Join us in Singapore for SEACE2020!
February 7–9, 2020 | MAX Atria at Singapore EXPO, Singapore
The inaugural Southeast Asian Conference on Education (SEACE2020) will be The International Academic Forum’s (IAFOR) first event in Southeast Asia. SEACE2020 will be held in Singapore, a great crossroads of peoples, cultures and ideas, and home to some of the world’s finest universities, and will provide an exciting opportunity for international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary discussions on education practices, policies, theories, and innovations.
Instead of offering a strict conference theme at SEACE2020, IAFOR has decided to invite submissions on any topic related to the field of education. By opening the conference theme to the broad field of education, it is expected that we can come together as educators and policymakers without any limitations.
SEACE2020 is held in partnership with Singapore Management University (SMU), the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, and the ASEAN Career Fair. SEACE2020 encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum stimulating respectful dialogue. Like our long-running events elsewhere in the world, this event will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.
We look forward to welcoming to Singapore scholars from across Southeast Asia and around the world for what is sure to be an exciting conference.
– The SEACE Organising Committee
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan
Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA
Farish Noor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Justin Sanders, Temple University, Japan
Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan
Wee-Liang Tan, Singapore Management University
Zachary Walker, Institute of Education, UCL, UK
IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus Indexed Journal)
This conference is associated with the Scopus and DOAJ listed IAFOR Journal of Education. There will be a special “Education in South East Asia” issue of the journal featuring selected papers presented at the conference. Authors would need to submit their manuscripts directly to the Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Education for the normal review process. All papers are reviewed equally according to standard peer-review processes no matter whether the paper was presented at an IAFOR conference. Please note that papers already submitted to or published in IAFOR Conference Proceedings are not accepted for publication in any of IAFOR’s journals. IAFOR's Conference Proceedings are not Scopus listed.
About IAFOR’s Education Conferences
IAFOR promotes and facilitates new multifaceted approaches to one of the core issues of our time, namely globalisation and its many forms of growth and expansion. Awareness of how it cuts across the world of education, and its subsequent impact on societies, institutions and individuals, is a driving force in educational policies and practices across the globe. IAFOR’s conferences on education have these issues at their core. The conferences present those taking part with three unique dimensions of experience, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating heightened intercultural awareness and they promoting international exchange. In short, IAFOR’s conferences on education are about change, transformation and social justice. As IAFOR’s previous conferences on education have shown, education has the power to transform and change whilst it is also continuously transformed and changed.
Globalised education systems are becoming increasing socially, ethnically and culturally diverse. However, education is often defined through discourses embedded in Western paradigms as globalised education systems become increasingly determined by dominant knowledge economies. Policies, practices and ideologies of education help define and determine ways in which social justice is perceived and acted out. What counts as "education" and as "knowledge" can appear uncontestable but is in fact both contestable and partial. Discourses of learning and teaching regulate and normalise gendered and classed, racialised and ethnicised understandings of what learning is and who counts as a learner.
In many educational settings and contexts throughout the world, there remains an assumption that teachers are the possessors of knowledge which is to be imparted to students, and that this happens in neutral, impartial and objective ways. However, learning is about making meaning, and learners can experience the same teaching in very different ways. Students (as well as teachers) are part of complex social, cultural, political, ideological and personal circumstances, and current experiences of learning will depend in part on previous ones, as well as on age, gender, social class, culture, ethnicity, varying abilities and more.
IAFOR has several annual conferences on education across the world, exploring common themes in different ways to develop a shared research agenda which develops interdisciplinary discussion, heightens intercultural awareness and promotes international exchange.
Founded in 2009, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is a politically independent non-partisan and non-profit interdisciplinary think tank, conference organiser and publisher. Based in Japan, its main administrative office is in Nagoya, and its research center is in The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), a graduate school of Osaka University. IAFOR runs research programs and events in Asia, Europe and North America in partnership with universities and think tanks, and has also worked on a number of multi-sector cooperative programs and events, including collaborations with the United Nations and the Government of Japan.
IAFOR Special Areas of Focus
In line with its organisational mission, IAFOR encourages, facilitates and nurtures interdisciplinary research, with an emphasis on international and intercultural perspectives. Current areas of focus of the organisation include the following ongoing collaborative programmes and initiatives.