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March 25, 2018 - March 29, 2018
It is interesting and illuminating to reflect on the locations of the Annual Meetings for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) over the past 61 years of our organization’s history. In 2018, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) will be convened in Mexico City, marking the third time in the organization’s history that the conference has been held in this location, and the fourth time overall that the conference has been hosted at an international venue outside of Canada and the United States.
The first CIES Annual Meeting to be held in Mexico City took place in 1978 under the leadership of Joseph P. Farrell (University of Toronto). At this conference, major themes included adult education, rural and indigenous education, education and employment, higher education, internationalizing the curriculum, materials and systems of instruction, and priorities for educational research in Latin America – all topics that continue to be discussed and debated in the Society today.
The CIES Annual Meeting returned to Mexico City in 1997 under the leadership of the President-Elect Carlos Alberto Torres (UCLA) with a theme of “Education, Democracy and Development at the Turn of the Century”. In his welcome message to the conference, Prof. Torres emphasized the importance of cultural diversity and multiculturalism, urging the CIES membership to pursue the construction of an academic consensus based on the notion of diversity in the face of growing pressure for homogenization.
Once again in 2018, the CIES Annual Meeting will be convened in Mexico City under the theme “Re-mapping Global Education: South-North Dialogue” and under the leadership of President-Elect Regina Cortina (Teachers College, Columbia University). This conference builds upon the call made just over two decades earlier at the 1997 conference to embrace diversity and pluralism in our work. The conference aims to shift the traditional starting point of research and practice to a greater extent towards the global South. Emphasizing South-North dialogue and South-South collaboration, the aim is to expand our awareness of and engagement with the voices, actors and knowledge producers that have historically been marginalized in educational research and institutions.
We look forward to reaching across all borders and working together in Mexico City to re-map global education in 2018.