Critical and Feminist (C&F) SIG Annual Report 2023

Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Summary Report December 2023 ESAI Critical and Feminist Research Policy Analysis – Special Interest Group (C&F ESAI SIG)

The ESAI C&F SIG marks a collaborative response to answer the call from UNESCO 2021, Reimagining our futures together: a new social contract for education for ‘a new social contract for education that can repair injustices while transforming the future’.

While there is a wealth of literature on education within Critical and Feminist traditions, there is limited dialogue between these distinct intellectual traditions among the academy of educators, theorists, researchers and policy actors in Ireland, the rest of Europe and globally.

Clearly a new dialogue is required to develop the radical thinking and radical care that can challenge the power of global capitalism, and the patriarchal interests that benefit from this colonial power, in framing educational purposes between education, democracy and citizenship/civic engagement.

ESAI C&F SIG Committee Meetings: In 2023, we held seven committee meetings on the following dates: 7th March, 4th April, 9th May, 13th July, 10th August, 3rd October and 7th November 2023.

ESAI Conference Submissions: We made a presentation at ESAI Belfast 2023 to invite interested members to join the ESAI C&F SIG. We have since requested a symposium at ESAI Maynooth 2024.

ESAI C&F SIG Public Seminars/Conferences: In 2023, we offered two online public seminars, with special guests Professor Sara Tolbert [25th October 2023] and Professor Marie-Pierre Moreau [30th November 2023]. Our special guests were world-renowned educational researchers whose academic and activist work aligns with our collaborative vision & values.

The full Annual Report from C&F ESAI SIG may be accessed here.


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