The Action Research Network of the Americas
6th Annual Conference

June 28-30, 2018
University of California (UCSD), La Jolla, California, USA

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Knowledge Mobilization for Equitable & Peaceful Social Progress

 Call for Abstracts

We invite action researchers, community activists, practitioners in education, healthcare, and human services, youth workers, culture workers, university faculty and students, and interested individuals from community-based organizations and initiatives to submit an abstract based on the 2018 Annual Meeting theme of: Knowledge Mobilization for Equitable & Peaceful Social Progress

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Submission Deadlines

April 22, 2018                   Individual Presentation, Workshops, Roundtables, Symposium/Panel, Pecha Kucha
(Individual presentation submissions will be grouped thematically by conference organizers)

April 30, 2018                      Poster Presentations

Where to Submit
Email your abstract in the format described in the guidelines to:

Note: If you submit an abstract for a workshop, roundtable, symposium/panel or Pecha Kucha and would ALSO like to present a poster YOU must indicate that when you email your abstract that it is for BOTH.  


Preparing an Abstract for Submission
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Guidelines for Submission
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Type of Presentations

When submitting an abstract, please indicate which of the following type of presentation you are proposing: individual presentation, workshop, roundtable, symposium/panel, Pecha Kucha or poster session.

Individual Presentation: Abstracts submitted by individuals will be grouped thematically by the conference program organizers.

Workshop: A workshop is an interactive session that is designed to encourage audience participation through activities intended to share knowledge and generate new understandings of action oriented practice.

Roundtable A roundtable provides an intimate and informal forum for discussing key issues, trends, and other emerging topics of interest.  They are organized around similar topics and provide a structured way for attendees to learn from each other.  Each participant presents a brief introduction of their chosen topic, invites group dialogue to enrich the session.  Numerous roundtable discussions take place simultaneously in the same area.

Symposium/Panel: These sessions comprise three to four thematically related presentations (committee will organize based on submissions received).  Each presenter has 15 minutes to speak, followed by a few minutes of facilitated discussion.  Groups are encouraged to form their own symposium/panel on a similar topic and choose their own facilitator.

Pecha Kucha: A succinct presentation style of an action research topic chosen by the presenter, lasting no longer than 6 minutes and 40 seconds.  With audio visual technology, the presentation consists of 20 slides, each displayed for 20 seconds with a narrative script that overlays the entire presentation.  Note:*** Participants are expected to provide their own technology for presentations.

Poster presentation: Graphic displays of action research projects, both in progress and completed allow the delegates to engage in dialogue with the researcher(s). Poster viewing will be allocated a specific time on the program but will be on display throughout the conference.

2018 Conference Theme:  Knowledge Mobilization

 Knowledge mobilization (KMb) is often defined as the meaningful use of evidence and expertise to align research, policy and practice in an effort to improve outcomes for the education and wellness of children, youth, and families and communities. At its core, KMb involves knowledge sharing between research producers (e.g., university researchers, participatory action researchers, community-based activist groups, and individual action researchers) and research users (e.g., professionals/practitioners) whose work can benefit from research findings.

KMb thus reflects the long-standing concern in the social sciences with bridging the gap between research and practice. Examples of traditional knowledge mobilization efforts include:

  • Publications such as journal articles, books and reports
  • Events such as workshops and conferences
  • Publications of teaching curricula development or improvement
  • Knowledge transfer, synthesis, exchange, and co-creation

Theories and actions are needed to better position action researchers and participatory action researchers in relation to the use of evidence and expertise in shaping social policies, in particular in relation to issues of social justice and social equality.

A strategy is needed for alternative knowledge mobilization in support of equitable and peaceful social progress.

The ARNA 2018 conference will address this need through presentations on the following key items:

  1. Initiatives in support of civic education, critical literacy, and strengthening cultures of questioning
  2. Practitioner research and practice-based research evidence in support of revitalizing public education in the U.S. and more broadly, the Americas
  3. Peacebuilding initiatives that incorporate participatory action research
  4. Addressing pressing social problems in varied social domains such as neighborhoods, schools, communities, and civic organizations
  5. Strengthening university engagements with compelling questions of social justice and ecological sustainability/climate change
  6. Initiatives for reclaiming hope through social practices that address public memory and experiences of oppression and marginalization while linking such memories with action for social improvement and change
  7. Initiatives that draw on participatory research to hold authority accountable and promote social transformation
  8. Supporting and sustaining alternative epistemologies and knowledge producing practices