2016 Hildesheim: Call for Paper


 IAHE Сonference 2016

at the University of Hildesheim



Call for Papers

The International Academy (IAHE) supports teaching and research in Educational Science and  the transfer of scientific knowledge in the world of education between Western, Central and Eastern European countries and countries outside Europe, with a view to the humanization of a free, democratic and socially just educational system. The main aim of the Academy is the furthering of the exchange of knowledge and innovative experience in the world of education between the countries of Europe and other continents. (cf. Para. 2, §1 of the Academy’s Statutes)

The task of the Academy is therefore to look for ways in which the humanization of education can be promoted against the background of present-day social change.

Although migration is in no way a new phenomenon, it has nevertheless become clear in recent years that the diversity of ethnicities has increased immeasurably through wars, forced migration, dictatorial greed and poverty and has triggered fears for the preservation of the respective nation as a whole. What this will bring in the future in the form of consequences for the individual and society, we do not know. It certainly leads to insecurity and uncertainty with regard to perspectives for the future and poses new challenges to educational systems. The Academy offers a very advantageous platform to exchange views with educationalists, sociologists and psychologists from different countries on Diversity, Democracy and Identity, and thus to arrive at productive insights.


Thus the theme of the IAHE annual conference will be: 

Diversity and Democracy – The Search for Identity in Challenging Times”

In addition to the main lectures on the conference theme and a panel discussion, three thematic areas have been identified:

Block I:Cultural diversity as a challenge to democracy: What can education achieve?

Block II: The dialogue between cultures and identity 

Block III: Diversity as a challenge in educational processes and in educational management


First ideas for topics in Block I: Cultural diversity as a challenge to democracy: What can 

education achieve?

  • living diversity – what does this mean for countries, regions, local communities and institutions?
  • the task of education: educating for democracy and openness 
  • fears of diversity and confusion. Topics preferably avoided in the educational sector.
  • democratic rights and openness versus security measures to combat terror
  • creativity as a learning target and an aim in life. Encouragement or unreasonable demand for individual orientation in challenging contexts of life
  • the role of political education in educational institutions in relation to diversity
  • the role of employers viz. a diversified society according to the Charter of Diversity
  • the diversity of religions in a democracy
  • migration and plurality in modern society


First ideas for topics in Block II: The dialogue between cultures and identity 

  • cultural identity as an experience between limitations and their dissolution
  • culture und identity: an analysis of two polyvalent concepts
  • identity and culture in a globalized world
  • cultural understanding as a challenge to formal and informal education
  • the relevance of models and values in a diversified society
  • living with different cultures between preservation and change
  • influencing the individual through transformation 
  • cultural identity and broadening one’s horizon
  • education in the face of the changed self-images of religions in democracy


First ideas for topics in Block III: Diversity as a challenge in educational processes and in educational management

  • Can diversity be managed or lived?
  • the contributions of living educational landscapes to an understanding between  the social strata and cultures
  • education for tolerance
  • an inclusive University environment 
  • inclusion as an opportunity or additional workload 
  • social disadvantagement, disabilities and discrimination as qualitative educational challenges
  • an “index for inclusion” as an instrument to safeguard quality
  • gender and diversity as social and educational design aims 
  • social interaction between cultures, religions and languages
  • resilience: giving strength to children and young people
  • the importance of subjective theories and stereotypes for dealing with heterogeneity
  • consulting and triangulation as features of inclusive educational institutions
  • questioning the polarization of individual and common learning – ways towards a respectual education
  • … 


Papers can be given in German, English or Russian. As all papers will be translated simultaneously, you should work on the basis of a paper length of 10 minutes (+ 10 minutes translation and short discussion).

We would be very happy to receive relevant thematic contributions from IAHE members and other interested parties for the conference in Hildesheim. We should especially like to encourage young academics/scientists to take part in the international conference. 


On behalf of the Management Board


(Prof. Dr. Olga Graumann, Präsidentin der IAHE