For 20 years the International Colloquium on Philosophy and Education has been establishing resistance, both through the studied authors, the chosen themes and through the contextual and political confrontations that represents an open and free event in a public university in a political context like the one we live in Brazil during the last decade.
In this edition, from the crisis of the legitimacy of the academy - and from a self-criticism generated by this crisis - we understand that not only in the authors and debates should resistance, freedom, equality dwell, but also in practice itself of study, knowledge and thinking. So, we decided to try another event format in this edition of CIFE.
There will be no moments of explanation, lecture, presentation or defense. We are not against any of these forms of study, but we decided to try an event where thinking is more important than informing, where listening is more important than performance.
Thus, X CIFE will not have the famous communication sessions, where each participant, in turn, presents his text and then exchanges one two questions in search of some clarification (but in which he often takes up all the time available with explanations). We will also not have long speeches in crowded auditoriums. We love to listen to the authors that interest us, but this time we invite them to another thought experiment.
However, there will be certificates of presentation of work, even if they are not presented in the traditional way.
All participants will register equally, whether they are doctors or children on primary education. Academic background is irrelevant to enrollment. We emphasize the fact that X CIFE is free and open to everyone who wants to participate , without exceptions. No choice of interlocutors. We wish, as a public institution that we are, to belong and be owned by the internal and external community within the walls of the university.
The only condition for registering is that everyone should write a short and free text (between 500 and 1000 words), in any language, that raises questions, hypotheses, questions, suggestions, examples and/or theories that allow thinking about the main theme of the event. And that these texts begin with one question and end with another question. We also ask for a main bibliographic reference to be indicated, which should be the most important to conceptually anchor the text. It will not be possible to enter texts in co-authorship.
This is enough to participate in the event. Registered participants can change their texts and information until 5th of July, when registration will be closed. Deadline was extended exceptionally because of the pandemic and of our decision to unfold the Colloquium in a virtual prophase and a second presential phase. (CLICK HERE TO UNDERSTAND BETTER THIS NEW PROPOSAL).
It is not possible to subscribe as a listener: everyone will be an author; it is also not possible to register as a speaker: none of the participants will present their text to an audience.
But keep in mind that registration is a commitment; our proposal is that the event can actually be a space and a time for study and collective production of knowledge. Thus, the invitation to participate is a call for immersion: for a week, participants will read, discuss and go through experiences of thought that can only be traversed intensely. If you are only interested in adding a line to your CV, don't apply.
Arriving at the event, all participants will be divided into study groups. The activity in the groups will not be to present each one's work to the others, but rather, from the study material, to read and think collectively. To open up to listening to different voices. All groups will have a coordinator, who will also be an author, but who will be responsible for equal participation in the discussions and the spirit of the proposal. Thus, each of these groups will function as a philosophical research community. We will work so that the groups are heterogeneous and plural, don't worry.
In a second step, these groups will share their discoveries and proposals with the others, and from this sharing, we will take the questions to a larger plenary session, where each participant will be at the same time immersed in the community as well as alone in their individuality. From the forces resulting from this more rhizomatic moment, new lines and new gaps will open up, and the groups will meet again with another demand, to think in other directions. This cycle will be repeated once or twice before the final plenary.
The ultimate goal is not to teach anything or reach a general consensus, much less answer the proposed questions or the theme question of the Colloquium, but to generate movement. To be able to observe that, after all this study experience, it will be possible to think about things that were not possible before. And, further, demonstrate that everyone is equally capable of thinking.
During the time when the groups or plenary sessions are not meeting, the Colloquium will propose, inside and outside the University, complementary activities and experiences, such as workshops, exhibitions of philosophical manifestations from different countries of Latin America, philosophical walks, artistic activities, visits to schools, book launches and even some rest. Soon the entire program will be released here on the Colloquium website and on the app.
And now that you have read our proposal, take some time to think about your text. It should be simple, but delve into some relevant issue to think about an affirmative, inventive, re-existing philosophical education. Write carefully and attentively, as it will be very important! See you in October, online, and in 2021 finally, at Rio de Janeiro!