President's Welcome

Contender MT 2

Kia ora koutou, wominjeka and welcome

Welcome to the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA). PESA is a learned society which aims to address all aspects of research, teaching and learning related to the philosophy of education. PESA is focused on many scholarly activities, including hosting scholarly meetings and an annual conference, as well as regular seminars, webinars and supporting our community through grants, scholarships, and book awards. PESA aims to be a local and global organisation, leading the conversation and research in philosophy of education internationally while also making a strong commitment to the indigenous communities in Australia, New Zealand and Australasia.

PESA members primarily are based in Australasia but we welcome members from all around the world. Our philosophical paradigms, and ontological, epistemological and axiological debates are diverse and pluralistic, representing different philosophical schools and systems. We are a society that supports safe and inclusive conferences, and scholarship that is driven by dialogue and collaboration, with a particular emphasis on women in philosophy, indigenous scholarship, students and early career scholars.

The Society's journal Educational Philosophy and Theory (14 issues per year, published by Taylor & Francis) is a world leader in the field, with an IF of 2.054. In 2020, PESA launched a new website and publication project PESA Agora, which in a short period of time has built a  significant reputation and following. In 2020 we have also re-launched Access: Contemporary Issues in Education, a well-known and much-loved journal. The journals are well supported by the ecosystem of publication projects for editors - The Editors Collective, and Editorial Development Group which mentors younger scholars.

On behalf of the Society's Executive Committee, which works hard throughout the year to lead the Society, it is my pleasure to welcome you once more to PESA. I invite you to become a member and to join us at one of our events as well as to publish in our journals. We hope that you will enjoy being part of this vibrant, scholarly community, which works together to advance philosophical thinking in education. 

Marek Tesar