The next World Curriculum Studies Conference will be held in Melbourne in December, 2018. The conference, under the auspices of the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS), will be co-hosted with the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) and the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). It will be held in the University of Melbourne, located in the heart of the city of Melbourne.
The conference will take place over three days and is to be structured in terms of plenary keynote addresses, invited feature panels, and paper presentations. Consistent with the mission of IAACS and in the tradition of previous events, this conference will have an explicitly international orientation, with a view to furthering the project of transnational curriculum inquiry, albeit drawing on what are often distinctively national perspectives, and working within and across them. Participation and contribution is hereby invited from curriculum scholars working in different countries across the world.
It is indeed timely and appropriate for this next conference to be situated in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia is clearly but ambivalently located in the ‘South’, that is, geopolitically and increasingly economically in Asia while being associated historically more with British and more generally European traditions and cultures. Furthermore, Australia’s own complex history of indigenous displacement and its commitment to reconciliation and recognition in this regard provides a major imperative in terms of the challenges, at once local, national and global, of rethinking curriculum praxis and inquiry, worldwide. These are some of the tensions and complexities that will, we hope, shape and inform the conference – the 6th and most recent in a series of such events.
We invite you to start planning now to attend, with a view to being both intellectually stimulated and culturally enriched, experiencing Melbourne at its very best, and Australia more generally, and engaging with richly informed curriculum scholarship from all over the world.
Professor Bill Green (for the planning committee)