2020 Graduate Student Conference in Education

Education: Window to the Next Decade

The 16th Annual York University Graduate Conference in Education

April 24 - 25, 2020

“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it and by the same token save it from that ruin which, except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and young, would be inevitable. And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new, something unforeseen by us, but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world.” Hannah Arendt “The Crisis of Education” (1968)

This year's theme focuses on the strong role education plays in shaping societies by offering an opportunity to actively engage with the renewal of our common world (Arendt, 1968). As we enter a new decade, we would like to take up Arendt’s challenge and reflect upon education’s responsibility in the processes of renewal.

This event will feature 2 days of research presentations and celebrations to recognize the important contributions graduate students are making to the field of education, particularly with respect to the following questions:

  • How are current global and local challenges shaping education - and its perceived crisis? 
  • How can education continue to play an active role in supporting students/youth to participate in, engage with, and shape a constantly renewing world? 
  • How can education contribute to (re)framing current discourses around global and local challenges/issues in order to influence wider societal narratives? 

We pose these questions and welcome a myriad of responses. By doing so, we hope to explore the possibilities, challenges, and opportunities of and for Education in 2020 and beyond. Ultimately, we leave room for interpretation and creative imagination. 

Call For Proposals