BESA Third Annual Conference 2007

BESA Third Annual Conference 2007


Bath Spa University
Newton Park, Newton St. Loe

Third Annual Conference

BESA was set up in 2005 to provide an academic community for all those working in Education Studies. Two successful conferences have been held at Chester University in 2005 and Bishop Grosseteste College in 2006. They provided the first opportunities for the sharing of ideas and experiences across the sector. The third conference aims to increase the strength and influence of the association.


Bath Spa University is set in the glorious rural setting of Newton Park, with buildings dating from the 12th, 16th and 18th Centuries and lakes and landscaping by Capability Brown. Just four miles from the City of Bath with its Roman Baths and Georgian architecture, this is the ideal place for a summer conference and we do hope that you will join us to continue the successful growth of BESA.

Conference Theme – Alternative Visions of Education

Students grow up in an education system dominated by compliance with state prescription and historical precedent. One of the key roles of Education Studies is to offer critical analysis of received policy and practice and to deconstruct students’ assumptions. The conference theme of ‘Alternative Visions’ is intended to encourage members to share their initiatives and ideas about ways of envisioning different views of education.

The theme is interpreted liberally to include all possibilities, which may include

  • visions of educational futures
  • international and global perspectives
  • comparative studies
  • alternative curricula
  • new learning and teaching methods
  • alternatives to schooling

Keynote speaker

Terry Wrigley of the University of Edinburgh will address the conference theme of alternatives in education. His latest book is entitled ‘Another School is possible’.

Call for papers

Papers are invited on any topic related to the theme of Alternative Visions.

The conference is also an opportunity for colleagues to share their research or scholarly work and papers are invited on any topic which or theme related to Education Studies.

  • An abstract of no more than 300 words should be submitted with the application form.
  • If you wish to apply for the conference and submit your abstract later, please indicate that on the form.
  • Abstracts should be submitted by June 1 2007 at the latest.
  • Bring 20 copies of your paper, or draft paper, the conference.
  • Paper presentations will be in pairs of 30 minutes each.

Contributions from students are welcome and there will be a special student research section.

BESA Journal: Educational Futures

BESA now has a refereed electronic journal: Educational Futures. The first edition is due out in April 2007 and will include papers from the last conferences. You will be able to submit your conference paper for inclusion in a later edition.

Accommodation and application

Accommodation is available on the University site in en-suite or standard accommodation. The conference begins on Friday 6 July at 10.30 and ends after Lunch on the Saturday.

You can stay on the Thursday night beforehand. If you wish to make a week-end of it and have Saturday afternoon and Sunday in Bath, then you can stay on Saturday night too.