Call for Papers: Methodological Issues in Intercultural, International and Comparative Research

Methodological Issues in Intercultural, International and Comparative Research:
Opportunities, Challenges, Approaches and Future Trends
Monday 22nd April 2012

This BERA-funded one-day conference, to be hosted by Durham University, will focus on theoretical, epistemological and methodological issues associated with conducting research interculturally. The keynote presentations will showcase the research of two research teams working on these themes, namely the AHRC-funded Researching Multilingually project and the BAICE Thematic Forum on Insider/Outsider Perspectives in International and Comparative Education. Keynote presenters include Professor Mike Byram, Dr Prue Holmes, Dr Richard Fay, Dr Jane Andrews and Dr Mariam Attia, and Professor Michael Crossley, Dr Elizabeth McNess and Dr Lore Arthur.

Papers are invited on any of the following themes of interest:

  • Theoretical, epistemological and methodological approaches and challenges in designing and conducting research in intercultural and multilingual contexts
  • Issues and implications around being and Insider/Outsider during the research process
  • Cultural and linguistic barriers/challenges to understanding ‘cultural others’ when engaged in intercultural research
  • Issues of multiple and shifting identities, particularly of the researcher and the researched and how this impacts on the research process and outcomes
  • Power dynamics, ethical issues, and the importance of reflexivity
  • Western’ and ‘non-western’ approaches in intercultural research and the significance of the dichotomy

Interested presenters are invited to submit a 300-word abstract to nicola.savvides[at]durham[dot]ac.uk by Monday 18th March 2013 with the subject line: intercultural conference abstract. The abstract should contain the authors’  name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address, and a brief (100-word) biographical note. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by Monday 25th March 2013. Selected papers will be included in a special issue of an academic journal (further details to be announced).

This event is free and includes lunch and refreshments. Interested participants should contactnicola.savvides[at]durham[dot]ac.uk with the subject line: intercultural conference registration, and state their name, title, institutional affiliation, email address and any special dietary requirements. Early registration is encouraged, as attendance is limited.

Further information can be found by accessing the conference website (coming soon) and by contacting Dr Nicola Savvides, Convenor of the BERA SIG Comparative and International Education, School of Education, Durham University, Durham, UΚ (nicola.savvides[at]durham[dot]ac.uk).

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