Center for International Education

CIES Symposium 2017: Interrogating and Innovating CIE Research


Registration for the symposium is now closed. Thank you for your interest and we will have details online soon on how to view plenary sessions as they are live streamed or uploaded. The website will continually be updated to include speaker statements, podcasts, and other videos.


We are excited to announce that the second annual CIES Symposium will be held from October 26-27, 2017, at the Arlington campus of George Mason University. Hosted by the Gender and Education Committee, the South Asia SIG and faculty at GMU, the theme for the 2017 symposium is, “Interrogating and Innovating CIE research”.

Anchoring this symposium is the notion that how comparative and international education phenomena are studied, the questions we ask, the tools we use and the epistemological, ontological, and ideological orientations they reflect, shape the nature of the knowledge produced, the value placed on that knowledge, and of critical importance, its pedagogy and implications for practice in diverse societies globally. Moreover, that from both within and beyond the field of Comparative and International Education (CIE), scholars and practitioners have raised concerns about the colonial and neo-colonial practices and dynamics that have been reproduced and/or have characterized (in part) the history of CIE.

Through our distinguished plenary speakers, breakout sessions, concurrent paper sessions and workshops we will provide spaces and resources for students, junior and senior scholars, practitioners and policymakers to not only interrogate and challenge existing practice, but to learn and develop new ways of thinking about and doing CIE research.