skip to primary navigation skip to content

Kaleidoscope 2020

Kaleidoscope is an annual two-day conference hosted by research students at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Kaleidoscope poster 2019

Kaleidoscope 2020

17th Annual Kaleidoscope Conference at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

We invite you to join us on the 28th- 29th of May for the 17th Kaleidoscope conference! This is a brilliant opportunity to share your research, connect with other educators and researchers, exchange ideas, find inspiration and engage with other ways of knowing.

Coronavirus update: 16 April

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kaleidoscope 2020 will take place virtually rather than at the Faculty of Education. Please look out for further details in due course.

Theme: Inclusive Ways of Knowing: Diverging from Tradition

Whilst researchers and practitioners have been challenging established ways of knowing for decades, these still dominate much of our educational research and practice. This year, we invite you to join us in exploring more inclusive ways of knowing which diverge from ‘canons’ and ‘norms’, in order to bring in fresh perspectives and encourage a diverse range of research discussions.

Embracing the diversity of ideas and research directions, we welcome submissions on interdisciplinary projects, empirical and non-empirical studies, innovative theories and methodologies, finished and unfinished projects. We also welcome research and projects carried out at the national and international level. Some topics of particular interested include:

  • Voice
  • Methods
  • Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Data 
  • Ethics
  • Policy

However, educational research can be a highly creative endeavour so we encourage all “ways of knowing” beyond the suggested interests to submit abstracts.

Session Formats: Presentations, Workshops, Ignite Talks and Posters

We invite delegates, practitioners and researchers, from the UK and all over the world, to present their work through presentations, workshops, ignite talks and posters. Please indicate in the title of your abstract which format(s) you would like to be considered for.


Limited to 20 minutes and organised into relevant panels.


Stand-alone presentations available to all conference attendees and will be limited to either one or two hours based on the preference of the researcher designing the workshop.


Displayed in a gallery at conference registration and all poster authors will be provided the opportunity to share their work with conference attendees during a designated poster breakout gallery walk.

Ignite talks

A new presentation format offered for Kaleidoscope 2020! Ignite talks are relaxed short talks with fixed slide count. Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. See for further information.

Call for abstracts

Please send us an abstract of up to 300 words along with a short biography of up to 100 words by completing this call for abstracts form by Sunday 19th April 2020.

Key dates

Submission deadline
19 April
Notification of acceptance
27 April
Registration deadline 21 May

Conference Venue

Due to Coronavirus the conference will now be held virtually. Please look out for further details.

Get in Touch

Twitter: @CambridgeKScope
Facebook: @KaleidoscopeConference2020
Instagram: @KaleidoscopeCon

Kaleidoscope 2020