Submission Guidelines

We invite proposals under the three large themes of 1) Democracy, 2) Citizenship, and 3) Sustainability/ Ecopedagogy as detailed below, or an innovation that is cross-cutting two or more of these themes.

I. Democracy

“To glorify democracy and to silence the people is a farce; to discourse on humanism and to negate people is a lie.”

- Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Freire argued that a genuine democracy would not be possible as long as educational inequalities existed and the wealthy and powerful controlled access and quality. This theme involves consideration of Frierian responses to critical and contemporary issues in education. Invited proposals could build on the following sub-themes:

  • The role of radical democratic organizing in education, especially in combating structural racism and social inequality

  • Exegesis of Freire’s work linking education as an ontological vocation and democracy and its improvement

  • Changes/ appraisal of the values from liberal democratic traditions to dialogical or deliberative traditions

  • Methodologies linked to Freire that promote deliberative citizenship (e.g., Participatory Action Research, Participatory Budgeting, Thematic Research methods etc.)

  • Post-Liberal democracy (not illiberal democracy) and post-human traditions and related contributions from Freirian thought

  • Freirean-inspired critiques of existing critical theories of education and their applicability to democracy

II. Citizenship

“Education does not make us educable. It is our awareness of being unfinished that makes us educable”.

- Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom

Citizenship and its global bearings are important to understand, not simply because of a modern result of international law, network society, the emergence of the ‘netizen,’ or the rise of so-called identity politics. It’s philosophical origins in the thought and practice of the ancient Greek Cynics, especially in their approach to knowledge and education is primary. At the root of the latter and ultimately of their theory of world citizenship was the need for people to develop habits of what we would call critical inquiry, especially as applied to taken-for-granted assumptions about life. Such habits stand in direct opposition to xenophobia, blind nationalism, and narrow partisanship. In line with Freire’s overall contribution, we seek proposals related to:

  • Freire and cosmopolitanism

  • Citizenship and its global bearings

  • Reimagining or reinventing Freire’s concepts of citizenship along various dimensions (class, race, gender, etc.) and areas (political, economic, social, pedagogical, environmental)

  • Empirical experiences of citizenship (confronting capitalism; as a way to survive inequalities; as ways to engage new models of living and working, etc.)

  • New Freirean contributions to citizenship in areas including (but not limited to): social movements, urban policies, globalization, transformative projects; new public policies that endorse Freire’s contributions; public popular schooling, citizenship schools

  • Citizenship and values (such as global ethics)

  • ‘Politicity’ of education: how it applies to the construction of citizenship, democracy and social justice

  • Citizenship, emancipation, and liberation: Quo Vadis?

III. Sustainability

“It’s in making decisions that we learn to decide.” - Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage

Although not named as such by him directly, Freire indicated that the essence of ecopedagogy was to be his next book before his untimely death in 1997. In discussion with existing work on sustainability and eco-pedagogy, proposals under this theme will offer an interpretation of how Paulo Freire might have imagined “ecopedagogy,” which is inherently grounded in Freirean pedagogy for transformational actions toward ending socio-environmental injustices. Sub-themes could include:

  • Ecopedagogy as a new pedagogical model at various levels, pre-school, K-12, higher education, adult learning education, etc.

  • Linking eco-pedagogical experiences with traditional political ecology, social justice for the planet, and environmental justice

  • Utopian experiences linking democracy, citizenship and sustainability

  • How Freirean contributions will help to avoid and criticize greenwashing sustainability policies in international organizations and countries?

IV. Cross-cutting / Multiple Themes

While the conference is being organized primarily around the three themes described above, the program committee is open to thought provoking submissions that address multiple themes at once or go beyond them.

These may, for example, include:

  • Ecopedagogy, and public policies of sustainability and citizenship as twin sisters that might need to be thought/ implemented together

  • Hermeneutical/exegetical analysis of Freire’s meta-theory

  • Freire and the epistemology of the global south

The Program Committee will accept proposals for contributions in two formats: 1) Paper presentation: Individual submission, and 2) Panel presentation: Group submission. All proposals will be submitted online through the link below. All submissions will undergo peer review by the Program Committee. Proposals must be submitted in English (to allow for reviews) and a short abstract in another language can be included. The web submission system will open in February 2022 via the official conference website,

Given the work of Freire, the Program Committee, in its commitment to foster a climate of inclusion and diversity, encourages, where possible, group submissions that advance diversity and inclusion in gender, race, institutional affiliation, theoretical perspectives and methodologies.

In order to promote wide participation, prospective presenters may submit only one proposal through either an individual paper presentation or for group panel presentations, participants may be listed more than once as a chair, organizer or discussant.

The deadline for submissions is March 28, 2022. Decisions will be shared via email by late April 2022.

The conference in its entirety will be hosted virtually. The hyperlinks to participate will be shared by email before the conference. More details on this are forthcoming.



All applicants will be asked to select one of the three conference themes - 1. Democracy, 2. Citizenship, 3. Sustainability/ Ecopedagogy, and specific keywords (up to 5) which are most aligned with your submission. If your paper addresses multiple themes, please select the fourth option: 4. Cross-cutting themes.

At the time of submission, you will be asked to indicate which session format best fits your proposal. Please read the following information before you decide which format you will propose.

1. Paper Presentation: Individual Submission

Papers are designed to be submitted by individuals only. These will be reviewed and formed into a panel session by conference organizers. In these 90-minute sessions, presenters briefly discuss their research, followed by audience discussion. Between 3-5 presenters will be assigned to each panel, and each presenter will have 12 - 20 minutes to present. In case of multi-authored studies, more than one person may present within these 12-20 minutes as assigned to each paper. Each session will be assigned a chair who will moderate and monitor time; a discussant may also be assigned by conference organizers to offer commentary and critique and to elicit discussion. Submissions for a paper presentation include an abstract of 500-1000 words.

2. Panel Presentation: Group Submission

Formal panels provide an opportunity for planned and coordinated interaction among presenters working on a common set of themes, or ideas related to research or practice. Proposals for these 90-minute sessions are submitted by a group of presenters (at least 3 and up to 5) who designate their own chair and discussants. Panel sessions follow the format of individual paper presentations followed by discussant comments and audience discussion. Submissions for panel sessions include a common theme abstract of 500-1000 words, as well as abstracts of up to 500 words for each of the individual papers included.




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