Fields of Hope: Philosophizing about the Future
Call for Papers - GSCOPE 2012
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, October 5 

[The] inability to conceive of its own devastation will tend to be the blind spot of any culture. By and large a culture will not teach its young: “These are the ways in which you will succeed, and these are ways in which you will fail; these are dangers you might face, and here are opportunities; these acts are shameful, and these are worthy of honor—and, oh yes, one more thing, this entire structure of evaluating the world might cease to make sense.” This is not an impossible thought to teach, but it is a relatively new ideal in the history of cultures, and one can see why a robust culture would avoid it.
Jonathan Lear, Radical Hope, 83-84

There's a darkness in the educational world. From No Child Left Behind to the higher education "bubble," from institutional racism, sexism, and classism to capitalist reproduction and high-stakes standardization--educationists have little to hope for. For the students confronted with this bleak picture of a mechanized education with output ideals that are questionable at best, what can they hope for? For the educationist and all those affected by education: is there any space for hope?

This year's GSCOPE conference will explore this question in its many forms: What is the state of education today? What can it be? Are hope and optimism naive? Are there reasons to hope? Can hope have reasons? Do we have an obligation to be positive or negative in our perspectives on education? What place do cynicism, skepticism, and critique have in the pursuit of a better educational landscape? How can we philosophize about hope and ideals and when is it appropriate to do so? Can we base educational systems on hope for building a better society? Is hope a societal and political question too?

These are the guiding questions for the 2012 Annual GSCOPE conference. We will accept quality papers and presentations from graduate students on any question in the fields of philosophy and education. We welcome papers from graduate students of other disciplines and areas of interest.

Proposals may be submitted through the Open Journal System at:

Instructions for submission can be found at the bottom of the website. 

Submissions may include either a manuscript (not to exceed 3500 words) or a paper proposal (between 500-1000 words). Additionally, submissions must include a cover sheet with author’s name, phone number, email, institutional affiliation, title of manuscript or proposal, a 120-150 word abstract, and 3-5 keywords. The deadline for submissions are now rolling throughout the month of July 2012.