4th International Conference on ProPEL 2019
The Professional Practice, Education and Learning (ProPEL) Conference will be held at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia in December 2019.
ProPEL: Professional Practice, Education and Learning Conference
ProPEL is a collaborative, multi-professional international network at the University of Stirling, launched in 2010 to promote research and knowledge exchange in issues of professional education, practice and learning. Conferences draw scholars from a range of countries, disciplines and theoretical orientations.
We are delighted to confirm the keynote speakers – all distinguished researchers in the professional learning, education and practice field.
Further details of their presentations and biographies will be available on the website in early 2019.
Senior Professor of Sociology of Organizations at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, (University of Trento, Italy), where she founded the Research Unit on Communication, Organizational Learning, and Aesthetics. She is currently in the principal international networks of organizational studies and a board member of various international journals.
Research Leader (part-time) and Adjunct Professor at the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. He is also co-leader of the 'Pedagogy, Education and Praxis' (PEP) international collaboration involving researchers from universities in Colombia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
Professor of Education and the Director of the Centre for Educational Research in the School of Education University of Western Sydney. She is also the Chair of the Greater Western Sydney chapter of the United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (one of only four in Australia).
Call for papers
We are delighted to announce the 4th International Conference on Professional Practice, Education and Learning (ProPEL2019) Call for Papers. ProPEL2019 is hosted by the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.Our aim is to foster as much conversation between delegates as possible. Thus, we welcome a diverse range (e.g., conceptual, empirical, and methodological) of submissions (see conference themes) that provoke, propose and problematise professional learning and professions.
We welcome submissions for:
- Individual papers
- Symposia – for three or more presenters who all focus on the same theme
- Posters – (poster presenters are encouraged to also present their research in a 3MT)
Three Minute Theses (3MT) from academics, students and practitioners. 3MT. While the 3MT is generally a competition, it will be used at ProPEL2019 as an exciting new way for people to present their research in a more condensed form - essentially, you get to use 1 PowerPoint slide and have 3 minutes to present your research. You can read about the 3MT ‘rules’ at
Your 250 word abstract for papers, posters and 3MTs, or 1000 word abstract for symposia, should be submitted by 20 March 2019. Details of the submission process will be available in early February.
Student scholarships will be announced soon.
Main theme: Provocations and Possibilities
In the tradition of previous ProPEL conferences, this conference provides opportunities to come together to share ideas, explore challenges and participate in a growing community engaged in researching professional practice, learning and education. We are particularly keen to shine a light on the unspoken, unseen, unasked and intangible during this conference. We invite you to uncover and examine these from multiple perspectives and to contemplate future directions, opportunities and potential. We welcome the creative, emerging and the unexpected; both in terms of what you are researching and how you are approaching and undertaking research.
The sub-themes are intended to offer a broad and open means for locating your provocations and/or possibilities and connecting your conversations to an international community of researchers with common interests.
- Sites of professional work
What sites of professional practice, learning and education have we been overlooking? What does analysis of particular sites provoke us into thinking? What possibilities emerge from virtual, contingent, fluid, optional, dispersed, ephemeral, precarious sites of work and learning?
- Digital disruptions, learning and technologies
How are technologies changing professional and learning practice, professions and education and how are these technologies supporting professionals to maintain important features in a turbulent world? What technological possibilities are emerging, and what do such disruptions provoke?
- Ethics and responsibilities (re)imagined
What ethical considerations or responsibilities need greater attention, or are being reviewed, restructured, or re-invented? And what are the implications, provocations and possibilities that flow from these for practice and professional education?
- Space | Time | Materiality
Exploring aspects of practices; are there specific dimensions of practice you’ve been investigating? What provocations and possibilities do spatial, temporal or material analyses of practice, learning and education open up?
- Knowledge and ignorance
Knowledge, knowing and the unknown: what we think we know, how we know, what we don’t know and what we’re not talking about. Provoke us into thinking in new ways about knowledge and ignorance in professional practice, learning and education! Show us the possibilities that are emerging!
- Questioning professions and professionals
Wither professions, professionals, and even professionalism? What are the signs of decay, disruption, erosion, entrenchment, endurance, reformation and rejuvenation in the professions? What is maintaining boundaries between them, what is re-drawing these boundaries, or transgressing them? What provocations must we confront as a community framed around the idea of ‘professional’? What possibilities are we overlooking?
- Methodologies and methods
We use a range of theoretical and methodological resources in researching professional practice, knowledge, education and learning. Practice-based or ‘socio-material’ approaches are increasingly prominent in this space but not exclusively. We invite contributions that explore and critique methodologies and methods relevant to this area of inquiry. What do particular approaches make possible that others don’t? What provocations can they surface that refresh and invigorate our research?
- Professional education
What is professional education in higher education, professional bodies and workplaces if professions are contested, disrupted, eroded, transformed? How can we provoke new questions about professional education? What are the possibilities for professional education?
- Learning in practice
Have we lost a focus on “learning’ in our work on problematising practice? What new questions can we provoke about learning in practice? What are the possibilities for understanding learning in practice differently?
- What is becoming or what questions aren't we asking?
This sub-theme is for presentations that address directly what is coming or becoming or questions we are missing? As a scholarly field, are we there yet? What have we not yet got a handle on? What is not yet a feature of professional practice, education and learning, but needs addressing now? What are the not-yet professions? What about the idea of the not-yet professional? How can we work with not-yet data?
And what questions are we missing? What provocations and possibilities are overlooked? What keeps you up at night in relation to professional knowledges and practice, education or learning? What questions are emerging in your area of practice? If it doesn’t fit in any of the categories above, and you think we need to be talking about it please raise it! We don’t know what we don’t know ….
The registration system will open to coincide with the notification of abstract review decisions. Registration includes welcome drinks reception, morning and afternoon snacks, and lunch on each of the main conference days. The registration fees (in Australian $ AUD) are:
EARLY BIRD registration fee (before 31 July 2019):
Registration fee (from 1 August 2019):
All day participants / day: $400
Delegates are invited to a Conference Dinner, paid for separately. Details coming soon.
Travel, accommodation and location
Flying into Sydney
Sydney Airport is located about 8km from the Sydney CBD. for travelling between Sydney airport and the UTS Conference venue or to the Sydney CBD. If you’re catching the train between airport and the city you can purchase an transport card from the airport train station. The airport/city train is rather expensive (about $17AUD one way) – so, if there are more than 2 people travelling together, it is probably cheaper (and more convenient) to take a taxi (approx. $30-35AUD).
The ProPEL 2019 conference venue is on the . The majority of the conference will be held in the in UTS’ Building 10 – the main entrance to Building 10 is on Jones Street, Broadway and the function centre is on level 7: .
The conference venue is very close to Central Station and a major bus stop (called Railway Square) (both a 3 to 5-minute stroll). This means it is easily accessible by buses and trains from most parts of Sydney.
If you plan on using buses, trains and/or ferries while you are here you will need to get an OPAL card. You can get these (and top them up) in most convenience stores in the CBD as well as supermarkets, newsagencies and main transport hubs. Here is some information about . Don’t forget to ‘tap on’ and ‘tap off’! You can use this for information about how to get around the city as well as between your accommodation and the conference.
There are no ‘official’ conference hotels, however there are many accommodation options to choose from. Some hotels very close (within walking distance – and the first 2 are literally across opposite UTS) include:
Still within easy walking distance, but a just a little further away are:
Some other options (within walking distance) include:
Please note, that these are only some possibilities, and there are many more available. You might also want to look for accommodation in Newtown or Glebe (both within about 20 minutes walking distance). Hotels in the city centre, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay are (usually) accessible to UTS via public transport too – however, is impacting on traffic and transport options.
Eating and drinking in Sydney
While Sydney may be an expensive city, there are lots of options for great food at very reasonable prices. Among our favourite places to eat around the UTS campus are (under $15AUD – has vegetarian options too) and a range of eateries on , nearby , of course – as well as . You will not have difficulties finding a place to enjoy a drink after a long conference day and, if you’re just thirsty, Sydney’s to drink directly from the tap.
Sydney weather in December
The conference takes place at the very beginning of the southern hemisphere’s summer season. During summer, average temperatures can range from 18.6 through to 25.8°C (65.5 – 78.4°F) – and often hotter. You can find out more about the weather . Remember to pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
Here are some links to sites that can help you plan your visit.
Most people who visit Sydney for the first time (quite rightly) want to head to to see the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. However, there are others places to see/things to do as well. We asked each other: “If we could show you just one place/thing in Sydney, then what would it be, and why?” Here is how each of us answered.
- Ann said: “– enjoy the beautiful beaches, stop for coffee and food at each beach and admire the dolphins swimming with the surfers (if you are very lucky)”
- Nick said: “– The is spectacular. Great food options, and lovely walk around to Shelly Beach”.
- Donna said: “The A compact zoo/ cultural experience conveniently located at for those who don't have time to visit . You can get up close to some iconic Australian animals and there’s an next door”.
- Jacqui said: “– Take a stroll through our beautiful botanical gardens and end up a for a prize view of Sydney Harbour, take in the Opera House, Harbour Bridge all at once...”
- Sandris said: “especially after the dusk. Vibrant city lights, often live music and performances. You can also wander to the close-by Tumbalong Park (not your typical park) and Chinese Garden of Friendship”.
Check the ProPEL blog – ProPEL Matters hosted by the University of Stirling for updates, interesting articles and blogs about some of the conference themes and keynote speakers.
|Deadline for abstract Submission||20th March, 2019|
|notification for abstract review||31st March, 2019|
|registration opens||1 June, 2019 (Potential to be earlier)|
|Deadline for submitting refereed papers||20 July, 2019|
|Early bird registration closes||31 July, 2019|
|Deadline for submitting non-referred papers *1||30 September 2019|
|Deadline for presenter registration2 *2||05 October 2019|
|Conference||09-11 December 2019 (Welcome 08 Dec)|
*1: Presenters are invited to submit non-refereed papers. These will be made available to all conference participants, but not published as part of any proceedings or open website.
*2: Registration must be completed by this date for your paper to be included in the program. Non-presenting delegates may register after this date.
Conference Organising Committee: Ann Reich, Nick Hopwood, Donna Rooney and Jacqui McManus, supported by ProPEL Conference – International Advisory Group: Madeleine Abrandt-Dahlgren, Terrie-Lynn Thompson and Mark Goldszmidt.
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