51st Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Conference

Being Together in/with Place: Reimagining Educational Philosophies and Pedagogies in Transformational Times

6-9 December 2023, Auckland, New Zealand

The PESA 2023 conference theme reflects our current times of radical uncertainty at the tail end of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic and resulting economic downturn have brought suffering, loss and material hardship to millions of teachers, families and children around the world. At the same time, people continue to experience differently the ongoing climate emergencies, large-scale ecological and environmental disasters, mass migrations and displacement in the world.

However, such times also create opportunities for new connections to be forged. The 51st PESA Annual Conference will create such an opportunity for people to come together, to reaffirm our sense of community, agency, creativity and commitment to educational philosophy and theory. It will allow us to explore ways of co-creating more livable, equitable, caring and welcoming educational and philosophical places and spaces. In light of the multiple existential, social and environmental issues that we face, the PESA 2023 conference will centre on the notion of being together in/with place.


Keynote Speakers:

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Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou,Tuhourangi. She is Professor of Māori and Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies University of Waikato and Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Fellow of the American Education Research Association, and Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit. She is the author of Decolonizing Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples and co-editor with Elizabeth McKinley of Handbook of Indigenous Education.

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Gert Biesta

From The Point Where I Stand To The Place Where I Can Be Found: The Critique Of Perspectival Reason As Philosophy For Education

Gert Biesta is Professor of Public Education in the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy at Maynooth University, Ireland, and Professor of Educational Theory and Pedagogy in the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. In 2023 he was appointed to the Education Council of the Netherlands, the advisory body of the Dutch government and parliament. He writes about the theory of education, the philosophy of social and educational research, and education policy. Recent books include World-Centred Education: A View for the Present (Routledge 2021) and The New Publicness of Education: Democratic Possibilities after the Critique of Neo-Liberalism (Routledge 2023; co-edited with Carl Anders Säfström).

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Anna Sparrman

Anna Sparrman is a Professor in the Department of Thematic Studies – Child Studies, Linköping University, Sweden. Her research focuses on visual culture, visual studies, child consumption, child culture and child sexuality, with a special interest in visual ethnography and visual research methods. Her interest in the productivity of research methods and what methodological dilemmas can tell us about the topics we are researching is, for example, highlighted in her co-authored articles: ‘The active, competent child, capable of autonomous action: An inherent quality or the outcome of a research process?’ (AnthropoChildren 2015) and ‘Access and gatekeeping in researching children’s sexuality: Mess in ethics and methods’ (Sexuality & Culture 2014).

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Nesta Devine

Nesta Devine is a Professor of Education at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) New Zealand. Her work spans education policy and theory, prison education, Pasifika teachers and school exclusion. It aims to disrupt the structures and pedagogical assumptions that can lead to inequities for different groups of learners in Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is the former president of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) and Associate Editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory (EPAT).

Michael Adrian Peters, professor of education

Michael A. Peters

Refuge and Resilience: Being-together in a Post-Apocalyptic Era

Michael A. Peters is Distinguished Professor of Education at Beijing Normal University, Faculty of Education, PRC, Emeritus Professor in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Senior Research Fellow at Auckland University (NZ), and Research Associate in the Philosophy Program at the University of Waikato (NZ). He was the editor-in-chief of Educational Philosophy and Theory for 25 years and founding editor of several international journals including The Beijing International Review of Educational Research (with Prof Xudong Zhu). Michael was made a Fellow of NZ Academy of Humanities, The Royal Society of NZ and PESA. He was also awarded honorary doctorates from State University of New York and the University of Aalborg (Denmark). He is currently working a couple of books on apocalyptic philosophy.


Public Lecture:

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Te Kawehau Hoskins 

Te Kawehau Hoskins affiliates to the people of Ngāti Hau in Whakapara, a community located north of the Whangārei district. She is the former HOS of Te Puna Wānanga, the school of Māori and Indigenous Education and Te Tumu-Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Te Kawehau has pursued an academic career in Māori education. She has further developed expertise in qualitative social and educational research, politics, ethics of Indigene, settler relations, and multicultural and bicultural education. She is presently the Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori at Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland.

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Alison Jones

Alison Jones is an educational researcher and a Professor in Te Puna Wānanga, the School of Māori and Indigenous Education at the University of Auckland.

Her first book with Kuni Kaa Jenkins, He Kōrero: Words Between Us – First Māori– Pākehā Conversations on Paper (Huia, 2011), won the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards, the PANZ Book Design Award, and the Best Book in Higher Education Publishing (Copyright Licensing New Zealand) in 2012.

Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds, co-authored with Kuni Kaa Jenkins, won best illustrated nonfiction book at the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.





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