Invitation: 8th Annual NordCrit Conference in Tallinn, 3-4 June 2014

Welcome to this year’s annual NordCrit meeting, held at Tallinn University on 3-4 June, 2014 (lunch to lunch).

This year’s conference theme is ‘Methodology in research on marginalisation, agency and diversity’. We have the pleasure of having Prof. Janet Holland from London South Bank University as our keynote lecturer. Prof. Holland has pursued many areas of research, particularly in youth, education, families and  intimacy. She, with her colleagues, has conducted innovative work on feminist theory and methodology.

Prof. Gunilla Holm (University of Helsinki), director of JustEd, will contribute with a brief presentation of JustEd, its current and future activities.

Participants are invited to present papers, especially papers discussing – according to the conference theme – methodology are welcome. However, all presentations within the themes of NordCrit are welcome. The deadline for abstracts is 5th of May 2014. Please send your abstract to reetta.mietola(a)


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Call for Papers: ”Equality, Equity and Justice in Education – Discourses and Realities” ESC XVI – CONFERENCE

”Equality, Equity and Justice in Education  – Discourses and Realities”


Friday 23rd of May 2014, 9 am – 8 pm
Siltavuorenpenger 5A, University of Helsinki,
Faculty of Behavioural Sciences

The Centre for Sociology of Education, University of Helsinki and the Nordic Centre of Excellence ‘Justice through Education in the Nordic Countries’ invites researchers, teachers and students interested in sociological and cultural studies of education to the annual ESC-conference.  The theme of 16th ESC-conference is ”Equality, Equity and Justice in Education – Discourses and Realities”.

Participants are encouraged to present their own research, but are also welcome to participate without presenting. The conference offers a unique opportunity for people to meet and discuss their research in a positive atmosphere.  

This year we are honoured to have three excellent keynote speakers; Professor Sally Power, University of Cardiff, Doctoral Student Sonja Kosunen, Research Unit on New Politics, Governance and Interaction in Education, University of Helsinki and Senior Researcher Sirkku Kupiainen, Centre for Educational Assessment, University of Helsinki.

Participants interested in presenting their research are kindly asked to submit an abstract (max 2000 characters) in advance. Abstract can be written in English, Finnish or Swedish. Please register and submit your abstract via this e-form.

Registration is required also for those who are not presenting a paper, via the same e-form.

All events will be held at Minerva Square, Floor K2, Siltavuorenpenger 5A, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki.

The conference is free of charge and open to the general public. Abstract submission and registration closes May 9th, 2014.

More information about the conference and tentative program is available at the ESC- website or directly from the organizers Laura Soisalo (laura.soisalo(a) and Aarno Kauppila (aarno.kauppila(a)

New funding for project on the use of digital media in classroom interaction

A research group at the University of Helsinki led by Fritjof Sahlström from Team 3: ‘Justice through Educational Practices? Analysing Innovative Cultures of Teaching and Learning in Nordic Contexts’, has in February received 420 000€ from Svenska kulturfonden for the three-year research project “Textmöten”. The project aims at studying how the increasing use of digital media, in particular classrooms, affect classroom interaction, especially in a context of increasing contact between language groups in Finland. It will begin its work in August 2014, in collaboration with researchers at Åbo Akademi University. Antti Paakkari, Anna Slotte-Lüttge and Liisa Tainio are participating JustEd-researchers from the University of Helsinki, and the project expects to collaborate with other Team 3 partners.

The project will build upon the previous project ‘Språkmöten’.

Greetings from the first JustEd biannual conference

A total of 75 persons attended the first JustEd biannual conference Justice through Education: Marketisation and equity in embedded contexts that was organized as a pre-conference to the NERA 42nd Congress in Lillehammer, Norway, March 4-5, 2014. Two key notes and 34 abstract presentations deliberated on the impact of marketisation on the issue of justice in educational policies, discourses, schooling, everyday practices and educational outcomes within Nordic educational contexts and beyond.


Engaging discussions. Photo: NordForsk/Terje Heiestad

 Conference material

Professor Ken Jones’ opening keynote 
Professor Lisbeth Lundahl’s concluding keynote
More pictures from the conference are available at NordForsk’s page on Facebook