The conversation continues. Following the success of previous symposia exploring the work of Basil Bernstein, we are pleased to announce the sixth symposium will be held at the Ship Inn at Griffith University’s South Bank Campus, Brisbane Australia, from 30 June to 3rd July 2010.
The symposium aims to encourage informed dialogue between scholars from around the world undertaking work that engages with Bernstein’s sociology of education in the broadest sense. We encourage papers from empirical projects and theoretical treatments that apply this lens to pedagogic activity in a wide range of settings and sectors. We also welcome papers that address the methodological and theoretical challenges of working with a Bernsteinian analysis. We encourage participants to revisit their theoretical foundations and genealogies to explore the influence of Bernstein’s ideas, both palatable and unpalatable in their time, test their relevance, build conversations with other theoretical frames and extend their purview. Bernstein's work has been widely translated and taken up in Europe, U.K., U.S., China, Japan, South Africa, Chile, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. The symposium encourages dialogue and debate across these various translations and transmutations of the theoretical and methodological framework. This symposium offers a uniquely interactive and informed forum restricted to 50-60 participants to enable a high quality of discussion. The Ship Inn is an attractive historical venue located in central Brisbane with easy access to a wide variety of accommodation, transport and eateries to suit all budgets. Brisbane’s winter is typically sunny with temperatures between 10°C and 21°C.
Abstract submissions are now closed. In keeping with past practice, the planning group has reviewed and then selected from a restricted number of abstracts. The abstracts accepted provide a coherent and complementary program that gives fair representation to established and new researchers and reflects the distribution of interests within the research community in terms of both themes and geographical locale. All presenters whose abstracts have been selected are advised to submit the BB2010 Registration Form with payment of registration by March 31, 2010. You are also encouraged to book your chosen accommodation at that time. Participants are expected to produce a written paper for the conference to be distributed to registered conference participants. This is to elicit constructive feedback on papers, and assist colleagues rework the paper for publication. Submission of a written paper is not compulsory, but is encouraged.
There will be limited places for participants who wish to attend but not give a paper. You are encouraged to register your interest in attending by first submitting the BB2010 Registration Form before March 31 2010, and then pay the full registration fee once your place is confirmed. In addition, the “Bernstein Basics” Workshops for students and early career researchers has been confirmed for June 30, 2010 at the symposium venue. Please join us and continue the conversation. We would be delighted to see you in Brisbane 2010.
Sixth International Basil Bernstein Symposium Planning Group
Parlo Singh, Sue Thomas, Griffith University, Brisbane
Beryl Exley, Catherine Doherty, Sue Whatman, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Karl Maton, University of Sydney
Leesa Wheelahan, University of Melbourne
Roberta Thompson, Research Assistant, Griffith University, Gold Coast campus