OCIES 2018: Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

46th Annual OCIES Conference

Will be held at

Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

20-22 November, 2018


The theme of the 46th Annual OCIES Conference is Exploring, Celebrating and Deepening Oceanic Relationalities. This theme offers OCIES members and others as comparative and international educators to reflect on the gains, challenges and possibilities of our changing times. As a society of Oceanic education scholars, we are aware of our moral imperative to explore these challenges in a manner which reflects our shared commitment to people-enablement, post-coloniality, deimperialization, the recognition of Indigenous rights, social justice and various forms of sustainability. Given the visionary platform of OCIES relationalities, this year’s conference encourages and welcomes the participation of all who are interested in people-relationalities within diverse philosophical perspectives, intellectual traditions and contexts. Together with OCIES members, those of our sister and international comparative and international education societies are invited to this conference.


A detailed conference call will be made further; outlining the thematic questions, contexts of papers and proposals, key dates and submission guidelines. For now, pencil in the conference dates, plan your travels and we look forward to hosting you at Victoria University of Wellington and in Aotearoa New Zealand.

A Call for Abstracts for Leadership Pacific Conference 2018

2 & 3 July, Suva, Fiji Islands

The conference conveners invite abstracts and proposals – in English – from students, community leaders, researchers, policymakers, industry leaders and leadership practitioners from throughout the Pacific region.

Abstracts and proposals must meet the submission guidelines provided for the chosen type of presentation: 1) Individual paper presentations 2) Leader stories 3) Facilitated Tok stori/ Talanoa and or 4) Collective Tok stori/ Talanoa /Panel.

Proposal/ Abstract submissions close on 20th May 2018

Visit: for further details

Contributions for our next OCIES newsletter

The next issue of our OCIES newsletter will be published in April. We welcome contributions from members to make our newsletter relevant, engaging and informative. In particular, we invite pieces that explore:

  • Oceanic News: Send in your 500 – 600 word contribution (and photos) of recent comparative and international activities within the region. This could include teaching, research or networking events. Don’t forget to include a caption to accompany photos and the name/s of individuals. Please ensure that you have gained permission from individuals to publish their photo.
  • Book publications:Let us know if you have recently published a book. Send in a photo of the cover and a short blurb.
  • Blogs: We’d love to let members know about your blog. Let us know if you have a blog that explores issues relating to comparative and international education. Send a short blurb about your blog and the link.
  • Recent PhD completions: We’d love to celebrate OCIES members who have recently completed their PhD. Please send us your full name, the title of your thesis and the name of your awarding institution.

Please send your contributions to the Communications Officer, Dr  Donella Cobb, at no later than 3 April 2018.


Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference 2018 Abstracts close 16 March

The Institute of Education (IOE), USP is pleased to announce the Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference (VPEC), 2018. This conference follows the Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference 2016, marking “education for what? Revisited”. VPEC provides an opportunity for the sharing of ideas, presentation of research and best practice, and teaching and learning in Oceania.

Theme: It takes an island and an ocean: Rethinking Pacific Education for resilient, healthy communities

Venue: Laucala Campus, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

Dates: 5 & 6 July, 2018

Key Conference Dates

  • Deadline for Abstracts 16 March
  • Registration closes 18 June
  • Deadline for Presentations 18 June
  • PERF Board Meeting 4 July
  • Vaka Pasifiki Conference 5 & 6 July

For more information visit

Forthcoming CIE Conferences

OCIES members may be interested in the following forthcoming conferences:

  1.  Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE) Nicosia Cyprus, May 29 – June 1. Details at Abstract submission deadline February 1st 2018. 
  2. Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA), Siem Reap, Cambodia May 10–12.  REGISTRATION online through this link ( by Thursday 15 February 2018 at 11.59pm (GMT +7)
  3.  International Conference on the Future of Education. Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 26 – 27.  Further details can be found at Deadline for Abstracts is March 26th 2018

Reminder: Fellowships and Networks Grant applications close soon

The next funding round for the OCIES Fellowships and Networks Grant closes on 1 December 2017.   The grant will enable individual researchers and/or groups of researchers to undertake collaborations or networking initiatives between institutions and OCIES members, thereby deepening these exchanges and relationships. Applicants must be current members of OCIES and must not have been awarded a Fellowships and Networks programme grant within the past three years. Application criteria and the application form are available on the OCIES website.

Latest issue of International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives

Vol 16, No 3 (2017)

Using the OCIES 45 Conference held in Sydney in 2016 as its conversational springboard, this issue explores emergent gaps in thinking about a number of key issues of concern to comparative and international educationalists.

These provocations challenge our practice and our postcolonial, postmodern theorizing and educational engagement with these ‘gaps’. In doing so, they open up future rewarding and challenging spaces for our future work together. To read this issue, visit:

Please download, enjoy, and remember to cite the work of our authors. As
some of us head to Noumea for our annual conference (, we look
forward to continuing these conversations.

Please also consider submitting your work to us. It is a widely read,
peer-reviewed, open access journal run by volunteers. We don’t charge you to
publish with us but it does take time to have your work properly reviewed.
If you are not impatient for publication, we are a supportive and scholarly
community of passionate people who want to see interesting work emerging in
the field of comparative and international education.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Associate Professor Zane Ma Rhea
Faculty of Education,
Monash University
Editor, International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives