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Conference Theme: Transforming Identities in Globalised Higher Education? Newer Researchers' Perspectives

This year’s conference focuses on the idea of ‘identities’ within what purports to be an increasingly globalised HE scene, and considers the extent to which we are witnessing transformation of such identities. The PGNR Conference draws on the overall theme of the SRHE Annual Research Conference (ARC), but we like to add a ‘newer researcher twist’, creating a unique environment in which to open up debates raised by the research and presence of newer researchers in HE. Our aims are thus not only capacity-building and support for PGNRs, but showcasing the vital contribution of PGNRs to HE research.

This year’s conference theme calls on postgraduates and newer researchers investigating HE to examine experience, practice and challenges around the now seemingly more globalised nature of HE at the individual, institutional, national or international level. Abstracts are invited for posters, paper presentations and symposia around this broad theme. You may like to respond to some element of the following in developing your abstract:
  • How can we explain, understand, conceptualise, reflect on and critique the idea of a globalised HE and the possible impact on identities?
  • What are the most useful questions to be asking about globalised HE and identities, and how can these be addressed?
  • To what extent is globalised HE a reality in different contexts? What does it mean ‘on the ground’ and in practice?
  • What are its manifestations and consequences for university activities? What transformations are occurring? What are the ‘lived realities’ of globalised HE and how are we making/can we make sense of these?
  • Is an apparent move to globalised HE challenging core assumptions or certainties? Is it undermining or expanding HE theory, policy and practice?
  • How is the globalised nature of HE shaping and transforming identity at the individual and/or institutional level?
  • Are we seeing a shift to new times, spaces and cultures of HE?
  • What are the gaps in our knowledge?
  • What kinds of methodologies can we apply to examine these issues?
  • To what extent is globalised HE shaped by economic pressures, social dynamics or policy developments?
These are some pointers to stimulate debate but we will accept submissions that deal with any area that relates to the broad, overall conference theme in some way. We now provide some guidelines on how to prepare your submission.


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  Keynote Speakers

Professor Gráinne Conole
Professor Gráinne Conole
Professor of Learning Innovation University of Leicester
Trajectories of learning: navigating the future of learning with new technologies
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Dr Paul Ashwin
Dr Paul Ashwin
Senior Lecturer ,Centre for the Study of Education and Training, Lancaster University
Conceptualising and researching the new communities, spaces, places and futures of contemporary higher education
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