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CfP Ent|grenz|ungen. 
DGfE-Congress 2022 Bremen
The theme of the 2022 DGfE-Congress is “Ent|grenz|ungen“[1], and will focus on trends that impose or remove boundaries in the context of education, upbringing and socialization. The definition, development and transcending of boundaries – both literal and figurative – can be understood as a core task of education and upbringing. Here one could think of spatial, temporal, disciplinary, paradigmatic, political, social, cultural and other boundaries. In the face of profound social changes, boundaries and the overcoming thereof become increasingly central challenges of the Anthropocene epoch. Within the boundaries of what is practically feasible and what is ethically justifiable, educational research is faced with multifaceted tasks, not least in its responsibility for the shaping of Lifeworlds. Using the metaphor Ent|grenz|ungen at the DGfE-Congress 2022 at the University of Bremen, we hope to create space for a discussion of boundaries, limitations, border demarcation, border violations, border crossings and removal of boundaries in the context of educational research. In particular, the question arises as to what contribution educational research can make as a discipline by building on previous research findings, and what responsibility educational practitioners should assume within their field to respond to, and moderate, the phenomenon of Ent|grenz|ungen.

Globalization, digitization, climate change and migration are four social phenomena that have a direct impact on almost all fields of educational practice and research. The phenomena call into question both seemingly self-evident facts and responsibility of educational research in shaping (or helping to shape) these processes.

Thus, globalization challenges us to determine, in both a current and historical sense, the relationship between global and local factors influencing the framework and processes of education and socialization, both nationally and transnationally. Knowledge, goods and people all cross borders, both physically and digitally. They thus contribute to a ’shrinking‘ of the world, an increase in the exchange of ideas, knowledge and goods, and the enablement of relationships and interactions across borders. At the same time, however, this is accompanied by uncertainties. These can arouse fears and trigger new demarcations, and a retreat into a manageable locality, or may stabilize trust in the promises of security made by authoritarian, anti-democratic and anti-pluralist movements. What explanatory and action-based approaches are provided by social analyses and preventative activities?

Digitization opens up new and accelerating possibilities for networking, overcomes limitations of place and time as well as access to knowledge, and thus also opens up new opportunities for self-directed learning formats. It also allows scientific cooperation worldwide in real-time and thus promotes international networking. However, it also calls into question the future significance of local knowledge hubs and the extent to which such Ent|grenz|ungen can enable local characteristics to endure. This raises questions about inequality arising from digitization, about newly created boundaries, but also about opportunities and new possibilities for overcoming boundaries.

Global climate change, the life-threatening consequences of which affect the global South disproportionately more than the North and thus highlight inequality in a particular way, raises questions as to the capacity and limitations of educational researchers debate. This brings into focus both the limited resources of our world and the solutions that will be required to deal with drastic changes of both Lifeworld and physical environment.

The increase in global migration movements indicates that people are willing or forced – sometimes at the risk of their lives – to cross national borders in order to secure their own and their relatives‘ future. This is supported by transnational networks, which challenge the classical understanding of nation-state boundaries and distinctions, and offer the chance to overcome hegemonic epistemologies. How does educational reserach approach the dichotomy between, on the one hand, education and upbringing mediated by the nation-state and on the other, parallel transformations that challenge them in societies shaped by migration? What role do informal and non-formal institutions often present in civil society play in developing new opportunities for education and upbringing?

The concept of Ent|grenz|ungen has further relevance beyond the quartet of issues described above. For example, it is hard to imagine defining the pedagogical responsibility without reference to the demarcation of boundaries between generations. At the same time, a growing Ent|grenz|ung in pedagogy can be observed in the form of the contemporary human expectation and capacity for continuous, indeed lifelong, learning. Accordingly, the considerations of educational research now encompass all phases and areas of people’s lives. In this context, various questions arise: What contribution do educational and training institutions, with their specific structures and routines, make in consciously or unconsciously defining the limits of their intended outcomes in training, education and upbringing? What do these questions mean for the demands on professional activity and the variety of tasks that go along with it on the different levels of educational and training institutions and extracurricular educational and/or training provision?

By engaging with the global influencing factors outlined above, we can identify characteristics of and interactions with the concept of Ent|grenz|ungen that are highly relevant for educational research. These will be examined discursively as well as constructively within the framework of the Congress. The Congress in Bremen hopes to address these and similar questions about the consequences that arise from tendencies of Ent|grenz|ungen for educational science and its reference institutions from a historical as well as a contemporary perspective. We invite you to adopt, examine and develop the metaphor of Ent|grenz|ungen from the different perspectives of educational science.

Status of the planning of the Congress in Bremen [updated in August 2021]:
With this call we would also like to inform you about the status of the planning of the Congress in Bremen:

The submitted contributions were reviewed and a decision is made by the Programme Commission. The congress programme will be published in September.
Registration for the congress will be open from the beginning of October 2021.

Due to the unabated planning uncertainty for major events, the local organising committee for the DGfE-Congress 2022 in Bremen has decided, in consultation with the DGfE-Board, to hold the DGfE-Congress 2022 digitally.

The reason for this decision are currently pending specifications, especially regarding rooms and technical equipment, which could not be made without risks of failure. Under the given circumstances, the changeover to a digital congress format is the only way to prepare for the congress independently of the further pandemic situation.

According to current planning, the cost of the Congress will be covered entirely from participation fees, as has been the case on previous occasions. The fee for the purely digital programme will be adjusted accordingly.

Formats at the Bemen Congress

The digital version of the 28th Congress of the DGfE will still offer numerous traditional formats for exchange of information and debate on the Congress theme and other relevant contemporary topics in educational science. In addition to concurrent lectures, symposia, working groups, research forums and a poster session will be on offer.

The main characteristic of the symposia will be a focused thematic relation to the Congress theme. Working groups, research forums and poster sessions, on the other hand, can be arranged more freely in their choice of topics. The establishment of thematic forums and ad hoc groups was deliberately avoided in the planning phase to reduce complexity.

The parallel lectures in plenary are intended to frame the context of the DGfE-Congress, and these speakers are personally invited by the DGfE-Board and the local organisation team.

Symposia (150 min.) are directly related to the Congress theme and should comprise a maximum of four research presentations, wherein at least one presentation is to be given by a researcher in the qualification phase. Internationality and interdisciplinarity are also desirable when selecting speakers for the symposia.

Working groups (120 min.) are thematically free by design, but should relate in some way to the Congress theme. There are no rules for the selection of speakers for the working groups, but the participation of scientists in qualification phases is just as welcome, as is the participation of international colleagues or international working groups. Applications for English-speaking working groups are also expressly welcome.

Research forums (120 min.) are free in terms of content and form. They offer national and international research projects or networks as well as groups of young researchers or doctoral students an opportunity for professional exchange.

The posters serve to present educational research work, projects and plans in a visually accessible and, at the same time, interactive form. Particularly of interest is work that has not yet been published. The separate call for posters can be found at: We would like to explicitly invite researchers in qualification phases to submit posters. Posters will be presented digitally in a 90-minute session. During the session, at least one member of the group responsible for each poster should be available for discussion. The poster to be presented must be submitted by the authors in advance in PDF format.

Submission deadline and selection process
The Program Commission appointed by the DGfE-Board will select the papers to be presented at the 28th DGfE-Congress in Bremen from all submissions on the basis of anonymous review by the reviewers of the sections and commissions. Contributions must be submitted online via ConfTool no later than April 23, 2021. Exceptions are the poster abstracts, which can be submitted via ConfTool until August 31, 2021. Further details on the process (such as the review criteria) are available on the Bremen Congress website: Notifications of acceptance or rejection of papers for the different formats (except for posters) will be sent at the end of July 2021.

In order to enable active participation in the 28th DGfE-Congress of as many colleagues as possible, multiple appearances as a speaker in symposia and working groups are prohibited during the Congress. Only one presentation may be given per person across both event formats. However, if the program structure allows it, it is possible to participate in the organization and implementation of other Congress events as a discussant or moderator in addition to the presentation in one of these formats.

Submitting papers
The ConfTool platform for submitting papers is available here since the end of March 2021.

For the submission of symposia, research forums and working groups, a maximum character count of 4,000 (including spaces) is set for the Mantelabstract (abstract describing the common focus of the group contribution), and a maximum of 1,500 characters (including spaces) for the abstracts for each contributing paper.

Traditionally, additional events will take place on the Sunday before the main conference, especially for early career researchers. The 28th DGfE-Congress in Bremen offers here for the first time the format of a Preconference for all interested, in the spirit of the guiding metaphor of Ent|grenz|ungen. Conceptually, the Preconference is intended to provide a space for exchange on research issues and contexts that concern all scholars: e.g., the collection and preservation of research data, accessibility in research, or international research collaboration. But it is also intended to facilitate convening and exchange among individually significant perspectives in and for science: e.g., as persons of color, women, or mothers/fathers/parents in science. The event will include a prenote speech and thematically relevant fishbowl discussions, and this will take place entirely digitally. There will be a separate opportunity to register via ConfTool.

Bremen in February 2021
The Local Organizing Committee of the 28th DGfE-Congress 2022 at the University of Bremen and the Executive Board of the German Educational Research Association (DGfE)

[1] The term Ent|grenz|ungen can loosely be translated as the phenomenon in which, either through deliberate action or societal change, borders or boundaries (whether conceptual or physical) can be said to be abolished or dissolved.

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The complete congress programme will be published in autumn following the review process.
Already now we can present the speakers of the keynote lectures:

Opening lecture on 14th March 2022:
Seyla Benhabib (Yale University)

Parallel lectures on 15th and 16th March 2022:
Hermann Josef Abs (Universität Duisburg Essen)
Donja Amirpur (Hochschule Niederrhein)
Karin Büchter (Helmut Schmidt Universität Hamburg)
Margret Dörr (Katholische Hochschule Mainz)
Sandra Hofhues (Fernuniversität Hagen)
Edwin Keiner (Goethe Universität Frankfurt)
Mustafa Yunus Eryaman (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi)
Andreas Wernet (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Marc Willmann (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
Christoph Wulf (Freie Universität Berlin)

Following the review process of the DGfE Programme Commission, 178 of the submitted contributions (64 symposia, 73 working groups, 41 research forums) were accepted. Of these, 45 are contributions with English-language participation.

Answers to FAQs

Individual contributions:
It is not possible to submit individual contributions. Thematic forums in which individual contributions are bundled will not take place at this congress, as the organisation of thematic forums and ad hoc groups was deliberately avoided in the planning phase to reduce complexity. The individual speakers of the parallel lectures will be invited by the DGfE. Submissions are not possible.

Language of contributions:
Contributions are possible in German and English


You can download a template for the Mantelabstract (abstract describing the common focus of the group contribution) here: docx-document for Word and odt-document for Open Office. The Mantelabstract is uploaded in ConfTool in the second step after filling the ConfTool fields for the individual contributions.

Maximum character count:
For the submission of symposia, research forums and working groups, a maximum character count of 4,000 (including spaces) is set for the Mantelabstract (abstract describing the common focus of the group contribution), and a maximum of 1,500 characters (including spaces) for the abstracts for each contributing paper.

Multiple appearances:
At the DGfE-Congresses there is a restriction on multiple appearances for symposia and working groups. Speakers may only give a paper in one symposium or one working group. Only the presenting authors are affected by the ban on double appearances. These are indicated by a corresponding tick in the submission form. Non-presenting co-authors can be listed without resulting in the contribution being marked as a „double appearance“ (multiple passive co-authorship is permitted). Passive co-authors will, of course, also be named in the programme if their contribution is accepted.
Please take this rule into account when submitting your paper. Only peer-reviewed papers can be presented at the congress. This means that new contributions cannot be subsequently included in an event if a speaker decides to attend a different event. However, it is possible for a person previously marked as a co-author to take over the presentation. Nevertheless, it is not possible to change the title or abstract.
Participation in the poster session or research forums do not count as multiple appearances.

Qualification phase:
The qualification phase includes both doctorate and habilitation. When submitting a symposium, it must be indicated in ConfTool which contributions are made by researchers in qualification phase.

For bibliographic references, any short citation in the abstract is sufficient. There is no need to include a bibliography. Bibliographic references in the abstracts count as part of the abstract with regard to the maximum character count.

Criteria and weightings for the evaluation of submissions:

Originality (15%): Is the contribution original in terms of e.g. theory development, methodological approach, findings, argumentation structure, innovativeness?
Relevance (30%): Symposia: Is it a contribution relevant to the congress topic and scientific research? Research forums/working groups: Is the contribution relevant to educational research, educational profession or education policy?
Stringence (Rigour) (35%): Is the argumentation systematic, well-founded and stringent? Is the aim of the contribution clear? Do the individual contributions of the symposium/research forum/working group fit together conceptually?
Presentation (10%): How is the quality of the presentation? (Language, Formalia)
Overall recommendation (10%): How is the overall quality of the contribution?

Call for Posters
The 28th Congress of the German Educational Research Association will take place in Bremen from 13th to 16th March 2022. The thematic focus of the congress will be on the topic of Ent|grenz|ungen (see Call for Papers).

The congress will be carried out digital. Different formats will be offered to exchange information, opinions and to engage in controversial discussions.

The poster session will take place digitally on 14th March 2022 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Posters allow to digitally present and illustrate research projects and plans in education in a form that is both graphic and interactive.

Especially researchers in qualification stages are invited to submit their poster contributions in order to discuss them with other congress participants and to exchange views. The contributions may refer to the topic Ent|grenz|ungen but are not bound to this topic.

Innovative work related to the methodological approach is just as welcome as research projects that are oriented towards current problems.

All congress participants are invited to take part in the central digital poster session during the congress, to engage with current topics and to discuss their work with the authors.

In this time slot, the posters will be exhibited in topic-specific digital spaces and moderated by the respective reviewers. In a short presentation (pitch), the authors will present their central issue. This will be followed by an in-depth presentation and discussion with the recipients in so-called break-out rooms.

At least one author from the responsible working group should be present for the presentation and the subsequent discussion.

Poster contributions can be submitted until 31st August 2021 via ConfTool.

Submissions should not exceed 2500 characters (including spaces). To facilitate attribution to specific topics, we ask that you include at least three and no more than five keywords. Notifications about acceptance/rejection of the poster submissions will be sent out by mid-November 2021.

The poster to be exhibited should be available in digital form by 31st January at the latest, so that they can be made visible and accessible in a digital format (including text description) during the conference. Furthermore, it is possible to supplement the poster with additional forms of presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.) in order to take advantage of the digital environment and to focus on specific content areas.

A prize for the best poster will also be awarded at the 28th DGfE-Congress in cooperation with the publishing house Barbara Budrich. In addition, there will be an audience award, which will be determined by the votes of the participants.

Download the Call for Posters.