Call for Papers

The call for papers has closed. Thank you for your submissions! Authors will be notified no later than the week of 14 November whether their abstract has been accepted.


We invite proposals for interactive paper sessions (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes discussion), posters and 75-minute workshops (with an applied focus) from scholars and practitioners in every field of education. We welcome presentations employing innovative or creative formats and we also invite submissions by practising teachers  (see instructions for submission below). There will be 9 keynote speakers (6 presentations); scholars who have undertaken outstanding work on narrative and metaphor in educational theory or practice.

A selection of outstanding papers from the conference will be submitted to a major academic press for publication in book form.

Questions to be explored at the conference include:

  • What specific forms do metaphor and narrative take in the educational context (ranging from learning and teaching to policy making)? How are metaphor and narrative related? Are there subject areas in which metaphor is a more effective tool for thinking and others where narrative is more useful? How may the two devices best be used in combination?
  • How do educational practitioners use metaphor and narrative as strategies in teaching or learning? In what special ways may narrative and metaphor be employed in, e.g. teacher education, counselling, and the education of learners with special needs?
  • There has been much research on how shifts in metaphor may change our thinking. How can learners and other educational practitioners become aware of the advantages and disadvantages of using metaphor? Do we need to be equally aware of the importance of shifts in narrative?
  • How are questions of e.g. agency and power both highlighted and occluded by the narratives and metaphors most commonly used in contemporary educational discourse?
  • What particular narrative and metaphor issues arise around educational theory and practice in different cultures, including developing countries?
  • Has the introduction of digital technology influenced the way in which teachers and learners employ narrative and metaphor?
  • There has been much concern about how metaphors of ‘accounting’ and ‘the market’ have come to dominate contemporary policy discourse in education. How might fresh metaphor perspectives cause us to view the challenges in education differently, and how might fresh narrative perspectives assist us to envisage fresh solutions?
  • How are narrative and metaphor employed as research tools within the educational context?
  • Etc.

Instructions for submission

When submitting your abstract, you are asked to provide at least 3 keywords that best capture the topic of your presentation (more are allowed, but don’t overdo it). All abstracts (posters, papers, workshops) should be no longer than 750 words. This includes pivotal references and the additional elements below:

  • If you would like to present a poster or paper, please indicate in your abstract what you think your research insights might mean for practice.
  • All paper presentations should include some form of audience participation (an interactive element). Please consider at the end of your abstract how you will involve the audience (e.g. by giving examples of your research data and asking audience to think along, by having the audience respond to statements regarding your research, by having them look at a short extract of videodata and state their observations etc.).
  • If you would like to provide a workshop, the workshop should have an applied focus (on educational practice or educational research methodology) and include the workshop’s learning goals (“What do I want my audience to know or to be able to do by the end of this workshop?”), the target audience and a brief description of the workshop format.
  • If you have written a paper/article on the topic of your presentation/workshop that illustrates your work, we encourage you to upload it as part of your submission. The paper must be in PDF format (file extension .pdf).

All abstracts should be submitted by 31 October 2016 via the EasyChair conference system (please click here for the EasyChair NAMED2017 conference site). We will use this system to correspond with authors about their submission. If you do not have an account in EasyChair, you can simply create one by completing the steps indicated on the EasyChair website. Once you have submitted an abstract, you may modify and re-upload new versions of your abstract before the review phase starts. Please make sure to have read the abstract requirements  carefully (these will not be provided on EasyChair).

If you would like to confer about ideas for educational practice or your presentation/workshop format, the conference organizing committee (a team of educational/pedagogical experts and teacher educators) will gladly offer assistance. Please send your questions to

We invite proposals from scholars and practitioners employing narrative and/or metaphor in a wide range of disciplines, including…

Adult education / Anthropology of education / Civic education / Cognitive theory / Communication studies / Counselling / Creative education / (Critical) Discourse analysis / Critical pedagogy / Cross-cultural education / Curriculum studies / Disability and education / Early childhood education / Education for immigrants / Educational policy-making / Educational psychology / Educational theory / Foundation studies / Gender and education / Health education / History of education / Informal education / Journalism / Learning theory / Linguistics / Literacy education / Media studies / Metaphor theory / Multicultural education / Narrative inquiry / Narrative theory / Philosophy of education / Politics of education / Psychotherapy / Science education / Second-language learning / Social work / Sociology of education / Special-needs education / Teacher education / Tertiary education / Visual education / Worker education