Adult and lifelong learning
– Technology enhanced and distance learning
– International schools and educational goals
– Educational policy, leadership, management and administration
– Curriculum research and development
– Economic management of education
– Institutional accreditation and ranking
– Organisational learning and change
– Professional concerns, training and development
– Special education, learning difficulties, disability
– Student learning, learner experiences and learner diversity

More information on our conference theme and sub-themes




About IAFOR’s Education Conferences


IAFOR promotes and facilitates new multifaceted approaches to one of the core issues of our time, namely globalisation 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 promoting international exchange. In short, IAFOR’s Conferences on Education are about change, transformation and social justice. 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 education for social justice continues into 2016 in the Asian, European, Middle Eastern and North American Conferences on Education.

Globalised 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 incontestable, 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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IICE-Dubai2016 Conference Chairs


Professor Sue Jackson

IICEDubai2016 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.

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Professor Stuart D. B. Picken

IICEDubai2016 Conference Co-Chair

Order of the Sacred Treasure, M.A. (Hons), B.D., Ph.D. (Glasgow), F.R.A.S.
IAFOR International Advisory Board Chair

Stuart D. B. Picken is the founding chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board. The author of a dozen books and over 130 articles and papers, he is considered one of the foremost scholars on Japan, China, and globalisation in East Asia. As an academic, Professor Picken has devoted more than 30 years to scholarship in Japan, notably as a professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo, where he specialised in ethics and Japanese thought, and as International Adviser to the High Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine (Mie prefecture). He has also served as a consultant to various businesses, including Jun Ashida Ltd., Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Kobe Steel, and Japan Airlines.



IAFOR Publishing Opportunities


IAFOR Journal of Education


The IAFOR Journal of Education is an editorially independent journal associated with IICE. A small number of papers from the Conference Proceedings are selected for inclusion by the editor. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the editor. IAFOR journals are open access, conform to the highest academic standards and reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences.



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 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 partner institutions to encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research at this conference.

We work with senior administrators and professors to develop programmes 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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