Blåsenhus Campus, 8-9 October 2019

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Welcome to The 5th Swedish Pragmatism Colloquium on Education & Transaction

The Colloquium will be held at Uppsala University, Department of Education, in Uppsala, Sweden. It begins on 8th of October 2019 in the morning and will end on 9th of October in the afternoon. 

In order to facilitate productive discussions, the number of participants will be limited. The registration deadline is 20th of September.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send your title and your abstract (150-200 words) before the 1st of September to magdalena.nygaard@edu.uu.se. The detailed programme will be announced in middle of September. The abstract text will be displayed on this webpage. Each paper will have 30 minutes for presentation. A small selection of papers will be collected for publication in an edited book arising from the conference. We have already spoken to several interested publishers. If you wish your final paper to be considered for publication, please indicate your interest in a separate line of your initial abstract.

The following scholars have agree to served as keynote speakers: 

William J. Clancey, is a computer scientist whose research relates to cognitive and social science in the study of work practices and the design of agent systems. He received a PhD in Computer Science at Stanford University (1979) and Mathematical Sciences BA at Rice University (1974). He has developed artificial intelligence applications for medicine, education, finance, robotics, and spaceflight systems. At the Institute for Research on Learning he co-developed ethnographic methods for modeling work systems. At NASA Ames Research Center as Chief Scientist of Human-Centered Computing, Intelligent Systems Division (1998-2013), his team automated file management between Mission Control and the International Space Station, receiving Johnson Space Center’s Exceptional Software Award. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, Association for Psychological Science, Association for Advancement of AI, and National Academy of Inventors. His book Working on Mars: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award.

Jim Garrison, is a professor of philosophy of education at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia where he also holds appointments in the department of philosophy, as well as the science, technology, and society programme and the alliance for social, political, ethical, and cultural thought. He was a Chancellors Visiting Professor at Uppsala University, Sweden for 2014-2018. Jim’s work concentrates on philosophical pragmatism. He is a past-president of the Philosophy of Education Society and the John Dewey Society. Recent books include Living and Learning with Buddhist religious leader and educator Daisaku Ikeda and Larry Hickman, Director emeritus of the Center for Dewey Studies (Dialogue Path Press 2014) and Empirical Philosophical Investigations In Education and Embodied Experience with Joacim Andersson and Leif Östman (Palgrave, 2018). Jim has published books and papers in ten languages other than English. In the spring of 2018, he gave the commencement address at Soka University of Japan.

Frank X Ryan, formerly a broadcast journalist and record store owner, earned his MA and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Emory University. He is currently Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator of Philosophy at Kent State University. Ryan is the author of Seeing Together: Mind, Matter, and the Experimental Outlook of John Dewey and Arthur F. Bentley, and Rethinking the Human Condition: Realism, Skepticism, and Transactional Pragmatism, as well as eleven edited books and dozens of articles, book chapters, and reviews. A long-time Summer Fellow of the American Institute for Economic Research and advisor to the Curriculum Leadership Initiative at Kent State University, Ryan is currently engaged in Philosophy as the Theory of Education: Project to Reconnect Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Leadership. Ryan’s academic work is focused upon developing John Dewey’s transactional pragmatism, which aspires to “see together” mind-matter, subject-object, fact-value, and other experiential unities typically divided into philosophical dichotomies or dualisms.