Day Seminar at Monash University: Pedagogic Possibilities of New Diaspora Formations and Transnationalism

Tuesday September 26th 2017 10.00 – 3.30 pm Monash Club, Clayton

Migration is not what it used to be. Advances in transport and communication technologies have transformed the nature of migrant experiences, enabling globally mobile people to remain in touch with each other across vast distances and national borders, transforming their sense of belonging, stretching their imagination and aspirations. It has also ‘transnationalized’ the nature of our classrooms and schools. Examine the pedagogic challenges and opportunities associated with the dynamic conditions and logics of transnational mobility with Professor Fazal Rizvi.

Fazal Rizvi is a Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne, as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Fazal has written extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, globalization and education policy and Australia-Asia relations. His book, with Bob Lingard, Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010) is used widely in courses around the world. A collection of his essays is published in: Encountering Education in the Global: Selected Writings of Fazal Rizvi (Routledge 2014). Fazal is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, a past Editor of the journal, Discourse: Studies in Cultural Politics of Education, and past President of the Australian Association of Research in Education. He is a co-author, with Jane Kenway and others, of Class Choreographies: Elite Schools and Globalization (Palgrave 2017), and of a major report, Australia’s Diaspora Advantage, produced for the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA 2016).

9.30 – 10.00am Morning tea

10.00 – 12 noon Presentation

12 noon – 1.30 pm Buffet lunch

1.30 -2.30 pm ECR Workshop

2.30 – 3.30 pm HDR workshop

Registrations essential for all three events:

Contact: Dr Niranjan Casinader (  or Assoc Prof Lucas Walsh (

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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.



Invitation to all Early Career Researchers

ECR Connect invites all Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to be part of a collaborative research project in 2017-2018 titled: Integrating local wisdoms/theories into educational research in Oceania.  This program aims to establish an academic alliance of ECRs to investigate transOceania educational issues through examining and incorporating local wisdom and theories. It also helps us to de-centre ourselves from an obsession with the West and Western knowledge, culture, theories and epistemologies.

Upcoming research activities:

Monash-OCIES Symposium, 26 June, 2017 (Monday) One-day symposium  at Faculty of Education, Monash University (Clayton Campus), Melbourne, Australia.

• 8 Abstracts will be selected through external peer review by the program mentors.

• Two keynote speakers (programme mentors: Professor Bob Teasdale and Associate Professor Zane Ma Rhea)

• The flight cost of one OCIES member participant from a Low Income Country will be provided (maximum AUD$1,000).

• Two-night accommodations and meals at Monash University (Mannix College) will be provided to all participants (Maximum 7 people).

Important dates:

Call for Abstract: 27 Feb, 2017

Deadline for submitting Abstract (250 words): 27 Mar. 2017

Notice results of Abstract: 17 Apr. 2017

Monash-OCIES Symposium Day: 26 Jun. 2017

Please contact the project conveners if you are interested participating in this initiative

Dr. Hongzhi Zhang; email:

Dr. Philip Chan; email:

You are invited to join: ECR Connect

ECR Connect is a program to equip OCIES Early Career Researchers (ECR) with the knowledge and skills to increase the impact of their research and careers. This will be an active group which meets in person and through its Facebook site as well as running events throughout the year both in person and online. The ECR Connect aims to facilitate networking opportunities amongst ECR in OCIES and foster new collaborations. It will help develop an appreciation of the work of other ECRs and to facilitate future intercultural comparative research partnerships. ECR Connect events are specifically for research professionals based in OCIES including ECRs and late-stage PhD students. In addition, two OCIES later career mentors will be invited to join the ECR Connect, who offer help, guidance, advice and support to facilitate the research collaborations for ECRs in the Society.

The expected outcomes of the ECR Connect are:

  • Enabling ECRs who are involved in OCIES to actively make connections throughout the year both in person and online;
  • Promoting and facilitating ECRs’ future intercultural comparative research partnerships in the Oceanic region;
  • Providing space for ECRs to network and share knowledge at transnational and international level;
  • Connecting the wider OCIES community with a valuable ECR population;
  • Encouraging OCIES ECRs to become members of the Society.
  1. Proposed activities and expected outputs, including time-frames:
  • One-day research symposium: Examining Oceanic education issues in international and comparative perspective
  • A symposium with 8 presentations will be organised at Monash University (Clayton campus), Melbourne, Australia in 3rd July 2017 (Monday).
  • The two OCIES mentors will be invited as the keynote speakers.
  • The flight cost of one OCIES member participant from a Low Income Country will be provided (maximum AUD$ 1000).
  • Two-night accommodations and meals at Monash University will be provided to all participants.
  • Two conference symposia (8 presentations) at OCIES Annual Conference in November 2017. The two OCIES mentors will be the discussants for these two symposia.
  • A special issue in the Internal Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives in 2018/2019. Two mentors will comment final draft of the articles before submission.

If you are interested to join the ECR connect program, please contact our program conveners:

Dr. Hongzhi Zhang,

Dr. Philip Chan,

Call for Applications

OCIES Fellowships and Networks Program

Program Rationale

OCIES has long promoted important exchanges of ideas and work between educators, researchers and education policy actors. It has served to bring together our contributions and develop our roles within the wider field of comparative and international education, and in doing so to link these with the World Congress of Comparative and International Education Societies. An aim of the OCIES Fellowships and Networks program is to make this role more proactive by providing the institutional and financial support to members to extend and increase the frequency of these endeavors. Individual researchers and/or groups of researchers will be facilitated to undertake collaborations or networking initiatives between institutions and OCIES members, thereby deepening these exchanges and relationships. The funding from the scheme is sourced from conference and membership fee surplus, and could be up to Aus$5000. The number of fellowships and/or network support grants awarded each year will vary according to funds available and the quality of applications received.

Application Requirements

The Chief Investigator must submit a written proposal, of no more than two pages, that includes:

  • Names of all participants, positions and institutions
  • Program aims, proposed activities and full budget items. These could include, for example, a seminar, Master class and/or guest lectures or presentations
  • Potential benefits to OCIES, potential for lasting impacts for the institutions involved and the advancement of the CIE field more broadly

Proposals should be submitted to the OCIES Secretary: by June 10th 2016 to be reviewed by the incumbent OCIES executive committee.  Funds must be used within the year of approval, by June 30th 2017, and a brief summary report submitted on completion.