OVPES 2017

Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society

in partnership with the

Graduate Student Conference on Philosophy and Education

Annual Conference | University of St. Mary of the Lake | October 13-15, 2017


Conference Overview

Graduate Student Pre-Conference Panel on Preparing for the Job Market (3 pm)
John Dewey Society Panel (3 pm)
Graduate Keynote Presentation (6:30-7:45 pm)
Registration (2-8 pm)
Reception (8 pm)

Concurrent Sessions I & Roundtable Sessions (9 am)
Concurrent Sessions II & Works-In-Progress Sessions (11 am)
Phil Smith Lecture: Dr. Megan Laverty (Teachers College, Columbia) (1:45 pm)
Respondent: Dr. Avi Mintz (University of Tulsa)
Concurrent Sessions III & Works-In-Progress Sessions (3:30 pm)
Conference Dinner (5:15pm)
Saturday Social (7pm)

Concurrent Sessions IV (9 am)
Presidential Address: Dr. Kevin Gary (Valparaiso University) (10:45am)
Respondent: Dr. Dini Metro-Roland (Western Michigan University)
Business Meeting (12-1 pm) 

Directions to the Conference Location

Driving Directions

If you will be driving to the conference location, please be sure to use the site’s main entrance at E Maple St. and University Dr. Once you’ve entered the grounds, stay left at the first three forks and go right at the fourth to enter the conference parking lot, called the “Purple Lot.” There will be signs to the conference center once you arrive in the parking lot.

The address of the conference location is: 1000 E Maple Ave., Mundelein, IL 60060. Map.

Public Transport

For those of you not driving to the conference location, the route from Chicago O’Hare International Airport is straightforward, taking you through the heart of Chicago’s historic downtown just steps away from the site of Jane Addams’ Hull-House, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Millennium Park. We highly recommend that you follow the directions we give below rather than following Google’s automatic directions, as they include bus transfers which are superfluous.

  • Take the Blue Line from Chicago O’Hare to the Clinton stop in downtown Chicago
  • Depart the Clinton stop and head due North for two blocks to the beautiful Union Station (Map)
  • Take the Metra NCS line North to Mundelein station (Map)
  • If you are arriving on Friday, there will be a shuttle service to pick you up at the train station and drop you off at the conference location. This service will run from 1pm to 8pm.

Theme: New Directions in Philosophy of Education
Revisiting the Old and the New

Since OVPES/GSCOPE 2017 will be held under new auspices, the program committee would like to use this opportunity to explore broad questions relating to the old and the new in philosophy of education. Educational theorists and researchers are always on the search for fresh perspectives on the task of educating well. Sometimes this means formulating radically new ideas and conceptual languages in order to grasp the idiosyncrasies of our present moment. It may involve analyzing hidden assumptions we make about education with the help of a non-traditional methodology. Or it could mean scrutinizing a new development in education with the tools of an established school of thought. Alternatively, we may search for fresh perspectives by turning to the history of educational thinking. We may attempt to bring a new lens to an old, and seemingly outdated, idea, and show how it can help us resolve contemporary problems. We might search for forgotten figures and texts from the past that present biases have rendered obsolete. Or finally, we may wish to explore how and why old ideas mattered to the people who defended them, and to inquire into their philosophical and historical origins.

At OVPES/GSCOPE 2017, we hope to provide a forum to all of these illuminating approaches to the work of educational philosophy and theory. The challenging task of educating well requires inspiration from both past and present thinkers. In revisiting the old and the new this year, we hope to celebrate what is best in the history and and contemporary practice of educational philosophy. In this spirit, we ask that you forward this call on to all those who may be interested in contributing to our society.

Publishing Your Conference Paper in Philosophical Studies in Education
Presented papers are eligible for publication in the OVPES journal, Philosophical Studies in Education. All presenters are encouraged to submit their work for review; however, presented conference papers are not guaranteed to be published in the journal. GSCOPE presenters are also invited to submit to the OVPES journal. The deadline for submission for publication occurs roughly a month after the conference; the exact date will be released soon. Journal submissions should not exceed 6500 words. For more information, see ovpes.org/journal.

Prospective Conference Events
OVPES/GSCOPE 2017 will be offering several new events for graduate students and OVPES community members alike this year. The conference is scheduled to kick-off in the early afternoon on Friday, October 13th with a Graduate Student Pre-Conference Workshop on preparing for the job market and a plenary session to follow. There will also be a works-in-progress session on Saturday, October 14th. Two panels on teaching and publishing are scheduled as well. Stay apprised of the latest conference updates and news at ovpes.org and gscopeconference.org.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming conference, you can find more information on our website or contact one of the program committee members:

Douglas Yacek, Ph. D., OVPES Program Chair: yacek.d@gmail.com
Yoshiaki Nakazawa Ph. D., OVPES Program Chair: yoshiaki.nakazawa@valpo.edu
Shannon Robinson, GSCOPE Program Chair: robinson.1837@osu.edu

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