Second Call for Papers INPE Conference 2022 ‘Pedagogical Forms in Times of Pandemic’

Posted:     October 31, 2021

Call for papers for the 18th INPE Conference Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 17-20 of August 2022.

The recent pandemic seems to have brought to particular attention the value and meaning of pedagogical forms. The reduction of teaching to a uniform activity on a flat digital screen (in wealthier parts of the world) has echoed the sensory loss that is a symptom of the Covid-19 virus itself, turning the art of teaching into a rather two-dimensional experience. Seeing this as a possibility for research in education, however, the current situation can perhaps invigorate a renewed interest in exploring pedagogical forms anew, past and present.

Even if the prefix of the word pandemic indicates that the global spread of the Covid-19 has equally affected people all over the world, there are profound differences to be recognized. The pandemic has magnified deep-rooted gendered, racial, economic and social injustices on local level, exposing perpetuated inequities particularly within the realm of education. In some contexts, schools have been shut down and the children sent home, literally losing their education as a consequence of the pandemic. In others, the digital divide has become a chasm, separating those who have access to electricity, computers and the Internet from those who do not.

This conference seeks to give time and space to explore the value and meaning of global and local pedagogical forms in times of pandemic. Given its theme, the conference seeks to raise substantial philosophical and educational questions about, for example: Which pedagogical forms have been made possible in the pandemic and which have been lost? Which forms are important to revisit and retrieve, how and why? What are the consequences of digitalization and distance learning to the formative role of education? What becomes of the public role of the school in times of pandemic when borders between the private and the public are redrawn? What is the meaning of rituals and traditions in schools? Do the senses and the body play any particular role in teaching?

The conference invites philosophical papers reflecting on education in relation to the theme above and/or in relation to the following sub-themes:

  • the aesthetics of education
  • democratic education and equality in times of pandemic
  • education and gender in times of pandemic
  • the senses and the body in pedagogical practice
  • the materialities of teaching
  • linguistic modalities of education
  • the philosophy of study practices 
  • the hidden curriculum
  • post-secular pedagogies in education
  • the pedagogy of rituals
  • the role of tradition/s in education
  • the forms of school culture and classroom climate

There will be three plenary sessions: the Terence McLaughlin Lecture in honour of the late past President of INPE will be addressed by Troy Richardson, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education and American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Cornell University, USA. Followed by two other invited speakers: Anne-Marie Eggert Olsen, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Jan Masschelein, Professor of Philosophy of Education and head of Laboratory for Education and Society, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium.

In addition, there will be 3 types of sessions for which contributions are invited:

  1. Concurrent Paper Sessions

These will be organised around philosophical papers on one of the conference themes. Each session will allow sufficient time for discussion of a paper of up to 5000-6000 words in length. Submissions for concurrent paper sessions should include a full paper and a 500-word abstract.

  • Working Paper Sessions

The purpose of working paper sessions is to allow participants to present papers outlining ‘work in progress’. Proposals for working paper sessions should be in the form of a 1000-2000 word abstract and will be grouped by topic or approach.

  • Round tables/symposia

Submissions may include proposals for round tables/symposia in which three or four participants will present related papers around a particular theme. Submissions should provide the symposium title and topic, an overall abstract of 200-300 words, the names of the participants and an outline of 100- 200 words on each of the proposed contributions.


Submissions should not include papers that have been published previously, presented at other conferences, or that are scheduled for other forthcoming conferences. All conference proposals – for any of the three types of sessions – should be sent to the Chair of the Programme Committee, Lovisa Bergdahl ( by: February 1st, 2022. Proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Programme Committee. All authors are requested to identify under which sub-theme their contribution is submitted. While contributions would ideally deal with the assigned themes, this is not mandatory. However, the philosophical-educational bearing should be rendered explicit in the text.

Decisions will be announced by March 15th 2022. Proposals are welcome from those who are not members of INPE. However, if accepted, presenters will be required to join INPE before April 15th 2022.

More information and registration at the conference site: