SIG 21 Learning and Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings


Sikunder Ali

Sikunder Ali

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

SIG Coordinator

Mission Statement

This SIG brings together researchers and practitioners who share an interest in processes of learning and teaching in multifaceted educational settings as well as everyday life, spurred by issues of heterogeneity, diversity, and a European region increasingly distinguished by multiple language use(s). SIG 21’s focus includes cross-cultural interactions including identities, discourses and practices in all kinds of education environments and participatory decision making processes.

Attention is given to sharing transformative practices in education including antiracist, decolonial, participatory, and sustainability perspectives with regard to the increasing acknowledgment of the continuing silences on issues of center-peripheries also in the domain of educational sciences and research on learning.

This requires closer attention to theoretical and empirical research work conducted about specific practices, processes, interactions within and across social and cultural communities, outcomes and the construction of meaning(s) by the agents and participants involved. By conceiving SIG 21 as an exchange platform on international research, we aim to stimulate further in-depth studies of diversity-related processes and the experiences of learners, teachers and members of the communities involved. The core objective of SIG 21 is understanding and addressing the richness and potential of the complexities, challenges, and collaborations that arise within these diverse contexts.

We kindly invite all researchers and practitioners to join the SIG 21. The SIG is committed to creating multiple formats to exchange and discuss the research of its members such as biannual meetings, master classes, ongoing social media and web exchanges, and inter-SIG events, like joint symposia and conferences.

Upcoming Activities

SIG 10, 21 & 25 Conference 2024

  • Theme: Walking the Talk: Co-Constructing the Politics of Meaning, Diversity and Learning
  • Date: 11 - 13 September, 2024
  • Place: Bari, Italy
  • Conference website

Previous Coordinators

Former SIG 21 Coordinators

  • 2019-2023: Gudrun Ziegler
  • 2017-2021: Sylvi Vigmo
  • 2015-2019: Charles Max
  • 2013-2017: Sarah Crafter
  • 2011-2015: Alessio Surian
  • 2007-2013: Guida de Abreu
  • 2007-2011: Ed Elbers

Former SIG 21 Junior Coordinators

  • 2019-2023: Becky Bergmann
  • 2016-2019: Giulia Messina
  • 2012-2016: Claudia Ventura
  • 2008-2012: Marieke Meeuwisse

Past Conferences

SIG 10, 21 & 25 Biennial Conference 2022

  • Theme: Dialogue, Diversity and Interdisciplinarity in the Field of Learning and Instruction
  • Date: 7th - 9th of September, 2022
  • Place: University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Conference website
  • Book of abstracts

SIG 10, 21 & 25 Biennial Conference 2020

SIG 10 & 21 Biennial Conference 2018

  • Theme: Connecting Connected Minds: Capturing the Relevance of Social Interaction and Cultural Diversities in a Digitalized Media Ecology
  • Date: 30th - 31st of August, 2018
  • Place: University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Conference website
  • Book of abstracts

SIG 10, 21 & 25 Biennial Conference 2016

  • Theme: Reflective Minds and Communities
  • Date: 28th - 29th of August, 2016
  • Place: University of Tartu, Estonia

SIG 10, 21 & 25 Biennial Conference 2014

  • Theme: Open Spaces for Interaction and Learning Diversities
  • Date: 27th - 30th of August, 2014
  • Place: University of Padova, Italy

SIG 10, 21 & 25 Biennial Conference 2012

  • Theme: Patch-work: Learning Diversities
  • Date: 30th August - 1st of September, 2012
  • Place: University of Belgrade, Serbia

SIG 10 & 21 Biennial Conference 2010

  • Theme: Moving through Cultures of Learning
  • Date: 2nd - 3rd of September, 2010
  • Place: Utrecht University, the Netherlands