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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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Presidential Plenaries

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 

Connect with colleagues at vCIES-2021!

Our Flexible Approach


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?

In the current era of COVID-19 we are planning for an unknown future. We anticipate an on-site participation options in Seattle along with the virtual forms of engagement, including hybrid (synchronous) sessions and online (asynchronous) sessions. With this multi-pronged approach we will be able to adjust according to the situation, whatever it may be. Please see links for more information about our flexible approach and updates as they become available. We appreciate your patience as we plan for an unpredictable future.

CIES 2021

April 25-29, 2021

Hyatt Regency Seattle

Seattle, WA, USA

Virtual April 25 – May 2

CIES invites proposals that respond to the conference theme and expand knowledge production and educational practice within the field of comparative and international education.

Visit for more information about CIES and for the latest conference information — including the Call for Papers, session format descriptions, submission guidelines, review criteria, key deadlines, and more!