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ECE2014 - The Second European Conference on Education

ECE2014 - The Second European Conference on Education
9th to 13th July 2014
Brighton, United Kingdom
Abstract Deadline: May 15

Web address:
Sponsored by: The International Academic Forum

***2014 Conference Theme: Transforming and Changing Education:
Borderlands of Becoming and Belonging

The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global
university partners is proud to announce the Second European
Conference on Education, to be held from July 9-13, 2014, at the
Thistle Hotel Brighton, in the United Kingdom.

***Keynote and Featured Speaker Info

ECE Keynote Speaker

Professor Penny Jane Burke
Roehampton University, London
Co-Founder and Director of the Paulo Freire Institute-UK (PFI-UK)

Penny Jane Burke is Professor of Education at Roehampton University,
London, where she is co-Founder and Director of the Paulo Freire
Institute-UK (PFI-UK). Previously she was Professor of Education,
University of Sussex and Reader of Education; Head of School,
Educational Foundations and Policy Studies; Chair of the Widening
Participation Committee and Course Leader of the MA in Higher and
Professional Education at the Institute of Education, University of
London. As a sociologist of gender and education, she is particularly
dedicated to the development of methodological and pedagogical
frameworks that support critical and transformative levels of
understanding of issues of access, equity and social justice in the
field of higher education. She was awarded a full-time ESRC doctoral
studentship from 1998-2001, which resulted in the publication of her
book Accessing Education effectively widening participation (2002).
Her most recent sole-authored book The Right to Higher Education:
Beyond widening participation was published by Routledge in 2012. Her
co-authored book Reconceptualising Lifelong Learning: Feminist
Interventions (with Sue Jackson) was nominated for the 2008 Cyril O.
Houle World Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education. Penny
was recipient of the Higher Education Academy’s prestigious National
Teaching Fellowship award in 2008 and is the Access and Widening
Participation Network co-Convenor for the Society for Research in
Higher Education (SRHE). She is an Executive Editor of Teaching in
Higher Education, on the editorial board of Gender and Education and
is a member of SRHE’s Governing Council and Publication Committee.

ECE Keynote Speaker

Professor Heidi Safia Mirza
Goldsmith’s College, University of London

Heidi Safia Mirza is Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at
Goldsmith’s College, University of London. She is known for her
pioneering research on race, gender and identity among black and
Muslim young women in school and processes of racialisation in higher
education. Her recent work explores current debates on
multiculturalism and diversity in education, as well as cultural and
religious difference, Islamophobia and gendered violence. Professor
Mirza's research includes the European Union (EU) project 'Young
Migrant Women in Secondary Education', and the Ethnicity Strand of
'Understanding Society', the ESRC's UK Household Longitudinal Study.
She directed the Rayne Foundation study 'Unlocking the potential of
refugee teachers' and 'Respecting Difference' a TDA project on race,
faith and culture for teacher educators. Professor Mirza established
the Runnymede Collection at the BCA (Black Cultural Archives) which
documents the 20th Century civil rights struggle for Multicultural
Britain and is also an expert consultant to English Heritage on
bringing in under-represented groups to the English national story.
Professor Mirza is author of several best-selling books including
Young Female and Black ( Routledge ); Black British Feminism
(Routledge); Race Gender and Educational Desire: why black women
succeed and fail (Routledge 2009); Black and Postcolonial Feminisms in
New Times: Researching Educational Inequalities (Routledge 2010), and
most recently, Respecting Difference: Race, Faith, and Culture for
Teacher Educators (IOE press 2012).

ECTC Keynote Speaker

Dr. Peggy S. Meszaros
William E. Lavery Professor of Human Development and Director of the
Center for Information Technology Impacts on Children, Youth and

Dr. Peggy S. Meszaros is the William E. Lavery Professor of Human
Development and Director of the Center for Information Technology
Impacts on Children, Youth and Families. She has the distinction of
being the highest ranking female in the history of Virginia Tech as
she served as the Senior Vice President and Provost from 1994-2000
with President Paul Torgersen. She received her degrees from Austin
Peay State University, the University of Kentucky, and University of
Maryland, College Park. During the over 28 years of her work in higher
education, her research interests have focused on positive youth
development, leadership, human ecological, family and gender issues.
She has published over 80 scholarly articles, 3 books, numerous book
chapters and received over 6 million dollars in external research
grants. She is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) on the
National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research grant, "Appalachian
Information Technology Extension Services" and the PI on two Virginia
Tobacco Settlement Foundation research grants, "The Development and
Implementation of a Family Based Substance Abuse Prevention Model for
Youth Receiving Behavioral Health Services" and "Partnering with
Youth, Parents, and Community Leaders to Develop an Intervention for
Substance Abuse in a Rural Community". She has received many honors
and awards including being named a Truman Scholar Mentor at Oklahoma
State University and being inducted into the University of Kentucky
Distinguished Hall of Fame.

ECE Featured Speaker

Professor Linden West
Professor and Director of Research Development, Faculty of Education,
Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Linden West, PhD, FRSA is a Professor and Director of Research
Development in the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church
University, Kent, UK and Visiting Professor at the University of Paris
Ouest, La Défense. His books include the highly acclaimed Beyond
fragments, (published by Taylor and Francis) Doctors on the edge,
(FABooks) and Using life history and biographical approaches in the
study of adult and lifelong learning, published by Peter Lang. He is
co-author, with Barbara Merrill, of Using biographical methods in
social research published by Sage, which was recently translated into
Italian. He was co-editor of Psychoanalysis and Education: Minding a
Gap, with Alan Bainbridge, published by Karnac Books; and has also
coedited a new book, to be published in 2014 by Routledge, Narratives
of Continuity and Change: transdisciplinarity and subversion. Linden
has guest edited the journal Cliopsy and has authored many articles
and chapters on themes such as managing change, transitions and
transformative processes in learning, in informal, formal and
professional contexts. He also works on psychosocial perspectives and
how these can inform understanding of the construction and experience
of selfhood, of fundamentalism as well as of more open and democratic
relationships. He has written too on the use of auto/biographical
methods in research, while his writing is translated in many
languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Polish.
Linden co-coordinates a European Life History and Biographical
Research Network and is also a qualified psychoanalytical

ECE Featured Speaker

Professor Barbara Merrill
Reader in Lifelong Learning/ Associate Professor and Director of
Research in the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of
Warwick, UK

Barbara Merrill is a Reader in Lifelong Learning/ Associate Professor
and Director of Research in the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the
University of Warwick, UK. Her research interests include issues of
class and gender in relation to the learning experiences and the
learner identity of adult students, European comparative research as
well as biographical approaches to research. Barbara's publications
include two co-authored books with Linden West entitled Using
Biographical in Social Research (2009) published by Sage and Using
Life History and Biographical Approaches in the Study of Adult and
Lifelong: European Perspectives Learning (2007) by Peter Lang; Student
Voices on Inequalities in European Higher Education, (2014) edited
with Fergal Finnegan and Camilla Thunborg; and Learning to become an
adult student: Experiences in a UK university (2012) in the
International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning.
She is a member of ESREA (European Society for Research on the
Education of Adults) and co-ordinates the ESREA Access, Learning
Careers and Identities Network.

ECLL Keynote Speaker

Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson is a teacher trainer, and an author of a large amount of
ELT materials, and has published with OUP, Cengage and Macmillan. His
most recent series is "Smart Choice", published by OUP. He has written
more than 100 radio and TV programmes for BBC English, including 50
radio scripts for the Follow Me series and 30 TV scripts for the Look
Ahead series. He has also written more than a hundred ELT radio and
television programmes, including fifty radio scripts for the Follow Me
series, thirty Look Ahead TV scripts and a series of plays called
Drama First. He also contributed material to Extr@ English, an ELT
sitcom commissioned by Channel 4. For many years, Ken was artistic
director of the English Teaching Theatre, a company which toured the
world performing stage-shows for learners of English.

ECLL Conference Chair & Featured Speaker

Professor Marjo Mitsutomi
B.A. (Anderson University), M.A., Ph.D. (Ball State University)
Executive Director of the Language Education Institute (LEI) at Osaka
Gakuin University

Professor Mitsutomi is the founding Executive Director of the Language
Education Institute (LEI) at Osaka Gakuin University. Prior to her
current position at OGU, she was academic director of three language
acquisition programs at Akita International University. For many
years, Dr. Mitsutomi was on faculty at the University of Redlands in
Southern California, where she taught in the School of Education
graduate program, represented the entire university faculty as their
elected president for academic governance, and served as director on
the Orange County campus. A native of Finland, Dr. Mitsutomi holds a
Ph.D. in applied linguistics, is fluent in three languages and
conversational in another three, and has lived for more than a decade
in each of three continents: Europe, North America, and Asia.

Dr. Mitsutomi has participated in several cross-disciplinary projects
involving language development, planning and policy. She has consulted
with the California Commission on Teacher Education and the United
States Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). Her most notable contribution as
a linguist was as co-author of the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) aviation English proficiency standards for pilots
and air traffic controllers worldwide. Adopted by vote at the United
Nations, it unites professionals of almost 200 nations for best
practices in the use of a common language for a dedicated purpose:
safety through communication.

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