August 4, 2018

Conference Postgraduate Supervision: The global scholar (next March 2019, South Africa)

The Centre for Higher and Adult Education (CHAE) held its first international conference on postgraduate supervision in April 2007 with the theme ‘Postgraduate supervision: state of the art and the artists’. Since then five more conferences were held, in 2009 on ‘Postgraduate supervision research and practice’, in 2011 on ‘Promoting a culture of postgraduate scholarship’, in 2013 on ‘Candidates, supervisors and institutions: pushing postgraduate boundaries’. In March 2015 the conference theme was ‘Looking ahead: the future of postgraduate supervision in the knowledge society’ and most recently, in 2017, the deliberations were around the topic: ‘Spaces, journeys and destinations in postgraduate supervision’.

Building on this experience, we are delighted to invite our wide network of international and national conference participants to the 7th biennial Postgraduate Supervision Conference in 2019.

The seventh conference will once again be hosted at the beautiful Spier Wine Estate and Conference Centre just outside the university town of Stellenbosch.

Conference website:

The main theme of ‘The global scholar: Implications for postgraduate studies and supervision’ relates, but is not confined to, several sub-themes such as those suggested below:


  • Researcher and supervisor connections, exchanges and joint scholarly work.
  • The mobility of research candidates and research supervisors.
  • Supervising / examining across geographical borders, cultures and disciplines.
  • The relation of local contexts, cultures and knowledge to the global arena.
  • The implications of global scholarship for language and writing.
  • The implications for the careers of research candidates and research supervisors.
  • The implications for fees, fee-structures and the costs of globalised postgraduate research and supervision.
  • The implications for distance and electronic supervision.


Both theoretical and empirical contributions would be valuable for the conference theme and will be considered within any of the following three conference tracks:


  • Postgraduate supervision theories and policies
  • Postgraduate supervision practices
  • Postgraduate supervision trends and trajectories.


The conference will start on Tuesday, 26 March and closes at lunchtime on Friday 29 March 2019. On Tuesday, 26 March there will be a number of half-day workshops for which conference participants can register separately. These topics will be announced closer to the conference date.

Important dates

Submission date for abstracts: 3 September 2018
Feedback to authors of abstracts: 5 October 2018
Final submission date for amended abstracts: 5 November 2018
Closing date for early registration: 25 January 2019
Final date for late registration: 4 March 2019
Submission of full invited papers (for post-conference publication): 29 April 2019.