Twenty-sixth International Conference on Learning

  • 2019 Special Focus: Learning to Make a Social Difference
  • 24-26 July 2019
  • Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK

At a Glance...

3

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

580+

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Twenty-sixth International Conference on Learning.

46

Countries represented.

2019 Special Focus: Learning to Make a Social Difference

The special focus of the conference this year is learning to make a social difference. We are defining learning in its broadest sense as it relates to the acquisition of knowledge or skills through formal or informal educational practices of teaching, study, and experiential engagement. The critical concern here is that those practices are concerned with changing and improving social lives; harnessing the power of education to address inequality, discrimination, and disadvantage to promote social justice.

According to figures from Oxfam International, in 2016-17, 82 percent of the wealth created went to the richest one percent of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity got nothing. Educationalists have a responsibility to not only increase understanding of the underlying socio-economic factors giving rise to such inequalities of wealth distribution but also to address and tackle their potentially devastating global impact on lives and communities. Hence the special focus of this year’s conference and the call to those whose work seeks to make a social difference to join us in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2019.

Conference Co-Chairs

Bill Cope

Bill Cope

College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, United States

Mary Kalantzis

Mary Kalantzis

College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, United States

José Luis Ortega Martín

José Luis Ortega Martín

University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Carl Bagley

Carl Bagley

Professor, Educational Sociology; Head, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom

Plenary Speakers

The Twenty-sixth International Conference on Learning featured plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Joanne Hughes

Joanne Hughes

Director, Centre for Shared Education, School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK

"Shared Education: Building Social Cohesion through Learning Together"

Nóra Révai

Nóra Révai

Analyst, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris, France

"Connecting the Dots: Rethinking the Teachers-Knowledge-Learning Nexus"

Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes

Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Didactics of Language and Literature, University of Granada, Spain

"Content and Language Integrated Learning: Management and Best Practices"

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2019 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Orla McGurk

Orla McGurk

Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Naziema Jappie

Naziema Jappie

University of Cape Town, South Africa

​Yeisil Peña

​Yeisil Peña

Universidad Central de Chile, Chile

Naaz Kirmani

Naaz Kirmani

University of Bath, United Kingdom

Judith Bruce-Golding

Judith Bruce-Golding

Bangor University, United Kingdom

Suzanne Fillis

Suzanne Fillis

Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

​Amy Crouch

​Amy Crouch

Ball State University, United States

Ashairi Suliman

Ashairi Suliman

The National University of Malaysia, Malaysia

Xuezi Han

Xuezi Han

Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Gillian O’Hagan

Gillian O’Hagan

Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

​Charlotte Sannier-Bérusseau

​Charlotte Sannier-Bérusseau

Laval University, Canada

​Charity Okeke

​Charity Okeke

University of South Africa, South Africa

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Holly Arnold

Holly Arnold

Kennesaw State University, United States

Patricia Nicholl

Patricia Nicholl

Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom

Daniel Eyisi

Daniel Eyisi

Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom

Mary Grace Quigley

Mary Grace Quigley

University of Adelaide

Mehmet Filiz

Mehmet Filiz

Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

​Aishwarya Patil

​Aishwarya Patil

Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Astrid Kendrick

Astrid Kendrick

University of Calgary, Canada

Conference Partners

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Posters

Virtual Posters present preliminary results of work or projects that lend themselves to visual representations. Download the posters below.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are 5-minute "flash" video presentations. Click the button below to view the videos on our YouTube channel.