Welcoming You To Melbourne, Australia
The next World Curriculum Studies Conference is to be held in Melbourne in December 9-12, 2018. The conference, under the auspices of the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS), will be co-hosted with the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) and the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). The venue is the Kwong Lee Dow Building in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, located a short walk or tram ride from downtown Melbourne, Australia.
The conference will formally take place over three days, following a workshop for graduate students and early-career researchers, and is structured in terms of plenary keynote addresses, Featured Panels, and paper presentations. Consistent with the mission of IAACS and in the tradition of previous events, this conference will have an explicitly international orientation, with a view to furthering the project of transnational curriculum inquiry, albeit drawing on what are often distinctively national perspectives, and working within and across them.
Participation and contribution is hereby invited from curriculum scholars working in different countries across the world.
It is timely and appropriate for this next conference to be situated in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia is clearly but ambivalently located in the ‘South’, that is, geopolitically and increasingly economically in Asia while being associated historically more with British and more generally European traditions and cultures. Furthermore, Australia’s own complex history of indigenous displacement and its commitment to reconciliation and recognition in this regard provides a major imperative in terms of the challenges, at once local, national and global, of rethinking curriculum praxis and inquiry, worldwide. These are some of the tensions and complexities that will, we hope, shape and inform the conference – the 6th and most recent in a series of such events.
We invite you now to to start organising your attendance and participation, with a view to being both intellectually stimulated and culturally enriched, experiencing Melbourne at its very best, and Australia more generally, and engaging with richly informed curriculum scholarship from all over the world.
Emeritus Professor Bill Green
(for the planning committee)