Message from Darron Kelly, CPES 2022 Program Chair

As Program Chair, I am delighted to invite proposals for the 2022 meeting of the Canadian
Philosophy of Education Society (CPES), a branch of the Canadian Society for the Study of
Education (CSSE). The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities
and Social Sciences from May 15th to 19th, with preconferences to be held on May 14th and
postconferences on the 20th.

Further information regarding the conference location, theme, and submission details will be
posted on the CSSE website as soon as they become available, and you can follow conference
news on Facebook and Twitter.

Essential Conference Details

􀀀 Deadline for proposals is October 1, 2021
􀀀 Proposals require a 3-page Summary (blinded, double-spaced) and a 200-word Abstract
􀀀 Proposals are to be submitted online. See for further details as they become
􀀀 “CPES” must be specified during submission for proposals to be considered for CPES
􀀀 Please renew your CSSE/CPES membership before beginning the submission process

Information on Congress

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is an annual gathering of dozens of
Canadian academic organizations at one university. In addition to individual disciplinary
conferences, there are open programs, headline speakers, and opportunities to network with
scholars from across the country and beyond.

Information on CPES

CPES welcomes proposals that offer a philosophical, theoretical, or critical perspective on topics
related to current or recurring aspects of education. Contributions are encouraged from all
philosophical traditions and areas of study that employ philosophical methods or sources,
including literary criticism, postcolonial critique, critique of fine and performing arts, cultural
studies, women’s studies, religious studies, disability studies, political and economic theory,
administrative theory, and critical theory. It is further expected that submissions demonstrate
relevant engagement with the literature and tradition of philosophy of education. Only proposals
that draw primarily on conceptual or theoretical analysis rather than empirical methods will be
considered. As the vast majority of the CSSE program is devoted to empirical research, such
work should seek inclusion elsewhere.Presentation Formats and Authorship Guidelines
CPES sessions normally involve the presentation of single- or multi-authored papers as well as
topical panels or symposia.

A “multiple single paper session” is usually scheduled as a 75-minute block with two or three
papers in a session. Each paper presentation may have one or more authors, but it should be a
single presentation rather than a series of presentations. You do not need to concern yourself
with finding presentations that align with yours. The Program Chair will group accepted
presentations thematically.

A “panel or symposium” is usually scheduled as a 60-minute block devoted to one topic
consisting of a series of shorter individual presentations. If you submit a proposal of this type,
you must identify the theme and propose to fill the whole session with multiple papers by
predetermined co-presenters, as well as a Chair and Discussants as required for the panel.

If you would like to propose an alternative format, such as a book launch or a working session
for instructors of philosophy of education courses, please do not hesitate to share your ideas
directly with the Program Chair.

In accord with CSSE regulations, each presenter may be lead author on only one submission per
association. This also means that if you are contributing a paper to a panel or symposium session
for CPES, you cannot submit a single-authored paper for CPES. Furthermore, since CPES is a
group within the Canadian Association for Foundations of Education (CAFE), you cannot be
lead author on papers for the CPES program and elsewhere in the CAFE program. You may,
however, serve as a Discussant for a different association or be lead author on a paper proposed
to another association within CSSE. If you have any questions about CSSE regulations regarding
authorship, please feel free to contact me.

Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals. CPES’s annual meeting is an
ideal place to establish professional connections and receive collegial and constructive feedback
on your work. CPES members are also reminded to encourage graduate students at any stage of
their program to submit to CPES or to the CSSE graduate students’ round table and poster
sessions. The regulations regarding first authorship are different for graduate students, so please
consult the CSSE Call for Proposals for relevant details regarding these presentation formats.

Submitting a Proposal and Peer Review

The deadline for proposal submissions is October 1, 2021.

All proposals must be submitted through the central CSSE online submission system portal
available through the CSSE website. Please keep checking the CSSE site for links to the official
conference call for proposals and submission instructions as they become available.

Since CPES is a special interest group of the Canadian Association for Foundations of Education
(CAFE), which is in turn a division of CSSE, please clearly mark your submission “CPES” and
ensure you select “CPES” in the online membership and submission process. If not, your
submission will instead be sent to CAFE. Please note that all authors of accepted presentations
must be CSSE members in good standing for the year of the conference.

All proposals to the CPES conference will undergo blind review by at least two faculty members
or postdoctoral fellows in a related area. Please ensure your Summary and Abstract have been
thoroughly scrubbed of any information that may identify the author(s) or their affiliated
institution(s). I have included the review sheet below, outlining the criteria for acceptance.
Proposals require a Title, an Abstract (maximum 200 words), and a blinded 3-page (doublespaced)
Summary of the paper or panel, as well as a list of references. The Summary need not
follow the social sciences format (question, methods, findings, etc.) that is prevalent elsewhere in
CSSE, but it should clearly explain the topic for consideration and describe the approach you
will take, including relevant literature. Submissions that deviate from the length and format
described on the CSSE website may be rejected without review. Please observe the submission
guidelines to ensure your proposal is eligible for consideration.

Peer review of proposals is an important service and essential for maintaining the quality and
integrity of the CPES conference. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please contact
me directly by email with a brief description of your areas of philosophical interest and expertise.

While very much appreciated, peer review is voluntary and reviewing a proposal does not guarantee the reviewer’s proposal will be accepted for the conference.

Instructions for blinding your submission in a Word for PC document:

Click on “File,” then “Check for Issues,” then click on “Inspect Document” and follow the
prompts to remove all identifying information that may be hidden in the file’s data.

Instructions for blinding your submission in a Word for Mac document:

Click on “File,” then “Properties,” and “Summary,” and delete the author name.

Once decisions have been finalized for accepting or declining proposals, authors will be
contacted and provided with brief reviewer comments. This step normally occurs near the end of
January. Due to the complexity of CSSE programming, the decisions of reviewers and the
Program Chair are final and cannot be appealed. In addition, by submitting a proposal, it is
understood that you intend to attend Congress/CSSE should your proposal be accepted and that
you will only withdraw your presentation in extenuating circumstances. Finally, please
remember that the number of current members helps determine how many program sessions
CPES is allotted – so be sure to renew your CPES membership soon!

Yours Sincerely,

Darron Kelly

Program Chair, CPES 2022

Past Programs

2020 - Western Ontario (conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

2019 - British Columbia

2018 - Regina 

2017 - Ryerson 

2016 - Calgary