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University of Gothenburg
Conference REE 2021 will be digital and held i Gothenburg
Photo: Peter Erlandson

Conference Theme

The international Rethinking Educational Ethnography network, in collaboration with Network 19 of the European Educational Research Association (EERA) will organize the conference at University of Gothenburg in Sweden 13-14 October 2021. The research group Research on Educational Practice (REP) at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies will host the conference. However, due to the current situation, the conference will (sadly) be held digitally.

As ethnographic researchers we study the world we live in. Today, politics in different ways have become a hot topic in ethnography, for the simple reason that politics and political events have over the last decades had a growing impact of the educational practices that we study, and challenged what it means to be an ethnographical researcher committed to education. This is the topic for the conference.

Read more about the focus and theme of the conference.

The tenth edition of the REE conference follows the pathways and experiences gained by previous conferences, in Helsinki, Porto, Barcelona, Napoli, Copenhagen, Borås, Klaipeda, Budapest and Graz.


General information

  • We welcome contributions from experienced as well as less experienced researchers.
  • It is the 10th edition of this conference
  • It is a full-paper, working conference
  • English is the conference language.
  • Abstracts may refer to completed studies, or work in progress.
  • Abstract should not exceed 400 words excluding references.
  • The abstracts are fully doubled reviewed for research quality and relevance.
  • Accepted delegates are require to submit a more extended version for circulation prior to the conference itself. This paper can be a work in progress but should be presented in a form suitable for reading by other delegates and include references; it should be about 2000 words.

We specifically invite papers that address one or several of the following topics.

  • Develop or/ and discuss ethnography as research method within education, theoretically as well as empirically.
  • Develop or/ and discuss the network of ethnographer of education, especially in Europe.
  • Develop or/ and discuss the political environment that education, as well as research, is a part of.

Time Table & Registration

Time Table

  • 15th of May 2021, Deadline for Abstract Submission
  • 30th of May 2021, Review process ending
  • 30th May 2021, Registration open
  • 13-14 October 2021, It is a two-day conference


  • Registration Fee 0 (None)
  • Please use the following email-address to submit your contribution: (yepp – that is correct)

The conference will be held at the University of Gothenburg and hosted by the research group REP at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies.

Invited Key-Note Speakers

Sofia Marques da Silva

Sofia Marques da Silva (Associate Professor). Sofia currently works at the Department of Education Sciences, University of Porto. Her current projects are: 'Young people and education in Border regions of Portugal'; SIRIUS - the European Policy Network on the Education of Children and Young People with a Migrant Background. She is a member of the 'Network of Experts on Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET II)' and is currently involved in a government national level initiative, INCoDe 2030, coordinating the Digital Inclusion Axis. She is also general editor of the journal Ethnography and Education.

György Mészáros

György Mészáros (Associate Professor), currently works at the Institute of Education, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. György does research in Teacher Education, Higher Education, Gender and Education and Educational Theory. He is an ethnographer. His most recent publication is 'We should’ve made a revolution: A critical rhapsody of the Hungarian education system’s catching-up revolutions since 1989.

Tentative Conference Schedule

  • 08.00 Registration
  • 08.00 Conference Opening
  • 08.30-11.30 Paper sessions (with short break)
  • 11.30-12.15 Keynote
  • 13.00-17.00 Paper sessions (with short break)
  • 19.00 Digital hang-around
  • 08.00 Conference Opening
  • 08.30-11.30 Paper sessions (with short break)
  • 11.30-12.15 Keynote
  • 13.00-17.00 Paper sessions ((with short break)
  • 18.00 Conference Closure