CFP: Education East and West

Education East and West: The Third Annual BSU Colloquium for Global Philosophy and Religion

17-18 March, 2017, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK. 

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Professor Rein Raud, University of Helsinki

Educational environments are becoming ever-more international with increasing focus on the mobility of people and of ideas. The globalisation of education poses particular challenges and opportunities.

We invite abstract submissions for papers and panels that will examine ideas surrounding education in the context of global philosophy and religion. If philosophy and religion are recognised as global phenomena, how might this impact on understandings of and approaches to education? How do culturally divergent views of education and its philosophical significance differ? 

 Typically, the teaching of philosophy has concentrated, narrowly, upon the Western analytic tradition with limited (although increasing) exposure to alternative philosophical traditions. But what follows for the teaching of philosophy if the framework is opened up to a truly global and comparative engagement? Does inter- and trans-tradition learning require a firm foundation in one specific tradition, or can philosophy be taught “globally” from the outset? Further, what is the relevance of research into inter- and trans-disciplinarity for teaching global philosophy? Related questions concern the pressures against the globalisation of the philosophy curriculum and challenges posed by an increasingly mobile student population.

 The situation in the study of religions is somewhat different: study of religions has long been a globally-engaged discipline. But what does the internationalization of curricula mean for the frameworks of ‘comparative religions’, ‘world religions’, ‘new religious movements’, and ‘alternative religions’? In light of the emergence of the study of non-religion and unbelief, how are the disciplinary boundaries of religious studies retained, if at all?

 Equally, we welcome papers that engage with pedagogical models informed by philosophical and religious traditions from both/either Western and non-Western perspectives. We also encourage submissions of an interdisciplinary nature and those which call into question the comportment of their own disciplines.

 Possible topics will include:

      Education and Universal Values 

      Philosophies of Education 

      Theology and Global Philosophy 

      Religious/Theological Education in the Modern World 

      Education and Environment in Global Context 

      Ethics of Transnational Education 

      Education and Culture 

      Education and the Arts 

      Education and Global Citizenship 

      World Philosophy and the Contemporary Academy

      Disciplinary boundaries of philosophy, theology and study of religions

      Master-student relations and theories of transmission in Asian philosophy 

In addition, we plan to hold a special session on ‘Theology and Global Philosophy’ – see separate Call for Papers.

The deadline for submissions is 20 January 2017, however, early submissions will be viewed favourably and abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For any questions please contact the Colloquium organizers: Dr. Sarah Flavel or Dr. Russell Re Manning

Please submit your abstract (500 words max) as an email attachment to either of the above addresses. 



Dr. Sarah Flavel 

Senior Lecturer in Religions, Philosophies and Ethics

Bath Spa University

Assistant Editor, Comparative and Continental Philosophy (Taylor and Francis Journals)

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