Education and the Challenges of the Multicultural World

December 31, 2020

International Conference under the patronage of ESA RN10, ESA RN33, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Polish Commission for UNESCO, UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair in Social Pedagogy


Date and place: January 21-22, 2021 (Thursday - Friday) - The Maria Grzegorzewska University, ul. Szczęśliwicka 40, 02-353 Warsaw, Poland

The contemporary world is full of various, surprising occurrences arising in of dynamic changes and collisions of phenomena, often contradictory in their nature. Human, embedded in a world of various axiological systems and discourses, becomes a participant in the game of reason and belief that impedes dialogue and may be a source of conflicts. In this perspective, the key question is about the role of education in preparing people for living in a multicultural world, marked by both opportunities and challenges. The answer requires a wider view, which is possible by adopting an interdisciplinary perspective.

The main goal of the conference is to create safe space for an extensive debate about education in the context of opportunities and challenges in the multicultural world. As part of the conference the following fields of discussion are proposed:

 Trends in educational changes and the needs of the multicultural world
 Children's rights / human rights in a culturally diverse environment
 The need for changes in law in educational sphere
 The specificity of intercultural research in Education
 Socio-cultural context of education
 Paradigms of thinking about education in a multicultural world
 Psychological aspects of life and education in multicultural world
 Implementation of educational policy in a multicultural world
 Multicultural education and achieving the Goals for Sustainable Development
 The school environment and the needs of the multicultural world
 Pre-school and early school education in a multicultural environment
 Education towards radical ideas
 The development of multi-cultural competencies
 The development of socio-cultural and scientific capital across cultures
 Gender in multicultural society
 Multicultural Life-long learning and professional development
 The use of technology in multicultural education


Dr Bernadette Brereton, ESA Research Network 10
Dr Stephanie Cassilde, International Sociological Association, Ronin Institute, Belgium
Prof. Agnieszka Cybal-Michalska, Adam Mickiewicz University/ Committee on Education studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Prof. Keiji Fujiyoshi, Otemon Gakuin University, Japan
Prof. Sribas Goswami, Serampore College, India
Prof. Halina Grzymała-Moszczyńska, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Prof. Kathleen Manion, Royal Roads University, Canada
Dr hab. Barbara Marcinkowska, prof. APS, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland
Prof. Viviane de Melo Resende, University of Brasilia, Brasil
Prof. Joanna Madalińska-Michalak, University of Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Jerzy Nikitorowicz, University of Biaystok, Poland
Prof. Jim McKinley, University of London, UK
Dr hab. Anna Odrowąż-Coates, prof. APS, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland
Dr hab. Barbara Pasamonik, prof. APS, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland
Prof. Sławomir Ratajski, Polish National Commission for UNESCO, Poland
Dr. Viviane Resende, University of Brasília, Brazil
Dr. Moshe Shner, Oranim College of Education, Israel
Prof. Darrick Smith, University of San Francisco, USA
Prof. Bogusław Śliwerski, The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland
Prof. Lise Widding Isaksen, University of Bergen, Norway  ESA Research Network 33