The annual IARSLCE conference is a scholarly venue to disseminate new knowledge on service-learning and community engagement. The focus of presentations, symposia, and keynotes is on research incorporating a variety of theoretical methodologies and perspectives. The conference also serves as a gathering place for networking and association business meetings for members. A significant component of the conference is the mentoring of graduate students and new faculty members interested in advancing their own research agendas in this field.
The 18th International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Annual Conference
Just Research: Inclusivity and Intersectionality
JW Marriott, New Orleans, LA
July 18-20 2018
This year’s theme — Just Research: Inclusivity and Intersectionality — bridges IARSLCE’s mission “to promote the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement” with one of the association’s key guiding principles: to advance “research that examines the utility and impact of engagement within diverse communities.”
Just Research is a double entendre relating the principles of IARSLCE that this conference is designed for presenting research with social impact.
Inclusivity relates to engaging overlooked, underrepresented, excluded, or marginalized groups and topics – be it in topic of the research, or those who are part of the research. At a time in U.S. and global history when issues of subjugation, harassment, repression, and systemic injustice are at the forefront of discussions, decisions, politics, and policy, we ask:
- How can we include rather than exclude?
- Who is privileged, and in what contexts?
- Can community-engaged practice and research enhance, increase, and advance equity on our campuses, in our communities, and in our countries?
Intersectionality addresses the connectivity of people and groups, highlighting how community-engaged research is not conducted in a vacuum but rather includes diverse stakeholders and perspectives and extends to those who do the work as well as to those who are a focus of the work.
- How can community-engaged researchers call attention to the impact of such work on communities?
- How can community-engaged researchers address and confront conditions, positions, circumstances, and contexts that maintain rather than question and disrupt inequality?
- What values and ethics are present in intersectionality?
This conference is situated within the context of the Greater New Orleans metroplex and the State of Louisiana – an area that has endured one of this country’s greatest natural and manmade disasters, has weathered the repercussions of politically-motivated school take-over, and is home to multi- and intergenerational poverty. The committee encourages proposals that in some way seek to address or mitigate these and other social issues , and that reflect the broad theme identified in research inclusive of international work, global issues, community-engagement, students, teachers, teaching and learning, structures, leadership, and policy.
The theme for 2018 is deliberately simple. It is intended to guide submissions while remaining open to interpretation. We recognize that these terms may mean different things to different people. With this in mind, we encourage proposals that in some way reflect the broad theme of just research.
Planning to Attend?
- Early registration will close on May 31, 2018. The early registration rate is $425.
- Regular registration opens on June 1, 2018 and closes July 16, 2018. The regular registration rate is $475.
- Late registration opens on July 17, 2018 and is $500.
- One-day registration is $200.
- The student rate is $350.
- Preconference Sessions wilh be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 8:30AM-11:30AM
- Preconference sessions are not included in registration and are $70.
(Please note: Availability for the night of 7/20 is very limited. If you are trying to book that night in your reservation, you might receive a message that the hotel is full. The conference ends at 11:15AM that day. There is plenty availability for the nights of 7/17, 7/18, and 7/19.)
2018 Conference Content Committee:
Conference Content Committee Chair (IARSLCE Board Member)
Becca Berkey, Northeastern University
Conference Program Subcommittee
Susan Corban Harris, University of Southern California
Lorna Hayward, Northeastern University
Drew Pearl, University of North Georgia
Conference Theme Subcommittee
Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, Louisiana State University
Alan Steinberg, Rice University
Conference Keynote Speakers Subcommittee
Stacey Muse, Nevada Volunteers
Sheri Zhang-Leimbigler, University of Ottowa