Public Intellectuals and Education in a Changing Society

*The 2020 Colloquium will now take place on 23-24 September 2021 at Oriel College, Oxford*


Is there a crisis of public intellectuals?  In the twenty-first century, under the growing influence of globalisation, neoliberalism and social media, what is the place of public intellectuals?  What is the role of schools, the curriculum and higher education in providing a critical space for public intellectuals?  Who can we regard as examples of public intellectuals in the past and present, and in different societies? 

The 4th annual colloquium of the Society for Educational Studies, to be held at Oriel College Oxford on a future date TBC, and will explore these questions. It is expected that a special issue of the British Journal of Educational Studies will be published in 2022 based on this conference theme and peer review of papers submitted to the Journal.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 0900 on 30 June 2021. Abstracts of up to 300 words with short title for proposed papers or symposia (3 papers plus 200-word overview on a common theme by different presenters) in parallel sessions are still being accepted on the following issues and related topics as above:

  • public intellectuals, education and society;
  • anti-intellectualism;
  • intellectuals and social media;
  • intellectuals and the role of schools and universities;
  • public intellectuals and neoliberalism;
  • public intellectuals and globalisation.

Submissions to be reviewed on behalf of the SES.  Confirmation of acceptance to be sent by email by 31st July 2021. Please submit proposals to SES Administrator Aidan Thompson in .docx or PDF format.

The Colloquium is FREE to SES members, although places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Registration includes accommodation in Oriel College from lunch and conference dinner on 23rd to breakfast and lunch on 24th September 2021, plus drinks reception on 23rd and a printed programme. The conference will begin with lunch on 23rd and run through until circa 17.00 on 24th.

To become a member, please purchase membership for £30 for 2021 (£20 for students) via the Taylor & Francis site (marked as ‘British Journal of Educational Studies membership’).

Please contact Aidan Thompson with any queries.


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