The first International Conference of Multidisciplinary Engagement (ICME) took place at St Mary’s University, Twickenham this week.
The conference, organised by Lecturer of Education and Social Sciences at St Mary’s Dr Melissa Jogie, featured presentations from academics in psychology, education, law, business management and marketing.
The three-day event, which was well-attended by local and international academics from as far as Australia and India, was considered to be extremely informative and thought-provoking. The conference highlighted many possibilities for future developments in terms of outputs, networks, impact and space for further collaborative ventures on issues of engagement.
Isolating the concept of engagement across different academic contexts revealed that, though we often use the word engagement across our disciplines and practices, our academic understanding of the word is limited and incomplete.
Dr Jogie (right) delivered the keynote with the message that, ‘‘engagement is predominately the quality of strength of relationships, in which works as a definition across all academic disciplines as a foundation to build on the optimisation of engagement.’’
Delegates who attended the conference are now preparing journal articles for a publication which will work on capturing how the definition of engagement, in the form of relationships, presents new and compelling insights into their respective disciplines.
Dr Jogie said, “I had not anticipated, having organised the conference in less than six months and with engagement being such a vague area of research, that there would be such an overwhelmingly positive response to the topic. I feel humbled and inspired by all the positive feedback and support I’ve received in the last few days, that it would be academically unjust not to start planning the second one soon.”
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