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ANZCIES 2013 Annual Conference
The 41st Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES)
Hosted by Comparative and International Education Research Group (CIEGUN), the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Conference Theme: Learning and Living in the world and with the world
New possibilities for space, place, and time in Comparative and International Education
Covenor: Tom Griffiths, Zsuzsanna Millei, Nisha Thapliyal, Stephanie Bengtsson
November 26th - 28th 2013
Prof John Maynard, Director of the Wollotuka Institute of Aboriginal Studies at the University of Newcastle,
Prof Susan Robertson, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK.
APRIL 2013 - CIEGUN Public Lecture
THE IMPOSITION OF WESTERN EPISTEMOLOGY ON EDUCATION AND LEARNING IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Professor Anders Breidlid
WHERE The Treehouse, Shortland Union Building, Callaghan Campus
WHEN Wednesday 8 May 2013, 12pm – 1:30pm
RSVP Monday 6 May to Camilla Fisher firstname.lastname@example.org
In this lecture, Professor Breidlid will focus on the hegemonic role of what is termed the global architecture of education. By first exploring the trajectory of Western knowledge production historically, he will discuss the consequences of the hegemonic role of Western epistemology on learning in the global South. Drawing on case-study research in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, Breidlid will argue that the pervasiveness of the global architecture often means a dislocation of home and indigenous languages, epistemologies and cultures with dire academic consequences. Based on this work he will identify an urgent need to bridge the epistemological gap between home and school. He will conclude by discussing cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) as a potential means of creating a third space where indigenous knowledges relate to and dialogue with Western knowledge.
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Dr Tom Griffiths invited keynote for the inaugural "Grand National Masters of Comparative Education" program, Caracas Venezuela.
CIEGUN program leader Dr Tom Griffiths has been invited by the Venezuelan Ministry of Popular Power for University Education, to give a key-note lecture into the inaugural Masters of Comparative Education program run by the Bolivarian University of Venezuela and Internacional Miranda Research Centre, November 1-4 in Caracas. The 'Grand National' program extends to all participating countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for our America (ALBA). Tom's lecture, titled "Comparative Education and the Social Sciences: Ruptures and Possibilities", argues that the breadth of the field of comparative education, drawing on multiple disciplines across the social sciences, supports a world-systems approach to 'un-think' established disciplinary and epistemological divisions, and advance a unified and unidisciplinary approach.
Inaugural Transdisciplinary Conference in Early Childhood Development and Education - Capetown South Africa
Two CIEGUN members, Linda Newman and Zsuzsa Millei, as part of the School of Education's early childhood team, had a very successful trip to Capetown South Africa to present at the inaugural Transdisciplinary Conference in Early Childhood Development and Education, along with two other early childhood staff members, Margot Ford and I-Fang Lee plus Judi Geggie from Family Action Centre and David Wise from International Office. Very positive feedback was received. Linda and Zsuzsa each made connections for possible future research. The project within which Linda and Zsuzsa travelled to South Africa includes the provision of three fully funded scholarships for South African students to live in Australia for one year to study in the Master of Early Childhood Education degree.
Keynote Address Ass. Prof. Linda Newman. Removing the invisibility cloak: Early childhood development and the Millennium Development Goals
Dr Zsuzsa Millei. Systemic early childhood education: Lessons from East and Central-European ex-socialist countries for the achievement of Millennium Development Goals.
Linda and Zsuzsa also both presented at the Annual NSW Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Conference at Terrigal NSW:
Millei. Z (2012). The image of the child in the Early Years Learning Framework. Presentation at Annual NSW Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Conference. Terrigal, NSW. June 28, 2012.
Woodrow, C. & Newman, L. (2012). Connecting community with early childhood services in Chile. Plenary address. Annual NSW Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Conference. Terrigal, NSW. June 29, 2012.
Newman, L. & Woodrow, C. (2012). Five Literacy keys and working with families. Workshop. Annual NSW Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Conference. Terrigal, NSW. June 29, 2012.