Call for Papers (CLOSED)

Dates: June 25-27th, 2015

Proposal Submission Deadline: November 30th, 2014

Notice of Approved Abstracts: February 1st, 2015

There are two journals interested in potentially publishing papers and/or posters that are accepted for presentation at the 2015 ICPIC conference. For those whose focus is primarily on the concept of “childhood,” we suggest that you submit your paper to Childhood and Philosophy. For papers with a broader focus, we suggest that you submit to Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis. (Note: follow the link for the suggested format for empirical research poster template and philosophical poster template.)

Conference Topic: “Identity and Philosophical Inquiry in an Age of Diversity” 

One of the most central ideas in ethical education has been the ideal of the autonomous, self-sufficient, rational subject; a subject that finds its own identity in opposition to others (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel). However, the ideals of democratic citizenship, global sensitivity, and multiculturalism call for a dialogic and empathetic ideal of the self; a self that is dynamic and continuously constructing identity in relation to its diverse environments. A dialogic self does not constitute its own identity in its separation from others, but rather in communicating across differences and establishing deep connections with others.EPI Canada

The topic for the 2015 ICPIC conference focuses on general questions around identity, inquiry, and diversity including questions like: how inquiry-based teaching, for example, the inquiry central to the Philosophy for Children (P4C) movement, influences identity construction from the point of view of such theoretical disciplines as developmental and educational psychology, philosophy, sociology, political science, and the philosophy of education. We welcome conceptual and empirical research, as well as pedagogical analyses. The purpose is to foster a dialogue that brings together insights on how to transform children’s vulnerability and engagement in increasingly multicultural, diverse, changing, and ever more fragile environments so that they may learn to cultivate both compassion and agency.

We see P4C’s community of inquiry (COI) as the most powerful pedagogy at hand to facilitate such processes around a dialogue-based inquiry. Consequently, the conference focuses on ways that the COI can promote such a change of perspective on identity development from a global perspective. However, there will also be space for new development, approaches and projects initiated by those interested in, and utilizing, P4C and COI methods.

Foci for papers and sessions, for example, might explore:

  • Theorizing identity through inquiry as a key concept for the development of global awareness
  • Indigenous inquiries
  • Indigeneity, identity and dialogical inquiry
  • Multiculturalism, identity and inquiry
  • Identity development and children “at risk”/resiliency
  • Global identity, cultural identities, individual identities
  • Practices of cultivating dialogue across differences
  • Cultural differences in facilitating philosophical inquiry
  • Securing identity in an ever changing, more fragile environment
  • Identity through dialogue

Session Guidelines

All sessions will last 50 minutes and will include two types of formats:

  1. Research session

A theory, research or practically oriented presentation inspired by the theme of the conference or on philosophical inquiry practices; the overview presentation will last 25 minutes (or less) and the question-and-answer period will last 25 minutes (or more).

  1. Exhibition poster or Kiosk

A poster or kiosk display inspired by the theme or new philosophical inquiry practices. The full poster or kiosk display must be set up on the first day of the conference, prior to the first session. The exhibition will remain in place throughout the conference for participant viewing and sharing.

To ensure all participants get their allotted time, chairs will be appointed as time-keepers for each session. Papers must be in English.

Paper Submission for Research Session or Exhibition Poster

In order to be considered for the program, individual paper proposals must be received no later than November 31, 2014. They should include the following information:

  1. Name of presenter, institutional affiliation, address and email.
  2. Title of individual paper.
  3. 750-word executive summary of paper.
  4. Half a page CV.
  5. Your EMAIL address so that we can contact you.
  6. Please state what, if any, audio-visual technology will be required for your paper.

Single paper proposals and all parts of the poster proposals should be gathered into one Word/Text document and uploaded through the link below. The Program Committee will finalize decisions no later than February 1st, 2015.

Papers will be considered by a committee made up of international ICPIC members.

You can upload your abstract here. ==> CLOSED