John Dewey Society — Call for Proposals

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 2019 Theme
Dewey in/and China:
Cultural Transformation & Progressive Education in International Settings Today
John Dewey Society Panel on Dewey and Philosophy
CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The John Dewey Society calls for paper proposals for its panel on Dewey and Philosophy to be held at its annual meeting in conjunction with the American Educational Research Association meeting in Toronto in April 2019.  For information about the JDS, go to (http://www.johndeweysociety.org)

2019 marks the centennial of the start of John Dewey’s stay of two years and two months in China. He arrived in China at a time of cultural transformation and upheaval. There was the spread of a new vernacular called Paihua that signaled a ferment of thought. The New Culture movement and the May Fourth (1919) student uprising focused on Western science amidst a new found nationalism and populism.

Today, Dewey’s influence in China is broad and deep, though it underwent a number of shifts since that time. His early influence peaked in the decade following his visit, and he was later savagely criticized by the Communist regime shortly after his death in 1952. For many scholars, this criticism indicated the depth that Dewey’s influence still had on Chinese culture. At present there is a resurgence of Dewey in China, evidenced in part by the recent translation of the collected works of Dewey into Chinese, published in 2015, and the work of the Dewey Center at Fudan University (see the research note in the spring 2018 issue of Dewey Studies).

One of the main reasons that Dewey had such a profound influence on China was due to his pragmatism and its relation to Confucianism, which emphasizes thought for its usefulness in social situations and for living a good and proper life. Dewey’s philosophy fit with traditional Chinese culture, even though Confucianism was under attack as an old tradition during the New Culture movement at that time in China.

However, the 20th century was a time when Chinese culture changed dramatically with the influence of Marxism and Communism. Dewey had warned against a wholesale acceptance of Marxism and Communism, and later was condemned for this way of thinking. Dewey did not call for the general rejection of Chinese culture or complete adaptation of Western culture, but for a new culture that would come about through a careful evaluation and reflection upon both cultures. He asks in his critical review of Bertrand Russell’s The Problem of China: “…what is to win in the present turmoil of change: the harsh and destructive impact of the West, or the internal recreation of Chinese culture inspired by intercourse with the West” (MW 15:218).

We call for papers that not only may take up an explicit study of Dewey in/and China, but that also deal with the themes of cultural transformation and progressive education more broadly in other worldwide contexts and in other countries, including North America. In considering Dewey together with Chinese and other cultures, we can ask a number of questions that are specific to Dewey in/and China but can be extended to other contexts elsewhere, such as:

  • How has Chinese or other cultures been changed or transformed by Deweyan influence?
  • Was Dewey’s philosophy affected by his stay in China?
  • What are current manifestations of Deweyan philosophy in China, and other countries? How is it demonstrated in pedagogy, curriculum, and school planning and leadership?
This list is in no way exhaustive regarding Dewey in/and China, and Dewey’s influence more broadly in the world. Accepted submissions will also be considered for publication in one of the journals sponsored by the John Dewey Society, including Education & Culture, Journal of School and Society, andDewey Studies.

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 November 30, 2018, via email to Sarah Stitzlein, John Dewey Society President-Elect, Professor, University of Cincinnati, Sarah.Stitzlein@uc.edu; Any questions – contact Sarah Stitzlein directly via email.

Proposals accepted for presentation in this panel of the John Dewey Society will be notified by January 15, 2019. Full papers of up to 5000 words (excluding references) will be due no later than March 15, 2019 for the discussant to prepare remarks.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
Part 1 (submit in the body of your email message with the subject line JDS 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 the selected theme. List several references to place your contribution in the broader scholarly conversation.

About The John Dewey Society (http://www.johndeweysociety.org)

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 inquiry.

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John Dewey Society @ AERA

JDS CONFERENCE @ AERA | APRIL 13-14, 2018 

DRAFT PROGRAM SCHEDULE

APRIL 13th

Pre-Conference Workshop (Democracy in Education Initiative) 

JDS Symposium | Nationalism: War and Peace | 12:00pm – 1:45pm

  • Leonard Waks (Temple University)
  • Jacoby Carter (John Jay College)
  • Sasha Polakow Suransky (New York Times)
  • Meira Levinson (Harvard University)

School and Society Forum | Maxine Greene Institute | 2pm – 3:45pm

Dewey Lecture | Scott Shapiro (Yale Law School) | 4pm – 5:30pm

Reception | to follow
APRIL 14th

Executive Board and Directors Meeting | 9am-10am

Dewey and Philosophy Panel I | 10am -11:45pm

Dewey and Philosophy Panel II | 1:00pm – 2:45pm

Business Meeting | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

John Dewey Society at AERA

Here are two messages from the Society.  The first concerns corrected information about room locations.  The second provides information about the meeting and includes a PDF with the schedule of JDS events.  — Edprof
Hi, Friends,

Just a heads up. What we have been calling Room 5 at the Gonzalez Center, based on information from AERA, is really Riverwalk 005.  You will find this room just off of the West Lobby along the River.

Please tell everyone you know.

Rob, as soon s you get this, please send an urgent message by email to all of our members.

Len

Leonard J. Waks, Ph. D.
President: John Dewey Society

Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership,  Temple University
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Hello Members and Friends of the John Dewey Society,

We invite you all to attend the JDS annual meeting taking place April 27 and 28 during the AERA conference in San Antonio, TX at the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center.

The theme of this years’s conference is:
Creative Democracy – The Task Before Us in the Era of Clinton v. Trump

Please see the attached program and know that all events are free and open to the public, so bring your colleagues and students along.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be relevant insights into how we may reclaim democratic life and public education in the age of Donald Trump.

Looking forward,
Robert Karaba–JDS Director of Communications

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John Dewey Society Achievement Awards

Dear JDS members,
Just a reminder that our Awards Committee is seeking nominations for JDS Achievement Awards. The date by which nominations should be received is February 15. A list of past JDS Award recipients is available on our website.

The Awards Committee has put together the following criteria and invites nominations for either of the awards:

John Dewey Society Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
The Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to the individual who, in the judgment of the committee, exemplifies, over a lifetime of work, the Deweyan tradition of connecting theory and practice. Each year, the award will recognize: a scholar-practitioner who, in the Deweyan tradition, connects the worlds of theory and practice in promoting the development of democratic citizens; or an exceptional explicator and interpreter of Dewey?s philosophy and educational theory.

John Dewey Society Award for Outstanding Achievement
The Awards for Outstanding Achievement will be awarded to those individuals who, in the judgment of the committee, have most strongly exemplified the Deweyan tradition of connecting theory and practice. Each year, the awards will recognize significant achievements in scholarship and/or in social, cultural, or educational practice accomplished within the two previous calendar years (January ? December).

Any member may nominate a candidate for either of the JDS awards, and members are free to self-nominate. A nomination must be sent to John Covaleskie, chair of the nominating committee, at jcovales@ou.edu, along with a letter explaining how the candidate qualifies for such an award, taking into consideration the specified criteria. If members of the awards committee are nominated for any award, they must recuse themselves from voting for that award.
Best wishes to you all,

Kyle

John Dewey Society Program at AERA

The John Dewey Society

Founded 1935

April 2, 2013

Dear Dr. Armstrong and CSFE Colleagues,

The John Dewey Society is pleased to announce its annual program held jointly with AERA.  Please find a schedule of events, including the School & Society Forum (featuring Superintendent Richard Carranza), David Labaree’s John Dewey Lecture, the Outstanding Achievement Award recipient, Jane Roland Martin, the Dewey Symposium (featuring Susan Laird, Nick Burbules, Isabel Nuñez, and Eric Bredo), the Past President’s Paper Session, and, of course, the annual JDS Reception here: http://greenwalt.wiki.educ.msu.edu/2013+John+Dewey+Society+Annual+Meeting.

With a new membership fee structure, we’re also hopeful you will join the Society, if you aren’t already a member.  We have a growing number of initiatives to expand our reach and influence and this is truly an exciting time to be a John Dewey Society member.

Schedules at AERA are often hectic, of course, but please join us for as many of these sessions as you can.  We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.

Sincerely,

 

Deron Boyles 

 

 

 

 

 

John Dewey Society at AERA, and More

Deron Boyles, President of the John Dewey Society has sent information about JDS activities at AERA next month.  The links below contain his letter to members, as well as AERA conference information, a call for help, and a JDS membership form.

Letter from Deron Boyles  (doc)

JDS at AERA with Membership Information  (PDF)

In other news, there is still time to send feedback concerning proposed revisions to the AESA/CSFE Standards.  See previous post for the details!

Please consider joining the CSFE as an individual (or group) member.  A CSFE membership form is available via the “ABOUT” page.

Best to all — Ed Prof