Call for Proposals

Symposium: The Journey of Testing: Local  and Global Narratives

The Confucius Institute at the University of Southampton, with the support from UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment (UKALTA) are going to organise a one-day symposium on the topic of “ The Journey of Testing: Global and Local Narratives” on 5th November, 2019.

Together with this symposium, there will be two special exhibitions from Nanjing Imperial Examination Museum. The exhibitions will take place at the University of Southampton on the 6th and the 7th on November, and then at King's College London on 9th of November (sponsored by British Council)  The journey of testing dates back to almost 2,500 years ago under the Chinese empire. Museum specialists will bring to the UK for the very first time their narratives of the Chinese Imperial Examination history and how that has impacted on the Chinese society locally and other testing cultures globally.

The symposium aims at sharing and exploring different narratives of how tests have been developed, adapted, used and interpreted among different countries around the globe. Participants are expected to share and explore the historical movements of tests and their social political impacts across different contexts.

We invite postgraduate students,educatorsresearchers and testersto submit abstracts for presentations or posters focusing on the historical development of test applications and interpretations and their social-political consequences in a particular context. Abstracts no longer than 200 words are to be uploaded through the symposium website ( The submission deadline is 11 October 2019. Potential presenters should indicate their preference for oral presentation (10-minute presentation and 5-minute Q&A) or poster presentation (vertical size A0).

Symposium registration is free and all is welcome

Submit Your Proposal Here

We will notify presenters of successful submissions by 18 October 2019 via email