1st - 2nd October 2020
Donostia-San Sebastián (SPAIN)

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General information

The societal challenges we are facing require fundamental, long-term transformations and if we want action research to constructively contribute to these transitions, we need to think about how to transform action research.

With this in mind, Orkestra will be organizing the 2020 VIRTUAL symposium of the International Journal of Action Research, which will take place on the 1st and 2nd of October, 2020 (with a special session for PhD students on the 30th of September) and with preparatory small group sessions in late June and early September.

We want to organize this symposium as a meeting point for researchers, consultants and activists around the world interested in sharing our expectations, experiences and challenges when doing action research.

The symposium will develop around four main themes:

  • "Action Research, bridging generations, fields and roles”. For this discussion we want to gather action researchers from different generations, knowledge fields and with experience in university research, consultancy and activism.
  • "Action Research, policy and politics". This is a discussion that we hope to enrich by having contributions from people with experiences in the fields of policy analysis, transition research and territorial development.
  • Action Research, concepts and practices”. With this discussion we want to welcome not only experiences, but theory and a discussion on how to construct theory from action research experiences.
  • "The perspective of policy makers as stakeholders in action research". This part of the virtual symposium is designed to be developed as a dialogue process where researchers will be able to discuss with policy makers about policy makers' experiences with action research"

If you are interested in participating, we would be grateful if you could, please, get in touch in the email below as soon as possible. We want to have a list of participants early in order to design a symposium adapted to the group.

Email address for information or joining the symposium: miren.larrea@orkestra.deusto.es

Are you thinking of participating in IJAR 2020? 

COVID-19 has brought uncertainty and has many processes involving face to face interaction. To avoid paralysis and keep going, we have made the decision to start working on a VIRTUAL IJAR2020 where we will not meet face to face, but we will socialize, share, and learn together.

Consequently, the following is our new proposal for IJAR2020. 

There are various ways you can participate:

If you are a PhD student or supervisor, we are preparing a special process for you with online sessions in June, early September and the 30th of September that will precede the symposium on 1st and 2nd October. These sessions will be based on papers related to action research PhDs and authored by PhD students or PhD students together with supervisors. You need to submit an abstract to miren.larrea@orkestra.deusto.es in order to participate. You can see submission deadlines below.

The online sessions will be facilitated by Danilo Streck (Editor in chief of International Journal of Action Research, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil) and Olav Eikeland (Professor at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University) and there will be time for you to present your paper and get feedback from them and from peers.

Besides, Hans Christian Garman Johnsen (Professor at University of Agder and Adjunct professor at Deusto University) -as guest editor- will present a proposal for a special issue in International Journal of Action Research with selected papers from the session.

For those interested in the online symposium on 1st and 2nd of October, there are two ways to participate:


1)You can register to participate exclusively in the virtual symposium, which will have an online agenda on the 1st and 2nd October. These sessions will be a space to discuss (a) action research and how it bridges generations, fields and roles; (b) how it connects with policy and politics; and (c) the experience of policy makers with action research.

2)You can register to participate  in the virtual symposium  and preparatory sessions. In the preparatory sessions we will work in smaller groups, where we will get to know each other and prepare good discussions around the four themes.


If you are interested in participating, please get in touch with us in miren.larrea@orkestra.deusto.es

 

To learn more about them, don’t hesitate to write to this email address: MORE INFORMATION

Fee for participants

The fee for participants in the VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM will be 50 euros.

The procedure for the formal registration  is open through Eventbrite platform.

If you are a student and your University does not have funds for this training, you can apply for a grant by sending an email to: elsa.patus@orkestra.deusto.es

Program

THEMATIC PREPARATORY SESSIONS

When registering for the symposium there is a possibility to participate in two preparatory sessions developed in small groups with the goal of getting to know each other and together preparing what will be the relevant discussions in the symposium. For each session there will be a facilitator that will write a memory with the proposals and to be taken to the organizing committee.

The calendar for preparatory sessions is:

Action Research, bridging generations, fields and roles  (Facilitated by Patrica Canto)

• First preparatory session: 30th June, 2020 at 15:00 central European standard

• Second preparatory session: 17th September, 2020 at 15:00 central European standardAction

Action Research, policy and politics (Facilitated by Koen Bartels and Julia Wittmayer)

• First preparatory session: 29th of June, 2020 at 15:00 central European standard

• Second preparatory session: 10th of September, 2020 at 15:00 central European standard

The perspective of stakeholders in action research: experiences of policy makers (Facilitated by Miren Larrea)

• First preparatory session: 25th of June, 2020 at 15:00 central European standard

• Second preparatory session: 9th of September, 2020 at 15:00 central European standard

SPECIAL SESSIONS FOR PhD STUDENTS AND SUPERVISORS

IJAR2020 has a proposal for PhD students using action research in their PhDs and their supervisors to develop together a reflection process that will end up in the publication of a special issue of International Journal of Action Research.

The coordinators of this sessions will be Danilo Streck and Olav Eikeland, who will invite other experienced action researchers to reflect together with students and their supervisors. The guest editor of the special issue will be Hans Christian Garmann Johnsen.

The session calendar is:

• First PhD session: 24th of June, 2020 at 15:00 central European standard

• Second PhD session: 2nd of September, 2020 at 15:00 central European standard

• Third PhD session: 30th of September, 2020 at 15:00 central European standard

SYMPOSIUM

The symposium will gather all participants in the previous sessions with the following program:

1st October (central European standard)

15:00 - 15:15 Presentation of the symposium
15:15- 16:15 Socialisation experiment. As an attempt to overcome some limitations of the virtual format of the symposium, participants will be invited to join in an activity that will combine sharing action research backgrounds with getting to know each other.
16:15- 16:45 Break
16:45 – 18: 15 Action Research: bridging fields, generations and roles (brief presentation and participatory reflection)
18:15- 18:30 Closing reflections

2nd October (central European standard)

15:00 – 16:30 Action Research, Policy and Politics (brief presentation and participatory reflection facilitated by Koen Bartels and Julia Wittmayer)
16:30-17:00 Break
17:00 – 18:00 The perspective of stakeholders in action research: experiences of policy makers (brief presentation and dialogue between researchers and policy makers)
18:00 – 18:30 Closure and future steps

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