Announcing BCE/BAMC2021 in Partnership with the University of Barcelona

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Call For Papers: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2021) and The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (BAMC2021)

The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2021) and The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (BAMC2021) will be held concurrently in December 2021, in partnership with the University of Barcelona, Spain, and the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, Japan.

In 2020, the event took place online from Barcelona, and featured distinguished speakers from across the fields of education, arts, media, and culture, who contributed to the programme with a diverse mix of thought-provoking presentations.

The guest speakers for the 2021 conferences will be announced over the coming months – follow the conference websites and IAFOR Facebook page for the latest information.

Though the influence of COVID-19 lingers obstinately into 2021, we are hopeful, albeit not certain, that the joint conferences will take place on-site in Barcelona this December. Whatever the circumstances, IAFOR and the BCE/BAMC Organising Committee is committed to providing an exceptional intellectual experience:

For those of you who were fortunate enough to attend an IAFOR conference before COVID appeared from over the horizon, you will remember the calibre of research presented, the thrill of listening to engaging keynotes, discussions with respected plenary speakers, and socialising with like-minded scholars from across the globe. The opportunity to not only meet with old friends from previous IAFOR conferences, but also to introduce new minds into your intellectual network.

So what about conferences under the “new normal” COVID restrictions in effect across the world? IAFOR saw very quickly that the online and hybrid conferences were the only way to keep the heart of the academic community beating, and adapted their activities to suit this rare situation with finesse. Of course, nothing can substitute the dynamism of in-person conferences, but the IAFOR online experience not only maintains the superb quality one expects of an IAFOR conference, it surpasses, by taking advantage of innovative and exciting and new formats that could only have been envisioned in the wake of a global crisis. How about a face-to-face conversation between two experts, writers, filmmakers, from countries thousands of miles apart? Experts who otherwise would have been unable to meet due to geographical or political adversities– a magnificent opportunity indeed.

There are more reasons than ever before to join BCE and BAMC in Barcelona. The era of the online and hybrid conference is strange and unfamiliar, but also revolutionary and liberating, opening doors and allowing its speakers’ words to be heard across the world.

Join us in December, and we will see you this year “in” Barcelona. Enjoy a fantastic conference.

– The BCE/BAMC Organising Committee

The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2021) and The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media and Culture (BAMC2021) will take place on December 8-10 in Barcelona, Spain. The Organising Committee is currently calling for papers to be presented at the joint event. Visit the conference websites for more information.

This event is associated with the Scopus and DOAJ listed IAFOR Journal of Education.


2020 Conference Videos

Watch last year's BCE/BAMC plenary presentations on IAFOR's Facebook page via the links below.

Keynote Presentation

“Parenting Education Within Contexts of Vulnerability and Child Protection: Positive Parenting, Resilience and Vulnerability”
Nuria Fuentes-Peláez, University of Barcelona, Spain

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Keynote Presentation

“Utopia Depends on a U-turn: Intertextuality, New Writing and Educating for Diversity”
John Ryan, Freelance Writer, Australia

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Discussion Panel

“In Conversation with Gloria Montero”
Gloria Montero Novelist, Playwright & Poet, Spain
Isabel Alonso-Breto, University of Barcelona, Spain

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Keynote Presentation

“Knock Knock... Who's There?”
Gloria Montero Novelist, Playwright & Poet, Spain

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Panel Presentation

“Embracing Difference: The Work of Art”
Stephen Copland, Artist, Australia
Emilienne Malfatto, Documentary Photographer
Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio, University of Barcelona, Spain
Moderator: Martin Renes, University of Barcelona, Spain

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Keynote Presentation

“The Relevance of the Humanities and Arts in Uncertain Times”
Baden Offord, Curtin University, Australia

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Keynote Presentation

“Dislocation/Invitation”
Donald Hall, University of Rochester, United States

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