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Boundaries, identities and hybridity in Higher Education

11th International EUREDOCS Conference

Conference venue
: Laboratoire de L’Éducation/IFE – ENS de Lyon, Lyon
Period: 24-26 May 2018
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 20 february 2018


EUREDOCS is a network of European doctoral students working on issues related to the Europeanization of higher education and research.
It aims to facilitate and enable more communication among doctoral students and new doctoral candidates and to promote publication and dissemination of research results and to facilitate exchange and mobility among young scholars in this field. EUREDOCS is an interdisciplinary network and accepts membership from doctoral students and recent doctoral candidates in sociology, political science, economics, history, and educational studies.

Description of the Conference

The 11th EUREDOCS Conference will focus on the theme: “Boundaries, identities and hybridity in higher education”.

Over the last few decades, universities around the globe have been encouraged by policymakers to depart from traditional academic norms and models, whether by engaging with business interests, promoting interdisciplinarity, adopting new governance schemes, or developing strong international connections.
The reconfiguring of symbolic, professional, disciplinary, organizational or geographical boundaries has become a recurrent theme in the higher education literature. On the one hand, these trends seem to have blurred once dominant categories in higher education and research, such as the distinction between basic and applied science, and paved the way for the emergence of hybrid practices and new academic identities that transcend traditional boundaries.  On the other hand, however, one may question the scope and nature of such changes, as long-institutionalized boundaries are likely to persist over time.
Taking the theme of boundaries and identities as a starting point, this workshop will focus on the coexistence, conflict or hybridization between different logics, norms and practices in the field of higher education and research.

Eligible topics for the conference

Papers may address the following sub-themes (the list is indicative and not exhaustive):

  • The (re)definition of boundaries in the production, dissemination and transmission of knowledge. Academics have been increasingly encouraged to engage with industry, to develop inter- or trans- disciplinary approaches, and to integrate new forms of knowledge in their research and teaching activities. Does it affect – and to what extent – disciplinary identities, practices and norms? Are new patterns emerging in academic careers? How do these changes materialize (or not) into the construction of new research fields or academic specialties?
  • Institutional identities, governance schemes and organizational forms: Moving boundaries? Over the last decades, higher education institutions in many countries have undertaken major organizational reforms, experimenting with new governance arrangements, sometimes borrowing models, managerial recipes or tools from other organizations, whether in the public or private sector. How do organizational models cross sectoral boundaries? How are they transferred, translated and implemented into academic settings? Are traditional, institutionalized boundaries and identities (e.g. teaching/research; academics/administrators…) challenged by these evolutions?
  • Hybrid arenas and boundaries in higher education policies. As Universities are called to serve an increasingly diverse set of missions, more actors are involved in higher education policy-making. The higher education sector is also facing major changes of policy scales, with more and more intertwined regional, national or global levels in the formulation of higher education policies. Key questions, then, are to understand the formation of hybrid policy arenas at multiple levels, the modes of coordination or cooperation of policy actors in various arenas, and also to shed light on the definition of the boundaries of their intervention.

Organisation of the 2018 EUREDOCS Conference

The 11th EUREDOCS Conference will be held at the Laboratoire de l’Éducation (ENS de Lyon) from 24 to 26 May, 2018 (Thursday noon to Saturday noon).
The Conference will be organised in four sessions (one on Thursday, two on Friday and one on Saturday) of approximately four hours duration. In each session no more than four papers will be presented and discussed (45 to 60 minutes for each paper). The attendance of doctoral students without contributing a paper is possible. Participants without a paper have to cover their own expenses. Accommodation and food expenses will be covered for participants presenting a paper.
All papers selected for presentation must be available by 10 may 2018.

Participants and discussants will be asked to read the papers before the beginning of the Conference. Contributors will have 15 minutes to present a short version of their paper. For each paper a discussant will be assigned from among the other participants presenting a paper to comment on the presented paper. The discussant can comment for 15 minutes as well. Then a general discussion will follow taking about 15 to 30 minutes. We expect each contributor to attend the whole Conference.
Each session will be chaired by a senior researcher, usually a member of the  Scientific Committee.

Contributors have to pay themselves for their travel costs. Accommodation and meals in Lyon will be covered by the organisation.

Guidelines for submission

The deadline for the submission of a proposal is 5.00 pm GMT Thursday 20 february 2018.

Being a doctoral student or having recently (not earlier than october 2016) defended your thesis and working on a topic concerning higher education and/or research.
Submit a proposal (two pages maximum) on a topic to be presented by using the proposal form at the end of this text. The proposal as well as the potential presentation must be in English.
Submission of proposals:
Proposals should be sent by email to:

Selection process

The proposals will be reviewed by the members of the Scientific Committee of EURE-DOCS.
The main assessment criterion will be the relevance of the proposal for the theme of the Conference. For those papers submitted on the open track, the Scientific Committee will consider the significance of the topic or issues to be explored. All papers will be considered in terms of their overall research quality. We will appreciate proposals based on solid empirical material (quantitative as well as qualitative) and including an appropriate theoretical framework. The evaluation of the proposals will take into ac-count the number of years already spent working on the PhD thesis.
Replies will be sent at the beginning of March 2018.


The deadline for the submission of a proposal is 20 february 2018.
All papers selected for presentation must be available by 10 May 2018.
The Conference will be held at Laboratoire de l’Éducation [ENS de Lyon], from thursday 24 May (noon) to 26 May (noon) 2018.


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