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Education in Uncertain Times

November 1 & 2, 2013
at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

online registration has now closed.
If you wish to register for the conference please come to the on-site registration
desk during the times listed below.

Friday, November 1        9am - 5pm, UMass Campus Center 1st Floor Concourse
Saturday, November 2        8am - 11am, UMass Campus Center 1st Floor Concourse

Please contact the Conference Registration office at 413-577-8102 with any questions.

The Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst announces the Northeastern Regional Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society. The conference is open to academic professionals, graduate students, practitioners, and representatives of organizations that work to address issues in international education.    

Why attend?

-Engage in dialogue with respected researchers and practitioners in the field of international education.

-Connect with colleagues in the field and share insights about research and practice.

-Showcase graduate student research and/or institutional projects. We welcome submissions for poster

-sessions and multi-media presentations as well.

-Provide expanded opportunities for professional development of faculty and graduate students from

-the institutions in the Northeast

Conference overview

We live in a world where the economic, political and cultural terrain is rapidly transforming, thus confronting education policy and education systems with new complexities, challenges and opportunities. The world economy is changing, high education has become a growth sector globally, but the mission for basic education for all remains elusive. Youth are leading struggles for political reform at the same time that we see new incidents of youth on youth violence in the Global South and North. As immigrant communities gain new voices and visibility, issues of citizenship, identity and nationalism are once more at the forefront of public policy. Due to continuing war and conflict there are greater numbers of internally displaced and refugee populations that undermine the educational gains of the last century. The influence of new media and modes of communication are yet to be fully comprehended and utilized in the education sector globally.

Professional Development

The conference will offer activities and sessions designed to introduce a variety of skills and professional issues that are relevant to those seeking careers in comparative and international development education. Examples of possible sessions may include:

-Publishing in professional journals

-Ethical & Cultural issues in research in developing contexts

-Using video in research studies

-Principles and issues of inquiry in educational research

-Introduction to software for analyzing research data

-Characteristics of successful proposals

-Role of policy and strategic planning in educational development

-Changing roles of public and private sectors in education

Conference Fees

Register by September 15th:

Early Bird Student Registration - $20

Early Bird Non-Student Registration - $45 

Register after September 15th:

Student Registration - $35

Non-Student Registration - $60 

Click here to register.

Be sure to register before October 18th to avoid an additional $35 late registration fee.    

Due to a large number of events in the area, local hotels are filling fast. If you need local accommodations please be sure to book a room as soon as possible. A listing of area hotels can be found here.

The UMass Hotel at the Campus Center

The UMass Campus Center is the venue for the conference. A limited amount of single and double occupancy rooms have been set aside at the UMass Hotel at the Campus Center at a discounted rate of $129 per room, per night plus applicable taxes and fees.  In order to get this special conference rate please reserve your room by October 1st and reference group code ETSMC. You may reserve your hotel room online by clicking here or using the link on the left. 

Opportunity to Host a Traveling Participant

Local CIE attendees can sign up to host visiting participants on the registration page. Due to space limitations we cannot currently accommodate any additional visiting participants until more local hosts are found. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Cancellation Policy

Conferees canceling their registration before the close of business on October 28 will receive a full refund minus a $20 cancellation-processing fee. There will be no refunds granted for cancellations received after 5:00pm EST on Monday, October 28th.

For more information please contact the Conference Organizing Committee at

For registration or payment questions please contact the Conference Registration Office at 413-577-8102 or