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Invitation for abstracts: Conference on Research into Postgraduate Supervision

​​The submission date for abstracts for the fifth biennal conference on Research into Postgraduate Supervision, hosted by the Centre for Higher and Adult Education (CHAE) at Stellenbosch University, is 29 August 2014.

The conference itself will take place from 25-27 March 2015 and the theme is: "Looking ahead: the future of postgraduate supervision in the knowledge society​."

The Centre for Higher and Adult Education (CHAE) held its first international conference on postgraduate supervision in April 2007 with the theme Postgraduate Supervision: State of the art and the artists. Since then three more conferences were held, in 2009 on Postgraduate Supervision Research and Practice, in 2011 on Promoting a culture of postgraduate scholarship and most recently in 2013 on Candidates, supervisors and institutions: pushing postgraduate boundaries.

Important dates

Submission date for abstracts: 29 August 2014

Feedback to authors of abstracts: 26 September 2014

Final submission date for amended abstracts: 24 October 2014

Closing date for registration: 26 January 2015

Final date for late registration: 3 March 2015

Submission of full papers (for conference publication): 8 April 2016.

Conference theme: Looking ahead: the future of postgraduate supervision in the knowledge society

Track 1: Higher education systemic and/or institutional change in the context of the knowledge society and its implications for postgraduate supervision

Track 2: Opportunities and challenges for postgraduate studies afforded by the knowledge society

Track 3: Innovations in postgraduate supervision to meet the needs of the knowledge society

Track 4: Changing expectations of postgraduate students who live and work in the knowledge society

​Individual or joint papers on the development of theory, completed research or research in progress within any of these tracks are most welcome. For the first time the 2015 conference will make space for the postgraduate student voice in a special track.  

Keynote speakers:

Pam Denicolo, University of Surrey, United Kingdom:

International Developments in the Purpose and Process of the Doctorate: Consequences for Supervision, Examining and the Employment of Graduates

Anthony Paré, University of British Columbia, Canada:

A new rhetoric for the knowledge society: implications for doctoral students and supervisors

Johann Mouton, Stellenbosch University, South Africa:

The doctorate in South Africa: current debates and future challenges

Michael Samuel, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa:

The future of doctoral education 

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