The 13th International Conference of ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas) #1

Our first day sees us in Nicosia, Cyprus, preparing for the conference which starts tomorrow. ISSEI This morning we plan to orient ourselves with the town, and its walls. I am ashamed to say that I have not done any research beforehand, but find that we are in the last divided city after the Berlin wall came down in 1989. The old town, and its walls are divided to the north by the Turkish border and the buffer zone. We may cross today to visit the Turkish side. The territory is still disputed, and only recognised by Turkey.

It is good to be back in Cyprus after my last conference here in 2010. The International conference on Professional, Vocational and Work Based Learning brought together a diverse group of researchers to Larnaca in Cyprus (see IWBL 2010 Then I presented the embryonic paper which was to become Down The Rabbit Hole: Routined Practices, Dewey and Teacher training in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

This time I am chairing a workshop about Risk taking in professional development. Four of us are presenting papers, all fairly eclectic in one sense, but brought together under the main theme of Risk Taking in Thought and Deed: Towards a New conception of the Development of Professional Knowledge and Practice. In my next post I will summarise the papers and discuss the common ground that they share, as well as highlighting the arguments.

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