International research in early childhood education conference

Diversity in early childhood education - global and local arctic perspectives

November 21 – 22, 2022, Tromsø, Norway

Online registration will open again soonSubmit Abstract, deadline november 30

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IRECE Journal

The journal of International Research in Early Childhood Education (IRECE) is an electronic peer-reviewed journal designed to provide an international forum for scholarship and research within the field of early childhood education. Published in Melbourne Australia, it aims to provide a forum for debate in Asia Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, as well as the regular sources of scholarship in both Western and Eastern Europe, New Zealand, and North America.

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The Arctic University of Norway

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Partners and funding

The Arctic University of Norway arranges this conference in partnership with Monash University in Australia, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Sápmi. The conference is held in collaboration with KINDknow, research centre for systemic research on diversity and sustainable futures funded by the Norwegian Research Council. IRECE 2022 is partly funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Changes due to CoVID-19 Pandemic

At the time beeing Norway is in a phase called “normal daily life with increased preparedness”. This means that there are no national recommandation regarding Covid-19 except entry quarantine from certain countries. The general infection control advice such as staying home when you are ill and having good cough etiquette and hand hygiene still applies. Other advice and measures can be used locally or nationally if the infection situation makes it necessary. 

Information on CoVID-19 can be found on World Health Organization, Norwegian government, and UiT The Arctic University of Norway. We will closely follow the situation and keep this page updated if there are any changes. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Conference postponed 

Due to the limitations of the ongoing pandemic we have decided to postpone the conference until November 21.-22, 2022. We will send an email with more information to the participants and open a new registration form soon. The information on this page will be updated as soon as possible.  


About the Conference

The conference this year is situated in the arctic region, and we encourage muitit ja muitalit* transformative and innovative research, practices and stories. 

Our vision for early childhood education is to transform life experiences and memories into imagining and realizing sustainable futures. Doing ‘real things’ requires play and imagination. In play we transform work, language practices and social interactions. Doing ‘real things’ demands the ability to imagine better solutions to problems and opportunity to act upon them.

Children’s participation in everyday life and work provide them with meaning as well as social and practical skills and values. Practices and skills pass backwards and forwards between generations and across cultures. We need traditional knowledge, understandings and technologies to contribute to sustainable futures. Together our diverse stories and experiences provide global and local perspectives.

* remembering and narrating in North Sámi


Easychair submission of abstracts for paper or poster presentations 

Conference registration

Registration opens October 12, 2021.
Deadline for registration January 7, 2022


Phd Conference

Writing seminar February 9, 2022


Teorifagbygget, Hus 1
Breivika , 9007 Tromso

Main conference dates

November 21 – 22, 2022

Important dates

November 30, 2021

Submission deadline

December 15, 2021

Review results announced

January 7, 2022

Registration deadline

Monday, November 21 - Tuesday November 22

Main conference

Key note speakers

 Five key note speakers 

Barbara Rogoff

UCSC Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology , UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA

Barbara Rogoff investigates cultural aspects of children’s learning and how communities arrange for learning, and finds especially sophisticated collaboration and attention among children from Indigenous communities of the Americas.

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See Her book Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town (Maccoby Award, APA) discusses change and continuity in children’s and families’ lives across generations in a Mayan town. 

Glykeria Fragkiadaki

Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Education at Monash University in Melbourne

Glykeria’s research focuses on early childhood learning and development as well as on cultural-historical theory and research methodology …

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with particular interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concept formation in early years.

Glykeria is a member of the Conceptual PlayLab leading research in STEM concept formation of infants, toddlers and pre-preschoolers through play, imagination and creativity.

Anders Rimpi

Sámi sound artist, composer, singer and mother tongue teacher in Lule Sámi

As composer, he has worked with most stages in Sápmi and Sweden, among them Giron Sámi Teáhter, Norrlandsoperan, Hålogaland Teater (Tromsø), Regionteater Väst, and several stages in and around Gothenburg, where he lives.

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In addition to his own artwork, he makes sound/music for dance, art, film and theatre.

Working together with Joar Nango, they construct outdoor environments in Sámi kindergartens.

Joar Nango

Sámi artist and architect

Joar is co-founder of the collective FFB working with accidental architecture in urban environments. Nango’s works explore borders between architecture, design and visual arts. 

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He questions indigenous identity through examining contradictions in modern architecture. In Sápmi he has studied of Sámi architecture. His works have been exhibited separately and joint in Europe, USA and Canada.

Working together with Anders Rimpi, they construct outdoor environments in Sámi kindergartens.

Tamsin Meaney

Professor in mathematics education at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Tamsin has worked in a number of countries in mathematics teacher education. Her research on language/culture and mathematics has been done in collaboration with a number of Indigenous communities and …

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Her research on language/culture and mathematics has been done in collaboration with a number of Indigenous communities and it is from these experiences that she has learnt to query assumptions about mathematics education. Presently she is engaged in two large projects, one in mathematics teacher education for the first seven years of school and the other on using digital games for developing multilingual kindergarten children’s mathematical languages as part of the KINDknow.

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Location: The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø

Telephone: (+47) 78 45 01 65