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Date: 24 Oct 2007 09:12
Subject: Fith EUREDOCS Conference - Call for papers
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Fifth International EUREDOCS Conference
"Modernising European Higher Education: Priorities, Ideas and Challenges"
CIPES – Center for Research on Higher Education Policies
(University of Porto and University of Aveiro)
23-25 May 2008
1. What is EUREDOCS?
1.1 The Network
EUREDOCS is a network of European doctoral students working on issues
related to the Europeanization of higher education and research. The
network was created upon the initiative of Sylvain Kahn (Director for
European Affairs) and Christine Musselin (Senior Researcher at the
Centre de Sociologie des Organisations) at Sciences Po in Paris.
It aims to facilitate and enable more communication among doctoral
students and new doctoral candidates working on issues related to the
Europeanization of higher education and research. The network also
aims to promote publication and dissemination of research results and
to facilitate exchange and mobility among young scholars in this
EUREDOCS is an interdisciplinary network and accepts membership from
doctoral students and recent doctoral candidates in sociology,
political science, economics, history, and educational studies.
Europeanization of higher education and research is to be understood
in a broad sense. It obviously addresses the Europeanization of
national higher education and research policies. It also includes the
analysis of the (potential) harmonisation, standardisation,
convergence or normalisation processes that might affect the
structure, academic curricula, accreditation procedures, the quality
assessment and assurance systems, academic career patterns, the role
of higher education institutions in local or regional development, the
structure of university governance, the production of knowledge, the
relationships between research and industry, the institutional
structures for teaching and/or research etc. Furthermore, it deals
with the role of supra-national bodies in these processes, the
influence of American models, the impact of internationalisation etc.
If you are a doctoral students or a recent doctoral candidate (thesis
defence no longer ago than January 2006 or later) working on a
research or thesis topic within the field of interest defined by the
network and if you want to become part of the network, please send an
email to [log in to unmask]
1.2 The Activities
The activities of the EUREDOCS network mainly consist of:
• a website which is designed to be a resource for doctoral students
and recent doctoral candidates,
• a directory collecting detailed information about doctoral students
and recent doctoral candidates and about their PhD topics in progress
or recently defended in the field of Europeanization of higher
education and research,
• an (annual or bi-annual) international conference.
1.3 The Euredocs Scientific Committee
In order to develop and run this network, Sciences Po has funded a
scientific committee composed of six well-known European research
centres and their representatives:
• CIPES, Center for Research in Higher Education Policies, Portugal
• CSO, Sciences Po and CNRS, France (Christine Musselin)
• Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom (Penny Burke)
• OSPS, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (Gaële Gosastellec)
• Stein Rokkan Centre for Social Studies, University of Bergen, Norway
• International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel) ,
University of Kassel, Germany (Barbara Kehm )
While the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations and Sciences Po are
responsible for the website and the directory, the conferences are
organised jointly by the members of the Scientific Committee who also
review the papers submitted. The Scientific Committee will also select
the best papers of each conference and look for a possibility to
publish them in an international journal.
2. The EUREDOCS Conferences
One of the objectives of the EUREDOCS network is to organise annual or
bi-annual international conferences for doctoral students and new
doctoral degree holders related to the EUREDOCS thematic priorities
and interests. These conferences aim to:
• promote exchange, foster discussion and reflection among doctoral
students and recent doctoral degree holders,
• encourage them to write and present papers at academic meetings and
• provide practical experiences as discussants and commentators,
• foster scientific exchange and debates.
We expect the conferences to represent opportunities for doctoral
students and new doctoral candidates to find a place dedicated to
their work, where they can present contributions and where they are
confronted with different perspectives, where they will meet senior
researchers who will act as moderators or be part of audience. The
conferences also serve as an opportunity for further cooperation and
The papers presented at the conference will be made available on the
EUREDOCS website after the conference and will thus be widely
disseminated. We expect that many of them can then be revised for
publication in different journals. The members of the Scientific
Committee will support this process.
Each conference provides an opportunity for a limited number of
contributors (between 12 and 16) to present a paper on a focused issue
(which is part of a PhD thesis but normally not the whole project), in
order to allow debates and develop relationships among participants
sharing common interests and knowledge on a common theme. For each
conference a new topic will be explored, a call for proposals will be
disseminated and the Scientific Committee will select the best from
among the submitted proposals.
The previous EUREDOCS Conferences were held at Sciences Po in Paris
(2004), at the Stein Rokkan Centre in Bergen (2005), at the
International Centre for Higher Education Research, University of
Kassel (2006) and at Centre for Higher Education Studies, School of
Educational Foundations and Policy Studies, Institute of Education,
University of London (2007).
3. The Conference Venue for 2008
The Fifth EUREDOCS Conference will be held at CIPES – Centre for
Research on Higher Education Policies, University of Porto and
University of Aveiro in Portugal from 23 to 25 May, 2008 (Friday till
Sunday). It will start on Friday at 2.00 pm and finish on Sunday at
4. Organisation of the 2008 EUREDOCS Conference
The Conference will be organised in four sessions (one each on Friday
and Sunday and two 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). Participation of doctoral
students without contributing a paper is possible. Participants
without a paper have to cover their own expenses.
All papers selected for presentation should be available by 30 March
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
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 Porto will be covered by the organisation.
5. The Conference Theme
The 5th EUREDOCS Conference will focus on the theme: "Modernising
European Higher Education: Priorities, Ideas and Challenges".
Following the developments of the implementation of the Bologna
Process and of the Lisbon Strategy the idea that it is necessary to
modernise the European higher education systems has increasingly
emerged in political discourses both in the Commission and the
European Council. In May 2006 the Commission produced a Communication
pointing out areas of action for a modernisation agenda for
universities in education, research and innovation, which was fully
endorsed by the Council in June 2006. More recently the Commission's
Green Paper re-launching the creation of a European Research Area
emphasises again the need of a modernisation agenda for universities
as a key element for achieving the proposed goals. During the 2008
EUREDOCS Conference we want to explore how far the modernisation
agenda is impacting higher education systems and their institutions by
focusing on three main dimensions or sub-themes:
(a) The modernisation of curricula
The progressive implementation of the Bologna process is introducing a
number of changes to the teaching function of the university: the
implementation of the three cycle system (bachelor-master-doctorate),
the introduction of competence based learning and flexible learning
paths, the promotion of lifelong learning, the concepts of
employability, recognition and mobility. This sub-theme invites
proposals for presentations mapping out transformations and changes of
higher education systems. To what extent are the new ideas and
priorities impacting higher education systems? Do European and
national institutions enforce a specific logic of action? In what
direction are European and national policies evolving? To what extent
is the modernisation agenda embedded in the implementation of the
Bologna Process and the progress of the Lisbon Strategy?
(b) University governance
To what extent does modernisation affect higher education and research
institutions? How do European and national institutions perceive the
university - as organizations or as institutions? Does this perception
affect the level of university autonomy and create demands for
increasing accountability or new modes of institutional governance
(e.g. the emergence of boards of trustees, models imported from the
private sector)? Is the modernisation agenda influencing institutional
strategies? What kind of instruments and tools are used in developing
institutional strategies of modernisation? What is fostering/hampering
the development of institutional policies and strategies for the
modernisation of higher education and research institutions?
(c) Competition, funding and diversity
To what extent is there an emerging paradigm of competition replacing
the traditional cooperation paradigm? What are the effects with
respect to stratification/diversification of the higher education
systems? Is the diversification of funding for teaching and research
contributing to more diversified systems or just to stratification?
How does competition relate to new organizational forms such as
foundations or to policies of concentration of resources– consortia,
6. Invitation to Submit a Proposal
The deadline for the submission of a proposal is 22 January 2008.
Being a doctoral student or having recently (not earlier than January
2006) defended your thesis and working on a topic concerning the
Europeanization of higher education and research as outlined in
Submit a one to two page proposal 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 either by email to:
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or by regular mail to:
Rua 1º de Dezembro, 399
The proposals will be reviewed by the members of the Scientific
Committee of EUREDOCS.
The main assessment criteria will be the relevance of the proposal for
the theme of the Conference. 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 account the number of years already spent
working on the PhD thesis.
Replies will be sent by 17 March 2008.
Vous trouverez en attachement un appel à propositions pour la 5ème
conférence EUREDOCS, qui se tiendra du 23 au 25 mai 2008 au CIPES à
Porto et aura pour thème : "Modernising European Higher Education:
Priorities, Ideas and Challenges"
Les conférences EUREDOCS sont ouvertes à tous les doctorants et jeunes
docteurs (ayant soutenu depuis moins de trois ans), et menant des
travaux de recherche sur l'enseignement supérieur et la recherche en
Le comité scientifique de EUREDOCS retient chaque année une quinzaine
de propositions et les papiers sont discutés par les participants et
des chercheurs confirmés, lors de la conférence. Pour en savoir plus
sur EUREDOCS et ses conférences vous pouvez vous rendre sur le site :
Merci par avance soit pour soumettre une proposition, soit pour
adresser ce message à des doctorants ou jeunes docteurs qui pourraient
Centre de Sociologie des Organisations
Sciences Po et CNRS
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tel: +33 (0)1 40 62 65 70 - fax: +33 (0)1 47 05 35 55
EUREDOCS is a doctoral network on Europeanization of higher education
and research, animated by Sciences Po. It aims at facilitating and
enabling more communication exchange and mobility among young scholars
in this field. Each year an international conference for PhD
candidates and recent doctorates is organized. The members of the
scientific committee of EUREDOCS are : Christine Musselin (CSO,
Sciences Po and CNRS, France), Alberto Amaral (CIPES, Center for
Research in Higher Education Policies, Portugal), CHEPS, Jürgen Enders
(University of Twente, Netherlands), Barbara Kehm (InCHER, University
of Kassel, Germany), Penny Burke (Institute of Education, University
of London, United Kingdom) ; Ivar Bleiklie (Stein Rokkan Centre for
Social Studies, University of Bergen, Norway).
If you want to know more about EUREDOCS and the past conferences,
please visit the website : http://www.euredocs.sciences-po.fr.