You are invited to submit a proposal to present a paper by NOVEMBER 30, 2018

A proposal is to include the following:

  • Title of presentation

  • Author/s Statement of purpose

  • Main findings, arguments, or points made

  • References if appropriate

  • Contact details: mail, e-mail, & phone

You will be informed of the acceptance of your proposal ASAP (no later than December 15, 2018).
If your proposal is accepted, you are required to: register for the Symposium; and submit a copy of your paper for publication.

Abstract submissions are now open.



Theme: Transformative practice, ecology and everyday life

This special issue will focus on the ways in which the field of Home Economics practice in the 21st Century is both evolving and transforming. The theme is informed by the work of Eleanore Vaines who invites the Home Economics professional to engage with the metaphor of “the world is our home”. Since the 1980s Vaines’ intellectual work has focused on reclaiming a holistic rather than reductionist approach within the field, and recognition that the everyday choices we make in service of capitalism are not in our interests as human beings nor of the web of life we are inherently a part of.

Engaging with transformative practice, ecology and everyday life are all implicated in the practice of home economics.

How can home economics create responses to a changing environment in ways that reconnects us to an ecological whole? How might it enable concern for a world that is our home? How might we transform our everyday practices to live with rather than damage our world-home?

Possible topics include:

  • Transformative practice in home economics education – family, food and/or textile studies.

  • Home economists contributing to the UN’s sustainable development.

  • Interprofessional /multi-disciplinary nature of home economics.

  • Home economics education that focuses on climate change, environmental crisis, and natural disasters with a focus on vulnerable, marginalized, and disenfranchised communities.

  • Home economics education that focuses on social justice for vulnerable, marginalized, and disenfranchised communities.

  • Home economists and their work with with glocal communities.


Proceedings of the Symposium

  • The Proceedings most of the past Symposia are available at

  • Please review these for guidance about topic selection and writing format. APA reference-style is required.

  • The due date for this option is March 24, 2019.

  • Note | Document must be submitted in Microsoft word .doc or .docx format.

special issue of the IFHE journal

The repository of the journal is available at:

All correspondence should be to the Guest Editor at using IFHE submission in the subject line:

  • 31 March 2019 – An expression of Interest that includes an abstract proposal and description of how it relates to the journal theme.

  • 30 April 2019 - The paper is submitted for blind review.

This is a no host event. Participants cover their own expenses. Efforts are made to keep the costs low. All presenters are expected to register.

Abstract submissions are now open.