GERIF Newsletter 1/2020


Dear all,

In this year’s first newsletter, we would like to inform you about upcoming conferences, updates on the GERIF website and also about possibilities of getting more involved with the GERIF network.


Academic Network on Global Education and Learning
Early Career Researchers Conference
11-12 June 2020 
University of Oulu

ANGEL conference aimed at early career researchers will be held at the University of Oulu, Finland from 11-12 June 2020

Focus and aim 

The conference focuses on research on global education and learning. The aim is to provide early career researchers with an inspiring platform for discussing, re-visiting and analysing the complexity of conceptualisations. 

Further information and a facility for application will be available ASAP via the Oulu and ANGEL websites.


On the 10th of June, in connection to the Early Career Researchers’ Conference, the GERIF network is organizing a meeting together with the Academic Network on Global Education and Learning (ANGEL). The meeting is open to everyone interested in global education research. The idea of a joint meeting is to enhance cooperation between the Finnish GERIF network and the International ANGEL network. The meeting provides a chance to get to know people from both networks as well as to plan future activities. The exact time and place will be announced later.


Oona Piipponen, doctoral student at the University of Eastern Finland has published a research-based blog post on the GERIF website with the title How do children interpret encounters that happen during an international story exchange project? In an accessible way, Piipponen describes the storycrafting exchange method and summarizes the findings of the research. Read the blog at:


Are you interested in co-organizing a working group for global education research at the next Finnish Educational Research Association’s (FERA) Conference? The conference will be held in Helsinki 3-4th November 2020. The GERIF network coordinators are planning on submitting a working group proposal and we would like to invite those of you who are interested to host the working group together. In practice, this entails writing the proposal, reviewing abstracts and chairing sessions.

Please express your interest by sending an e-mail to by the end of February, and we will get in touch with you for more information.


The minority research profile at Åbo Akademi University invites you to its fifth annual seminar that will take place in Vaasa, Finland from May 6th to 8th, 2020. The 2020 theme is “Curriculums for Social Justice” with the aim to collectively discuss how to develop justice-oriented pedagogies. With permeating signs of racism, harassment and violence, as well as increasing social inequalities both locally and globally, there is a need to reflect on the role of education in relation to social justice.

Confirmed keynote speakers at the seminar are:

Vanessa Andreotti (University of British Columbia),
Audrey Bryan (Dublin City University),
Nancy Commins & Kara Viesca (University of Colorado, Denver & University of Nebraska, Lincoln, joint keynote),
Pigga Keskitalo (University of Lapland),
Mariana Souto-Manning (Teachers College, Columbia University),
Greg Wiggan (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)


The call for papers is already closed, but you are warmly welcome to register as a participant. Registration is open until March 31st through the following link:



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Have a good week everyone!

Warm regards,


Heidi Henriksson

Co-coordinator of the GERIF network