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SACHES Conference 2018 - Second Call for Papers

Date: Sunday, 5 to Tuesday, 7 August 2018
Theme: Africa and the current Global Education agenda: new challenges, old habits”
Protea Hotel, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Deadline for proposals: Monday 28 May 2018

Keynote speakers

Prof Aslam Fataar
University of Stellenbosch
Title: Decolonising education and epistemic access: Knowledge Contestations, Articulations and Appropriations

Prof Abbas Arani
Lorenstan University, Iran
Title: Image of South Africa at Iran’s school textbooks

Prof Harold Herman
Emeritus Professor of Comparative, International, Development Education – UWC
Title: Comparative Education in Southern Africa since the establishment of SACHES in 1991

The theme of the conference is “Africa and the current Global Education agenda: new challenges, old habits”. The intention is to generate debate amongst a broad range of education academics about issues of development and transformation in 21st century Africa, how this is captured within the global education agenda, and the implications for universities, schools, policymakers, education departments, NGOs and other ‘global south’ contexts.

Sub-themes includes:

  • How may education in Africa speak back to mainstream global knowledge debates and policy decisions?
  • Does Africa have rights, voice, or accountability within global education policy discourses?
  • How may race and gender and its manifestation within schools in Africa be differently understood within global education debates?
  • Could global education debates be remapped and reworked to take account of Africa intellectual inputs, and internal flows of knowledge and exchange?
  • Is Africa a homogenous region within global education debates? What imperial flows of knowledge within Africa shape current debates?
  • ‘New voices, actors and knowledge producers in Africa’: Teaching and learning as emancipatory in schools of the global south.
  • Education policy developments in Africa in the 21st century: How do different contexts in Africa engage with global education agendas?

The format of the conference will include full length papers, panel discussions, symposia, round table discussions and poster presentations. Abstracts of papers (max. 350 words) must be submitted to the conference organizer, Jo-Anne Koch. The deadline for proposals is 28 May 2017.

Local and international scholars and agencies in the field of Comparative, International, Development Education, History and Sociology of Education are invited to attend and participate in sub-themes, which will include, inter alia, education and economic austerity, development agencies, language of teaching and learning, teacher education policy and practice. Consult the SACHES website:

Abstracts should be submitted electronically (by e-mail), in RTF/MSWord format as file attachments (not as part of the message) to the conference organiser at the following e-mail address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Inline with broadening our SACHES membership base and getting younger aspiring scholars involved, we would like to introduce the Postgraduate Soapbox.
Postgraduate students are invited to present their research study/concept in 8 minutes. The best research study/concept and in the most creative presentation will stand a chance to win one year’s membership and free access to your next SACHES conference!

To enter, send your name, degree and one paragraph to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 2 July 2018.


We would like to invite papers that engage critically with questions around the theme of the conference, or introduce additional questions for this special edition of the journal. Papers can be conceptual or empirical but must address the concerns of the special issue clearly.


Authors are invited to submit by 2 April 2018 a two page proposal clearly explaining the concerns of their proposed paper and how it relates to the purpose and focus areas of this special issue, including a tentative structure of the proposed paper. A one-pager should be included with your e-mail, mailing address and phone number. Authors will be notified by 1 May 2018 about the status of their proposal. Full papers are to be submitted by 1 June 2018. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis and returned to authors by 31 July 2018. Final manuscripts are due by 24 September 2018 These dates will be strictly adhered to as this SARE special issue is due to be published in November 2018.

Page fees will be payable on notification that an article has been accepted for publication. Authors should
submit electronic versions of their initial proposals to Jo-Anne at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Any further queries can be addressed to: Jo-Anne Koch
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel: +27 84 929 0170
Fax: +27 86 624 5001


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