International Seminar of Philosophy of Education

APU Announces Sixth Conference on Philosophy of Education

July 2016 Update: Azim Premji University is inviting papers for the 6th Philosophy of Education Conference to be held from 9th to 11th January 2016 at Bengaluru. This year, the theme of the conference is Educational Theory and Practice and the last date for paper submissions is 31st October, 2017.  Click here for details.

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April 2015 Update: Azim Premji University is inviting papers for the 4th Philosophy of Education Conference to be held from 10th to 12th January 2016 at Bengaluru. This year, the themes of the conference are:

1. Culture and School Curriculum

2. Philosophy and the Practice of Teaching

3. Educational Policy and Philosophy of Education

Last date for paper submissions is 15th October, 2015.  Click here for details.

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August 2014 Update: APU is now inviting submissions for the Third International Conference on PoE to be held from January 19 to 21, 2015. The themes for this year’s conference are:

  • Human Nature and Education: Contemporary Concerns
  • Ethics and Education: Questions in Aim, Content and Teaching
  • Notions of the Public and Private in Education

Last date for submissions is October 30, 2014.
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After organizing a successful series of seminars on philosophy of education (PoE) in 2012-13, the Azim Premji University, Bangalore, has announced the second international seminar on PoE, which will be held between May 12 and May 14, 2014 in Bangalore, India.

Azim Premji University had initiated a series of three regional seminars in India (held in Puducherry, Jaipur and Dehradun) in 2012, which culminated in APU’s first international seminar on PoE held in Bangalore between 23-25 January, 2013.

Given the concerns around the state of philosophy of education in the country, some of which were recently expressed by Mr. Anurag Behar, VC of APU, in an article in Mint, the seminar series was organized with the hope to encourage connections and collaborations between scholars working in this domain in India and abroad. It was also visualized as a platform to engage and support young scholars, to build long-term capacity on the subject in the country. And thus a further attempt was made to offer them academic support and help them develop their papers prior to the presentations.

The series ended with an international seminar which saw over twenty international philosophers and scholars such as D. C. Philips, John White, Christopher Winch and Robin Barrow, present their papers on a range of educationally relevant philosophical topics, over three days, in Bangalore, India. It was attended by close to 500 people from different parts of the country. All presenters of the regional seminars were also invited for the event.

On the last day, suggestions were solicited for ways in which the discussions could be continued and made more fruitful, and on organizing an international seminar on PoE annually. Based on the feedback received in the following months some changes have been made in the schedule and format.

Unlike last year, this year the seminar would be organized, primarily though not exclusively, around four pre-decided themes:

  • Social justice and education
  • Indian philosophical thoughts/thinkers and education
  • Nature of education studies: Curricular and pedagogical issues
  • Policy issues in education: Measurements and assessments, accountability and quality in education

The last date for submitting a paper for the international seminar is 1 January 2014. For those whose papers have been accepted for presentation, expenses for the travel and accommodation during the seminar, would be borne by the Azim Premji University. 

For more details on the Second International Seminar or to know more about the seminar series of 2012-13, please visit The announcement for the regional seminars is expected within a few weeks.

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