Plenary Session with Graça Machel, Fourteenth International Conference on Learning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Garden Conversation, Twenty-Second International Conference on Learning, CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain
Garden Conversation with Kris Gutierrez, Twelfth International Conference on Learning, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
Garden Conversation with Gunther Kress, Tenth International Conference on Learning, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK

Our History ...

The Learner Research Network

Conference

The International Conference on Learning began its life in Sydney, Australia in 1989, focusing on genre approaches to literacy, and auspiced by the Literacy and Education Research Network. Since then, the focus of the conference has broadened to encompass as one of its themes ‘Multiliteracies’ or a broader range of communications than conventionally understood under the rubric of alphabetical literacy. The conference has also extended its interest into learning more generally, and particularly, the question of ‘new learning’ or the necessary transformations underway in teaching and learning in contemporary social, cultural and technological conditions.

The International Conference on Learning is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.

Publishing

The Learner Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer review process. The Learner Journal Collection provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through The Learner Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and digital formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.

Community

The Learner Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter. Or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 1989 - University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • 1991 - University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • 1993 - University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • 1995 - Townsville, Australia
  • 1997 - Araluen Arts Centre Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
  • 1999 - Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
  • 2000 - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2001 - University of Athens in Spetses, Greece
  • 2002 - Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
  • 2003 - Institute of Education, London University, London, UK
  • 2004 - Institute of Pedagogical Sciences, Havana, Cuba
  • 2005 - University of Granada, Granada, Spain
  • 2006 - Sam Sharpe Teachers College, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 2007 - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2008 - University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
  • 2009 - University of Barcelona, Spain
  • 2010 - The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
  • 2011 - University of Mauritius, Mauritius
  • 2012 - The Institute of Education, University of London
  • 2013 - The University of the Aegean at Rhodes, Greece
  • 2014 - Lander College at Touro College, New York City, USA
  • 2015 - Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid, Spain
  • 2016 - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Learning has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

  • Amibigapthy Pandian, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia (2002, 2003)
  • Bill Cope, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, USA (2002, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Brian Street, King's College & London University, London, UK (2003)
  • Carey Jewitt, University of London, London, UK (2003)
  • Colin Lankshear, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia (2004, 2005)
  • Courtney Cazden, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA (1997, 1999)
  • Crain Soudien, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa (2007, 2011)
  • Denise Newfield, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (2002, 2003, 2009, 2011)
  • Fazal Rizvi, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. (2001)
  • Graça Machel, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa (2007)
  • Gunther Kress, University of London, London, UK (2003, 2005, 2007)
  • James Paul Gee, Clark University, Worcester, USA (2002)
  • Jim Cummins, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Canada
  • Kris Gutierrez, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009)
  • Martin Nakata, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia (2001)
  • Mary Kalantzis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, USA (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Michael Apple, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA (2002, 2004)
  • Michele Knobel, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA (2004, 2005)
  • Peter McLaren, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Pippa Stein, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (2002, 2003)
  • Sarah Michaels, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA (2001, 2003)
  • Zhong Binglin, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, People's Republic of China (2002)

Past Partners

Over the years the The Learner Research Network has had the pleasure of working with the following organizations: