The conference theme is

Global and local tensions. Challenges for Teaching and Learning in Curriculum Subject Studies

Globala och lokala spänningar. Utmaningar för ämnesdidaktik


The conference theme of Nofa7 focuses on global and local tensions which include possibilities and challenges such as immigration, multiculturalism, language debates and environmental problems. These topics concern teaching and learning in all school subjects and all levels of education, from compulsory education, to secondary and higher education.

The topics raise questions such as how do we make use of these possibilities and resources, and how do we meet these challenges and problems? What do they mean and how are they addressed in the local contexts of the various Nordic countries, both at the national and regional level? What are the implications for research?




Registration for the conference is now open. Presenting authors are required to register by February 16th 2019. At that time, your presentation will be dropped from the program if you are not yet registered. We encourage you therefore to register as soon as possible to take advantage of early bird registration fees.

Registration for the conference is closed.


Early bird registration

Register from January 16th to February 16th 2019 to benefit from discount!

Early Bird Fees:

  • Conference Fees for Authors and Regular Delegates: 3800 SEK (4750 SEK incl. VAT)
  • Conference Fees for PhD Students: 2800 SEK (3500 SEK incl. VAT)

Regular Registration

Register before March 16th 2019.

Regular Registration fees:

  • Conference Fees for Authors and Regular Delegates: 4300 SEK (5375 SEK incl. VAT)
  • Conference Fees for PhD Students: 3800 SEK (4750 SEK incl. VAT)

Late Registration

Late Registration starts from March 16 and closes on May 5th.

Late Registration fees:

  • Conference Fees for Authors and Regular Delegates: 5000 SEK (6250 SEK incl. VAT)
  • Conference Fees for PhD Students: 4800 SEK (6000 SEK incl. VAT)


Conference dinner

A conference dinner will be arranged on May 14th.

The fee of 500 SEK (excl. VAT, 560 SEK incl. VAT) in not included in the conference fee above, and needs to be added to the respective registration fee. Note: We cannot guarantee seats at the conference dinner for late registrations, as the number of seats is limited.

Registration for the conference is closed.


Payment methods

There are two options to pay the conference fee.

Bank Transfer

Please pay the conference fee and if applicable, the fee for dinner to our bank account, with reference: “5912101 + your full name”, so we can identify your payment.

Note: VAT must be added with 25% on the fee if you make a bank transfer from your private bank account. Please choose a fee with VAT included within the category you apply to.

For participants within Swedish, please transfer to BG 5050-0206.

International participants, please make a bank transfer to the following:

Bank: Danske Bank
Address: Norrmalmstorg 1, 111 46 Stockholm, Sweden
Bank account: 12810117756
IBAN: SE1612000000012810117756

Also here with reference “5912101 + your full name”

Note: You pay all fees related to the bank transfer. We cannot be held responsible for payments made without the correct reference (5912101 + your full name).


The second option is that we send you an invoice for the registration fee, not applicable for late registrations. All late registrations have to be transferred to our account and payment received latest by May 6th. Please see above.

If you would like pay by invoice, we need full invoicing details.


Cancellation and changes in your registration

If you wish to cancel or change your registration, please send a detailed email to

If the change concerns a conference/dinner fee already invoiced, €50 of administration costs will be charged in addition to the original fee. In the case of cancellation the administrative charge of 500 SEK will be deducted from the amount to be reimbursed. The amount to be reimbursed depending on when we receive you change/cancellation.

  • Until 15 March: full reimbursement minus bank charges and 500 SEK administrative fees                 
  • Until 10 April: 50 % reimbursement minus bank charges and 500 SEK administrative fees
  • After 11 April: No refund, but it will be possible for you to send a substitute if you are unable to attend the conference yourself. Please note that we can only accept one person/substitute per conference participation/conference fee.


Session formats and abstract submission guidelines

Paper session

A paper proposal should be max 400 words. Empirical paper proposals should include a description of the research questions, objectives and theoretical framework, research methods, and findings or expected outcomes. For theoretical or discussion papers, a clear contention, the main line of argument and conclusions should be clearly explained.

Paper presentations will be grouped in sessions. Presentation time is expected to be ca. 20 minutes per paper. The presenters should reserve some time for discussion at the end of their presentation. The room is equipped with computer and data projector. Presenters are encouraged to use power point or other audio-visual presentation.

Interactive poster session

Poster proposal should be max 300 words and include a description of the research questions, objectives and theoretical framework, research methods, and findings or expected outcomes.

Poster presenters prepare a printed poster and a short presentation. The presenters put their posters up for display in allocated space before the poster session. In the beginning of the poster session each presenter gives a 5-minute oral presentation. Thereafter the presenters stand by their poster for discussion.


These are longer collective sessions that address a topic of relevance preferably related to the conference theme. Interdisciplinary symposia are highly encouraged. A symposium organizer chairs the session with 3-4 paper presentations. A discussant is invited to comment on the papers and topic of the symposium.

Symposium organizer submits a proposal that includes a general description of the symposium topic (max 250 words), as well as the proposals of all the individual presentations (max 250 words each) that form part of the symposium.


Key Note Speakers

Professor Peter Davies

Professor of Education Policy Research, Birmingham University, UK

This presentation will (i) present a case for the inclusion of financial literacy within citizenship education, (ii) suggest a framework for curriculum planning and (iii) identify some specific issues for teaching and learning based on empirical studies. The version of ‘financial literacy’ that has been promoted by the OECD (not least through its PISA assessment) has focused on financial literacy as a personal money management. This presentation argues that financial literacy should include citizens’ understanding of the financial world in which they live and in which governments and private organisations make decisions with huge consequences for people’s lives.  Democracy is damaged if most citizens hold deep misconceptions about the financial world – and existing evidence suggests they do.

The presentation recognises that this is underdeveloped part of the curriculum and we need to know much more about what feasible teaching and learning would look like. The second part of the presentation offers some suggestions towards action on this problem.


Professor Luis Radford

Professor in Mathematics Education, Laurentian University, Canada

My talk revolves around the goals of teaching and learning mathematics in the school. My argument is that, like all instruction, mathematics instruction has always been correlated to a societal and political project: this was the case in ancient civilizations (e.g., Mesopotamia, Greece and the Renaissance) and contemporary ones. What characterizes the contemporary societal project are the requirements that it imposes on its educational system to respond to a specific form of economy that evolved progressively in Europe during the Renaissance, the market economy. To respond to these requirements, in the last few decades, there has been an increasing pressure on the schools to produce individuals with the competencies to insert themselves in the economic world and the demands of a frenzied commodification and tag-pricing outlook of the world. Contemporary educational systems have ended up reducing the functioning of schools to kinds of enterprises and have reduced students to human capital and teachers to technical bureaucrats. In this talk, I argue that we should seek solutions to re-invent the goals of the teaching and learning of mathematics. I contend that the teaching and learning of mathematics should be driven precisely by what the French poet Annie Le Brun calls “ce qui n’a pas de prix,” that is, that which is priceless.


Professor Mary Schleppegrell

Professor of Education, University of Michigan, USA

Language varies across school subjects in ways that are functional for constructing different kinds of knowledge. Each discipline’s discursive practices present particular linguistic challenges that can be made a focus of teaching. I will report on research that is exploring how teachers in different subject areas can draw attention to language in ways that support second language learners to achieve disciplinary goals while learning the language of schooling. Examples will be drawn from language arts, science, and social studies/history, and from primary and secondary teaching contexts. These examples also illustrate that even mother tongue speakers can benefit from a focus on language and the ways it presents knowledge in different subject areas.



Conference organizer: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education

Conference coordinator: Ylva Wibaeus, Senior Lecturer.

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Visiting address: Svante Arrhenius väg 20A, Stockholm, Sweden

Postal address: Stockholm University, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education, 106 91 Stockholm

Telephone: +46 8-16 20 00