Imagine, Challenge, Transform. Doctoral Conference 2018

Imagine, Challenge, Transform: Dialogues in educational research

We invite you to join us for University of Bristol, School of Education 2018 Doctoral Conference.

The conference will take place 7 June- 9 June 2018.

Register here

It is possible to reserve tickets for individual days or for the full three day conference. If you are only able to attend one or two days of the conference please use the single day ticket option.

Imagine, Challenge, Transform - Doctoral Conference 2018

Conference Abstract

We live in a political, social, technological and educational landscape whose contours are constantly changing. Even the nature and role of scientific and research knowledge are being challenged. What counts as trustworthy is up for (re)negotiation.

As early career educational researchers, we often occupy a liminal space within this landscape, identifying with both the professional and academic communities in which we work. This is a unique vantage point to imagine possibilities beyond established, taken-for-granted assumptions about educational purpose, research and knowledge. What are the challenges and possibilities? What is imaginable? Where are the tensions and sticking points?

This student-led conference will provide a space to explore some of these questions, reflect on our work and refresh our aspirations to contribute to transforming education. It will provide a forum for invigorating and thought-provoking dialogue, about and within educational research and between research and practice.

We are delighted to invite you to join us for discussion, presentations, networking events and workshops in a supportive and friendly environment. We welcome contributions from people from any area of education and at any stage of their doctoral journey, from those who are contemplating starting a doctorate to those who have recently completed. You can find more information, read the call for submissions and register for the conference by clicking here.

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to confirm our four distinguished and interesting keynote speakers:

  • Professor Bruce Macfarlane from the School of Education, University of Bristol, who will speak on 'Researching with Integrity...or how to be a good researcher when no one is watching'
  • Dr Arathi Sriprakash, Sociologist of Education from the University of Cambridge, who will speak on 'The Politics of Knowledge in Educational Research: decolonial challenges'
  • Professor Jerry Wellington from the School of Education, University of Sheffield, who will speak on 'Striving for Doctorateness: the written word and the spoken word'
  • Professor William Browne from the School of Education, University of Bristol, who will speak on 'How do we solve the statistics skills gap?'

There will also be an opportunity to attend the Bristol Conversations in Education seminar 'Let's Talk about Racism in Education and International Development'.

Conference Timetable

View the Doctoral Conference Timetable 2018 (PDF, 37kB)

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