PESA Conference 2019

49th Annual Conference
Philosophical Dialogues in Education, East Meets West

7-11 Dec 2019, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia invites you to its 2019 conference:

Philosophical Dialogues in Education, East Meets West

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. (Confucius)

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle)

Given recent protests in Hong Kong, the PESA 2019 Conference Organising Committee is closely monitoring and evaluating the situation. Those of us living in Hong Kong are safe, with protests not impacting the university neighbourhood. We anticipate that things will settle down soon, and are proceeding as planned for the Conference in December. The safety of all is paramount. The situation is being closely monitored and we will give updates if required.

For this conference, we welcome you to the University of Hong Kong, where the historic legacies and contemporary trends of eastern and western (and northern and southern) cultures and societies vividly converge, diverge, and intersect in daily life. This conference will focus on mixings, minglings, and clashes as seen in educational philosophy and theory, in Hong Kong, the Asia Pacific, and around the world.

The conference organising committee welcomes research exploring diversity in inquiry, argument, and theory, within and across traditions, emphasising the following themes:

  • Truth and Harmony
  • Individual Rights and Social Responsibility
  • Analytical and Holistic Thinking
  • Wisdom and Knowledge
  • Contemplation and Action
  • Reason and Reality
  • Transformation and Ideology
  • Self and Others
  • Freedom and Community

The conference will also address the significance for philosophy of education of embracing comparative, transcultural, and intercultural approaches. Explorations emphasising global, international, and cosmopolitan possibilities are also welcome. A special issue of Educational Philosophy & Theory and a monograph will be developed from select texts and presentations from the conference proceedings.


Registration is now available

PESA 2019 Conference Registration

The registration link will take you to the secure website of Plus Group International Ltd. Plus Group is a Hong Kong boutique agency and media house celebrating a decade of successes. They provide event management services along with designing, printing, website development and offline/online marketing services. Plus Group is thrilled to welcome PESA 2019 participants to Hong Kong!


Keynote Speakers:

Shi Zhongying Professor Shi Zhongying,
Tsinghua University, People’s Republic of China
Nuraan  Davids Professor Nuraan Davids,
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Tina Besley Professor Tina Besley,
Beijing Normal University, People’s Republic of China


Conference Organisers:

  • Liz Jackson, University of Hong Kong
  • Tina Besley, Beijing Normal University
  • Michael A. Peters, Beijing Normal University
  • Janet Orchard, University of Bristol
  • Cheuk-Hang Leung, Chinese University of Hong Kong




The organising committee would like to thank the following sponsors

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The University of Hong Kong
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Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong





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