University of Gothenburg

Call for abstracts

The fourth Praxis symposium “Higher education in post-pandemic times – re-orienting transformation through praxis” offers a forum for dialogue to discuss possible directions for a (re)orientation of higher education through a praxis lens. Praxis here means to engage with the educational and civic missions of the university in terms of a balancing act (see also Langelotz, Mahon & Messina Dahlberg, 2020) between its endeavours to reproduce and reinforce certain aspects of society on the one hand, and its commitment to change, transformation and professional action on the other.

We invite papers that provoke discussion about, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Lessons from/in pandemic times (for research, teaching and learning, community engagement, professional learning, leadership, academic practices, professional education, student engagement, boundaries student/professional/private life? ….)
  • Bringing bodies back in - what will/could this look like?
  • Space and place in the post-pandemic university
  • Reorienting university conditions (where are we heading and what can we do?)
  • Disrupted and emerging higher education practices: pedagogical, theoretical and methodological challenges
  • Technology integration and disruptive innovations
  • Imagining (im)possible futures for HE

Abstract specifications

The following information should be included in the abstract (max 600 words)

-       Name, affiliation
-       Theme, rationale
-       Theoretical framework
-       Methodology and data
-       How you think your study will contribute to the symposium

We also encourage alternative formats for paper presentations and would like to open up for dialogic round tables where authors gather around a theme/issue. These kinds of sessions will run in parallel in the program and are organized by a team of participants that will send their abstracts as belonging to a dialogic round table session. The format for each abstract must follow the specifications above but need to be sent in one document with a short intro that provides a background about the theme.

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Important dates

  • Abstract submission opens: September 6 2021
  • Abstract submission deadline: October 31 2021 – Extended to November 15 2021
  • Abstract notification: Postponed to January 31 2022
  • Registration opens: February 1 2022
  • Registration closes: March 1 2022
  • Praxis symposium: May 16-18 2022