Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

CIES currently has 23 special interest groups (SIGs) that allow CIES members who share common research interests to connect and collaborate. SIGs focus on a geographic region or on a specialized topic. SIG membership is $10. SIG dues can be paid at ratiohttps://subfill.uchicago.edu/JournalPUBS/Donation.aspx?webpub=cernale, or at the time of online conference registration.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide a forum within CIES for the involvement of individuals drawn together by common interest in a field of study. Recognized SIGS will also receive conference space for sessions at the Annual Conference. A SIG must be constituted by at least 15 active CIES members.

Any group of 15 or more active CIES members may petition for the establishment of a SIG. Each petition should include the printed names, email or mailing address, and signatures of the CIES members as well as a rationale describing the purpose, scope, and uniqueness of the SIG and its membership. These petitions will be reviewed and accepted or rejected by the CIES Board of Directors. Approved SIGS are required to submit an annual report. Any questions regarding SIG formation should be sent to the CIES Secretariat’s Office. All relevant information pertaining to SIGs is found in the SIG Handbook.

Geographic region-based SIGs

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Africa SIG aims to foster a sense of community among their members, inform the membership of best practices and current research in the field, and provide a valuable space for networking and dialoguing on Africa education.

Chairperson: Peter Moyi Program Chair: Desmond Odugu Secretary: Laura Quaynor Treasurer: Lillian Butungi Niwagaba Communications: James Gurney & Asino Tutaleni

East Asia SIG aims to formalize and strengthen communication among scholars of East Asia, and to help the larger CIES membership become better acquainted with East Asian education and societies.

Chairperson: Yingyi Ma, Ph.D; Co-Chairpersons: Takehito Kamata & Xiangyan Liu

Eurasia SIG will bring together educational researchers and practitioners working on or in Eurasia.

Co-chairperson: Alla Korzh Co-chairperson: Alan DeYoung

Latin America SIG includes Latin Americanist educators, leaders, and scholars who offer through their research and experiences the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment of goals and the launching of projects in the region, open the dialogue regarding the region’s educational experiences, achievements and challenges.

Chairperson: Pablo Fraser, Co-Chair; Ana Tristana Solano-Campos, Co-Chair; Martina Arnal, Secretary; Diana Martinez, Webmaster; Erica Mallet, Facebook Manager

Middle East SIG brings together scholars, educators, and development practitioners interested in the study of the region. Through high quality scholarship, dissemination, and service we seek to enhance educational policy, programming, and pedagogy, and to foster understanding of the region’s peoples more generally. The MESIG is not associated with any political or religious affiliation. Our geographic scope includes the broader Middle East and North Africa region, as well as locales with historic or contemporary ties to the region and their peoples.

Co-chairperson: Roozbeh Shirazi Co-chairperson: Elizabeth Buckner

South Asia SIG provides a systematic forum to bring together those of us working on and interested in educational issues related to South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora.

Chairperson: Radhika Iyengar Program Chair: Matthew Witenstein Secretary: Erik Byker

Theme Based SIGs

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Citizenship and Democratic Education SIG seeks to create an active community of educators and researchers, to share their views and encourage productive debate on various aspects of citizenship and democratic education, in the United States and around the world.

Co-chairperson: Heidi Biseth Co-chairperson: David Zyngier

Contemplative Inquiry and Holistic Education SIG seeks to address holistic development and integration of learners’ mind, body, and spirit through contemplative means.

Co-Chairpersons: Jing Lin and Rebecca Oxford

Cultural Contexts of Education and Human Potential SIG aims to make the case for the necessity of including the voices of individuals often unheard and to promote better understanding and learning between and about different groups. Moreover, it is also intended to demonstrate how the underutilization of the voices of different cultures has led to the underutilization of their potential.

Chairperson: Kassie Freeman

Early Childhood Development SIG seeks to foster exchange & strengthen linkages between ECD research and practice; help keep members abreast of new developments in the field; build linkages among various ECD networks nationally and internationally; prepare ECD thematic sessions at the next CIES conference.

Chairperson: Rhiannon Williams Program Chairperson: Nawsheen Elaheebocus


Education for Sustainable Development SIG promotes scholarly research and professional activities of those concerned with the intersection of education (broadly defined) and sustainable development. Specifically, the SIG explores how the discourse and practice of sustainable development affect educational institutions and how educational institutions facilitate the development of knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes needed for sustainable development.

Co-Chairperson: Oren Pizmony-Levy Co-Chairperson: Yimin Wang Secretary: Mattew Aruch

Global Literacy SIG is organized around key issues in reading and writing instruction and assessment and larger issues and implications of literacy use throughout the world.

Co-chairperson: Barbara Trudell Co-chairperson: Margaret "Peggy" Dubeck

Global Mathematics Education SIG The purpose of the Global Mathematics Education SIG is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from around the world to discuss theory, practices, and techniques related to mathematics learning starting in early childhood to tertiary education.

Co-chairperson: Deepa Srikantaiah Co-chairperson: Wendi Ralaingita

Globalization and Education SIG seeks to provide a forum where researchers and practitioners involved in global study of comparative and international education have meaningful conversations and exchanges of ideas related to globalization and education.

Co-Chairperson: Stephen Carney Co-Chairperson: Tavis Jules

Higher Education SIG serves as a networking hub for promoting scholarship opportunities, critical dialogue, and linking professionals and academics to the international aspects of higher education.

Co-Chairperson: Qiang Zha Co-Chairperson: Jorge Enrique Delgado Secretary: Wen Wen Program Chair: Esther Gottlieb

ICT4D (ICT for Development) is an outlet for members of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) to collaborate with, learn from, and create bonds that will heighten interest and research in this ever growing area.

Co-chairperson: Jayson Richardson Co-chairperson: Jeffrey Lee

Inclusive Education SIG seeks to elicit the participation of scholars interested in educational issues specific to the multiple meanings of IE and, accordingly, to learners who are marginalized due to special educational needs. These might include: disabilities, second language acquisition, poverty, racial and ethnic discrimination, social exclusion, etc.

Chairperson: Chris Johnstone

Indigenous Knowledge and the Academy SIG consists of CIES members, members of indigenous communities, and practitioners who want to dialogue about ways to develop alternative knowledge and how this can be used to interact with, and transform the academy.

Co-Chairperson: Tutaleni I. Asino Co-Chairperson: Trey Menefee

Language Issues SIG is a network of researchers and practitioners working to understand the role of language(s) in education, as well as the role of the languages of instruction in differing, and often contentious, political and cultural contexts.

Chairperson: Desmond Odugu Co-Chairperson: Zehlia Babaci-wilhite Communications
Co-coordinator: Anna Farrell Communications Co-coordinator: Michelle Gaston

Large-Scale Cross-National Studies in Education SIG is the newly established SIG with the mission to promote research related to large-scale cross-national studies in education. The SIG will provide a space within CIES for interaction between scholars who are contributing to the three aforementioned lines of research. Also, the SIG will bring together scholars and practitioners who are designing and implementing international assessments of educational achievement.

Co-Chairperson: David Rutkowski Co-chairperson: Oren Pizmony-Levy

Peace Education SIG brings together members of the Comparative and International Education Society with common interests in the study of peace and conflict, human rights, and social justice in education.

Co-Chairperson: Hakim Williams Co-Chairperson: Maria-Jose Bermeo

Post-Foundational Approaches to Comparative and International Education SIG

The SIG was initiated to provide a dedicated space for comparative education scholars at all career stages interesting in sharing work that draws upon post-structural approaches to social theory. Whilst Foucault is already an important reference point for many CIES members the SIG also encourages engagement with other leading voices that are less audible within CIE (e.g. Agamben, Baudrillard, Butler, Derrida, Deleuze, Lacan, Rancière, Mbembe and Lather to name but a few). Recognizing that theory itself might be viewed as a constraining metanarrative, the SIG also takes inspiration from alternative intellectual horizons that might include mysticism, indigenous knowledges and Eastern religions. In this sense, the SIG is an invitation to work with, problematize and celebrate difference in social life, using this to inspire and regenerate the field of CIE.

Co-Chairperson: Stephen Carney Co-Chairperson: Daniel Friedrich Secretary: Irving Epstein

Religion and Education SIG is a newly established SIG for the purpose of comparatively explore the links between education and religion across national, historical, and civilizational contexts. The SIG will foster an interdisciplinary dialogue and international collaboration focusing on the implications from the study of education-religion links for all fields of educational research and practice.

Co-Chairperson: Elena Lisovskaya Co-Chairperson: Robert Osburn Secretary: Bruce Collet

Teacher Education and the Teaching Profession SIG facilitates dissemination of information and fosters dialogues about critical issues in teaching and teacher education from national and international perspectives. Teachers/teacher educators/researchers are given an opportunity and a framework for discourse on issues, concerns, and successes pertaining to teaching and the teaching profession in each country.

Co-Chairperson: Do-Yong Park Co-chairperson: Eurvine Williams

Teaching Comparative Education SIG brings together scholars and instructors of comparative and international education from around the world. It is dedicated to understanding and enhancing the contours of course work in the field and promoting comparative and international education in higher education.

Co-chairperson: Allison Blosser Co-chairperson: Patricia K. Kubow