ProPEL2019 : Call for Papers - closing date extended to 3 April

University of Technology
15 Broadway, Ultimo
Sydney NSW 2007
Monday, 9 December, 2019 to Wednesday, 11 December, 2019

The 4th International Conference on Professional Practice, Education and Learning (ProPEL2019) - Provocations and Possibilities - will take place 9-11 December 2019 at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

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We are delighted to call for papers for the 4th International ProPEL Conference 2019, hosted by the University of Technology Sydney. The deadline has been extended to 3 April 2019.

About ProPEL

ProPEL is a collaborative, multi-professional international network, launched in 2010 at the University of Stirling, to promote research and knowledge exchange in issues of professional education, practice and learning. Conferences draw scholars from a range of countries, disciplines and theoretical orientations. More information and updates are available on the blog ProPEL Matters.

Conference theme

The main theme of the conference this year is Provocations and Possibilities. We are particularly keen to shine a light on the unspoken, unseen, unasked and intangible during this conference. We invite you to uncover and examine these from multiple perspectives and to contemplate future directions, opportunities and potential. Our aim is to foster as much conversation between delegates as possible. Thus, we welcome a diverse range (eg conceptual, empirical, and methodological) of submissions that provoke, propose and problematise professional learning and professions.

The conference has 10 sub-themes:

  • Sites of professional work
  • Digital disruptions, learning and technologies
  • Ethics and responsibilities (re)imagined
  • Space | Time | Materiality
  • Knowledge and ignorance
  • Questioning professions and professionals
  • Methodologies and methods
  • Professional education
  • Learning in practice
  • What is becoming or what questions aren't we asking?


Call for Papers

We welcome submissions for: Individual papers, Symposia (for three or more presenters who all focus on the same theme) and Posters (poster presenters will be also invited to present their research in 3 minute thesis (3MT) presentation). Your 250 word abstract for papers, posters and 3MTs, or 1000 word abstract for symposia, should be submitted by 3 April 2019.


Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers are all distinguished researchers in the professional learning, education and practice field:

  • Professor Silvia Gherardi
  • Professor Stephen Kemmis
  • Professor Margaret Somerville


Important dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission (extended): 3 April 2019
  • Notification of abstract review: 31 May 2019
  • Registration opens: 01 June 2019
  • Deadline for submitting refereed papers: 20 July 2019
  • Early bird registration closes: 31 July 2019
  • Deadline for submitting non-referred papers: 30 September 2019
  • Deadline for presenter registration: 05 October 2019
  • Conference: 09-11 December 2019 (Welcome: 08 December)


Special Issue of Studies in Continuing Education

Studies in Continuing Education has agreed to produce a special issue in conjunction with the conference, as it did for the previous ProPEL conference. Papers should align with the conference theme and conform to the requirements of the journal. Normal refereeing processes will apply.



The registration system will open to coincide with notification of abstract review decisions. Registration includes welcome drinks reception, morning and afternoon snacks, and lunch on each of the main conference days. The registration fees (in Australian $ AUD) are:


Early bird registration fee (before 31 July 2019):

Academic: AUD$695; Student: AUD$450

Registration fee (from 1 August 2019):

Academic: AUD$750; Student: AUD$550

Day rate:

All day participants / day: AUD$400


Delegates are invited to a Conference Dinner, paid for separately. Details coming soon.


Student Scholarships

The international journal Studies in Continuing Education is sponsoring four student scholarships for the ProPel2019 Conference. Two scholarships will be available for International students – up to AUD$4,000 and two scholarships will be available to domestic students – up to AUD$2,000.

To be eligible you need:

  • To be a full-time doctoral student (include a letter of support from your supervisor)
  • Submit an abstract of 800 words
  • Have no access to other funding for the ProPEL2019 Conference

To apply, submit the application form by 20 April 2019. The applicants will be advised of the outcome by 31 May 2019.


Conference venue

The Conference is held in beautiful sunny Sydney, the gateway to Australia, in December. Here are more details on travel, accommodation and location.

Looking forward to seeing you in Sydney, Australia in December 2019.  If you have any questions, please email: Follow us on Twitter updates on #ProPEL2019.


Kind regards,

The Conference Organising Committee: Ann Reich, Jacquie McManus, Nick Hopwood and Donna Rooney; Supported by ProPEL Conference - International Advisory Group: Madeleine Abrandt-Dahlgren, Terrie-Lynn Thompson and Mark Goldszmidt.