PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA

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PESA Conference 2022

In Sydney 8-10 December 2022. Looking back and Looking Forward: the 50th Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Conference.

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Conference 2022

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Thursday 8 December

8:50 – 9:00

 

CONFERENCE OPENING

9:00 – 10:00

KEYNOTE

John Lester

10:00 – 10:30

MORNING TEA

10:30 – 11:50

BREAKOUT PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS

5x Strands

4 Sessions – 20min each (15min presentation + 5min Q&A)

Strand 1

Strand 2

Strand 3

Strand 4

CHAIR: Daniella Forster

Strand 5

CHAIR: Carl Mika

10:30

PANEL

 

Philosophical Research Methodologies in Childhood Research

Marek Tesar, Joanne  Ailwood, Andrew  Gibbons, Sonja Arndt

PANEL

 

 

How is the critique of bio-power in education possible?

 

Hirotaka Sugita, Reiko Muroi, Koki Hiraishi, Tomoka Toraiwa

 

Refining the Critical Eye in multicultural educational contexts - Paths to Knowledge-Based Teaching on Religion 

 

Olof Franck, Peder Thalén

 

Building Moral Identity through Character Education as Curriculum

Safitri Ratri

 

PESA: A tale of three conferences

Andrew Madjar

10:50

 

Liberal-secularism as a spiritual tradition: Foundations for a new educational-cultural approach

 

Arik Segev

 

Humility versus the Desire to Throw Up Hands or Slam Down Fists

Liz Jackson

 

Towards Philosophical Autonomy in Visual Arts Curriculum

Rah Kirsten

11:10

(Virtual)

Beyond multiculturalism: Exploring the concept of shared humanity as an educational response to a fragmented world 

Victor Ali, Gordon Tsui, Anna Asano-Uon,

 

Intellectual virtues: application to tertiary and secondary education

Mitch Parsell, Christopher  Smith

 

Reimagining ethic-ontologies of academic bodies: Plugging into vital matter through arts-based work

Adele Nye, Daisy Pillay, Jennifer  Charteris

11:30

(Virtual)

Rethinking National History in China in the Context of Multiculturalism and Pluralism

Jason Cong Lin

 

 

Traversing the liminal spaces of digital artistic practice for the development of empathy: A critical participatory arts based research case study with adolescent boys in a secondary visual arts classroom

Michael Whittington

12:00 – 1:00

LUNCH

1:00 – 2:00

KEYNOTE  (VIRTUAL)

Vanessa Andreotti

 

2:00 – 2:30

AFTERNOON TEA

2:30 – 3:50

BREAKOUT PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS

5x Strands

4 Sessions – 20min each (15min presentation + 5min Q&A)

 

Strand 1

Strand 2

CHAIR: Laura D'Olimpio

Strand 3

CHAIR: Frans Kruger

Strand 4

CHAIR: Andrew Madjar

Strand 5

CHAIR: Sonja Arndt

2:30

PANEL

(Hybrid)

The future of philosophy and education: A panel of almost unimaginable speculations

Andrew Gibbons, Georgina  Tuari Stewart, Philippa  Isom, Matthew Barker, Andrea Delaune,  Amy Sojot

 

Against flourishing as an educational aim

Michael Hand

 

A Postdigital Guide to the Researcher's Digital Identity

Rachel Buchanan

 

Teaching affectively through Lyotard: Temporal conditions for the future

Kirsten Locke

(Virtual)

Somatic Singularities: The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis and the Neurobiologized Educational Subject

James Reveley

2:50

 

Controversial issues in the Australian educational context: Dimension of policy and practice

Amy McPherson, Daniella Forster, Dr Kylie Kerr

 

Looking forward: a ‘return’ to nature or/and an ‘escape’ to the technological 

Rebecca L. Hopkins

 

Teaching Student Graphing in Mathematics and Science: The utility of Peirce’s Semiotics

Catherine Legg, Joseph Ferguson, John Cripps Clark

(Virtual)

Philosophy Of Educational Research: The Turf Between Hard And Soft Disciplines

Gauri Khanna

3:10

 

Looking for Good Social Distance as a Peace Education

Kanako W. Ide

(Virtual)

Neural Enhancement: A Case of Education?

Nicola Robertson

 

Silence and the dialectic

Rosemary Laoulach

(Virtual)

A Theoretical Basis of Epistemological Education: John Dewey’s and Zhū Xī’s Thoughts on the Nature of Knowing

Kobong Choi

3:30

 

Troubling the boundaries of traditional schooling for a rapidly changing future – looking back and looking forward

Christoph Teschers, Michaela Vogt, Till Neuhaus

(Virtual)

Digital Media Turning Education from Realism to Materialism? Example of Taiwan

Meng Han Li

(Virtual)

Facing Future Change: on the Promises and Challenges of Incorporating Complexity Theory into Education  

Tal Gilead

(Virtual)

A Preliminary Exploration of "Self Realization" with Indian Philosophy and Humanistic Psychology

Yiying Chiang

3:50 – 5:30

BREAK

5:30 – 6:30

KEYNOTE PANEL

“Looking back”

John Ozolins (moderator), Bruce Haynes, Felicity Haynes, and Nesta Devine.

6:30

BOOK AWARDS, PUBLICATION CELEBRATION & PESA PUB 

Welcome event, book celebration (in person only)

8:00

DAY END

 

Friday 9 December

9:00 – 10:00

 

KEYNOTE (VIRTUAL)

Simon Blackburn

 

10:00 – 10:30

MORNING TEA

10:30 – 11:50

BREAKOUT PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS

5x Strands

4 Sessions – 20min each (15min presentation + 5min Q&A)

Strand 1

Strand 2

Strand 3

CHAIR: Fiona Westbrook

Strand 4

CHAIR: Nesta Devine

Strand 5

CHAIR: Sarah Gurr

10:30

PANEL

(Hybrid)

Retheorising Environmental Sustainability Education for the Anthropocene

Karen Malone, Anna  Vladimirova (VIRTUAL), Chi  Tran, Sangay  Zangmo, Sneha Parmar, William  Smolander.

 

 No-platforming Shakespeare – Othello’s Theatre in Education Project, a case study 

Adrian Howe

Māori Philosophy of Education

Georgina Stewart

 

Trust as the Aim of Education

Bruce Haynes

10:50

 

Further adventures of the dialectic: Revisiting ‘Socratic Method’

Simon Kidd

 

From the marketplace of ideas to the marae of ideas: Exercising academic freedom responsibly in Aotearoa New Zealand

Sean Sturm

 

A Futuristic and Educational Perspective on the Threat Posed by Ideologies

Herner Saeverot

11:10

 

Of Stars and Stone and Skull and Skin and all that happens between and within

Kim Robinson, Rachel Buchanan

Technē And Indigenous Exosomatic Memory, Heidegger, Stiegler, And Cutting The Gordian Knot Of Modernity

Ruth Irwin, Te Haumoana White

(Virtual)

The Night of the World: Model United Nations and Subject (Re)formation

Dennis Harmon

11:30

 

 (Virtual)

Quelling the Desire for Certainty: Toward a Māori Metaphysics in Educational Policy Research 

Timu-o-te-rangi Niwa

(Virtual)

Egalitarianism, Liberalism, and Conflicts of Values: Examining Recent Theories of Educational Justice

Hironori Kojima

12:00 – 1:00

LUNCH

1:00 – 1:50

KEYNOTE PANEL

“Looking forward”

Carl Mika (moderator), Sarah Gurr, Sharon Smith, Andrew Madjar, David Fa’ave (virtual)

1:50

BREAK

2:00 – 3:20

BREAKOUT PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS

5x Strands

4 Sessions – 20min each (15min presentation + 5min Q&A)

 

Strand 1

Strand 2

Strand 3

CHAIR: Kirsten Locke

Strand 4

CHAIR: Jacoba Matapo

Strand 5

2:00

PANEL

 

The future of/is visual pedagogies

E. Jayne White, Marek  Tesar, Sean Sturm, Andrew Gibbons, Andrea Delaune

 

 

Pedagogies of Discontinuity - The Politics of Reimagining Time for Educational Experience.

Matthew Barker

 

So much more than research: Learning from women leaders in philosophy of education

Liz Jackson, Amy Sojot, Nesta  Devine.

 

2:20

 

Confronting Nihilism in Contemporary Education: thinking through a Kyoto School Approach

Shuyu Xing

 

Critical Subjectivization: Revisiting Subjectivity in Postsecondary Foreign Language Education

Chieh Lu

 

2:40

‘Not Agreement in Opinions, but in Form of Life’: Wittgenstein, Lear and Yunkaporta on the Limits of Language

Catherine Legg

The aesthetics of educating for a flourishing life 

Laura D'olimpio

 

3:00

(Virtual)

A Philosophy of Environmental Education

Simone Thornton, Gilbert Burgh, Mary  Graham, Dr Jennifer Bleazby

Our Own Worst Enemies? Teacher Influencers and Concepts of Performativity

Michelle Forrest, Renee McKinstry

 

3:30 – 4:00

AFTERNOON TEA

4:00 – 5:00

BREAKOUT PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS

5x Strands

4 Sessions – 20min each (15min presentation + 5min Q&A)

 

Strand 1

Strand 2

CHAIR: Liz Jackson

Strand 3

CHAIR: Christoph Teschers

Strand 4

CHAIR: Rachel Buchanan

Strand 5

CHAIR: Catherine Legg

4:00

 

PANEL

 

Omphalos epiphales concerning chronotopes of our times: A feeling for the future (of education) 

Fiona Westbrook, Catherine Matsuo, Bridgette  Redder, E. Jayne White

  

 

Preparing our future health care workforce to deliver integrated person-centred care—a new model of training

Frances Barraclough

 

Teacher well-being and the need for teacher professional development in times of rapid change

Sonal Nakar

 

 

Nudges in the Classroom: Can Educational Choice-Architecture tools Ever Be Justified?

Ezechiel Thibaud

 

Early career teacher’s experiences facilitating student agency: A perspective from Lacanian psychoanalysis

Jake Muir

4:20

 

What we know vs. how we know it: “Quality Teaching” under a heavily regulated Australian Curriculum

Caitlin Field

(Virtual)

Wellbeing, talanoa, philosophy. Four articulations of professional wellbeing in the academy.

Pablo Del Monte, David Taufui Mikato Fa'avae, Olivera  Kamenarac, Siosaia Sisitoutai

(Virtual)

Philosophy Education in Extracurricular Programming 

Yuliia Kravchenko

 

Deterritorialising Intentional Teaching 

Nic Dunham, Andrea Delaune

4:40

 

Incorporating critical thinking skills in English language teaching in Thailand: Are academics' classroom practices aligned with the curriculum reform?  

Sudarat Srirak

(Virtual)

Beyond Productivity and Prosperity: Philosophy of Education as a Way of Life

Peter Roberts

 

 (Virtual)

Anatomies of desire: Education and human exceptionalism after Anti-Oedipus 

Helena Pedersen

5:00 - 6:00

KEYNOTE PANEL

“Looking east”

Ruyu Hung (moderator), Morimichi Kato (Virtual), Duck-Joo Kwak (Virtual), and Roland Reichenbach (Virtual).

6:00

DAY END

7:30

POSTGRADUATE & ECR EVENT

 (in person only)

 

Saturday 10 December

9:00 – 10:00

 

KEYNOTE – HAYNES LECTURE

Thomas S. Popkewitz

10:00 – 10:30

MORNING TEA

10:30 – 11:50

BREAKOUT PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS

5x Strands

4 Sessions – 20min each (15min presentation + 5min Q&A)

Strand 1

Strand 2

CHAIR: Sean Sturm

Strand 3

CHAIR: Andrea Delaune

Strand 4

CHAIR: Ruth Irwin

Strand 5

CHAIR: Jayne White

10:30

PANEL

 

Education and #Stop Asian Hate - Towards a Global Conversation

Yeow-Tong Chia, Liz Jackson, , Jane  Park

 

Post-graduate Educational Philosophy a Student’s View

Peter Robinson

 

Are we at risk of excluding the ancient philosophical terrain of Indigenous ontologies and epistemologies by claiming western philosophy has found a ‘new humanities’? 

Karen Malone

 

“Transformational” Teachers' Strategies to Enhance Sustainable Education for Students with Learning Disabilities in Inclusive Classroom During the Covid 19 Pandemic: A Case Study in Indonesia

Unik Wati, Ruyu Hung

 

A line of flight for an affirmative education to come

Joanna Pascoe

10:50

 

Away with the ossified scholastic classes! Professors of the Kraków University, 1546, go on strike to change the curriculum ! Liberal art  education debate then and now. 

Aleksandra Kelly

 

Returning the hand of the child

Georgina Stewart, Andrew Gibbons

 

Examining ongoing tension in the discourse on inclusion in the K-12 sector: learning from the past to frame sustainable futures

Frederic Fovet

 

Recalling a humanistic pedagogy: taking philosophy of education back to the sense-making of self, of the world and of pedagogical praxis

Ted Yu Chung Liu

11:10

 

Metaphor as Philosophy in an Initial Teaching Education Programme: deconstruction and reconstruction of student teachers

Philippa Isom

(Virtual)

A First Glance at the Educational Aesthetic of Photography: An approach of “Photographic Seeing”

Kuanhsun Wu

(Virtual)

A Problem of Leadership: A critical historical inquiry into the problems informing contemporary educational leadership research and policy (Report on a work in progress).

Adam Bongers

 

Decapitation and Voice in academy futures through the work of Hélène Cixous 

Kirsten Locke, Katrina  McChesney

11:30

(Virtual)

From the Perspective of the Future: The Impact of Select Educational Ideas 

Pål Anders Opdal

(Virtual)

Interrogating the nature of my privilege: Through ‘unlearning’ and ‘minor video-making’ 

 

Masayuki Iwase

 

Pedagogical Refrains and Educational Transformation: Feeling into Philosophy of Education’s Futures

Amy Sojot

 

 

Student being and becoming in higher education 

Gloria Dall'Alba

12:00 – 1:00

LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30

PESA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

2:30 – 3:00

AFTERNOON TEA

3:00 – 4:20

BREAKOUT PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS

5x Strands

4 Sessions – 20min each (15min presentation + 5min Q&A)

 

Strand 1

Strand 2

Strand 3

CHAIR: Georgina Tuari Stewart

Strand 4

CHAIR: Andrew Gibbons

Strand 5

CHAIR: Amy Sojot

3:00

PANEL

 

The Australasian critics of the London School

Michael Hand, Marek Tesar, John Ozolins, Liz Jackson, Laura D'Olimpio

 

 

SYMPOSIA

 

Zhuangzi’s Edu-Dào and Dàoful Well-being

Ruyu Hung

 

The Doctoral Journey as Identity Formation: Supporting Aboriginal candidates  developing the Cultural Self

Kathleen Butler

 

What Happened to the Postmodernism I Used to Know? - Teaching Postmodernism and the Noir Film Genre in a Progressive Secondary School

Matthew Barker

 

 

On wounds, incompleteness, and conviviality: Preliminary notes on counter-actualising the conditions of the contemporary

Frans Kruger

3:20

(Virtual)

Education as a Continuing Dialog with Nature and Art in East Asia: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Morimichi Kato

 

‘Looking Now’: What First Nations’ governance models can teach us about surviving neo-liberalism. 

Shelly McGrath

 

Crises thresholds: Early childhood educators’ political dialogues questioning future democracy

Fiona Westbrook

 

Ecological everything - from ecological subjectivity to the ecological curriculum - a way forward for the ecological university after neoliberalism, liberalism and other viral interconnections. 

Robert Stratford

3:40

(Virtual)

Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Mimesis and Traditional Ink-wash Painting in East Asia

Duck-Joo Kwak

 

Empowering the Keepara: Aboriginal Language and Cultural Education Possibilities

 

Raymond Kelly

 

Intentional, intuitive, and imaginative: Considering Murdoch’s ‘inner life’ in early childhood education. 

Andrea Delaune

 

Framing East/West Theoretical Entanglements in Climate Education

Karen Malone, Chi Tran

4:00

 

 

Indigenous Governance Futures: transforming educational leadership, challenging  neo-liberalism

Caelli Jo Brooker

 

Becoming-with dust and child-earth relations in education

Yanina Carrizo

Looking for Good Social Distance as a Peace Education

Kanako W. Ide

4:30 – 5:00

Break

5:00 – 6:00

KEYNOTE (VIRTUAL)

Rosi Braidotti

 

6:00

Break

7:00

SOCIAL EVENT

Conference Dinner (in person only)

 

We would like to invite you to a special interactive seminar led by Dr. Daniella Forster, Educators, Let's Talk: ethics, public schooling & private sponsorship, on Wednesday, 7 December 2022  from 5.15pm-7pm at NSW Teachers Federation, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia.

The seminar is the night before the PESA 2022 Conference, and is a short 2 min walk from the conference venue (Rydges Sydney Central).  

This is a free event that brings educators together to talk about practical ethics in Australian schooling. We will be discussing a new case study about a high school principal who is seeking community input on a sponsorship arrangement with the local coal mining company. He is faced with the problem of how he should lead his school through the sponsorship evaluation process while respecting community stakeholders’ fears and also responding to students' climate future concerns. Through a facilitated conversation you will be invited to wrestle with the ethical implications of aligning a public school with an industry implicated in the climate crisis and the desecration of Country whilst at the same time seeking both recompense and much-needed provisions for the educational needs of regional students. This is a case that raises challenging issues for public schooling, private sponsorship and the ethics of community engagement; and whilst it is fictional, it is based on rigorous research and published with Harvard University

You can register free tickets at the below Eventbrite link and access the case study too.

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Educators, Let's Talk: ethics, public schooling & private sponsorship

Eventbrite - Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia presents Educators, Let's Talk: ethics, public schooling & private sponsorship 

Wednesday, 7 December 2022 at NSW Teachers Federation, Surry Hills, NSW.

Register on Eventbrite

We would be delighted if you would share this invitation widely. Places are limited and light refreshments will be available.

Registrations are now open for the PESA Conference 2022!

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We encourage all post-graduate students who are attending the PESA conference to also be involved with our post-graduate session. This is an opportunity to become a part of the PESA community by having your say on ways in which PESA can support you, including:

  • providing you with opportunities to share where you are on your research journey,
  • providing you with guidance and encouragement from experts in the field,
  • helping you navigate the world of educational philosophy.

Please indicate your attendance at this session when enrolling for the PESA conference. 

We invite participants to submit abstracts for presentations and panels related to the following themes:

A. Looking back

  • What changes have taken place in (i) curriculum; (ii) teaching methods; (iii) physical environment and teaching spaces?
  • What have been the major changes in philosophy over the past 50 years and how has it impinged on philosophy of education?
  • What changes have taken place in educational philosophy and theory?
  • The rise of managerialism: What effect has this had?
  • How has immigration changed education?
  • What changes have occurred in indigenous education?

B. Looking at the now

  • How do philosophers of education ground themselves within and without the Academy?
  • In what way do philosophers of education negotiate and time and space in an increasingly demanding work sphere?
  • What are some of the existential crises (if at all) that philosophers of education commonly face?
  • What is the nature of ‘privilege’, and how do philosophers of education engage with it?

C. Looking forward

  • What changes are likely to take place in (i) curriculum; (ii) teaching methods; (iii) physical environment and teaching spaces?
  • What currents of thought will affect education in the next 50 years?
  • Will IT dominate the classroom in the future – or will it be something else?
  • Will artificial intelligence replace teachers? Lecturers?
  • Academic Freedom: will it continue to diminish?
  • What challenges does education face from multiculturalism and pluralism?
  • What is a good alternative to neo-liberalism?
  • What is the future of democracy?

 

Abstracts due by 1 September 2022

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT

Philosophy of Education in Australasia: Looking back and Looking Forward

For 50 years, the PESA conferences have celebrated innovation and diversity in philosophy of education scholarship. The conferences have generated opportunities for academic friendships, intellectual partnerships and collegial arguments. At our 50th PESA conference, we will remember and celebrate the society’s distinguished and exciting past while also reflecting on the present and future of philosophy of education in Australasia. This conference will provide both in-person and online participation.

The 50th conference will highlight the history of PESA since 1970 and its contributions to, and achievements within, the local and wider philosophical and educational community. Furthermore, the conference will offer opportunities to reflect on the currents of thought, approaches to philosophy of education, and changes to education that have occurred in the last 50 years. When the first PESA conference was held at the University of NSW in 1970, the place of philosophy of education in the Australian and New Zealand educational landscape was very different to what it is today.

This conference will also look forward by considering the place of philosophy in education today and in the future. It will ask: What is the role of philosophy of education in times of both uncertainty and innovation, where truths become fake, and knowledge is precarious and difficult? And, how can philosophy of education help us face contemporary political, ecological, health, humanitarian and other crises?

Through looking back and looking forward, this conference will consider the implications of past and future change for our wider communities. It will ask, what even is community, in an era of continuous crises and pandemics? Scholars, activists, educationalists and philosophers have called for sustainable and equitable acts of community, framed by kaleidoscopic shifts in how people interact and communicate. Community acts as a relational encounter of responsibility and working together. This relationality occurs despite—and perhaps because of— ontological, epistemological, and cultural differences. Community might be imagined in ways that separate us: limited by ideological boundaries drawn according to geography, membership or status. But community can also draw us together in scholarly endeavours. Looking back and looking forward challenges what is and what isn’t remembered in history, what is and what is not an archive, what is and what is not community. It challenges what a learned society should be and raises questions about what constitutes philosophy of education.

 

Keynote Speakers:

Braidotti by N.Unkart Rosi Braidotti, (Virtual Keynote)
Rosi Braidotti is Distinguished University Professor Emerita at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She holds Honorary Degreesfrom the Universities of Helsinki, 2007 and Linkoping, 2013. She is Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA), 2009; Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE), 2014; rand the ecipient Humboldt Research Award, 2022. Main publications: Nomadic Subjects (2011a), and Nomadic Theory.(2011b), Columbia University Press. The Posthuman, 2013, Posthuman Knowledge, 2019; Posthuman Feminism, 2021, Polity Press. www.rosibraidotti.com
Nuraan  Davids Vanessa Andreotti, (Virtual Keynote)
Professor Vanessa Andreotti’s research examines historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence and global change. Her publications in this field include analyses of political economies of knowledge production, discussions of the ethics of international development, and critical comparisons of ideals of globalism and internationalization in education and in global activism, with an emphasis on representations of and relationships with marginalized communities. She is one of the co-founders of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures Arts/Research collective (decolonialfutures.net), whose work is the basis of her latest book "Hospicing Modernity: Facing humanity's wrongs and the implications for social activism".
Tina Besley John Lester,
John Lester is a strong Wonnarua man who has played a pivotal role in Aboriginal Education for over 30 years at the school, TAFE and university levels. One of the architects of the New South Wales Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, and a Life Member, he has been a leading policy innovator and pioneer of community empowerment. Career highlights include being first Executive Offices of the New South Wales AECG, a member of the National Aboriginal Education Committee, the first Aboriginal head of Aboriginal Units in the Department of Education and TAFE, the first Aboriginal TAFE principal, the inaugural Chair of Aboriginal Studies at the University of Newcastle and inaugural Director Aboriginal Education and Training in the New South Wales Department of Education and Training.
Tom Popkewitz Thomas S. Popkewitz,
Thomas S. Popkewitz is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. His studies are concerned with the political and cultural politics of education knowledge and its comparative reason. These studies view schooling and research as practices creating kinds of people (e.g., the citizen, the learner, the child left behind) that distribute differences (the achievement gap) to exclude and abject. Recent studies focus the impracticality of present practical research for enacting its social commitments; examining historically current curriculum, teacher education, and international assessments as generating phantasmagrams that affectively differentiate potentialities about societies and people.
Simon Blackburn low Simon Blackburn, (Virtual Keynote)
Simon Blackburn is an English academic philosopher known for his work in metaethics, where he defends quasi-realism, and in the philosophy of language; more recently, he has gained a large general audience from his efforts to explain philosophy to a wider audience. His books include Spreading the Word (1984), Ruling Passions (1998), Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy (1999), and The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (2016).

 

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