Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2019



We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the 2019 ECA National Conference in Hobart. More speakers to be announced soon!

International Keynote Speakers

Gunilla Dahlberg

Gunilla Dahlberg is Professor Emerita of Education at Stockholm University, Department of Child and Youth Studies. Since 1971, she has been carrying out research in the area of education and social welfare policy for young children and their families. Currently she is engaged in three different research-projects: ‘Children’s dialogue with nature’, ‘Trans-culturalism and communication’, and ‘The magic of language’.

In 1993, Gunilla was the scientific leader of an experimental and network-oriented project, ‘Pedagogy in a changing world’, in which new philosophical, theoretical and aesthetical perspectives were brought into the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). The project is, till today, considered a huge inspiration for ECEC in the Nordic countries, as well as internationally.

Gunilla has served on several curriculum committees during the years. She was one of the experts who wrote the first national curriculum for the Swedish preschool system (children of age 1–6). She has also co-authored several books on ECEC along with Professors Peter Moss and Alan Pence.

Over the past thirty years, Gunilla has carried out research in close cooperation with preschools in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and she is a member of the scientific board of Fondazione Reggio Children, Centro Loris Malaguzzi.

Peter Moss

Peter Moss is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. He has researched and written on many subjects, including early childhood education and care; the relationship between employment, care and gender; and democracy in education. Much of his work has been cross-national, and he has led a European network on child care and an international network on parental leave. He was founding co-editor, with Gunilla Dahlberg, of the book series, Contesting early childhood, whose aim is to question ‘the current dominant discourses surrounding early childhood’ and to provide a platform for alternative narratives. His books include Beyond quality in early childhood education and care (with Gunilla Dahlberg and Alan Pence); Ethics and politics in early childhood education (with Gunilla Dahlberg); Radical education and the common school (with Michael Fielding); and Transformative change and real utopias in early childhood education. He recently co-edited—with colleagues from Reggio Emilia, Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia—a selection of writings and speeches by the great Italian educator.