The 10th Education Graduate Students (EGS) Conference

Crossing Boundaries Beyond Borders

Conference date | Friday, March 24, 2023 | 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Location | In person, Scarfe 206, 207,204

The 10th Education Graduate Students (EGS) Conference is an annual conference organized by students from the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP) in the Faculty of Education, UBC. The main purpose of the conference is to showcase the work undertaken by graduate students within the Faculty of Education.

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This year’s theme Crossing Boundaries Beyond Borders challenges us to reflect on the boundaries of our own research in our graduate school journey. We welcome you to share with us the way in which you challenge boundaries in relation to your scholarship toward developing the discourses affecting global, environmental, societal, political, educational, and cultural awareness. The sharing of our research helps us to break down the limitations of our knowledge and keep up with the ever-changing world around us.

Borders and boundaries are concepts that can be metaphorically interpreted in multiple fields. A border is both a containment and an expansion of multiple boundaries. Borders have been used as geographical concepts designating the formal political division line between territorial units, such as the state while boundaries are a new terminology conceptualized in modern times as a means of expressing territorial power balances (Szary, 2015; Warf, 2010) and representing cultural and social differences that are not necessarily marked by division lines. The concept of boundaries has been employed in different political, social, and cultural contexts. One could experience them when entering a new place, community, or profession. Boundaries can be ethical, psychological, emotional, and personal.

In educational settings, borders and boundaries reflect the different levels at which continuity and change occur. Borders can delineate curriculum jurisdictions, age appropriateness, or subject areas. Boundaries can be pushed where grades and subjects overlap and schools encroach on homes through remote learning. 

References Szary, A. L. A. (2015). Boundaries and borders. The Wiley Blackwell companion to political geography, 11-25. Warf, B. (2010). Encyclopedia of geography. Sage.

Conference Organizers (EDCP Peer Advisors)

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