We are pleased to announce:
Philosophy in and beyond the classroom:
P4wC across Cultural, Social, and Political Differences
Over the past four decades, Philosophy for/with Children (P4C, PwC: P4wC) has been practiced over 60 countries and regions and its number has been increasing dramatically. While large and growing literatures about P4wC tend to focus on children’s ethical and philosophical thinking in the classroom, in recent years we have been witnessing various forms of P4CwC practiced not only as a pedagogical tool but also social, cultural, religious, discursive and political practices in the classrooms, hospitals, orphan asylums, streets and/or museums. The current COVID19 situation also inevitably requires us to shift our understanding of “where P4wC occurs,” away from the confines of the classroom, toward the broader public sphere, including the digital space. As such, the various use of P4wC necessitates reconsideration of the role of philosophical dialogue in a complex and chaotic world, not just as a pedagogical practice but also as a complex practice encompassing educational, social, cultural, and political functions.
The ICPIC 2022 Tokyo (Japan) to be held in 8-10 August 2022 will create an opportunity where all participants find new opportunities and challenges of philosophical inquiry with children from multiple angles. To this end, in organising the ICPIC Conference in 2022 in Japan, we strongly encourage philosophers, practitioners and teachers from, for example, Western, Asian, South-American, Middle-Eastern, African, Oceanian countries (and beyond) to participate in the conference and present their own practices so that we can open new avenues for thinking what P4wC is and ought to be. Plus, in the face of the global-scale challenges emerged as a result of the COVID19 pandemic, we also consider the future of philosophical dialogue by orchestrating knowledge and insights gained from various contexts.