Educational Studies Today and for the Future: Threats, hopes and collaborations

As the British Journal of Educational Studies marks its 70th Anniversary in 2022, the field of educational studies, in the UK as elsewhere, remains in a somewhat paradoxical state. On the one hand, educational studies in the UK remains a vibrant and diverse field bolstered as it has been by intensified internationalisation, interdisciplinarity, and interest in comparative studies in education. On the other hand, educational studies continues to face a number of existential threats. These threats include a constraining higher education research and policy environment, persistent concerns about the relative academic status of university departments and schools of education, and the prioritisation of technical knowledge over the academic insight and wisdom offered by the core disciplines that give intent and meaning to the field.

In this complex context, and with due recognition of the principles upon which the British Journal of Educational Studies was founded, the Society for Educational Studies will host its 2022 Annual Colloquium to be held at Oriel College, Oxford, 22nd-23rd September 2022 under the title Educational Studies Today and for the Future: Threats, hopes and collaborations.

The call for papers has now closed.

Requests to attend as a non-speaking delegate should be sent to Prof. Andrew Peterson ([email protected]), Prof. Hazel Bryan ([email protected]), and Aidan Thompson ([email protected]). Places are strictly limited.

The Colloquium will be free for all members of the Society for Educational Studies, and will include the conference meal, other meals, and one night’s accommodation (Thursday 22nd September). Places are limited and priority will be given to those members presenting a paper.

A special issue of the British Journal of Educational Studies based on the proceedings of the 2022 Colloquium will be proposed. If accepted for publication, it would be published in 2023.

Keynote Speakers

The Society can confirm that the following will give keynote lectures at the Colloquium:

  • Professor Gert Biesta, University of Edinburgh and Maynooth University.
  • Professor Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey.
  • Professor Sally Power, Cardiff University.
  • Professor Paul Croll, Reading University.

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