2021 Midwinter Zoomfest

Fri, 27 August 2021
10am – 12pm AEST
12pm - 2pm NZST


Recognising the limitations on bodily presence imposed by the current pandemic, this Zoomfest will focus on both the phenomenon of being embodied/disembodied in education, as well as philosophies and theories that are themselves said to either be concrete or removed from the real world. Indeed, the more fundamental concept of ‘body’ may be at stake in such conversations. We anticipate interesting dialogues between east and west, indigenous and non-indigenous, abstract and concrete. We welcome research and discussion beyond the conventionally rational, and emphasise the following themes:

  • Intercultural notions of body
  • Embodying the environment
  • Expression and its possible materiality
  • Self and other
  • Going viral
  • Disconnection and fragmentation
  • Interconnection and holism
  • Distance and nearness
  • Virtual reality

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

In line with the objects of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, this Zoomfest seeks to promote research that is fundamentally philosophical and/or theoretical in nature. 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.

Keynotes speakers
Associate Professor Carl Mika, University of Waikato
Professor Liz Jackson, The Education University of Hong Kong

Abstract submission (250w)
Abstracts should be sent to Carl Mika This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Sonja Arndt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 14th June.
Notification of review and further uploading and registration details by 30th June.
Presentations to be uploaded by Friday, 13th August

Zoomfest Process
Presentations available for viewing on PESA website from 20th to 26th August (full details will be emailed to presenters upon acceptance of abstracts).
On the 27th August attendees will be able to engage in a two-hour Zoomfest with 2 keynotes, the presenters and other attendees. Discussion panels may include several presenters talking within similar themes.

General Conference Information

The annual PESA conference provides the major venue in Australasia for the presentation of research papers and discussions about philosophy of education. In recent years, the conference has been held in various places around the South Pacific, including Hong Kong (2005), Hawaii (2009), Taiwan (2012), Fiji (2016) and Hong Kong (2019).

Conference Participation

The tradition of the Society is to provide a supportive environment for the presentation of papers and the encouragement of a more profound understanding of practical and theoretical issues in education. Those new to the philosophy of education are always welcome.

Previous PESA Conferences

  • 2018 Rotorua (Leon Benade, Nesta Devine, Andrew Gibbons, Rotorua, New Zealand)
  • 2017 Newcastle (Daniella Forster, Rachel Buchanan, Newcastle, Australia)
  • 2016 Fiji
  • 2015 Melbourne (ACU)
  • 2014 Hamilton (Tina Besley, Michael A. Peters, Jayne White, Hamilton, New Zealand)
  • 2013 Melbourne (University of Melbourne)
  • 2012 Taiwan (Ruyu Hung, National Chiayi University, Taiwan)
  • 2011 Auckland (Nesta Devine, Andrew Gibbons, AUT University)
  • 2010 Perth and Margaret River (Bruce Haynes, Felicity Haynes, Murdoch University and Tingrith Farm
  • 2009 Hawaii (Hunter McEwan, University of Hawaii, Manoa)
  • 2008 Brisbane (Eleanor Horton, Queensland University of Technology)
  • 2007 Wellington (Robert Shaw, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand)
  • 2006 Sydney (Jim Mackenzie, The University of Sydney)
  • 2005 Hong Kong (Derek Sankey, Hong Kong Institute of Education)
  • 2004 Melbourne (John Ozolins, Australian Catholic University)
  • 2003 Auckland (Peter Fitzsimons, University of Auckland)
  • 2000 Sydney (Marjorie O'Loughlin, University of Sydney - with INPE)
  • 2002 Brisbane (Mark Freakley, All Hallows School)
  • 2001 Perth (Bruce Haynes, Edith Cowan University)

Further Details and Proceedings are available in the conference archive

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