The 2016 CIES conference has a distinctive focus as we celebrate our 60thanniversary. Founded in 1956, our Society is the oldest in the field. The 1950s were an era of Cold War geopolitics, typewriters, and international travel only for the privileged few. Our 60th annual conference will consider how the Society and the field have evolved during the decades, and where we are (and/or should be) going in terms of themes, methods, relationships, and much more.
For the conference site, we sought a West Coast venue to balance the locations of recent conferences on the Eastern side of North America. Vancouver rapidly emerged as the obvious choice with its outstanding infrastructure and natural beauty. An additional benefit has been the attraction of even greater participation than usual from Asian locations on the other side of the Pacific.
Within Vancouver, we enjoy partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC) led by CIES Board Member Ali Abdi. A team of UBC student volunteers has matched a team of University of Hong Kong (HKU) student volunteers working on multiple details under the direction of Carly Manion from the University of Toronto (UT), Nutsa Kobakhidze from HKU, and myself. Ali Abdi has also helped us to liaise with Jo-Ann Archibald, Associate Dean for Indigenous Education at UBC, for recognition during our opening ceremony that the conference is held on unceded land.
We already know that the conference will be well attended. I encourage conference participants to celebrate with our 60th anniversary theme: ‘Taking Stock and Looking Forward’. Within each section and sub-theme of the conference, participants may choose different benchmarks for taking stock rather than the full 60 years; but I trust that they will take this opportunity to consider where we have been, where we are going, and how we will get there. With the vision and long-demonstrated commitment of so many people and groups, we will then take our Society forward with further contributions and innovation during the decades to come.
The University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong & the Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sheraton Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9, Canada
March 6-10, 2016
“Six Decades of Comparative and International Education: Taking Stock and Looking Back”
The CIES was founded in 1956, and is the world’s oldest society in the field of comparative and international education. The 1950s were an era of post-war economic growth, decolonization, and Cold War geopolitics – an age of typewriters rather than computers, in which international travel was possible only for the privileged few. The 60th annual conference will consider how the Society and the field have evolved during the decades, and where they are (and/or should be) going.
The field of comparative and international education is wide, and has different emphases in different parts of the world and in different periods of history. Conference participants are invited to address the theme from perspectives of their particular specializations, theoretical and practical standpoints, geographic locations, and academic and professional identities. Much has changed since 1956 and intervening points. What does it mean for the goals, spirit and tools of our work? What would we like to see in the future, and how will we achieve it?