Wednesday, 28 June, 2023 - 11:30

Global Citizenship and Sustainability Education for 'hopeful' futures: Colloquium for UK members.

Members of the ANGEL / TEESNet Partnership Network, and ANGEL members in the UK, are invited to express interest in a two-day colloquium that is being hosted at the University of Nottingham, School of Education (UoN SoE), and led by ANGEL member Professor Dalene Swanson. The colloquium is a collaboration between UoN SoE, ANGEL UK and TEESNet which builds on a successful one-day conference collaboration on 13th June 2022, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Health and Education and led by Professor Karen Pashby.

The event will be held from 11:30 on 28th June 2023 to 15:30 on 29th June 2023.

The purpose of the Nottingham gathering is to foster stronger, established ties around key challenges in the area(s) of global citizenship and sustainability education, in ways that also respond to the UN SDGs, and to collaborate on possible future initiatives including potential joint funding applications.


Colloquium themes & activities

The Nottingham colloquium will focus on two interconnected themes:

  • Addressing the many tensions and ambiguities that arise between and across education for global citizenship education and sustainability, and the way these influence the field. These ‘tensions’ were first introduced by Professor Dalene Swanson who led a conference in January 2020 in collaboration with Dr Tanya Wisely (IDEAS Scotland), Bridge 47, EADI, MUNDU Denmark, and Liverpool World Centre. While these tensions were prominently discussed, they will be the subject of further discussion and debate at the Nottingham colloquium. We believe these debates are important because they shape how we, as researchers, teachers, policymakers, practitioners and scholar activists, respond to the multiple, interconnected crises in which we find ourselves today, locally and globally, and how we see and enact education for justice. These crises invite us and demand that we act.
  • The second theme will build on the first and look to ways in which we, as educationalists, can promote possible hopeful, just and sustainable futures, including recognising that such hope is complex and uncertain by nature. In times of increasing pessimism, despair and doom, and given the negative inter-locking consequences of multiple global crises, the important question can be posed: how do we teach beyond utopia, toward liveable and hopeful actions and collective courage?

For both of these themes, the organisers welcome offers from participants to provide short 5-7 min inputs that can stimulate discussion or summarise relevant research they have been involved with.

In addition to these two themes, which will have 3 hour long sessions allocated to them, there will be:

  • Introduction to related research at Nottingham University
  • Short introductory sessions outlining current activities and future plans by ANGEL and TEESNet
  • Session to discuss and plan joint research projects
  • Networking sessions and opportunities to introduce your own research to others


How to get involved

If you wish to participate and contribute at this colloquium, please visit the event page and register an Expression of Interest for the event. Submission will remain open until 28 March 2023 at 17:00. Following this closing date, you will be contacted directly with further information about the event and details of how to formally register your place. As the colloquium will have a small number of participants, priority will be given to those academics and researchers whose expertise and experience fits with research into global citizenship education and sustainability education, and who has participated in similar events, such as the Manchester Metropolitan one-day conference last year. This is to provide continuity and build on the collective work being undertaken in this educational area. We are requesting that you please commit to attending both full days of the colloquium.

The option exists of accommodation at the Jubilee Conference Hotel, within a few minutes walking distance from the Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus, where the colloquium will be held. For those requiring accommodation, details and links to suitable venues will be provided as part of the registration process.


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