Seminar – Researching Identity and Learning in Transnational Settings

March 23, 2015

The day after his public lecture, Professor Fazal Rizvi will lead a seminar especially for graduate students as well as for faculty on researching identity and learning in transnational settings at 10 a.m. in Room 1010 (Tuesday, April 14).

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend and please send along an abstract of your (prospective) research study (one page max).

Visiting Speaker Talk – Pedagogic Challenges and Possibilities of Everyday Cosmopolitanism

March 13, 2015

Pedagogic Challenges and Possibilities of Everyday Cosmopolitanism

 Dr. Fazal Rizvi
Professor in Global Studies in Education
University of Melbourne.

Monday, April 13th
2:00 – to 3:30 pm
Room 1139  (Community Room)
Faculty of Education


All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to doctoral student Xi Wu:

Presented by Western Education’s Researching International and Contemporary Education (RICE) and the Research Office.

Abstract: Much of the literature on cosmopolitanism is couched in terms of highly normative values, with an invitation for educators to translate these values into effective pedagogy. This has resulted in a diverse, uneven and often conflicting set of educational practices. In this talk, I want to argue that a major problem with this approach to education is that it does not adequately take into account a sense of ‘everyday cosmopolitanism’ that already informs the multiple ways in which many young people engage the increasingly globalized world, though in a manner that is highly ‘situated’. I will discuss how an understanding of everyday cosmopolitanism creates a number of challenges for educators, but also opens up some new pedagogic possibilities.

Bio: Born in India, Professor Fazal Rizvi was educated in India, Australia and the UK, and is currently a Professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He is also a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a board member of the Asia Education Foundation. He has published extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, theories of globalization and education policy and more recently Indian higher education. His latest book is Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010). His selected papers have recently been published under the title, Encountering Education in the Global (Routledge 2014).


Julie Byrd Clark- Named Editor In Chief

March 9, 2015

Julie Byrd Clark has just been named Editor in Chief, along with Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, and Regis Machart, Universiti of Putra Malaysia of the International Journal of Bias, Identity, and Diversities in Education.

Journal mission

IJBIDE investigates critically the positioning of diverse individuals in formal and informal contexts of education – from kindergarten to adult education, but also lifelong learning. Diversities refer here to different identity markers such as ethnicity, religion, gender, social class and language. IJBIDE is clearly positioned within a non-essentialist and non-culturalist perspective. IJBIDE also aims to promote original research methods by linking up macro- and micro-approaches. The journal is fully blind peer reviewed by the best experts in the field and publishes empirical and conceptual research and case studies from around the world.
The journal formerly known as the International Journal of Education for Diversities has been picked up in less than 2 years by IGI Global ( in the U.S.

Research in International & Contemporary Education – Talk

January 28, 2015

The RICE (Research in International and Contemporary Education) Group is sponsoring a talk:

The Western University -University of Holguín Partnership Agreement

  Vilma Páez Pérez,
Professor, University of Holguín (Cuba)

Thursday, February 5th
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

Bring  your lunch and learn all about the history, background and future plans for the long-standing partnership agreement between our two universities.

International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities – March 27th Symposium

January 21, 2015

International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities

A Symposium

Faculty of Education
Western University
Friday, March 27th, 2015

Thousands of Canadian post-secondary students participate in study abroad and international service learning programs each year in Global South communities. We know a lot about how these international experiences shape Canadian students as culturally aware, open-minded global citizens. What about the communities that host these students? What do they gain, if anything at all, from having these students live in their communities for extended periods of time? What are the implications, both positive and negative, for these host communities? And most importantly of all, how can we engage in mutually beneficial and ethical ways with members of Global South communities who host North American ISL students?

Please see for details about the symposium, including a draft program and how to register.

Featuring: speakers from Lesotho, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua who will share their experiences and insights about hosting North American university students in their communities. ISL practitioners and researchers will share their case study research and ideas on how to engage ethically with host communities in the ‘Global South’.

Early bird registration (by January 31st) only $60.
After that date, $75 and students/unemployed only $30.
Refreshments and lunch included.

Sponsored with generous support from Western’s Faculty of Education and Western International.

Visiting Scholar – Next Talk – Friday Oct 17

October 10, 2014

Please join us for Dr. Mohanty’s next talk:

MLE Policy for Tribal (Indigenous) Children in Odisha (India): Crossing the Rubicon

Dr. Ajit Mohanty
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Friday, October 17th at 1:00 pm
Community Room (1139)
Room changed to Faculty of Education – 1010

 All are welcome!

Please RSVP ( so we can ensure an appropriate amount of refreshments.

Multilingual Education in South Asia

September 29, 2014

Multilingual Education in South Asia and the Burden of the Double Divide: Some Reflections

Dr. Ajit Mohanty
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
2:00 pm
Room 1139 (Community Room)
Faculty of Education Building

All are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Mohanty’s visit is generously supported by Western International


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