[IEJ:CP] New Issue Published

Dear Readers of the International Education Journal: ComparativePerspectives,

I start by acknowledging the traditional Custodians of the land: the GadigalPeople of the Eora Nation. It is on their land, never ceded, which the workfor the IEJ: CP is brought together, then shared. I pay my respects to theirElders past, present and emerging, and to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the country currently known as Australia. 

It is my pleasure and privilege to notify you of the publication of ourlatest Special Issue of the IEJ: CP, guest edited by Dr. Mousumi Mukherjeeand Dr. Nandita Koshal. This Special Issue is the outcome of a seminar organized by the Centre for Comparative and Global Education at the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building, O.P. Jindal Global University in India, and was supported by an OCIES Fellowship and Network Grant. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/IEJ

Thank you to the Authors and Guest Editors for each of these engaging, informative articles. They are to be congratulated, particularly, for finalizing these pieces under the significant duress that we have witnessed in Indian contexts, especially, in recent months. I add my acknowledgement of the author who was unable to do so, due to her caring responsibilities, to that of the Guest Editors; our thoughts are with her and her family, and we very much look forward to publishing the article in a future issue.

This issue also comes during a time of transition for the IEJ: CP Editorialmanagement team and Board. I, therefore, take this opportunity to extend huge and warm thanks, once again, on behalf of all of the team, and members of OCIES, to Zane, Radha and Vivienne, for all of the time and work that you have given so generously to the journal and society over many years. Radharemains on our current core Editorial Team, with five other wonderful scholars, listed with our new (also wonderful) Editorial Board members at: https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/IEJ/about

Preparations are underway for the first General Issue as a new team, to be published in November/December. We will also launch a journal Engagement and mentoring program in the coming months, and an IEJ: CP Internship position for this year, so please do look out for those. We are recruiting for a Book Reviews Sub-editor and Engagement and Mentoring liaison positions, which could be located anywhere, and / or held jointly. The team is open to discussing these and any other ideas for the journal as we move into its next phase. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us, noting that all work is done voluntarily. If you have any feedback or queries, please do contact us at: iejcpteam@gmail.com

I hope that you gain as much from the critically rigorous and eloquently articulated perspectives that this Special Issue offers as I have. This collection of articles brings historically situated analyses to bear on some of the world’s most significant contemporary educational and intellectual challenges and contexts. We look forward to how the insights shared may inform and prompt future contributions to debate within Comparative and international Education, and well beyond! Thank you for your continuing interest in our work.

All the best,
Dr. Alex McCormick, Senior Editor On behalf of the IEJ: CP Team iejcpteam@gmail.com

Join us in this inaugural webinar on Oceania scholarship on orality and relationality

The Wellington Southerlies

An OCIES webinar convened and hosted by the School of Education at Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

This webinar focuses on the Oceania scholarship on orality and relationality, including the emerging research on talanoa, tok stori and yarning.

Join OCIES, Victoria University of Wellington researchers at others from around the region at this exciting new webinar for a conversation (tok stori/ talanoa/kōrero/yarn) with Drs Kabini Sanga and Martyn Reynolds of Victoria University of Wellington, exploring the topic “Knowledge guardianship, custodianship and ethics: a Melanesian perspective”  


Professor Anthony Welch, University of Sydney,


Associate Professor Tarcisius Tabutaulaka, University of Hawai’i

Sense-maker:  Dr David Faavae, University of Waikato

Date:  Thursday 18 June, 2020 (Wednesday in Hawai’i)

Time: 12 noon – 1pm (NZ/Fiji time; 10am-11am Syd/Melb; others pls convert as appropriate)   

Sign in details to participate: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://vuw.zoom.us/j/95699313022

Pre-session preparation: As preparation, intending attendees are encouraged to read the paper by Sanga & Reynolds (published May 2020):  https://doi.org/10.1177/1177180120917481

A PDF copy of pre-publication draft is available.

Participation:  Open to all OCIES members, VUW and all interested researchers, students, emerging scholars from the Pacific, Oceania region and globally.

Further contact: Pine Southon (Pine.Southon@vuw.ac.nz)

Call for nominations

Kia ora koutou, Greetings from Aotearoa New Zealand

Notice is given of the OCIES AGM 2020 to be held on line at 14.00 NZ time on 1st July 2020.

All financial members are encouraged to attend and participate. A link and password will be sent by email nearer the time.

In order for the AGM to run smoothly within a reasonable time period, a number of administrative matters require prior attention. This notice calls for nominations for post holders on the Executive Committee, and calls for reports and other items for the AGM agenda.

  1. Nominations for Executive Committee Members

The OCIES governance structure has provision for General Committee members and Executive Committee members (post holders). Election of General Committee members will take place at or after the AGM. There are vacancies on the General Committee. Appointment of Executive Committee members for the period 2020-2022 will take place prior to the AGM.

  1. Professor Zane Diamond has indicated that she will step down from the role of Co-President. This creates a vacancy.
  • The following post holders have indicated willingness to continue in post:

Associate Professor Kabini Sanga – Co-president

Dr Miriam Han – Treasurer

Wendy Choo – Communications

Dr Martyn Reynolds – Secretary

             However, members can nominate alternative candidates to contest the posts.

All current financial members of OCIES can nominate and vote for candidates. Candidates must be current financial members of OCIES and can be located anywhere, but must have regular access to the internet. Nominations should state the relevant post(s), a short candidate bio, and the names and emails of two (2) seconders who must be also be OCIES financial members. Nominations must reach the OCIES secretary by 12 Noon NZST on 29 May at: OCIESAGM2020@gmail.com. Should a vote be necessary, this will be held shortly after. Post-holder job descriptions can be found here.

  • Reports and other items for the AGM agenda.

Members who wish to submit reports or other items for the OCIES 2020 AGM should do so by 12 Noon NZ Time of Friday June 5th to OCIESAGM2020@gmail.com.

Questions regarding the above matters or the AGM in general can be submitted to the same email address.

Ngā mihi, Kind regards

Martyn Reynolds, OCIES Secretary, 15.05.2020

OCIES APIA 2020 Cancellation

It is with great regret that the OCIES executive committee informs you that OCIES Apia 2020 will not take place. In the complex and difficult circumstances of these times, the Samoan Government and NUS have made it clear that it is not possible to host the conference. The committee fully endorse this decision.

In the near future, the OCIES executive committee will re-convene to discuss future plans and matters such as the AGM. In due course, further communications will be issued.

Meanwhile, we think of those who have passed, are sick, have lost loved ones and are suffering in other ways. We wish you all well and thank you for your continued support. Until we meet again, kia ora – be well.

Kind regards
Martyn Reynolds
OCIES Secretary