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The Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC)
Invites you to a West-Coast Networking Conference
December 4 – 5, 2014
Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre campus, Vancouver
The CIESC decided at its last meeting to hold a scholarly meeting and event at a different location
and time than CSSE, to encourage more networking and research-sharing among members. This is
our first Regional Event … so please join us, and promote this networking opportunity among your
colleagues. We welcome new members (researchers, graduate students, practitioners,
administrators) to the CIESC!
Higher education faces new challenges in a world more globally connected than before and yet
more fractured and unequal. This is a critical moment in higher education internationalization, and
the publication of a national strategy for higher education internationalization has given rise to new
directions, pressures and actors with various agendas. On the national front, new funding
formulations and criteria are reshaping curricula and the organizational structure of faculties of
education and beyond. In this context, the recently ratified ACDE Accord on Internationalization of
Education, launched at the CSSE conference at Brock University last May, offers principles,
guidelines and standards for ethical practice and preferred futures. In reviewing possibilities we
ask: Can internationalization of education be compatible with and lead us towards social justice
outcomes? What is social justice in relation to internationalization of education?
We seek contributions to this dialogue in the form of short discussion papers, round-tables or
posters, on any topic on internationalization including (but not limited to) the following lines of
• Internationalization of education has been critiqued as having a recolonizing/ neocolonizing
agenda. Others view it as the obvious direction for education in a highly interconnected
world. How can social justice help us to understand the many impacts of internationalization
policies and practices? Whose vision for justice?
• Who are the new actors in the field of international education policy? How are diplomats,
corporations and philanthropists, for example, changing the field?
• What is new in comparative and international education research?
• What are the implications for an intensified drive to internationalize Canadian universities?
• How do ideologies such as neoliberalism and neoconservatism inform/influence new policy
How is internationalization enacted within universities? What are the experiences of
students, faculty, staff, administrators and practitioners ?
• How can educators use internationalization to create space for multiple voices,
epistemologies, and futures?
• What are the key challenges facing researchers interested in critical analyses of the effects
of internationalization?

The conference, which will be launched with a key-note panel on Thursday afternoon, will be
organized as a series of panels and round-table discussions where participants can share their
research and work-in-progress on themes related to the conference topic and identified from
participant proposals.
Please submit your proposal as follows:
Include a Title,
Your name and affiliation,
200 word Abstract,
whether a paper, round table, or poster,
Submit proposals to: by November 17, 2014
Registration information will be sent out shortly.
Who: Graduate students, Instructors, Administrators, Faculty, Practitioners
and Staff interested in the themes and topics of this conference.
Where: The Vancouver Campus, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre 515
West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5K3
When: Thursday Dec 4 (1:00 pm – 6:00 pm) – Friday Dec 5 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Registration fees: Includes Thursday reception, Friday continental breakfast, and lunch.
Regular Rate: $ 60.00
Student Rate: $40.00
Social time and Networking will continue after hours at the Steamworks Pub located behind Harbour
Centre (self-financed). Here’s an opportunity to spend the weekend in Vancouver after the
Accommodation: We have secured a preferred rate from Delta Hotel & Suites, right across the
road from Harbour Centre, and more information will be coming out with the Registration form. You
are also encouraged to find accommodation from the many possibilities offered on the web.
Jointly hosted by:
The Centre for Research on International Education, Simon Fraser University
The Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research, University of Alberta
The Comparative and International Education Society of Canada

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