2012 Annual Meeting
Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society (OVPES)
September 13–15, 2012
Call for Proposals
Proposals due: May 1, 2012
Philosophy in Critical Social Community: How Do We Engage New Political Economies of Education?
The program committee of the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society (OVPES) invites proposals that
broadly interpret the theme—Philosophy in Critical Social Community: How Do We Engage New Political
Economies of Education?—for its annual meeting, to be held at the Bergamo Conference Center in Dayton,
Ohio, Thursday through Saturday, September 13–15, 2012.
Philosophers of education working within the Ohio River Valley are witnessing many of the same challenges
facing education throughout North America. Increasing numbers of children are facing acute socioeconomic
challenges: widening gaps in educational opportunities, dramatic cuts to health care and preschool
assistance, and in some states, less access to kindergarten. The organization Feeding America estimates that
one in four children in the U.S. are now dealing with food insecurity on a regular basis, and food banks in our
area are struggling to meet the need.
Recent scholarship by colleagues David Hursh (High Stakes Testing and the Decline of Teaching and Learning,
2008) and Pauline Lipman (The New Political Economy of Urban Education, 2011) argue that children and
families face new contexts in their public institutions. In the new political economy, educators face changing
rules of engagement and challenging moral conditions. Recently, audacious and perhaps coordinated
initiatives to alter tenure and collective bargaining challenge the relations in which we and our students
operate. Favored social constructs in the philosophy of education—democracy, community, equity, justice,
responsibility—now appear tangled in changing relations brought about by power re-configurations. For
philosophers and social theorists, there is much work to be done.
Given the current political clime, the program committee envisions the theme focused on critical social
community to address the role of philosophy in a changing national and global context. Each term in the 2012
annual meeting’s theme is purposefully conveyed with at-least-doubled meanings meant to provoke
productive ambiguity. We are invited to consider the arena of “philosophy” as an enacted practice and a
desire for wisdom. The term “critical” we might encounter as crucial, judgmental, evaluative, and precise: at
once of education, ourselves, and one another. “Social” is offered both as a vital context for our work and a
valued practice, such as coming together as colleagues in sessions and over meals as we so often do at OVPES
annual meetings. In approaching the meeting’s theme, the term “education” is also to be construed broadly,
with considerations of past-president Kip Kline’s call for a philosophy of education beyond the confines of
schooling and similar institutional contexts. Notions of “community” and “economy” in myriad, problematic
variations should also be called into question.
Some suggestions for topics that address the theme include the following.
In our changing social context, where does philosophy of education find its footing? Where today
(and when) do we find philosophy of education? Where are the opportunities, the dangers, and the
opportunities for thrilling work in philosophy education?
How do changing contexts challenge the branches of philosophy and the components of educational
experience? What does it mean to call upon ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology, logic even,
in a context framed as a political economy?
Considering the recent special issue of Educational Theory edited by Kathleen Knight-Abowitz and
Chris Higgins, what counts as public and private education across all levels, from preschool on up
through graduate school? How might we address other important concepts in analogous ways?
What are the important connections between philosophy and educational policy? As choice and
competition become solidified as dominant themes in educational policy, what are the implications
for the social responsibility for equitable educational opportunities?
As another recommended approach, authors are invited to draw back into consideration program themes of
annual meetings of the recent past or to revisit arguments articulated in the OVPES journal, Philosophical
Studies in Education (see ovpes.org). For example:
How might we direct our engagement in critical, social communities across disciplines (related to the
2006 theme)? Is it time to become immortal (2011)?
What now do we make of our projects in intellectual courage (2008), fearless speech (2008), social
justice (2005)? Where are we silent still outside the Western tradition (2007)?
What new responsibilities emerge for engaging difference (2009), racism (2007), normalization
The OVPES annual meeting’s program committee invites proposals that engage the theme directly, as well as
those proposals that do so more obliquely, but fall within the theme’s spirit; propose whatever work you are
currently doing, mindful of what you would like to gain from arguing it before a social, critical, supportive
community of colleagues. All authors are encouraged to consider OVPES as a site for engaging their best and
latest thinking in a critical and social environment of mutual benefit. Let us come together to expand each
others’ thinking, strengthen our philosophical networks, enjoy the company of critical colleagues, and create
PRESENTATION FORMAT, DEADLINE AND NOTIFICATION: Proposals for individual papers, alternative
sessions, and panels or symposia involving two or three speakers on a single topic are welcomed. All
proposals should be blinded of all author details and will be peer reviewed. (See Proposal guidelines at end of
this document.) As always, topics not related to the conference theme will also be considered for acceptance.
Submissions should be made via email with proposals attached as Word documents (.doc or .docx format). All
proposals should be received on or before Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Submit to: Dr. Stacy Otto, Program Chair, at
email@example.com. Proposals accepted for presentation at the conference will be notified by June 15, 2012.
FINAL PAPERS AND JOURNAL CONSIDERATION: Full‐length conference papers should be no longer than
4500 words, including footnotes, following the Chicago Manual of Style. Papers presented at the conference
and meeting all the editorial requirements will be considered for publication in Volume 44 of Philosophical
Studies in Education, the refereed journal of OVPES, following a separate, peer review process. Conference
participants should submit their final papers to session moderators in advance of the conference; final papers
are due to the journal’s contributing editor in late fall, 2012, for consideration in the journal (see manuscript
requirements at ovpes.org).
CONFERENCE PROPOSAL GUIDELINES:
PART 1: In the body of your email message, please indicate:
1. Proposal title
2. Presentation format (e.g., paper session, panel, symposium, or alternate format)
3. Your name, title, and institutional affiliation (should be the contact person)
4. Your address, phone, email, fax number
5. The name(s) of other authors or presenters, if applicable
6. An abstract of up to 100 words
7. The subject of your email message should read “OVPES 2012 Proposal.”
PART 2: In a Microsoft Word attachment:
8. Indicate the proposal title and presentation format
9. Provide a summary of up to 500 words. Describe how you will address your topic and/or its line of
argument, explain its significance, and indicate several major references you will draw upon to make
your argument and to place it into scholarly conversation. Make the connection to philosophy of
education clear, and if applicable, explain how your proposal relates to the conference theme.
10. Remove all author-identifying markers, including references to your prior work.
11. The Program Committee reserves the right to request you resubmit electronic proposals, submit
them in the body of an email message, or submit a paper copy within a reasonable time frame in case
of technical problems with electronic submission.
12. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of all email submission.