Annual seminar

The FinEd Network organises an annual seminar, which in recent years has been arranged in connection with the FERA Conference on Education. The FinEd seminar acts as the pre‑seminar for the conference.

In 2018, the seminar will be organised on 14 November in Tampere. The language of the pre-seminar is English. The registration for the seminar is now has closed.

Identity and Future of Educational Research

Pre-seminar of the FinEd Network to the FERA 2018 Conference, 14 November 2018, University of Tampere

The Finnish Multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Network on Educational Sciences (FinEd) organises an annual seminar for the doctoral researchers of its member units. In 2018, the pre-seminar is entitled Identity and Future of Educational Research.

The identity of an academic field is a fundamental question for researchers, but at the same time, it is an unresolved question. The identity of an academic field is always in the state of flux, under negotiation, always redefined. The identity is something that steers present decisions and aims of the future. This is why it is a most important question. The FinEd Network wants to invite junior researchers to participate in a discussion on identity of educational research and its future. Doctoral researchers not only need to identify their own position in the field of educational research but they are the makers of the future, their research re-forms the identity of the field.

The pre-seminar of the FinEd Network will start with a session that addresses the questions of identity: Professor Harry Daniels will give a keynote lecture on identity in institutions after which the topic will be elaborated in a panel and general discussion. In the afternoon, the future of educational research will be discussed on a more concrete level in a session where feelings aroused by academic work will be considered. Professor Dorthe Staunæs will introduce the topic in her keynote lecture on academic moods after which the participants may join the discussion. During the pre-seminar the participants will also have an opportunity to present their ongoing work in parallel article workshops and receive feedback from the peers and senior researchers of the FinEd Mentor Pool.

One of the main purposes of the pre-seminar is to offer opportunities for social sharing for the doctoral researchers. It aims at helping the participants to learn to know each other and the various research topics, getting acquainted with the senior researchers of the FinEd Mentor Pool and forming contacts for future cooperation. The pre-seminar will end up in an evening session with a dinner buffet that will present all participants a forum for free discussion and socializing.


Time: Wednesday, 14 November, 2018
Place: University of Tampere, Virta building, Åkerlundinkatu 5, Tampere. Main campus map.

10:00-10:15 Welcome. Head of the FinEd Network, Professor Kirsti Karila (Auditorium 109, 1st floor).

10:15-11:15 Keynote, Professor Harry Daniels (University of Oxford): Identity in institutions: The search for a language of description (Auditorium 109, 1st floor).

11:15-12:00 Panel and discussion: Identity of educational research in Finland. Panel members: Professor Kristiina Kumpulainen (University of Helsinki), Professor Risto Rinne (University of Turku) and Professor Annalisa Sannino (University of Tampere, chair). (Auditorium 109, 1st floor)

12:00-13:00 Lunch in the Main Building, Juvenes  restaurant (Kalevantie 4, 2nd floor).

13:00-14:30 Parallel article workshops chaired by mentors.

14:30-15:00 Tea/coffee break (Virta building, in the hall next to Auditorium 109)

15:00-16:30 Keynote, Professor Dorthe Staunæs (Aarhus University): Curiosity killed the cat… Academic moods in research and writing. Discussion. Chair, Associate Professor Jaakko Kauko (University of Tampere). (Auditorium 109, 1st floor).

16:45-20:00 Mingling with mentors. Buffet at Edu’s Café (Virta building, 3rd floor).


Harry Daniels is a professor in education at the Department of Education, the University of Oxford. His research interests include among other things post Vygotskian theory. Further information.

Dorthe Staunæs is a professor in social psychology at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University. Her research concentrate on post-human approaches and affective methodologies. Her current work is on the performative effects of new motivational technologies in education. She has written extensively on psy-leadership, intersectionality and affects. Further information.


All the participating doctoral researchers are expected to prepare a pre-assignment for the first session of the pre-seminar. The pre-assignment is as follows:

  • Position yourself and your PhD study in the field of educational research.
  • Prepare 1-2 questions for professor Harry Daniels about the identity of educational research.
  • In the written reflection, you can use references, but it is not necessary.
  • The maximum length of the pre-assignment is 1000 words.
  • Submit your pre-assignment via the registration form of the pre-conference (NB! to be published in August on FinEd web pages).

The submission of the pre-assignment is a prerequisite for the participation in the pre-seminar.

Doctoral researchers can also present a paper in the pre-seminar. The paper can be a part of the PhD work or an article connected to the PhD study. The paper does not have to be a finished version, but you can also present the text you are working on. All those who are willing to present a paper in the pre-seminar are asked to submit a 300-word abstract of their paper via the registration form. The chairs of the workshops will review the submitted abstracts, and select the presenters. The maximum number of the accepted papers will be 28.

The maximum length of the paper is 8000 words. The accepted papers should be send to coordinator of the FinEd Network Anneli Lehtisalo ( by 16 October at the latest. The papers should be in a pdf-file format and named after the presenter’s name.

All the participating doctoral researchers are expected to prepare a written feedback on one paper presentation. The workshop groups and the instructions for feedback will be announced after the registration.

The participating doctoral researchers should discuss with their supervisors about the credits they earn by participating the pre-seminar well before the pre-seminar.


The pre-seminar is directed to the doctoral researchers of the FinEd Network and of the Faculty of Educational Sciences in the University of Helsinki. The Network will accept maximum number of 5 participants from the University of Helsinki.

The registration for the seminar is closed.

The maximum number of participating doctoral researchers is 70. The FinEd Network will accept participants according to two criteria: 1) Participation quotas among the member units of the FinEd, and 2) order of registration.


  • 21 August: Registration opens
  • 17 September: Deadline for registration, pre-assignments and abstracts.
  • 26 September: Notification of acceptance of abstracts
  • 16 October: Deadline for the accepted papers.

The doctoral researchers are also encouraged to attend the FERA Conference on Education organized in the University of Tampere, 15-16 November 2018. Further information:


The language of the pre-seminar is English. The pre-assignment should be written in English. The accepted paper can be written in Finnish or in English, according to its expected publication language.


The travel and accommodation costs of the seminar will be covered by the FinEd to the doctoral researchers of the FinEd member units (in universities of Eastern Finland, Jyväskylä, Lapland, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Åbo Akademi) as follows:

  • The pre-seminar is free of charge
  • The meals provided during the pre-seminar (lunch, coffee and dinner buffet)
  • One night’s shared (double room) overnight stay in hotel (NB. the night before or after the pre-seminar)
  • The most economical travel expenses based on the original tickets and receipts (an expense claim form will be sent to the participants).

NB. The pre-seminar is free of charge for the participants from the University of Helsinki, but their travel and accommodation costs will not be covered by the FinEd Network.


Coordinator of the FinEd Network Anneli Lehtisalo,, 050 4377 233, University of Tampere