Co-op Education Conference calls for proposals

The Co-operative College is inviting proposals for its third annual education conference. The theme of the 2017 event, which takes place on 5-6 April at Manchester Metropolitan University, is...

The Co-operative College is inviting proposals for its third annual education conference.

The theme of the 2017 event, which takes place on 5-6 April at Manchester Metropolitan University, is Learning for Co-operative Transformations, and will focus on young people, communities and society.

“We are currently living through a period of rapid global change where the socio-economic and political landscapes are transforming and there is a widening gap between the rich and poor,” says Simon Parkinson, College principal and CEO.

The 2017 Co-operative Education Conference will take place at the Manchester Metropolitan University
The 2017 Co-operative Education Conference will take place at the Manchester Metropolitan University

“Within this there is an appetite for an alternative to traditional capitalist models, be they co-operative, social enterprise or other collaborative, collective solutions.

“The conference focuses on the ways in which co-operative learning, whether formal or informal, in schools, universities, workplaces and communities can challenge inequalities and contribute to building co-operative authenticity, sustainability and resilience around the world.”

Proposals for research presentations or for panels or workshops can be submitted before 28 October 2016. Accepted proposals will by notified on 14 November.

Related: Coverage of the Co-operative Education Conference 2016

Research presentation sessions will provide researchers with an opportunity to share the main ideas and conclusions of their work, and research papers will be published as conference proceedings in a special edition of the Journal of Co-operative Studies, a peer-reviewed international academic journal which aims to promote knowledge, research and innovation within the co-operative sector. Panel discussions will encourage dialogue around particular ideas or themes, and workshops will provide the opportunity for participants to learn by activity and reflection.

The college is also offering proposal preparation support, intended to assist those who are new to the proposal submission process through help with clarity of writing, appropriateness of content to theme or the design of presentations and workshops. Proposals must be submitted for pre-review by 16 September to [email protected]

  • Proposals for research presentations, panel sessions and interactive workshops can be submitted by email to [email protected] until 28 October 2016. There are a limited number of bursaries available to assist individuals with the cost of attending the conference. If you are interested in applying for a bursary please indicate this in your submission.
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