The European Education Journal announces call for papers for a special issue “A Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015: Critical perspectives on education research, initiatives and interventions”. The special issue is supported by the European Centre for Minority Issues. Deadline for abstract submissions: 1 May 2015.
About the special issue
Coming close to the end of the Decade and being at a point where next steps are being discussed but have not yet been decided, this special issue attempts to look at the last ten years of Roma inclusion in the field of education. It welcomes papers that critically look at education research, initiatives and interventions. Researchers who intend to publish in this special issue might for example:
• analyze the tremendous amount of scientific research that has been published in the last ten years;
• scrutinize large-scale applied research / intervention projects (e.g. INCLUD-ED, EduMigRom, EduRom, RomaMatrix, QUALIROM and others) that have been implemented over the last ten years; or
• examine educational activities/projects/political initiatives related to or facilitated through the Decade of Roma Inclusion.
Interested researchers might also investigate unintended effects of international education policy, question how international education initiatives have been ignored, re-framed or even misused at the local level and/or compare different contextualizations of education research, initiatives and interventions. Studies that try to understand underlying and possibly conflicting understandings of social justice, equality of opportunity and/or affirmative action are also welcome.
Each paper should contextualize the field of inquiry with a look back covering part or all of the period 2005–2015. We kindly ask those who do not speak English as a family language to have their paper edited for language prior to submission if necessary.
The call is a continuation of a discussion that started at the 2014 conference of the Comparative Education Society in Europe with the panel “Governing Roma Education: International Initiatives and National Idiosyncrasies” and follows a panel at the 2015 conference of the Comparative and International Education Society entitled “A Decade of Roma Inclusion: Local-Level Analysis of Persistent Educational Segregation”. The call is related to a symposium proposal submitted to the European Conference of Education Research in Budapest entitled “A Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015: (Session 1) Theoretical Perspectives on Education and Policy Discourses, (Session 2) Educational Initiatives and Interventions”. Having presented at one of these sessions is, however, not a precondition for submitting an expression of interest.
Expressions of interest should be sent to Christian Brüggemann at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st of May 2015 in the form of an outline of about 1.000 – 1.200 words (objectives, theoretical framework, modes of inquiry, data sources). Selected full papers should be submitted by 1st of October 2015. Submitted papers will be subject to a blind peer review and selected on the basis of academic merit (clarity, coherence, relevance, rigor, appropriateness of theoretical/conceptual literature and methodological grounding).
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