Konferenz "Diversity Education in a Global Society – National Concerns and Transnational Influences”


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Chair of Diversity Education and International Educational Research will hold a conference entitled “Diversity Education in a Global Society – National Concerns and Transnational Influences” from 18th to 20th of October 2017.

Even though most modern societies have faced the challenge of diversity for a long time, in the past three decades the complexity of diversity seems to have increased, in particular due to global migration, trends towards individualization and due to the formation of new social movements. These developments challenge national systems of education worldwide. The conference examines the changing patterns of diversity in different national settings and discusses transnational influences on the countries’ national discourses and practices in school education. Papers and poster presentations will explore educational and interdisciplinary perspectives on diversity and thus contribute to the development of a concept of diversity education for a global society. Special attention will be paid to the educational systems in Germany and Malaysia. Both national systems of education struggle to secure equality and quality of education with respect to diversity.

The conference will be held as a part of the project “Pupils’ Diversity and Success in Science Education in Germany and Malaysia”. The project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of its programme “Higher Education Dialogue with the Muslim World”.

We welcome submissions from researchers and practitioners and in particular encourage contributions from researchers in the first career stages. Submissions can take one of the following formats:

Paper Sessions: Paper sessions should focus on one of the following topics:

-          Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Diversity and Diversity Education

-          Philosophy of Curriculum and Diversity

-          Classroom Teaching and Diversity

-          Teaching and Learning Materials and Diversity

-          Extracurricular Activities and Diversity

Paper presentations should last 30 minutes (20 min. presentation followed by 10 min. discussion time).

Poster: There will be a poster exhibition during the conference.

Submission: Submissions for paper sessions must include an abstract of approximately 250 words, a short author biography and contact details. Submissions for poster should include an electronic (draft) version of the poster. Please send your submission to the conference assistant Mr. Maximilian Höldl (maximilian.hoeldl@fau.de).

Publication: The proceedings of the conference will be published.

Language of the conference: The working language of the conference will be English.

Deadline for submissions: 18.09.2017

Conference Fee: There is no conference fee.

Registration: We kindly ask you to register electronically for the conference before 08.10.2017. Please send an e-mail with your name, academic status (student, researcher, teacher), affiliation, and contact details to the conference assistant Mr. Maximilian Höldl (maximilian.hoeldl@fau.de).


Programme (tentative overview)

18th of October

12:00 – 13:00                     Registration

13:00 – 13:45                     Opening & Greetings

13:45 – 15:00                     Keynote

                                          Prof. Dr. Christina Allemann-Ghionda (University of Cologne): “International Implications of Educating in Diversity”

15:00 – 15:30                     Break

15:30 – 17:00                     Paper Session

17:00                                 Reception & Exhibition


19th of October

09:30 – 10:30                     Keynote                                                                                                           

                                          Prof. Hairul Nizam (Dean, School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia): “Perceived stress, social support, and coping: Relations to psychological adjustment among Malaysian college students”

10:30 – 11:00                     Break

11:00 – 12:30                     Paper Session                                      

12:30 – 13:30                     Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:00                     Paper Session

15:00 – 15:30                     Break

15:30 – 17.00                     Paper Session


20th of October

09:00 – 10:30                     Paper Session        

10:30 – 11:00                     Break

11:00 – 12:30                     Workshops

12:30 - 13:00                      Closing