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Call for Conference Presentation Proposals for the 2022 REAIE Conference

REAIE is excited to announce their Call for Conference Presentation Proposals for the REAIE Conference to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 7 – 9 July 2022.

What does it mean to be in relationship?

As educators of young children, the concept of ‘relationship’ is understood as being integral to an intentional process of forming strong and positive connections with children, their families, colleagues and the context within which centres and schools are situated.

Acknowledging the complexity of the work undertaken with children, families and communities focused attention on Malaguzzi’s challenge of creating an education based on relationships and participation …(shaped by) networks of communication and encounters…the spirit of co-operation; individual and collective effort. (Edwards, Gandini & Forman p 45).

Reflecting on the relationship between learning and teaching in the 21st century, particularly in response to the worldwide challenges presented by COVID-19, the conference group acknowledged that education systems in today’s world as being ever more diverse and complex organisms.

Acknowledging our recent experience of working in distance modes as individuals and whole communities are asked to self- isolate: What were the relationships needed to give energy and sustenance to the work undertaken with children and families? What might be the structures required in schools to maintain desired relationships with children, families, colleagues and community? How can we, as educators of young children progress Malaguzzi’s vision, of an education system based on: connection, synergy, interaction, interdependence?

It is our great pleasure, to invite Call for Paper submissions from those working with and for children and families across all States and Territories of Australia, the Asia Pacific and beyond, representing diverse settings which have been influenced by the values and principles of the educational project of Reggio Emilia.

Submissions must be received by 29 October 2021. Successful applicants will be notified in December 2021.

We offer successful presenters a reduced conference registration fee of $500.00. (Should there be several presenters sharing one conference presentation, ONE reduced registration fee will apply i.e. the amount must be shared amongst presenters).

The conference task group is interested in papers that consider the following (but are not exclusive of other topics related to the conference title).

Relationships with and between

  • Children and planet earth
  • Democracy and culture
  • Families and community
  • Relationships that reflect intergenerational contexts
  • Reconciliation and our relationship with Indigenous knowledges
  • Between the rights of the child and practice/politics
  • Relationships of respect, diversity, reciprocity
  • Culture and sense of place
  • Play and gender
  • Relationships which support community, connectedness and belonging
  • Relationships with materials
  • Between theory and practice
  • Politics, ethics and democracy
  • Documentation and assessment

Conference Presentation Proposals are scheduled in the program as 45-minute presentations. The date and time will be confirmed closer to the conference date.


Submissions must be received by 29 October 2021. Successful applicants will be notified in December 2021.

Please read these guidelines and review the checklist prior to commencing your online submission. Incomplete submissions will not be submitted to the selection panel.

The following information must be included in all submissions:

  1. Group contact information

For submissions that include more than 1 presenter, please nominate the group contact person for your submission. Please ensure you include the group contact’s email address and phone number.

You will also be asked to complete the full name, phone number and email address of additional presenters. Please click here + at the end of the line to add additional presenter’s information.

  1. Presenter Biography

Please include biography information for each presenter for inclusion in the conference program and website e.g. qualification(s) and work experience if your group consists of three or fewer presenters. For groups of four or more please include a synopsis of the group’s biography.

  1. Presenter Headshots

Please include a headshot for each presenter, this is for inclusion in the conference program and website. You will be able to upload files through the online form. If you experience any difficulties please send the files to clearly marked with the name of the group contact. This is an essential part of the submission and incomplete submissions will not be submitted to the selection panel.

  1. A brief history of your interest in and work with the educational project of Reggio Emilia
  2. Presentation Type e.g. seminar; interactive workshop; other.
  3. Title of your presentation
  4. Session Outcomes: An invitation for participants to reflect ….
  5. 5 key words/themes which your paper aims to address.
  6. Presentation Summary: In no more than 250 words a brief summary of your presentation, including your target audience (kindergarten/preschool; LDC; school; university, other). This will be used in the conference program and on the website.
  7. Audio visual requirements for presentation
  8. The relevance of your paper to the conference theme
  9. Permission to Print: Permission will be sought from authors of successful Call for Conference Presentations for the REAIE biennial conference to reproduce successful papers in print form (either digital or hard copy) following the conference. Unsuccessful candidates may be approached to further develop their submission into an article for the Online Piazza or the Challenge Journal.
  10. Referees: The name, phone number and email of at least 2 referees for your group.
  11. Supporting photographs/drawn images: presenters are welcome to submit supporting images, please ensure that supporting photographs of/drawn images by children must have prior written permission from parent/guardian(s) at the point of submissions.

Click here to download the guidelines and checklist.

Click here to complete the Conference Presentation Proposal Submission Form.