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11th International EUREDOCS Conference

Call for Proposals

11th International EUREDOCS Conference

Boundaries, identities and hybridity in Higher Education

 Call for Proposals

Laboratoire de L’Éducation/IFE – ENS de Lyon

Lyon

24-26 May 2018

 

 

The 11th EUREDOCS Conference will focus on the theme: 

“Boundaries, identities and hybridity in Higher Education”

To submit a proposal, please fill in the form (see p. 7) 

and send it to: resup@ens-lyon.fr

 

Calendar: 

The deadline for the submission of a proposal is 20 february 2018

All papers selected for presentation must be available by 10 May 2018. 

The Conference will be held at Laboratoire de l’Éducation [ENS de Lyon], from thursday 24 May (noon) to 26 May (noon) 2018.

 

What is EUREDOCS? 

EUREDOCS is a network of European doctoral students working on issues related to the Europeanization of higher education and research. 

It aims to facilitate and enable more communication among doctoral students and new doctoral candidates and to promote publication and dissemination of research results and to facilitate exchange and mobility among young scholars in this field. EUREDOCS is an interdisciplinary network and accepts membership from doctoral students and recent doctoral candidates in sociology, political science, economics, history, and educational studies. 

 

The 2018 Conference theme 

The 11th EUREDOCS Conference will focus on the theme: “Boundaries, identities and hybridity in higher education”. 

Over the last few decades, universities around the globe have been encouraged by policymakers to depart from traditional academic norms and models, whether by engaging with business interests, promoting interdisciplinarity, adopting new governance schemes, or developing strong international connections.

The reconfiguring of symbolic, professional, disciplinary, organizational or geographical boundaries has become a recurrent theme in the higher education literature. On the one hand, these trends seem to have blurred once dominant categories in higher education and research, such as the distinction between basic and applied science, and paved the way for the emergence of hybrid practices and new academic identities that transcend traditional boundaries.  On the other hand, however, one may question the scope and nature of such changes, as long-institutionalized boundaries are likely to persist over time.

Taking the theme of boundaries and identities as a starting point, this workshop will focus on the coexistence, conflict or hybridization between different logics, norms and practices in the field of higher education and research.

Papers may address the following sub-themes (the list is indicative and not exhaustive):

 

1)          The (re)definition of boundaries in the production, dissemination and transmission of knowledge. Academics have been increasingly encouraged to engage with industry, to develop inter- or trans- disciplinary approaches, and to integrate new forms of knowledge in their research and teaching activities. Does it affect – and to what extent – disciplinary identities, practices and norms? Are new patterns emerging in academic careers? How do these changes materialize (or not) into the construction of new research fields or academic specialties?

2)          Institutional identities, governance schemes and organizational forms: Moving boundaries? Over the last decades, higher education institutions in many countries have undertaken major organizational reforms, experimenting with new governance arrangements, sometimes borrowing models, managerial recipes or tools from other organizations, whether in the public or private sector. How do organizational models cross sectoral boundaries? How are they transferred, translated and implemented into academic settings? Are traditional, institutionalized boundaries and identities (e.g. teaching/research; academics/administrators…) challenged by these evolutions?

3)          Hybrid arenas and boundaries in higher education policies
As Universities are called to serve an increasingly diverse set of missions, more actors are involved in higher education policy-making. The higher education sector is also facing major changes of policy scales, with more and more intertwined regional, national or global levels in the formulation of higher education policies. Key questions, then, are to understand the formation of hybrid policy arenas at multiple levels, the modes of coordination or cooperation of policy actors in various arenas, and also to shed light on the definition of the boundaries of their intervention.

 

Organisation of the 2018 EUREDOCS Conference 

The 11th EUREDOCS Conference will be held at the Laboratoire de l’Éducation (ENS de Lyon) from 24 to 26 May, 2018 (Thursday noon to Saturday noon).

The Conference will be organised in four sessions (one on Thursday, two on Friday and one on Saturday) of approximately four hours duration. In each session no more than four papers will be presented and discussed (45 to 60 minutes for each paper). The attendance of doctoral students without contributing a paper is possible. Participants without a paper have to cover their own expenses. Accommodation and food expenses will be covered for participants presenting a paper.

All papers selected for presentation must be available by 10 may 2018. 

Participants and discussants will be asked to read the papers before the beginning of the Conference. Contributors will have 15 minutes to present a short version of their paper. For each paper a discussant will be assigned from among the other participants presenting a paper to comment on the presented paper. The discussant can comment for 15 minutes as well. Then a general discussion will follow taking about 15 to 30 minutes. We expect each contributor to attend the whole Conference. 

Each session will be chaired by a senior researcher, usually a member of the  Scientific Committee. 

Contributors have to pay themselves for their travel costs. Accommodation and meals in Lyon will be covered by the organisation. 

 

Invitation to Submit a Proposal 

The deadline for the submission of a proposal is 5.00 pm GMT Thursday 20 february 2018

 

Requirements: 

Being a doctoral student or having recently (not earlier than october 2016) defended your thesis and working on a topic concerning higher education and/or research. 

 

Proposals: 

Submit a proposal (two pages maximum) on a topic to be presented by using the proposal form at the end of this text. The proposal as well as the potential presentation must be in English. 

 

Submission of proposals: 

Proposals should be sent by email to: resup@ens-lyon.fr

 

Selection process 

The proposals will be reviewed by the members of the Scientific Committee of EURE-DOCS. 

The main assessment criterion will be the relevance of the proposal for the theme of the Conference. For those papers submitted on the open track, the Scientific Committee will consider the significance of the topic or issues to be explored. All papers will be considered in terms of their overall research quality. We will appreciate proposals based on solid empirical material (quantitative as well as qualitative) and including an appropriate theoretical framework. The evaluation of the proposals will take into ac-count the number of years already spent working on the PhD thesis. 

Replies will be sent at the beginning of March 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

More about EUREDOCS? 

 

1. The Network 

 

EUREDOCS is a network of European doctoral students working on issues related to the Europeanization of higher education and research. The network was created upon the initiative of Sylvain Kahn (at the time Director for European Affairs) and Christine Musselin (at the time Director of the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations) at Sciences Po in Paris. 

It aims to facilitate and enable more communication among doctoral students and new doctoral candidates working on issues related to the Europeanization of higher education and research. The network also aims to promote publication and dissemination of research results and to facilitate exchange and mobility among young scholars in this field. 

EUREDOCS is an interdisciplinary network and accepts membership from doctoral students and recent doctoral candidates in sociology, political science, economics, history, and educational studies. 

Europeanization of higher education and research is to be understood in a broad sense. It obviously addresses the Europeanization of national higher education and research policies. It also includes the analysis of the (potential) harmonisation, standardisation, convergence or normalisation processes that might affect the structure, academic curricula, accreditation procedures, the quality assessment and assurance systems, academic career patterns, the role of higher education institutions in local or regional development, the structure of university governance, the production of knowledge, the relationships between research and industry, the institutional structures for teaching and/or research etc. Furthermore, it deals with the role of supra-national bodies in these processes, the influence of American models, the impact of internationalisation etc. 

 

2. The Activities 

 

The activities of the EUREDOCS network mainly consist of: 

• an annual international conference, 

• a directory collecting detailed information about doctoral students and recent doctoral candidates and about their PhD topics in progress or recently defended in the field of Europeanization of higher education and research, 

 

3. The Euredocs Scientific Committee 

 

In order to develop and run this network, Sciences Po has founded a scientific committee composed of seven well-known European research centres and their representatives: 

• CIPES, Center for Research in Higher Education Policies, Portugal (Pedro Texeira and António Magalhães)

• CSO, Sciences Po and CNRS, France (Christine Musselin and Pauline Ravinet, Université of Lille) and Laboratoire de l’Éducation/IFE, ENS de Lyon (Julien Barrier and Emmanuelle Picard)

 

• CHEF, Aarhus University, Denmark (Susan Wright) 

• UCL Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom (Vincent Carpentier) 

• International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel), University of Kassel, Germany (Georg Krücken) 

• OSPS, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (Gaële Goastellec) 

• Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, Norway (Svein Michelsen) 

 

The conferences are organised jointly by the members of the Scientific Committee who also review the papers submitted. The Scientific Committee will also select the best papers of each conference and look for a possibility to publish them in an international journal. 

 

 

 

4. The EUREDOCS Conferences 

 

One of the objectives of the EUREDOCS network is to organise annual international conferences for doctoral students and new doctoral degree holders (Thesis defence no longer ago than October 2016) related to the EUREDOCS thematic priorities and interests. These conferences aim to: 

• promote exchange, foster discussion and reflection among doctoral students and recent doctoral degree holders, 

• encourage them to write and present papers at academic meetings and conferences, 

• provide practical experiences as discussants and commentators, 

• foster scientific exchange and debates. 

 

We expect the conferences to represent opportunities for doctoral students and new doctoral candidates to find a place dedicated to their work, where they can present contributions and where they are confronted with different perspectives, where they will meet senior researchers who will act as moderators or be part of audience. The conferences also serve as an opportunity for further cooperation and exchange. 

We expect that many of the papers presented can then be revised for publication in different journals. The members of the Scientific Committee will support this process. 

Each conference provides an opportunity for a limited number of contributors (between 12 and 16) to present a paper on a focused issue (which is part of a PhD thesis but normally not the whole project), in order to allow debates and develop relationships among participants sharing common interests and knowledge on a common theme. For each conference a new topic will be explored, a call for proposals will be disseminated and the Scientific Committee will select the best from among the submitted proposals. 

The previous EUREDOCS Conferences were held at Sciences Po in Paris (2004), at the Stein Rokkan Centre in Bergen (2005), at the International Centre for Higher Education Research, University of Kassel (2006), at the Centre for Higher Education Studies, School of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies, Institute of Education, University of London (2007) and at the CIPES, Center for Research on Higher Education Policies, University of Porto and University of Aveiro (2008), Sciences Po in Paris (2009), OSPS, University of Lausanne (2010), and the Department of Administration and Organization Theory at the University of Bergen (2012), Sciences Po in Paris (2014), Society for Research in Higher Education in London (2016).

 

 

 

11th International EUREDOCS Conference 

Boundaries, identities and hybridity in higher education

 

PROPOSAL FORM 

The deadline for the submission of a proposal is 5.00 pm GMT Saturday 10 February 2018. 

Proposals must not exceed two pages 

Family name: 

First name: 

Email address: 

Status:

Title of thesis: 

Thesis defended in (month/year):

 
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