Information About the Conference


CARN and ALARA Joint Conference

Date

Thursday 17 October - Saturday 19 October 2019

Venue

Hotel President, Split (Croatia)

Theme

Imagine Tomorrow: Practitioner Learning for the Future

Host Institution

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Conference Theme

At this conference, we provide practitioners from around the world with an opportunity to exchange their experience and knowledge gained through action research and exploration of social changes starting from their bold visions of the future. In short, the main topic of the conference is Imagine Tomorrow: Practitioner Learning for the Future.

We believe that learning is a process of not only changing and creating the world, but also changing and creating ourselves. We therefore actively challenge discourses that reduce learning to knowledge transference. In this process, we learn not only what we already know, but also what we need to create. This way, we direct our learning towards the future – to the development of those potentials that are necessary for the creative shaping of the future world.

We invite you to share what you have learned by conducting action research in various areas of practice at a conference organized by two of the longest running networks in this field: the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) and Action Learning, Action Research Association Ltd (ALARA). We welcome contributions from any setting where action research, practitioner research and action learning are practised, including, but not limited to: health and social care, community youth and social work, business, education, indigenous research, feminist research, management, engineering etc.

Conference Strands

In addition to the main theme of the conference, we will also address the following strands:

Action learning and action research have their past and their present. If we care about the development, it is important to keep in mind their future as well. The future is possible to only if we are able to imagine it. According to Freire (1987, p. 187) imagination “is the possibility to go beyond tomorrow without being naively idealistic. This is Utopianism as a dialectical relationship between denouncing the present and announcing the future. To anticipate tomorrow by dreaming today.” Let’s dream together about the future of action learning and action research at the conference in Split.

If you participated in self-constituted, autonomous and inclusive action research project which aimed to respond to legitimation deficits of official policies or practices through communicative action and public discourse, you probably contribute to generating communicative power of public spheres. “Through the exercise of communicative freedom, people develop communicative power and a sense of solidarity with one another—even if the strength of shared commitment is sometimes fragile and temporary” (Kemmis, 2007, p. 474). We invite you to attend the conference and present action research projects about trying out alternative ways of practices developed through communicative action and public discourse in public spheres.

An (online) learning community of action researchers enables significant learning. “Significant learning does not occur only in conversations learners are a part of, but in shared activities, which they conduct with the aim of achieving significant changes in the field of their interest and in the frame of learning communities they belong to” (Bognar & Mompoint-Gaillard, 2017, p. 14). We invite you to present your action research experiences from various learning communities.

The world where almost a half of the human population live on less than $2.50 a day and “more than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening” (United Nations Development Programme, 2007, p.25) requires emancipatory education and action research. CARN & ALARA 2019 Conference represents an excellent opportunity to present action research accounts from this field of practice.

We also welcome the themes focused on

  • ethical dilemmas in action research and action learning
  • theoretical developments in action research and action learning, and
  • the role of action research and action learning in challenging dominant discourses / resisting hegemony

 

Abstract submission and registration

Oral presenters/active participants are required to submit an abstract which has to be approved before registering.

Both active participants and listeners are required to register before 1 October 2019 (late registration).

Don't forget to pay your conference fee before 31 July 2019 (early registration) or before 1 October 2019 (late registration)!

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Members of the Organisation Committee


This is the team behind CARNA-ALARA 2019 Conference

Branko Bognar | Associate Professor

Chair of the Organizing Committee

Senka Gazibara | Postdoctoral researcher

Member of the Organizing Committee

Tanja Gradečak Erdeljić | Associate Professor

Member of the Organizing Committee

Vlatka Ivić | Senior Language Instructor

Member of the Organizing Committee

Renata Jukić | Assistant Professor

Head od Department of Didactics

Mirko Lukaš | Associate Professor

Head of Department of Pedagogy

Leonard Pon | Assistant Professor

Vice-Dean for Teaching and Student Affairs

Sanja Simel Pranjić | Postdoctoral researcher

Member of the Organizing Committee

Members of the International Advisory Group

  • Chivonne Algeo, Monash University in Melburne, Australia
  • Branko Bognar, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
  • Elia Fernandez-Diaz, University of Cantabria, Spain
  • Louise Hawxwell, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, United Kingdom
  • Máirín Glenn, Network for Educational Action Research in Ireland, Ireland
  • Sigrid Gjotterud, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
  • Tonća Jukić, University of Split, Croatia
  • Irena Krumes, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
  • John Molineux, Deakin University in Melburne, Australia
  • Višnja Rajić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Marija Sablić, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
  • Angela Schuster, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Edita Slunjski, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Vesna Svalina, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
  • Alma Škugor, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
  • Emmanuel Tetteh, Capella University, Minneapolis, United States
  • Vassilis Tsafos, University of Athens, Greece

Our Sponsors


We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors

FFOS
Taylor & Francis Group

Conference Registration Fees


Accommodation is not included in the registration fee

350€
Members

Full Registration

  • Before 1 October 2019
  • Attendance on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday
  • With lunch (on Friday and Saturday) and tea/coffee snacks
    Evening reception, Thursday evening
    Conference dinner, Friday evening
  • Participants can register at the Members rate if they are members of CARN or ALARA (or they are members of an organisation that is a member of CARN or ALARA).
  • If you or your institution have not paid the current year’s membership fee, you can join CARN or ALARA via the links provided, and then register for the conference on this page.
400€
Non-Members

Full Registration

  • Before 1 October 2019
  • Attendance on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday
  • With lunch (on Friday and Saturday) and tea/coffee snacks
    Evening reception, Thursday evening
    Conference dinner, Friday evening
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to obtain CARN or ALARA membership before registering to attend the conference.
  • If you or your institution have not paid the current year’s membership fee, you must select the Non-member conference registration rate.

160€

Subsidised places

  • If you are a local practitioner unable to access institutional funding, you can apply for a subsidised place. Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
  • Full conference attendance for 160€ includes:
  • Attendance on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday
  • With lunch (on Friday and Saturday) and tea/coffee snacks
    Evening reception, Thursday evening
    Conference dinner, Friday evening
  • CARN or ALARA membership is recommended but not required for a subsidised place
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