IARSLCE European Regional Research Conference

10 June 2016 - Bologna, Italy

Conference Conveners: Foundation for Intercultural Exchange, Europe Engage*.


Conference Purpose

It is with great pleasure that we present the initial IARSLCE European Regional Research Conference.  IARSLCE (The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement) is an organization of scholars and practitioners in the fields of service-learning and community engagement who seek to build and expand the understanding of the maturing field of research on this growing phenomenon in many nations worldwide.  Since 2001, IARSLCE has sponsored annual conferences to reunite scholars and practitioners and provide a likeminded community for persons new to the field.  These conferences have highlighted critical discussions and debates, and surfaced questions we need to continue to explore in our research and scholarship.  

In 2015, we asked ourselves how IARSLCE could bridge its dialogue from a predominantly U.S. audience to other world regions, so that we might increase our understandings of one another's work and move towards greater, collective and intentional impact. Our commitment to grow internationally has led to our 2017 conference being held in Ireland.  The 2017 IARSLCE conference is hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway’s Community Knowledge Initiative and chaired by Lorraine McIlrath. The 2016 European conference in which we invite your participation is another step the association is taking to broaden participation and engagement by scholars and practitioners around the world. The present Call for Proposals reflects many similarities of that of the IARSLCE Annual Research Conference to be held in New Orleans in September 2016, but this Call is particularly geared for a European audience.


The Purpose of IARSLCE

The IARSLCE Reaffirmation Statement articulates the mission, purpose and values of IARSLCE.   Through our Reaffirmation Statement we set out to reach our fullest potential as a body of service-learning and community engagement scholars.  

Our Reaffirmation Statement encourages us

to embrace all research perspectives, advance research related to all forms of and approaches to community engagement, conducted through collaborative, participatory, community-engaged approaches where voice is given to the perspectives of silenced and subordinated groups. An explicit goal of this approach is to aim to improve the lived experiences of marginalized groups. In doing so our research does not claim neutrality and is grounded in issues of inclusion and justice. IARSLCE advances research that examines the utility and impact of engagement with diverse communities and that investigates questions from both the educational and community perspective.

As an international association, we engage scholars from around the world and provide a community for researchers to learn about, share, and advance the latest research in the field. And as we do this work, we intentionally connect with other engagement associations and organizations within the United States and around the world. (IARSLCE Reaffirmation Statement, 2014)

Through our annual and regional conferences, we hope to operationalize our guiding principles as we ask questions that increase our individual and collective understandings and move us toward greater impact.


IARSLCE European Regional Research Conference: June 10, 2016

The initial IARSLCE European Regional Research Conference is targeted at scholars, practitioners, students, and community partners interested in research on service-learning, community-based research, academic-community partnerships, and civic learning outcomes in education at all levels, from primary through postsecondary.  Attendees will include faculty, administrators, and scholar-practitioners in higher education, community partnerships, primary and secondary-level educators (and those who prepare them), and professionals and leaders in educational policy and community development.  The conference seeks both to advance our understanding of key research issues pertaining to service-learning and community engagement in the European context globally, and to begin the process of building a long-term collaboration among European scholars and practitioners in partnership with IARSLCE.

Additional objectives of the IARSLCE European Regional Research Conference are the mapping of service-learning and community engagement research initiatives in the European context, networking among existing practitioners and researchers, and, finally, the building of a European research agenda in the field. 

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