Call for Papers

Oxford Ethnography and Education Conference 2023

Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th September

We look forward to a continuing stream of international discussion that focuses on educational contexts and issues through ethnographic approaches. The conference will be held again at New College Oxford and is planned as an entirely in-person event.

We always have a large representation from outside the UK – over 50% – and we hope this will continue. As many of you know, we publish a journal, Ethnography and Education, for which papers from the Oxford Ethnography Conference provide a rich resource.

The registration fee for the conference is £420 (excluding accommodation). PhD students have a reduced fee of £295 (excluding accommodation).The fee includes:

  • Tea and coffee on Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th September.
  • Lunch on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th September.
  • Breakfast will only be included if you book accommodation in New College.

Please note: refunds are not possible once the conference registration is paid.

Conference Culture

We aim to create a positive and collegial atmosphere, and there will be ample opportunity for people to meet, talk and socialize. As in previous years, all papers will be circulated before the conference via the conference website, to enable 40 minute sessions to be developed almost entirely to a discussion of the research findings, methods and wider issues attached to each paper.

The number of papers will be limited in order to maintain a high degree of interaction in the sessions. Consequently, abstracts should provide clear evidence of a contribution to knowledge of the education sphere and details of ethnographic methodology.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts of between 300-500 words should be sent as a word document on an email attachment using the template you can download here, to Jonathan Tummons ( by Friday 3rd March 2023.

Authors will be notified of the outcome by Friday 31st March 2023. The abstract should include details of ethnographic methodology, research aims, findings and contribution to the field if a substantive paper. Methodological papers are also welcomed. Full papers of no more than 7000 words are to be submitted by Monday 14th August 2023. Registration for the conference will close on Monday 21st August 2023.

Booking will open in late April after delegates have had their abstracts approved. Conference and accommodation booking will be available online. Accommodation costs will be advertised online when booking opens.

We look forward to inviting you to Oxford.

The 2023 conference team: 

Jonathan Tummons, University of Durham (

Shari Sabeti, University of Edinburgh (

Ruth Unsworth, University of York St John (

Begoña Vigo Arrazola, University of Zaragoza (