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NORNet2023 | 4th Nordic Conference on Research on Transitions, Career and Guidance


The Politics of Educational and Working Life Transitions: Intersectional Perspectives

Despite longstanding efforts to actualise equality objectives in Nordic policy contexts, the educational and working life trajectories of individuals remain differentiated by their positions in intersecting schemes of social categorisation. The lingering inequalities in opportunities and outcomes call for intersectional analyses that recognise the multitude of factors and contextual characteristics that influence educational and school-to-work transitions, policies and career guidance practices.

We invite researchers, practitioners and other experts to come together to analyse and discuss the micro- and macro-level phenomena that relate to educational and school-to-work transitions as well as the practices and policies facilitating these transitions. Together, we will seek to understand how intersecting social categorisations shape the transitions of individuals and how the living conditions, lived experiences and individual life projects of youth and young adults are taken into account in policies and career guidance practices.

The conference is organised by the Department of Education and Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education CELE in the University of Turku, Finland.

Instructions for abstract submission

Proposals for individual papers
(call for abstracts)

Proposals for contributions are welcome from the fields of the conference title “The Politics of Educational and Working Life Transitions: Intersectional perspectives”. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Oxford Abstracts system. The system opens on 6th February.

The submission should contain 500–1000 words including main references and needs to be composed  including the following:

  • Title of proposal
  • Author(s) of proposal including affiliations. Specify who will be presenting.
  •  3–5 keywords
  • General description on research questions, objectives, and theoretical framework
  • Methods/methodology
  • Expected outcomes/results
  • Main references

Please note: paper sessions, interactive discussion session, and symposium are composed differently. For details, please check below.

Proposals for Interactive discussion session for early career researchers

Note! This session is held only in Turku, not online.

The objective of the interactive discussion session, aimed specifically for early career researchers, is to create a low threshold opportunity to present and discuss your research, a research idea or a topical question related to the conference theme. The session will consist of short presentations by the participants and of interactive discussions in small groups.

The submission for the interactive discussion session for early career researchers should contain:

  • Title of proposal
  • Author(s) of proposal including affiliations and email addresses
  • 3–5 keywords
  • And an abstract (max. 500 words, no references needed), including:
  • General description on:
    1) research questions / ideas / topical questions related to the conference theme
    2) theoretical concepts
    3) methodology / methods

Proposals for symposium

The symposium proposal gathers researchers interested in a predefined coherent theme.  We recommend including 3–4 presentations and at least two different national perspectives in the symposium. It is also highly recommended to have a discussant comment on the presentations. The organiser of the symposium is responsible for submitting the general symposium proposal and indication that the abstract is intended for a symposium. In addition, each presenter submits their own abstract by following the abstract instructions for paper presentations above. The symposium proposal and the individual presentations in the symposium are assessed together. If the symposium is not accepted, individual presentations can still be accepted as paper presentations.

The submission for the symposium proposal, 500–1000 words

  • The title of the symposium
  • An abstract describing the theme of the symposium
  • Chair, presenters, titles of their presentations and discussant(s)
  • Author(s) of proposal including affiliations. Specify who will be presenting

To Facilitate the Process

You need to indicate all contributing authors along with their affiliations and to specify who will be presenting. Fill in this information carefully; misspellings and missing or faulty email addresses may mean that co-authors are not correctly linked to all their contributions.

Submit here!

General submission guidelines

  • Abstracts are submitted via the Oxford Abstracts online submission system. Register to Oxford Abstracts to submit
  • You may amend your submission until the final submission deadline -> extended until 16 April 2023
  • Acceptance information will be sent via email to the submitter only
  • Inform immediately the programme committee of any changes (e.g. change in the presenting author)
  • Abstract presenters must register for the conference and pay the registration fee by the early bird deadline 15 August 2023


  • If you have any questions about the submission process or the content, please contact