Call for Proposals

Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2017

Weaving the Fabric of Education:
Past, Present, Future

The deadline for submission has been extended until January 1st, 2017

The Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2017 Organizing Committee is pleased to invite proposals for papers, roundtables, panels, workshops, and posters for this year’s conference, March 2 and 3, 2017, titled Weaving the Fabric of Education: Past, Present, Future.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education, the theme of this year’s Symposium considers the changes to and the evolution of our understandings of education, including educational frameworks, approaches to educational research, and the development of pedagogy. It is an invitation to contemplate the current fabric of education, draw and reflect on its past threads, and weave patterns for greater futures.

In the spirit of this year’s theme, we encourage proposals that explore the political, historical, practical, critical, and epistemological aspects of education. While alignment with the theme is recommended, we will also gladly accept other education-related proposals.

About the Symposium

The Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium is an annual bilingual research conference organized by graduate students from the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. This symposium provides opportunities for graduate students to share their work in progress or completed research, engage with their colleagues, and participate in the development of new ways of understanding, thinking, and doing. Through the poster session, oral presentations, and workshops, students are brought together to learn from each other and to develop and grow as academics.

For many students, this will be their first academic conference, as such, it has been a strong part of the Symposium’s tradition to work towards building a supportive and congenial atmosphere while allowing students to showcase their work to the greater educational community and gain experience in presenting at peer-reviewed academic conferences.

Founded in 1985 by Professor Jean-Paul Dionne, the Symposium has grown to encompass two full days of activities and attracts graduate students from across Canada and the United States to participate.

Important dates

  • Launch of the call for proposals: Monday, October 31, 2016
  • Opening date for proposal submissions and registration: Wednesday, November 9, 2016.
  • Closing date for Proposal Submissions: Wednesday, December 14, 2016. January 1, 2017.
  • The first author will be notified by January 16th, 2017 regarding acceptance or non-acceptance of the proposal.
  • Symposium dates: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 and Friday, March  3rd, 2017.

Symposium Presentation Formats

Both individual and group presentations are permitted with a maximum of three presenters allowed in each group. All submissions, including proposals are peer reviewed by committees comprised of professors and graduate students. Presentations may be generally related to education or specifically related to the main theme and threads of this year’s Symposium.

The threads for this year will be determined soon!

Presentation formats include:

Paper Presentation

Presenters prepare a paper and deliver it as a 15 minute presentation. A five minute question period will follow each presentation.

Roundtable Discussion

Presenters prepare a paper and give a 10-15 minute presentation with 2 or 3 similarly themed papers. Following the presentations, discussants will ask questions and provide feedback on the papers, as well as moderate discussion between the participants. Discussants may be provided by presenters or by the Organizing Committee. Note: For this format, completed papers must be submitted 2 weeks in advance of the Symposium so that they may be sent to discussants.


Presenters design a 30 minute workshop to showcase a technique or methodology in an engaging and interactive session. Workshops are meant to promote the development of new knowledge and skills through participation and doing in a collaborative setting.

Workshops should aim to present an applied or practical topic that supports the professional development of students in areas of research, teaching, and academia.  Those currently using or researching innovative teaching methods may choose to share their approach in the form of a workshops. Previous topics have included:

  • knowledge mobilization strategies;
  • strategies for managing stress;
  • working with various research technologies (e.g., NVivo; Transana); and
  • publishing in academic journals

In workshops, presenters conduct themselves as facilitators. Time is provided at the end of each session for discussion between participants and facilitators.

Posters and Alternative Media Exhibits

Posters are collectively displayed in a large room and presented individually by their creators to attendees who stop by and want to discuss the poster contents. Presenters must be present at the time designated for the poster session. Posters must not exceed 1.50m x 1.50m (WxH).

New this year, the Symposium will be accepting proposals for alternative and creative media exhibits. These would presented concurrently with the posters during the Poster Session. This could include: films, photo exhibits, slideshows, interactive smartphone or computer applications, music,

At least two weeks in advance of the submission deadline, presenters wishing to propose an Alternative Media Exhibit should contact the Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium Organizing Committee ( to the attention of Leva Rouhani with their concept or idea so that it may be evaluated for feasibility.

Conference Proceedings

This year, the Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium will publish conference proceedings. The proceedings will be a collection of papers based on the proposals submitted to the Symposium. After the Symposium, presenters will be invited to submit a paper for inclusion in the proceedings.

Instructions for Proposal Submissions

Proposals must be submitted through the JPDS website ( no later than Wednesday, December 14, 2016. No e-mail submissions will be accepted.

Preparing your proposal submission

Proposal submissions include an abstract and a bibliography. References and citations should conform to APA 6th edition.

Abstract. Proposal abstracts should be a summary of the planned presentation and should not exceed 300 words. It is strongly recommended that abstracts include, at minimum and where applicable, the following:

  1. a problem statement or research question;
  2. a brief description of the conceptual/theoretical framework or model;
  3. an overview of the methodology used or to be used; and/or
  4. the main findings or conclusions

Bibliography. The proposal bibliography should conform to APA 6th edition formatting. The bibliography does not contribute to the word count.