The 42nd Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Inc.

2012 PESA Conference, 7 – 10 December 2012, Chiayi, Taiwan

Call for Submissions

Education Crossing Boundaries

The 42th Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) will take place in Chiayi, Taiwan, a mountainous island situated in East Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean. As the meeting point of hybrid blend of cultures, the culture of Taiwan incorporates diverse cultural elements including traditional Chinese views, aboriginal cultures and the modern Western values. The aim of conference is to invite and share multiple and diverse perspectives about new challenges in education and the implications for philosophy of education. The theme of this conference in 2012 is “Education Crossing Boundaries.”

Boundaries could be physical or psychological, material or immaterial, historical or geographical, political or ethical. Boundaries separate insiders and outsiders. And yet, boundaries could not only be separators, but also connectors.

Individuals interested in presenting papers at “Education Crossing Boundaries” are invited to submit abstracts referring one or more of the following conference themes which explore:

¨        Education from cross-cultural perspectives;
¨        Dialogues between Eastern and Western philosophies of education;
¨        Possibilities and limitation of educational philosophies and practices crossing the boundaries between the North and the South;
¨        Education, pedagogy or curriculum across the boundaries of various languages;
¨        Multidisciplinary perspectives on philosophy of education;
¨        Education at the crossroad of old and new, convention and innovation, local and global;
¨        Transcultural or intercultural philosophy of education;
¨        Any other appropriate topics with an educational axis or focus.

The PESA conference provides a supportive environment for the presentation and discussion of scholarly work in education. Presenters come from many different parts of the world and draw on a wide range of philosophical traditions and perspectives.  Postgraduate students and others new to philosophy of education are warmly encouraged to participate.

Papers addressing the conference theme will be considered for publication in special issues of Educational Philosophy and Theory and Policy Futures in Education.

Submission Deadline

Deadline for abstracts: Abstracts, not exceeding 400 words, should reach us on or before 1 September 2012. (file name: author’s name_abstract)
Deadline for working papers, proposals of workshops or panels: Abstracts or proposals, not exceeding 800 words, should reach us on or before 1 September 2012.
Notification: The decision of the reviewers on the acceptability of the abstract will be intimated by 20 September 2012.
Deadline for Full Paper: A full paper of the accepted abstracts is required to be submitted online through the Conference website so as to reach us on or before 20 October, 2012. (file name: author’s name_ full_text)

Submission Guideline

The manuscript should be typed in double-space with letter font size of 12 point. Submissions should be uploaded online as MS Word files. ( )


Queries about submissions should be emailed to Professor Ruyu Hung, Department of Education, National Chiayi University, at: