Call for Papers: 9th Biennual Conference of The Comparative Education Society of Asia: “Education, Equality and Social Harmony: Asian Experiences in Comparative Perspective”

Hangzhou, PR China
16th -18th May 2014
Deadline: 28th Feb 2014

Host: School of Education, Hangzhou Normal University. The relationship between education and social inequality has aroused increasingly acute concern in many Asian societies over recent years. This conference will invite participants to consider what we can learn from the experiences of developed and developing societies, within Asia and beyond, regarding the relationship between education, equality and stability or ‘harmony’ – both within particular societies, and in their relations with each other. This theme is intended to stimulate debate over what different societies can teach us regarding the balance to be struck between education’s role in promoting economically-relevant ‘skills’, and the other vital roles that it performs – in terms of political socialization, the distribution of opportunity, and the fostering of those capabilities necessary to the pursuit of a fulfilling life.

The conference will feature keynote addresses by the following distinguished scholars:

  • Prof. WANG Yingjie (Beijing Normal University, President of the China Comparative Education Society)
  • Prof. KARIYA Takehiko (University of Oxford; formerly of the University of Tokyo)
  • Prof. Krishna KUMAR (University of Delhi, former Head of the National Council for Educational Research and Training) (to be confirmed)
  • Prof. Paul MORRIS (IOE, University of London; former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Education)


Paper presentations:

Those wishing to present papers should email an abstract and completed registration form (downloadable from to:

For early bird registration, please submit abstracts by February 28. (You will informed by March 7 whether your abstract has been accepted, and will then have to register by March 31 to enjoy the discount.)

The final deadline for abstract submission is April 11 (You will be informed by April 14 whether your abstract has been accepted, and will then have to register and pay by April 30 to enjoy the pre-conference registration rate. Those paying at the conference itself will have to pay the full fee, as shown on the website:
When preparing an abstract, please consult the full Call for Papers, available on the conference website:
Hangzhou, famous for its scenic West Lake, was the capital of China during the Southern Song Dynasty (1123-1276). Relics of its historic past remain, and the city continues to attract large numbers of domestic and overseas tourists. Conference participants are strongly encouraged to take the opportunity of their visit here to take a day or two before or after the conference to explore the lake and some of the related sights.
For further information on the conference, please consult the website, or write to:


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