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.

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 donella.cobb@waikato.ac.nz 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 https://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=22079

Annual International Conference of Bulgarian Comparative Education Society

The XVI Annual International Conference of Bulgarian Comparative Education Society
(BCES) will take place in Golden Sands, Varna, Bulgaria, from June, 11- 15, 2018.
The theme of BCES 2018, ‘Education in Modern Society’, aims at understanding the role of education in modern societies and provokes conference participants to reflect on and
contribute to the debate of constant efforts for improvement in the quality of education and thereby to the vibrancy of modern society.

The Conference Thematic Sections are:
1. Comparative and International Education & History of Education
2. Teacher Education
3. Education Policy, Reforms & School Leadership
4. Higher Education, Lifelong Learning & Social Inclusion
5. Law and Education
6. Research Education & Research Practice
7. Global Education and Education Development

Key Dates:
Abstract and Full Paper Submission: 28 February 2018
Abstract and Full Paper Acceptance Notification: 10 March 2018
Standard Registration: 30 March 2018
Hotel Room Reservation: 1 May 2018
Late Registration: 11 May 2018
Final Conference Program: 18 May 2018
PowerPoint Presentation Submission: 3 June 2018

For more information, please visit the BCES 2018 website: http://bces-conference.org/

Latest OCIES newsletter now available

We are thrilled to announce that our latest OCIES newsletter is ready to view.  This issue is jam-packed with information about the OCIES 2017 conference, updates from regional events as well as news from the Oceanic region and beyond.  This issue also celebrates new books, digital updates and artistic works that have been published and produced by OCIES members. We hope you join with us in celebrating the exciting work that is taking place in our region and beyond.

You can view this newsletter by clicking here

Comparative Education Seminar in Melbourne

Exploring challenges in education through innovation and collaboration

3-5.30pm, Thursday 27 July, 2017


Are you a Melbourne based researcher, student or practitioner interested in comparative and international education? Do you want to meet others who are working or researching in similar areas as you and to have the opportunity to learn about their work and experiences in an informal setting?

Then join us for an interactive afternoon for an opportunity to hear from speakers, share your ideas experiences and socialise at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, over drinks and nibbles.

Three speakers will stimulate our conversation with a panel discussion sharing their experiences and ideas about working and researching in a globalised, transnational world:

  • Professor Fazal Rizvi; Professor in Global Studies in Education, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor David Clarke; Director, International Centre for Classroom Research, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Radhika Gorur, Senior Lecturer in Education, Deakin University, DECRA Fellow


The panel discussion will be followed by structured networking sessions, focusing on different geographic regions exploring a variety of issues related to education reform, policy and practice.

We will be offering drinks and nibbles during the seminar.

Time: 3-5.30pm

Date: Thursday 27 July

Venue: Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne

To attend, please register on Eventbrite by 25 July.




OCIES 2017 proposal submissions closing soon

The closing date for proposals for the OCIES 2017 conference is fast approaching. Please submit individual paper abstracts, panel discussions, workshops and round table/talanoa proposals by 15th July 2017. Submissions can be made through the online submission form.

Emerging Scholar Scholarships are also available for postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers.  Please refer to the scholarships 2017 webpage for further details. Applications close 15th July 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at OCIES 2017.