17 – 21 JANUARY 2022
July 2021
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In January 2020 we held the first doctoral conference on public education and pedagogy at the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy, Maynooth University, Ireland. The week-long event was enjoyable and intellectually stimulating, not least because all participating students had sufficient time to present and discuss their own work, which is quite different from many big and often rather ‘hurried’ international conferences. Also, spending a week together on campus allowed for a more sustained conversation to evolve. January also turned out to be a rather quiet moment in the academic calendar. While we were keen, to have a second conference in 2021, the pandemic made this impossible.
Although the future is not entirely certain, we are planning to have the next doctoral conference from 17 – 21 January 2022 on the campus of Maynooth University, Ireland. The conference will start at 5.00 p.m. on Monday 17 January, so as to allow travel to Maynooth for participants. The conference will finish 12.00 noon on Friday 21 January.
We are now inviting applications for participation in the conference. As the scale of the event is quite important, we are limiting the conference to 30 participants. One important criterion for participation is the extent to which the work you will present from your doctoral studies has an explicit connection to questions around public education and the ‘publicness’ of education. We ask all applicants to specify this in their proposal. We do take a wide interpretation of public education and are interested in work across the whole range of educational institutions, sectors and settings, including non-formal and informal education of children, young people and adults. We are open to empirical, theoretical and historical contributions, including those that raise questions about notions of public education, ‘publicness’ and the public quality of education. Applications will be considered on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.
Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday 27 September 2021. You will be notified no later than Monday 18 October 2021. In order to secure a place at the conference, you will need to pay conference and accommodation fees no later than Monday 1 November. We are currently finalising arrangements for the conference and anticipate that the total costs will be in the region of €600 - €700 per person. This includes single room accommodation on campus and all meals (starting with dinner on Monday 17 January and finishing with lunch on Friday 21 January), and coffee, tea and refreshments during the conference. Participants need to make their own travel arrangements. In all cases we expect that all participants will take part in the whole conference.
In the event that the pandemic will make travel or holding the conference on campus impossible, we will schedule an on-line alternative on the same dates and times. We will make a decision about this in the last week of October 2021. If the conference is going to be held on-line, we anticipate a conference fee of no more than €200.-
Please submit your application form to the following e-mail address:
Please also see the Centre’s website: If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at
With kind regards,
Carl Anders Säfström, Professor of Educational Research and Director of the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy
Gert Biesta, Professor of Public Education

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