The 2nd Oceania Ethnography and Education Conference

16 – 17 August 2018
9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Deakin Downtown

The Alfred Deakin Institute (ADI) and Research for Educational Impact (REDI) are co-hosting this conference for scholars interested in the socio-cultural analysis of education.

Event details

This conference will continue to build and strengthen the Oceania Ethnography and Education Network (OEEN) by bringing together scholars from diverse disciplines who are interested in a socio-cultural analysis of education and the specific affordances of ethnographic research in educational settings. This conference will provide increased awareness of each other’s research and contribute to developing future collaborations across the network. The conference will be hosted by the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) and the Research for Educational Impact (REDI) at Deakin University and is supported by funding from the Australian Research Council, Deakin University and REDI

Given the intimate size of this particular conference, we expect all participants to submit an abstract in anticipation of presenting to their peers. Registration will open once submissions have been finalised.

Call for papers

This conference will showcase a multi-disciplinary array of ethnographic engagements in and with educational settings from scholars, including postgraduate students, early career researchers and more established researchers, particularly among those based in “the Antipodes” (Oceania broadly speaking) or who were at some point in their career. The papers can range from short ‘show and tell’ type presentations to works in progress to presentations based on more developed research. We are searching for a diverse range of contributions that will help illustrate the variety of problems, passions, issues, concerns and interests surrounding educational matters. Historical foci are as welcome as papers concerned with matters contemporaneous. We are seeking papers that address a broad set of issues and focus on a range of research sites which speak to and advance knowledge of the following themes:

  • Methodological approaches to conducting ethnography in educational contexts.
  • Theoretical approaches that engage and advance theories within education.
  • Ethnographic engagement in educational settings (broadly defined).

To participate, please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words and a 100 word biography to by 1 May 2018.

Full draft papers will be required by 9 August 2018 for pre-distribution to conference attendees. We anticipate this will facilitate more engaged and in-depth discussion at the conference and will support presenters to develop their papers. Presenters will have approximately 10 minutes to speak to their papers to leave plenty of time for discussion.

Confirmed roundtable discussions

Roundtable One – Finding your place: the ethnographer in education

Roundtable Two – Bodies and emotion in education


Dr Jessica Walton, Deakin University

Prof Julian Sefton-Green, Deakin University

A/Prof Martin Forsey, University of Western Australia

Key information

Date and time

Thursday 16 August to
Friday 17 August 2018


Deakin Downtown
Tower 2, Level 12
727 Collins Street