Virtual Rendez-vous:
September 13 and 23, 2021
April 6-8, 2022

16th IARTEM Conference

The XVI IARTEM Conference took place in Florence from 6 to 8 April 2022, promoted by the IARTEM Association, in collaboration with INDIRE and the IUL Telematic University.

Florence, 6-8 April 2022

Disciplinary and trans-disciplinary knowledge and skills for an uncertain future: Are educational media up to it?

For the first time in the history of the IARTEM conferences, the event took place in hybrid mode, thus providing the opportunity for over 100 scholars from many European countries as well as from the rest of the world, to share their research on a topic still very relevant today. About seventy participants were present; almost as many have been able to participate from remote, using a dedicated streaming service.

Textbooks and Educational media were analyzed from different perspectives, while investigating various aspects related to the different disciplines, their historical development and significance within the different political and cultural contexts. Particular emphasis was placed on some relevant cross-cutting issues in training courses, while underlining the specificity of the relationship between different educational media – including paper and digital books, open resources and self-production of texts – and their use during the pandemic.

The richness of the conference is evidenced by the 110 contributions which were discussed in 26 thematic panels. Teacher training, attention to disciplines, digital experimentation, reading, self-production, inclusion and early childhood are just some of the topics covered.

The 3 plenary sessions hosted internationally renowned speakers such as Gino Roncaglia, professor of Digital Publishing and Digital Humanities at the Roma Tre University, Anne Mangen, Professor at the Norwegian Reading Center, University of Stavanger, and Gert Biesta, Professor of Public Education at the University of Maynooth in Ireland.

The 4 symposia in programme gave the opportunity to discuss general topics such as the challenges for the education of the future, gender issues in textbooks, co-research conducted with schools (protagonists were headmasters and teachers of the “Educational Avant-garde” Movement) and finally the future scenarios for research, whose developments are a key point for reflection on education.

Indeed a precious opportunity for exchange and comparison, which we would like to follow up by sharing on this page the recording of the 3 keynotes’ lectures, who gave some important insights for the continuation of research on Educational media.

Meet the Keynote Speakers

Anne Mangen
Anne Mangen

Professor of literacy at The Norwegian Reading Centre at University of Stavanger, Norway

Gino Roncaglia
Gino Roncaglia

Professor of Digital Humanities, Philosophy of Information and Digital Publishing at Roma Tre University, Italy

Gert Biesta
Gert Biesta

Professor of Public Education in the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy at Maynooth University, Ireland, and Professor of Educational Theory and Pedagogy in the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, Scotland


IARTEM’s first Virtual Rendez-vous: September 2021

The IARTEM Webinars are a platform for specialists in education and materials to reflect broadly on their specialisation. The audience is not only the research community who attend the biannual IARTEM conference but also those who work in educational and publishing fields in different countries.

Key questions for speakers are: What principles have shaped your thinking in the field of educational media, how has your thinking changed over the years, and what led to those changes?