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Welcome to CIES’s 65th annual meeting!
We look forward to your participation at vCIES-2021!

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is our 2021 George F. Kneller Lecture.

She is University Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University
and teaches reading the world and democratic habit-formation at the university and
at four Manojog Pathshalas in Birbhum, India.
Her talk is titled Scattered Speculations on a Permanent Revolution.

Tuesday, April 27, 10am PDT
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in conversation with Wanjiru

Kavita N. Ramdas

Power Dynamics, Philanthropy and Global
Justice: Limits and Possibilities

Monday, April 26, 10am PTD

john a. powell

Social Responsibility, Social Movements,
and Corporate Power: Reflecting on
Othering and Belonging

Wednesday, April 28th, 10am PTD

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While images of learning are recognizable across time and space, experience is widely variable, especially in today’s world of unprecedented change. Join us as we engage in examining our educational agendas, assumptions and processes relative to these changing contexts.

We are researchers, students, practitioners, consultants, and policy makers from over 100 countries, sharing our work, challenging ourselves, and critically engaging more robust possibilities for socially responsibility in education. Virtual options are available at CIES 2021 

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Our Flexible Approach

Welcome to vCIES-2021!

The CIES 2021 Program Chair and Planning Committee welcomes you to the 65th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society! The 2021 CIES conference will take place virtually April 25 – May 2, 2021. We anticipate a vibrant engagement of researchers, students, practitioners, and policy makers, in a welcoming and inspiring professional community.

The 2021 conference themeSocial Responsibility within Changing Contexts, focuses our attention on closely examining the work we do and how others in the field experience our work, in a changing environment with a growing variety of actors who may or may not share the same visions for the future. As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, we see rapid changes in political, economic, environmental, cultural, and social spaces. Along with these changes is an increasing variety of actors, including non-state actors who are now more involved. These changes influence education globally and locally. This calls for revisiting the relationships among context, actors, visions, and action, and our own collective social responsibility.

Contextual changes include the global sharing of cultural values, a refinement of neoliberal economic and political agendas, and the acceleration of environmental challenges. In addition, we often recognize a narrowing of the purpose of education toward economic outcomes, particularly as they are framed discursively in policy and practice, and the prioritization of technological innovations over other forms of learning. Alongside and within these changing contextual processes, values, and conditions are new actors in the education and development arena, including corporations, corporate philanthropies, celebrities, and billionaires, and perhaps the emergence of new social movements. What are their agendas and processes? How might we revisit the various visions and agendas of all development and education actors, along with our theories of action? How do we do the work we do? How are lives consequently affected? How does social responsibility – of corporate entities, governments, development organizations, communities, and researchers – interact with these changing contexts, the growing range of actors, and evolving visions and approaches to education globally and locally?

Due to the continuing challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic we will have a 100% virtual conference, including all of the usual activities one expects at CIES meetings. Please check for updates on this website (, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook

We have an exciting conference planned, with keynote and plenary panels which will explore conference theme from a variety of perspectives. #FEAS will open the conference with an interactive performance – don’t miss it! Twenty-four sessions and 61 papers will be presented bilingually, involving 27 languages. And you will also enjoy the annual Film Festivalette, networking opportunities, relaxing and rejuvenating activities during coffee breaks, and a virtual art exhibit, along with the usual workshops and presentations. Please encourage your colleagues and friends to attend CIES 2021, to get to know the vibrant organization that CIES is, and to engage with our professional community.

Program Chair
Karen Monkman, DePaul University and University of Pittsburgh

Program Coordinators
Dao Nguyen, University of Pittsburgh
Xi Wang, University of Pittsburgh

vCIES 2021

April 25 – May 2

vCIES 2021 will provide a full conference program that responds to the conference theme and expands knowledge production and educational practice within the field of comparative and international education.

CIES is committed to providing universal access to our event attendees. Please contact to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. Some of the accommodations being provided include automated closed caption and live transcription.

Visit for the latest conference information, and for more information about CIES. Submissions closed in October 2020. Early bird (discounted) registration ends January 31, 2021.