It is our pleasure and privilege as CIES 2020 Program Co-Chairs to welcome you to the 64th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society! We expect over 3000 researchers, students, practitioners and policymakers to attend the 2020 CIES conference, which will take place March 22-26, 2020 in Miami, Florida and extend into virtual space as well!  Over the four to five days of the conference, we hope to create opportunities for sharing cutting-edge research and practice, immerse in a welcoming professional community, and engage in meaningful intellectual exchange – all while breaking the mold of ‘business-as usual’ conferencing by slowing down, enabling virtual participation, and making space for multilingualism during the conference week. La conferencia será un espacio para conectarnos y generar una comunidad que incluya elementos humanos y no-humanos. 

We have invited conference participants to address the theme of Education Beyond the Human: Toward Sympoiesis. The conference theme challenges us to rethink the role of education in the era of epochal precarity associated with irreversible environmental catastrophe that is impacting all life on Earth. Signaling the end of human exceptionalism, this era calls for an urgent redefinition of what it is to be human and a reconfiguration of the relationship between human and Earth. How should education respond to a world of shifting planetary boundaries and collapsing ecosystems?  What education policies, frameworks, practices, and pedagogies can help re-situate the human within the relational flow of life where everyone and everything – both human and non-human – are deeply interconnected? How can we learn to responsibly encounter and fully engage with a more than human world? CIES 2020 invites the comparative education community and our colleagues in related fields – scholars, artists, policymakers, development aid professionals, and education practitioners alike – to step up to the planetary challenges we face and explore a broad range of questions pertaining to the adequacy of our vocabularies, theories, methods, practices, movements, and ways of being in these precarious times.

Our 2020 conference venue – Miami, Florida – will be one of the first places in the United States to be affected by massive floods related to global warming. It is therefore a fitting place and a stark reminder of the fact that our current preoccupation with global education trends – student achievement tests, competitive education league tables, global ranking exercises, and “best practices” – needs to be carefully reexamined and put into a broader, planetary and more than human perspective. 

We have an exciting conference planned, including a number of keynote and plenary panels, which will explore conference theme from philosophical, ecofeminist, human rights, international aid/development, multispecies, and sci-fi perspectives.  We look forward to share ideas in a variety of ways, including new session types such as Visual and Performance Art Sessions, alongside Roundtable Sessions, Fishbowl Sessions, Paper/ Panel Sessions, Poster Presentations, and Off-Site Visits. Todos estos formatos también están disponibles para presentaciones y performances en español. 

CIES 2020 will feature exciting new innovations such as the Spanish language program and virtual conference extension! In particular, we would like to explore opportunities for ongoing scholarly exchange across linguistic boundaries and amidst increasing travel challenges associated with political, environmental, or financial concerns. 

In the months leading up to the conference, we will work together to create a conference space – both physical and virtual – that would enable us to traverse epistemological and ontological boundaries that have kept the field largely insulated from discussion of the environmental catastrophe that is unwinding us, and begin to reimagine life – and education – on a damaged Earth. CIES 2020 welcomes you!!  

Please check the conference website for regular updates and follow us on Twitter and Facebook! Y si tienes alguna duda, no dudes en consultar con los organizadores del programa en español en Facebook, Twitter, o por email!

Program Chairs
Iveta Silova, Arizona State University
Jeremy Rappleye, Kyoto University

Virtual Program Co-Chairs
Zsuzsa Millei, University of Tampere
Robyn Read, Independent Consultant

Spanish Language Program Co-Chairs
Brent Edwards, Jr.,  University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Daniel S. Friedrich, Teachers College, Columbia University

We acknowledge that the land where we gather for the 64th annual conference “Education Beyond the Human” of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) is the ancestral territory of Native American peoples. We acknowledge the indigenous history of the state of Florida and recognize the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Miccosukee Indian Tribe of Florida – past and present. We also acknowledge the original inhabitants of the area that is now Florida, including the Apalachee tribe, the Calusa tribe, the Choctaw tribe, the Creek tribe, the Miccosukee tribe, the Tequesta, Jeaga and Ais tribes, and the Timucua tribe. We honor with gratitude the land itself and thank the original caretakers of this land for stewarding it throughout the generations.