Call for Abstracts: The CPA's Philosophy and the Schools Project. Philosophy, Democracy, & Education

One hundred years after John Dewey's Democracy in Education (1916) questions about the relationships between philosophy, democracy, and education remain as urgent as ever. As educators prepare future citizens, they take a stand on a host of philosophical questions through the example they set and the curriculum that they teach.

Should the majority always rule? Can the will of the people fail to be democratic? Should philosophy champion democratic values? Should democracies be philosophically educated? How should future citizens learn to think about the democratic importance of knowledge and knowing? What role should K-12 schools play in any of these endeavors?

This symposium investigates such questions and others relevant to the intersection of philosophy and pre-university schooling. Sample topics might include explorations of: the practices of high school philosophy courses as or in relation to democracy, philosophical dimensions of “non”- philosophical courses or teacher education, political action to establish philosophy curricula, explorations of ethical questions regarding race, class, or gender, citizenship education, etc.

Presentations in either of Canada's official languages are encouraged.

To submit a proposal, send an abstract outlining your intended 20-minute presentation, no more than 500 words in length to: njt2117@tc.columbia.edu Abstracts should include the following information:

  • Title of presentation
  • Corresponding author's name and affiliation
  • Names of any co-authors and affiliations
  • Abstract of 100 words or less
  • 400-word summary of proposed presentation not including references

The deadline to submit a proposal is: March 3, 2017 at 11:59pm ET via email to the address below. The session is tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday May 28th, 2017 at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Contact: Nick Tanchuk
Chair
CPA Philosophy in the Schools Project
PhD Student
Philosophy and Education,
Columbia University
Teachers College
525 West 121 st Street
New York, New York
USA 10027
njt2117 _at_ tc.columbia.edu


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