The EAIE’s 25th Annual Conference programme is now online and bursting with new, innovative activities! In addition to the vast range of sessions, workshops, and networking events, this year we’re offering a lively Ignite© session, an interactive Exhibitor Live Zone, and an exclusive Member Lounge where EAIE members can relax with a coffee and a massage. Before the conference gets underway, check out this year’s inspiring keynote speakers: Elif Shafak and Jack Uldrich.
We are pleased to announce that one of Turkey’s most acclaimed female writers, Elif Shafak, will be the keynote speaker at the Opening Plenary on 11 September. Having lived all over the world, Elif’s global and multicultural perspective offers an excellent introduction to the many contrasts of Istanbul and this year’s conference theme: ‘Weaving the future of global partnerships’.
Writing fiction in both Turkish and English, Elif’s style fuses Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, drawing on diverse cultures and literary traditions, and uncovering the stories of women, minorities, immigrants and subcultures. Her work often addresses controversial topics and inspires vivid debate, as seen following the publication of her first English novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, in which she faced criminal charges for ‘insulting Turkishness’ (the case was ultimately dismissed).
In addition to writing fiction, Elif holds a PhD in Political Science. Her thesis on ‘Islamic Mysticism and the Circular Understanding of Time’ was awarded by the Social Scientists Institute and she was additionally awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2010. Watch her TED Talk for a sneak peek into some of her insights.
With this year marking 25 years of EAIE Conferences, it is not only an opportune time for reflection, but a time to look forward to the years to come. As the Closing Plenary concludes the conference on 13 September, renowned global futurist Jack Uldrich will challenge you to rethink your notions about the future of international higher education.
A change management expert and best-selling author, Jack is Founder of The School of Unlearning, an international consultancy designed to help organisations succeed tomorrow by unlearning today. Sound intriguing? Known for his provocative and new perspectives, as well as his ability to infuse a room with humour and creativity, Jack’s presentation promises to be educating, entertaining and motivating, leaving you with grand ideas about the future of education. Come and hear Jack speak about future trends in education and discover why unlearning is a vital ingredient for achieving future success in the higher education field.
Explore over 200 other engaging activities we have in store for you and prepare for conference registration to open on 15 May. Not yet an EAIE member? Become a member today and enjoy a significant discount on the registration fee.