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Philosophy as Transformative Practice

Deadline: November 15, 2006

Call for Participants
The Second Annual
Working Seminar on Philosophy as Transformative Practice

March 29-31, 2007
Elon University
Elon, North Carolina


    The Philosophy Department of Elon University invites applications for the
second annual seminar on Philosophy as Transformative Practice.

    In intensely focused work over several days, we propose to explore and enact
philosophy as a form of normative and imaginative engagement that is deeply
transformative of both its practitioners and their worlds.  Academic
philosophers at all levels and those beyond the academy are equally invited to
apply, as well as philosophically- and creatively-inclined individuals and
representatives of organizations across many fields.

 This year's seminar will focus acutely on the meaning, mechanisms and nature of
transformations inspired and informed by philosophical wisdom, methods, and
history.  We will not only discuss ideas surrounding this theme, but also put
those ideas, creatively and concretely, to the test.  Participants will be
invited/expected/enticed/ requested/tempted to develop and adopt transformative
practices in an experimental vein, in order to gauge the dynamics required for
educational transformation.  Thus, there will be time devoted to large group
discussions as well as creative, small group workshops designed to generate and
embody innovative philosophical encounters. The seminar will serve as a teaching
laboratory where we collectively explore the nature of educational
transformation as manifested in a diversity of sites, within and beyond the
classroom.

Applications

Applications to participate in this year's seminar will take one of the two
following forms:

1.  Papers (which will be provided to the participants prior to the seminar, and
will be discussed, but not formally presented).  These papers (approximately
4500 words) should explore the philosophical meanings of "philosophy as
transformative practice."  Topics might include but are not limited to the
following questions:
a.  The naturalistic aspects of personal transformation: what do we know about
how personal transformation occurs?  What does philosophy have to offer to an
understanding of the psychology of transformation?
b.  What is the nature of communal transformation, and how is it related to
personal transformation?
c.  In what ways is philosophy inherently transformative?  In what ways can
philosophy itself be transformed by different modes of engagement (for example,
teaching philosophy to children)?
d.  What are the ethical implications of philosophy as transformative practice?
Are all transformations necessarily positive, or ought we to be seeking certain
types of transformations?
e.  What is (or could be) the influence of transformative practice on political
conflicts, international peace efforts, and attempts to develop alternative ways
of living?
f.  In what ways might philosophy as transformative practice be or be considered
to be dangerous?  What are the risks involved?
g.  Is transformation necessary - or desirable?
h.  How might aesthetics play a role in philosophy as transformative practice?


2.  Forms of Engagement (which will be made available to the participants prior
to the seminar).  Applicants may also, in addition to or in lieu of a completed
paper, submit forms of creative engagement with philosophy as transformative
practice.  Examples may include syllabi, individual classroom assignments,
curriculum vitae, personal narratives, descriptions of study abroad
programs/assessments, fictional works, artworks of all genres (painting, film,
plays, etc.).  These materials should provide other participants with a strong
sense of your potential contributions (including your questions and curiosity!)
to the discussions and activities that will make up the seminar.

A cover letter should accompany and explain the submission.

Selected works (papers, examples of forms of engagement, and material generated
within the seminar itself) will be published in a special issue of Bridges: An
Interdisciplinary Journal of History, Philosophy, Theology and Science (a
peer-reviewed journal).  Seminar participants will be provided with a gratis
copy of the special issue.

The seminar will take place in group-discussion and workshop formats, with 15-25
participants total. Ongoing Elon philosophy classes and community work will
serve as "laboratory" settings. Discussions will be arranged thematically, and
will consist of (at most) only a brief presentation by authors, to be followed
by an extended discussion by all participants. Accepted participants who do not
"present" a formal paper at the seminar will be given the opportunity to develop
and present original material at the seminar; thus, all participants will also
be presenters.  Workshops will be grounded in the thematic discussions, and will
offer opportunities for collaborative, practical innovation.  Results from the
workshops will be "tested" in classrooms and presented to the entire seminar for
discussion.

Applications should be mailed to Philosophy Department, Campus Box 2316, Elon
University, Elon, NC 27244, and must be postmarked by November 15, 2006.
Notification of acceptance should be within six weeks.

Department of Philosophy, Elon University
Nim Batchelor (batchelo@elon.edu)
Ann Cahill (cahilla@elon.edu), seminar coordinator
Martin Fowler (fowler@elon.edu)
Yoram Lubling (lubling@elon.edu)
Stephen Schulman (sschulman@elon.edu)
Anthony Weston (weston@elon.edu), department chair

More information is available on our website at www.elon.edu/philosophy.

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