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ESAI Conference 2024 – Call for proposals

ESAI 2024

The ESAI Annual Conference 2024, an important event for the educational research community in Ireland and beyond, will be held at Maynooth University from Thursday, April 4th to Saturday, April 6th. We’re pleased to announce a call for papers to researchers, policy makers, practitioners, emerging researchers, and interested others from Irish and international contexts to come together to share, reflect, discuss, and debate insights under the conference theme ‘Education for more just societies: the roles of imagination, innovation and collaboration’.

This conference will be a platform for robust discussions, networking, and the sharing of ideas that can shape the future for a more just world. Participants will be invited to explore and discuss the transformative potential of educational research, policy and practice, particularly concerning social justice, with a focus on the power of creative and collaborative responses.

We encourage contributions that critically examine current knowledge and empirical research in this area and explore the benefits and challenges, both in policy and practice, of innovations in education leading to inclusive, democrative and socially just system responses?  Papers discussing collaborations between researchers, practitioners and policy makers are particularly encouraged. Contributions that extend the conversation on last year’s theme of education for democracy and change are welcomed.

We extend a warm welcome to all to join us at Maynooth University for discussion of questions such as (but not limited to):

What successful practices exist in transforming education systems to promote social justice locally and globally, and what lessons can we learn from them?

What are the key educational policy implications and considerations when transitioning towards more socially just societies?

What role does technology play in fostering diversity and inclusion, in education, and what are the challenges associated with its integration?

How can educational institutions adapt and innovate to address challenges to and opportunities in achieving education for all?

What creative and innovative responses are currently being implemented to promote and support a more just society?

What collaborative steps are being taken between researchers, policy makers, practitioners to scaffold a more inclusive society?

In what ways can arts in education be used to support tolerance, equity and diversity?

How can initial teacher education play a stronger role in advancing a greater equity and social justice in our schools and society?

In what ways can inter-disciplinary, innovative and research-informed approaches play a part in advancing awareness of and action on social injustice?

By what means are awareness of relationality, care,  and our social obligations to one another considered and acted upon in research, policy and practice?

The conference theme ‘Education for more just societies: the roles of imagination, innovation, collaboration’ welcomes broad interpretation, interrogation, and a diverse range of responses. We invite research papers, presentations and posters that consider the concept through a variety of lenses which include (but are not limited to) sociological, pedagogical, historical, religious, ethical, technological, philosophical, political and economic.

Hosted by Maynooth University, the ESAI annual Conference 2024 will continue our strong tradition of providing a forum for the dissemination of research that considers past, present and potential contributions and influences at local, national and international levels.


Call for Proposals

Please note that submissions are now closed.

We look forward to your insightful contributions and engaging discussions at the ESAI Conference in April 2024 at Maynooth University.

All abstracts should be submitted via our online conference management system. The abstract submission system will close on Sunday 19th November 2023. Please note information about (1) Structure of Abstracts, (2) Presentation Formats, and (3) Abstract Review, when preparing your abstract.

(1) Structure of Abstracts

Abstracts should make reference to:
(a) background/context
(b) research aim/objectives
(c) methods and data sources, or equivalent for theoretical/conceptual papers
(d) key findings/takeaway points.

Abstracts must be between 200 and 400 words in length.

(2) Presentation Formats

  • Paper: Individual papers will be timed for 20 minutes: 15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A. Suitable papers may be selected for Roundtable Discussion which would allow for maximum interaction among those in attendance.
  • Poster Presentations: Posters will be exhibited during the conference and presentation time will be scheduled in the conference programme. The topic should lend itself to presentation in poster format. Final poster versions should be A0 (118.9 cm x 84.1 cm). Virtual posters may also be submitted in PDF format and we encourage the use of multimedia and hyperlinks for these. These will be available on demand and may be presented in person at the conference also.
  • Concise On-Demand Paper: Concise papers will be pre-recorded papers timed for 5-7 minutes. They will be recorded and submitted in .mp4 format and will be available on-demand and at the conference.
  • Symposium: Symposia will typically contain 3 papers based around a central theme and will usually be timed for 60 minutes. This should include at least 10 minutes for discussion after the papers have been presented. To submit a symposium proposal, please use the form below to enter the symposium title, all author details, and the abstract for the overall symposium, then upload the Symposium Proposal form (which can be downloaded at this link) to provide the remaining details about symposia papers, etc.). The convenor of the symposium will be responsible for chairing the session.
  • Early Career Researcher: ECR papers will be timed for 15 minutes: 10 minutes presentation plus 5 minutes feedback from an experienced mentor, plus a brief open discussion at the end of the session. The ECR strand is intended for current research students or those who have recently completed a research degree.


(3) Abstract Review

All abstracts will be blind-reviewed (reviewers of abstracts will not see the identity of the author(s), and the author(s) will not see the identity of reviewers).

Queries may be sent to


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