Where: Warwick Hotel, Coral Coast, Fiji
When: Dec 8 - Dec 12, 2016
The theme of Knowledge Ecologies aims to explore a diversity of cultural epistemologies, sustainability and social organisation in relation to Educational Philosophy. Ecologies of knowledge include a plethora of ways of knowing that have remained obscure to the dominant western epistemology. In the same way that Marx, for example, forgot to mention that women's unpaid work is the foundation for paid labour when he was writing on Capitalism, or the 'ecological services' of clean air and CO2 absorption was left out of neoliberal accounts of the cost = benefit analysis, there are epistemological regimes that are considered on the ‘margins’ that are part of the overall ecology of knowledge systems. The conference call is for a reconsideration of the status of epistemology - whether it be a key figure from the Western canon, or a mode of indigenous knowledge, or a revisioning of science and evolution, or changes in the philosophy of time - that resituates knowledges in the greater context of contemporary society. Climate change, financial tremors, the end of economic growth, population saturation, and resource exhaustion are all calling us to reconsider existing epistemologies and resituate erstwhile marginalised modes of thought for the greater good.
Fiji is the first nation to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Pacific is one of the most vulnerable areas for climate warming, and sea level rise. The future of education relies on our ability to engage with the reality of the current situation, and embrace the plethora of ideas that could affect emissions profiles, better financial management, deeper valuation of pluralist politics, and a more genuine setting for education in its role of transmission and co-creation of knowledges for future generation.
Early bird registration will open August 1 to October 1.
The conference will be held December 8-12 at the Warwick Hotel, on the Coral Coast, Fiji.
Keynote speakers include Claire Colebrook (Penn State) and Ron Barnett (London)
These themes are by no means exhaustive and all papers engaging with philosophy and philosophy of education will be assessed for acceptance to the conference.
The annual PESA conference provides the major venue in Australasia for the presentation of research papers and discussions about philosophy of education. In recent years, the conference has been held in exotic locations, including Hong Kong (2005) and Hawaii (2009).
The tradition of the Society is to provide a supportive environment for the presentation of papers and the encouragement of a more profound understanding of practical and theoretical issues in education. Those new to the philosophy of education are always welcome.