International Development Ethics Association (IDEA) Tenth conference

Apr 04, 2012 Jun 01, 2012

Call for Papers for the Tenth International Conference of the International Development Ethics Association on

Education, Democracy, and Development
Bamako, Mali
January 3-6, 2013

Organized by The International Development Ethics Association (IDEA) with Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, the College of Education, and the Program in Ethics and Development, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; and the Institute for Popular Education, Kati, Mali

The goals of the IDEA Conference on Education, Democracy, and Development are in line with the history of IDEA and its vision of development ethics and ethical development. The conference aims to

• clarify the moral challenges that education reform faces and the practical problems the current system of education poses for individual and social well-being and for democratic governance;
• identify effective responses to these moral challenges and practical problems;
• further the scholarship on development ethics through the process of bringing theory to practice.

In Mali (and countries facing similar challenges) the combination of truncated educational progress, limited cultural tolerance, economic want, political fragility, rapid demographic change, and the reorganization of higher education has resulted in a set of practical problems at the intersection of education and democracy. These are the practical problems which the IDEA Conference on Education, Democracy, and Development will address.

Paper proposals are invited in areas such as
A. curricular reform
B. bi-lingual and multi-lingual education
C. indigenous knowledge systems
D. gender and educational opportunity
E. teacher training
F. systematic cheating and plagiarism
G. labor laws, marital laws, tax laws, and property laws
H. moral education
I. democratic citizenship
J. environmental ethics education
K. religion and education
L. interdisciplinary education and research
M. study abroad and international student exchange
N. instructor-student relationships and effective mentoring
O. taxation and the funding of public education.

Papers should examine these issues from diverse theoretical and conceptual perspectives including philosophical argument, empirical analysis, examinations of policy, and action strategies. The conference will engage scholars and practitioners from around the world and from a wide variety of disciplines and activities (including philosophy and other humanities, social sciences, policy studies, development, social work, NGOs, local and global agencies and organizations, government officials and policy makers). IDEA particularly welcomes submissions from scholars and practitioners in South countries.

All papers will be given in plenary sessions (no concurrent sessions), but then time will be set aside for smaller break-out discussion sessions in various forms throughout the conference .

The working language of the conference will be French, with simultaneous translation in English.

Papers and proposals may be submitted in English or French.
Submission of Abstracts. Proposals should be submitted no later than June 1, 2012 by email to Stephen L. Esquith at Esquith and should include:
1. An abstract of 500 words
2. Name, affiliation, and contact information on a separate page
3. A biography of under 100 words (for the conference program)

Organizing Committee:
• Stephen L. Esquith, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University
• Shannon Brown, Fairtrade Canada, Ottawa, ON
• Samantha Noll, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University
• Petra Tschakert, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University
• Maria Diarra, Institute for Popular Education, Kati, Mali
• Debbie Fredo, Institute for Popular Education, Kati, Mali
• Jack Schwille, College of Education, Michigan State University

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