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BELMAS at 50: Fireside Chat
Women Leading Education Across the Continents: Women Scholars On Lives Committed to Justice 

Date: Friday, October 29, 2021

Time: London 1 PM GMT

California: 5 AM same day
Brazil: 9 AM same day
Johannesburg: 2 PM same day
Lahore: 5 PM same day
New Zealand: 12 AM next day

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As part of our 50th Anniversary programme, we are delighted to invite our members to a special event that will take place on Friday 29th October, 2021 at 1pm GMTJoin a global panel of scholars, all researchers on women in educational leadership, for a conversation about their work. During this fireside chat, these esteemed women from six different countries will discuss their backgrounds, emerging understandings, challenges, successes, and the path forward for women in leadership across the continents.

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Elizabeth C. Reilly
Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education, Loyola Marymount University

Elizabeth C. Reilly is Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, USA. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Reilly was a K-12 classroom teacher and administrator. The first-generation daughter of a Mexican immigrant, she was raised understanding that “education gives you possibilities.” As a mentor, she supports students of color throughout the United States who aspire to the professoriate. An internationally-recognized scholar investigating women in educational leadership, with graduate students and fellow scholars Dr. Reilly presents & researches on five continents. American Educational Research Association’s Leadership for Social Justice Special Interest Group honored Dr. Reilly with its LSJ Bridge People Award, recognizing people whose work “creates a bridge between themselves and others” through scholarship and research, and its International Studies Special Interest Group has recognized her research with its Outstanding Paper Award. Loyola Marymount University has honored Dr. Reilly as one of its notable professors.



Afifa Khanam
Ph.D. Program Coordinator at Department of STEM Education, Lahore College for Women University, Pakistan

Afifa Khanam, Ph.D., is currently Ph.D. Program Coordinator at Department of STEM Education, Faculty of Education, Lahore College for Women University, Pakistan. She completed her Ph.D. with specialization of Educational Psychology from University of the Punjab. She has been heading the department for seven years and served as school head previously. Her research interests are moral psychology, instructional technology, and assessment in education. She has published several research articles in national and international journals, contributed book chapters, and wrote a book ‘Reflective Practice.’ She has completed an HEC funded project and have been part of international projects as well. She has supervised eight doctoral candidates and 45 MS research theses. She is editor of IJEER (International Journal of Educational Inquiry and Reflection) and reviewer of several reputed national and international journals. Dr. Khanam has participated in several co-curricular activities and earned distinctions at province and divisional level and now working with students for co-curricular projects.


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Rosangela Malachias
Adjunct Professor, Department of Sciences and Education Fundamentals, Rio de Janeiro State University

Rosangela Malachias, Ph.D., is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sciences and Education Fundamentals at Rio de Janeiro State University‘s College of Education in Baixada Fluminense, Brazil. She is a full member of Graduate Program of Education and People's Demands and Contemporary Contexts at the Federal and Rural University in Rio de Janeiro, focusing on education and ethnic and racial diversity, and a researcher of n-Periferias Periphery Research Center at IEA-USP (Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of São Paulo). As a coordinator of AFRODIÁSPORAS Research Center on Black Women, Visual Culture, Educommunication and Policies in Urban Peripheries, Dr. Malachias is linked to the Directory of Research Groups from CNPq.  She is an alumna of the Hubert H. Humphrey Program (USA) through the Fulbright Foundation and an alumna of the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation (USA).



Rachel McNae
Director of the Centre for Educational Leadership Research, University of Waikato 

Rachel McNae, Ph.D., is Director of the Centre for Educational Leadership Research at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her extensive and internationally recognised research portfolio stems from a critical foundation of social justice with a specific focus on issues of equity, inclusion and diversity in educational leadership. Her work engages methodologies of relational sensemaking to explore socio-cultural dimensions of educational leadership and surface lived experiences of social justice leaders, with specific attention to the nature and complex realities of women's leadership and the unspoken toll of leadership work. She balances this with strength-based inquiry projects designed to support women leaders to become attuned to, and challenge the contextual and systemic influences which impact their professional careers. In 2016 and 2018 Dr. McNae was awarded the position of New Zealand Educational Leadership Society Visiting Scholar and has been the recipient of the International Emerald-European Foundation for Management and Development Outstanding Research Award for Leadership and Strategy.



Juliet Perumal
Professor in the Department of Education Leadership & Management, University of Johannesburg

Juliet Perumal holds a PhD in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She is currently Professor in the Department of Education Leadership & Management in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg. Perumal has taught at school, adult education and various universities throughout South Africa. She has published in the field of language and gender; critical, radical and feminist pedagogies; transformative curriculum, democracy, values and human rights; educational leadership; and qualitative research methodologies. Her work is framed by a strong social justice agenda.She is a South African National Research Foundation Rated Researcher and has been the recipient of various national and international scholarships and research awards. She is the recipient of the 2015 Joyce Cain Award Winner (Comparative and International Education) for outstanding research on peoples of African descent. She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences.


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Victoria Showunmi
Lecturer in Education at University College London, Institute of Education

Victoria Showunmi is Lecturer in Education at University College London, Institute of Education. Her research interests are gender, class, identity, and race. She uses these interests to interrupt areas as educational leadership and gender policies. For over 25 years, Dr. Showunmi has engaged in local, national, and international research experience in gender and education and the well-being of young Black women. She has strong networks internationally, in part through memberships in AERA (including International Studies SIG, Research in Black Education SIG, and Women Studies SIG), BERA, BELMAS, and GEA.  She has held a range of senior leadership positions within local authorities and in both the pubic and voluntary sectors, in areas including higher and further education. Her corporate experience as a senior management consultant, along iwth owning a business, has given her exposure to customer-oriented and real world knowledge in the competitive research environment.



Elizabeth Reilly will introduce herself and then invite the participants to address the first question. They will then engage in a semi-structured conversation on the remaining questions, seeking to make connections between and among their work.

  1. Share a little about your background, some of the countries where you conduct investigations, and why you study women in leadership.
  2. What are emerging understandings about women in leadership globally?
  3. What are challenges women in leadership face?
  4. What are successes of women in leadership?
  5. What is the path forward, including the work to be done?
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