Conference 2019

Conference 2019

Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
Conference 2019

‘Education in Times of Change, Choice and Challenge’
St. Angela’s College and Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo
11 – 13 April 2019

It is often said that change is the only constant in life. Whether or not this is true, it is undeniable that the pace and intensity of change in recent times has accelerated significantly. At international level we are witnessing unprecedented social, political, economic and technological change, and even change in how we view and evaluate information in the post-truth era. At national level we have witnessed a number of significant shifts and developments in Irish society, as well as wide-ranging and long-lasting change resulting from the recent economic turmoil. It is within these rapidly changing national and international contexts that education is enacted and can itself be an active and transformational agent of change.

Change always involves choice, and is never without challenge; in the words of Arnold Bennett, ‘any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts’. There is a moral dimension to how we act individually and collectively in times of change, especially within the given or emerged structures that can determine our choices to act. The challenges are often intensified by attempts to institutionalise commercial values which build on the definition of choice in consumption terms.

The 2019 ESAI Conference presents an opportunity to discuss emerged structures and processes, and to reflect upon the changes, choices and challenges that we have faced, are facing and may yet face within a wide range of disciplines and educational settings on both national and international levels. The broad theme of this year’s conference is intended to bring together scholars, practitioners, policymakers, emerging researchers and interested others from Ireland and beyond to debate and discuss these important educational issues, and to provide a forum for the dissemination of current research which focuses on the dynamic landscape of education in changing times.

Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals (individual papers and symposia) will open in November.


Image Attribution

  • Glencar Waterfall: “Glencar Waterfall, Co. Leitrim 11” flickr photo by theq47 shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) license
  • Yeats Statue: “Yeats Statue in Sligo 03” flickr photo by Shadowgate shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license
  • Ben Bulben Mountain: “Ben Bulben” flickr photo by michael clarke stuff shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) license