Covid-19 – How does it feel?

7 December 2021, 11.30am – 4pm AEDT/1.30pm – 6pm NZDT


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The effects and experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic have been felt in what previously may have been unimaginable ways. Unquestionably connecting the world, this pandemic has also caused friction and divided societies. Its effects have seeped into our countries and educational settings, and in the space of just two years, it has created divisions where none existed before. In this conference we anticipate engagements and dialogues on how the pandemic feels, and how that matters, in education in diverse contexts. We invite wide representations of contexts of the familial, community and the societal, east and west, indigenous and non-indigenous, abstract and concrete perspectives. In this event we hope to raise the significance for and of philosophy of education and a range of comparative, transcultural, and intercultural approaches in exploring and making meaning of the pandemic and its immediate and long term aftermath. Global, international, and cosmopolitan theorisations are welcome. Presentations may be presented as thought bubbles, provocations or videos, and might relate to:

  • Dis/embodied relationships with / in the pandemic
  • DNA (metaphorical and literal) and education
  • What does Covid mean for our ‘calling’ to education?
  • Freedom, truth and conspiracies in education
  • Personal/professional/educational fluidities

The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia seeks to promote research that is fundamentally philosophical and/or theoretical in nature, and we welcome research and discussion beyond the conventionally rational. While references to qualitative and/or quantitative empirical research data may be found in philosophy of education scholarship, successful submissions will have strong philosophical and/or theoretical foundations and implications. A special issue of Educational Philosophy & Theory and a monograph will be developed from select texts and presentations from the conference presentations.

Abstract submission (250w): Abstracts outlining how presentations will respond to this call should be sent to Carl Mika This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 November

Notification of review and further uploading and registration details by 5 November.

Zoom Conference Process: Video or paper presentations (12-15mins or 2-3000w) will be available for viewing on the PESA website from 26 November to 7 December (full instructions will be emailed to presenters upon acceptance of abstracts).

On the 7 December attendees will be able to engage in discussion sessions with keynote speakers, the presenters and other attendees.


Professor Andrew Gibbons, early childhood teacher, teacher educator and Professor at the School of Education, AUT University

Dr. Melitta Hogarth, a Kamilaroi woman and Assistant Dean (Indigenous) and Senior Research Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.


Please note the Zoom Conference will follow the PESA 2021 AGM, which will be:

7 December, 10am – 11am AEDT/12pm – 1pm NZDT 

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