CHER 33rd Annual Conference:

Promoting Closer Relations and Scholarly Dialogues Between European and

Asian Higher Education Researchers

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Call for Proposals

The 33rd annual CHER conference will take place from the 1st of September to the 3rd of September of 2021, during the mornings of these three days only (European mornings). The first two mornings will be occupied mainly by an “open keynote dialogue” session and panels. The business meeting of the CHER association will take place on the third morning. The conference will be entirely online and organized by the Consortium for Higher Education Research in Asia (CHERA: https://chera.edu.hku.hk/), the Social Contexts and Policies of Education (Academic Unit) (SCAPE: https://web.edu.hku.hk/unit/social-contexts-and-policies-of-education) at the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong (https://web.edu.hku.hk/). The theme of this year’s conference is “Promoting closer relations and scholarly dialogues between European and Asian higher education researchers”.


Considering the fast evolution of higher education and science worldwide, it is crucial that researchers from different continents learn from each other by co-producing and sharing their research. This is a phenomenon that is increasingly occurring in all kinds of scientific fields. An increasing number of international publications are co-authored by researchers located in different parts of the world. Still, research focusing on the field of higher education research published recently have showed that international higher education studies remain firmly rooted in national-based collaborations and focus on the author’s higher education systems. Previous research also identified higher education researchers primarily working in silos, while some studies found comparative higher education to be in a steady state. The field is developing, but arguably increasingly, towards a myriad of topics, specializations and conceptual and methodological uses that are not as consolidated and articulated as they could be. The processes above may be the result of increasingly complex higher education systems that span both old and new challenges, which require more and better tools to be analyzed. Yet these process also raise questions about the researcher’s abilities to learn from one another, be more open to other’s views, and work more conjointly to tackle some of the similar challenges that higher education systems in different countries have. This includes helping to prepare some countries that are developing their higher education systems to meet challenges already faced by countries that reached further degrees of higher education system maturity.


In this context, considering the influence of European and Asian continents with a long history and of producing knowledge, there is everything to gain by contributing to a greater dialogue and fostering of relations that can contribute to a more consolidated learning and collaborative platform in higher education research. Therefore, this conference will only accept panel proposals on themes of relevance to higher education research. The panels focus, format and content are to be decided by the panel coordinator (which will be one of the panelists) and the other panelists. Papers can be presented in panels, but paper presentation are encouraged to be given less time than time spent on discussing the papers or the theme (the priority ought to be to establish dialogues between the panelists and the audience).Priority in the acceptance of panels will be given to those that fulfill the following criteria:


      • Have not more than 3 panelists (including discussants). This restriction on the number of panelists is to guarantee that there is time for the members of the panel to interact with the audience. Time organization of the panel needs to be provided, including how the panelists are expected to engage with the audience (panels will have a maximum duration of one hour).

      • That the panel discusses a common theme, both from Asian and European perspectives. If the panel, brings in a perspective from anywhere else in the world to complement the Asian and European perspectives, that is very welcome.

      • Panels that focuses their time on discussion rather than on paper presentations.


Panels will have a maximum duration of 60 minutes. Due to time constrains, only 20-25 panels will be accepted.

Submission of proposals

Please submit your panel proposals using the format in the attachment (see below) by e-mail to cher2021@hku.hk by 1st of June 2021. Panel proposals should not exceed 1000 words (including the bios of panelists). The panel proposals received will be evaluated by the members of the organizing committee and by the member of the Board of Governors of CHER. Applicants will receive a notification of the application results by the 15th of June 2021.