The 45th Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA)


The 45th Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) which was held on 23-25 March 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Thank you to the 701 participants who contributed to the success of the congress.

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The theme of the conference was:

Learning and education – material conditions and consequences

The material conditions for education, pedagogy and learning are undergoing considerable changes. New technologies, materials and methodologies emerge and have many consequences for pedagogy, teaching and learning.

Pedagogical situations are increasingly mediated by technology, and the interface between formal and informal learning is becoming more and more blurred. Specialized educational technologies (such as MOOCS) promise to make learning and education much more widely available, and mainstream technologies such as computer-games, smartphones, and social media are increasingly present in education, both as everyday conditions of educational work and as deliberate means for improving educational situations. But this development is uneven and technological divides reappear in many contexts worldwide.

New understandings of material conditions are also informing the theory and practice of education. New methods (like neuroimagining and tracing of biological markers) are used to studying processes of learning, and the material elements of educational settings are increasingly recognized. As part of this, there is an increased focus on the body as a resource and arena for learning and socializing practices. This makes it possible to tailor education and pedagogy much more closely to different learners and situations. The harvesting, aggregating and application of data contributes to such personalized learning environments, but it also worms at other levels, such as monitoring the performance of educational institutions and the efficiency of policies. This often implies an uneasy mix of support and control.

The conference will explore these trends in the material conditions for educational practice and research and explore their consequences for education and learning in the Nordic countries.


We hope you will join us for NERA 2017 and look forward to welcoming you to Copenhagen.


Best regards,

On behalf of the local organisers

Morten Misfeldt (Chair)
Palle Rasmussen
Arnt Vestergaard Louw
Kathrin Otrel-Cass

NOCIES Pre-Conference

The Nordic Comparative and International Education Society (NOCIES) hosts a pre-conference event on 22 March - Read more

Important dates

14 November 2016 (extended)

Deadline for abstract submission

Submit your abstract

15 December 2016

Abstract notifications sent out

15 January 2017

Early bird registration ends

23-25 March 2017

NERA Congress

Congress venues

Department of Learning and Philosophy
Aalborg University, Copenhagen
A.C. Meyers Vænge 15
2450 Copenhagen


Imperial Cinema (Nordisk Film Biografer)
Ved Vesterport 4
1612 Copenhagen