Updated: Call for Papers 2023

Threshold Concepts 2023

We are currently creating the schedule and hope to have some overlap possible with the online participants (mostly based in Europe and North America) and those in person in Australia (obviously, time zones will make this an interesting challenge).


We apologise that it has proven time-consuming to arrange registration. It is now LIVE. Please see this registration page for more information.

Please note we will be actively encouraging COVID precautions such as wearing masks (where appropriate), distancing and ventilation throughout the conference.

There is some general information about travel and accommodation on this page.

Date 4-6th July 2023

Keynote speaker

Bem Le Hunte (University of Technology, Sydney) will be give the opening keynote for the conference. Jason Davies (UCL) will give the closing.

Location: Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie Campus, NSW, Australia (google map link)

Theme: Threshold Concepts: Roads Less Travelled

The 2023 Threshold Concepts Biannual International Conference is a special one. It marks twenty years since the original 2003 Threshold Concepts paper by Erik Meyer and Ray Land. In the intervening time, Threshold Concepts have become an accessible way of conceptualising learning, and the barriers to mastery that learners encounter. We are taking inspiration from Julie Timmerman’s (2023) provocative question, “Do thresholds always propel us outward, forward, and towards an identified threshold, or might they reveal alternative and unanticipated landscapes for transformation?” We propose an exploration of movement “outward, forward, and towards” threshold concepts, and the journeys we undertake as learners and researchers. These pathways may be known or unknown, familiar or alien, hidden or exposed. We have identified a number of subthemes, which you may interpret according to your context.

  • Inter(tidal)disciplinary Zones
  • Learning Spaces and Places 
  • Cultures of Engagement and Connectivity
  • UnOthering 
  • Liminality 

We invite you to submit proposals under one of the subthemes and we look forward to seeing you in Port Macquarie in July 2023 to celebrate twenty years of Threshold Concepts. #9BiTCC2023

Submission Guidelines

  • Full paper: 20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes Q&A (max 300 word submission);
  • Lightning Talk: 5 minutes presentation, grouped questions (max 150 word submission);
  • Roundtable: 1 or 2 to lead a 45-60 minute discussion, perhaps outlining a planned project or exploring an interdisciplinary collaboration (max 300 word submission).

The call for papers opens on the 1st November, 2022, closing January 16th, 2023 and we will inform successful applicants by February 15th, 2023.

To submit an application please go to the Easychair submission page. (You will need to create an account to submit.) Please see here for the 2023 conference steering group.