John Dewey Society Emerging Scholars Panel – Call for Proposals


Emerging Scholars Panel
Due: March 10, 2019

The John Dewey Society calls for paper proposals for its panel for emerging scholars to be held at its annual meeting in conjunction with the American Educational Research Association meeting in Toronto in April 5-6, 2019.

Theme — Dewey in/and China: Cultural Transformation & Progressive Education in International Settings Today

2019 marks the centennial of the start of John Dewey’s stay of two years and two months in China. This year the John Dewey Society is exploring topics related to the above theme, including nationalism, populism, John Dewey’s influence in China, the intersection of pragmatism and Confucianism, and the role of culture. While the general call for proposals has ended, the John Dewey Society has an exciting new opportunity for those in the nascency of their academic careers. Or, simply, emerging scholars. We call for papers, both completed and in progress, on any topic related to John Dewey. While this call is broad, papers must use Dewey as the central focus.

Once identified, each emerging scholar will be paired with a senior scholar at the John Dewey Society annual conference. There the senior scholars will workshop the paper with the emerging scholar, offer guidance for potential publication, as well as answer any questions the emerging scholar has. This is an excellent opportunity to: (1) receive invaluable mentoring from established scholars and (2) make professional and academic connections.

How to Submit

Submit all proposals (prepared per instructions below) for individual papers via email with an attachment as a Word document. All proposals are due by midnight Eastern time March 10, 2019 via email to B. Jacob Del Dotto, John Dewey Society Emerging Scholars Coordinator, Loyola University-Chicago; Any questions – contact Jacob Del Dotto directly via email.
Proposals accepted for presentation in this panel of the John Dewey Society will be notified by March 15, 2019.  Full copies of the papers to be workshopped must be submitted by March 22, 2019.

Proposal Guidelines
Part 1 (submit in the body of your email message with the subject line JDS Emerging Scholars Proposal)
(1.) Title of your paper and theme your proposal addresses

(2.) Your name, title, institutional affiliation (if any)
(3.) Your address, phone, email
(4.) An abstract of up to 100 words

Part 2 (in an attached Word document with all identifying information removed for anonymous review)
(1.) Title of your paper
(2.) A descriptive summary of your paper (maximum length 1000 words), explaining your paper and its significance, especially in relation to your selected theme. List several references to place your contribution in the broader scholarly conversation

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Founded in 1935, the purpose of the Society is to foster intelligent inquiry into problems pertaining to the place and function of education in social change, and to share, discuss, and disseminate the results of such inquir

Thank you,

Jessica Heybach


Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now

[Forwarded from JDS – to Friends of The John Dewey Society]

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing as director of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to invite you to participate in a conference we are hosting in Chicago from May 2-4, 2019, the Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now. The conference commemorates the 100th anniversary of a transformative two-year trip to China made by University of Chicago Laboratory Schools founder John Dewey. As a member of the John Dewey Society, I believe this conference will be of interest to you, and that the conference will be enriched by your presence.

Event Webpage:

Educator and philosopher John Dewey and his wife, Alice, founded the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1896. Today, as then, Lab is a community of educators who, reflecting the intellectual rigor and evidence-based research of the University of Chicago, advocate for best practices to prepare students for fulfilling lives. In our classrooms, we honor, explore, and interpret Dewey’s ideas about teaching and learning—ideas that Dewey shared in a series of lectures at schools and universities across China from 1919 to 1921. The Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now will bring together international researchers, policy-makers, and school-level educators to examine Dewey’s impact and further our understanding of how education has evolved.

The conference features 18 speakers from the United States and China, including keynote speakers University of Chicago Nobel laureate James J. Heckman and Professor Shi Zhongying of Beijing Normal University. Session topics range from Dewey’s past and present impact in the US and China to current challenges in Chinese education, meeting the needs of rural students, and progressive approaches to art and education.

True to Dewey’s philosophies, the conference also includes a variety of hands-on experiences. Participants can observe classes at the Lab Schools and UChicago charter schools, reflect on issues of civic engagement by visiting organizations that serve Chicago’s South Side, screen a documentary film made by high school students from Chicago and Beijing about their trip retracing Dewey’s path through China, and participate in an art activation project.

The full schedule, information on registration and accommodations, and more about the conference can be found online. Please contact us with any questions.

John Dewey believed in continuous learning. Through this conference, we can learn from experts, from students, and from one another, furthering his legacy, and our own education. I hope you are able to join us.

Warm regards,

Charles Abelmann

Director, The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools


Colleen Newquist Communications