Conferences 2019: CfPs and SAVE THE DATES

Conferences 2019: CfPs and SAVE THE DATES

Calling all liberal artisans, interdisciplinarians, polymaths, great books enthusiasts, and those who reject all the easy labels like the ones listed above.

If you are interested in meeting fellow travellers in Europe in 2019, ELAI has compiled for you a list of conferences and academic gatherings of less formal type devoted to liberal education, in one sense or the other. This list would be updated if more relevant events are announced in due course. The list does not distinguish between ‘student’ and ‘adults’ events, as the boundaries are at times porous, but we have tried our best to provide enough information for you to decide if you want to know more - you know where to click.

What WhenWhereBasic DetailsDeadline
NIE 20192019/01/22Utrecht, the NetherlandsThird National Conference on Interdisciplinary Education focuses on short papers and interaction. Most details are still unavailable; see the original call and inquire for details2018/11/1 - Call has closed.
University College Tilburg Lustrum 2019/04/4Tilburg, the NetherlandsThe Theme of the event is “Dilemmas in Higher Education” and we will post more details once they become available. Before that, you can inquire at [Protip: The Lustrum would immediately precede LESS 2019]2018/11/15 - Call has closed, but all are invited to participate.
Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching Conference - Practice and Knowledge Production 2019/04/9-10Keele University, Staffordshire, UKInterdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and research are increasingly prioritised within Higher Education and there are many developing opportunities, programmes and examples of innovative and best practice to be disseminated to a wider audience. We invite you to share your research, practice and interdisciplinary knowledge with us.2019/02/15
LESS 20192019/04/12-4Groepsaccommodatie De Roerdomp Ontginningsweg 10 5091 KN WestelbeersSecond edition of a Liberal Education Student Symposium would continue the tradition of small-scale, creative collaboration in an intimate setting; last year 37 students attended.2019/02/20
VIII Annual Smolny International Student Conference2019/04/18-21St. Petersburg, RussiaA recurring event, with an increasing turnout from ELAI-listed institutions and broader Bard Network, dedicated to presentations of undergraduate research in English and in Russian. See call for papers and the registration form. No registration fee, travel grants available.

LESC 20192019/05/2-5Berlin, GermanyThis is the longest-running student-oriented event for European Liberal Education.

Fourth edition of Liberal Education Student Conference would accept ca. 80 participants from across Europe; registration under 25 euros, accomodation provided by other students, travel grants still being arranged; questions to

Meanwhile, you can take a look here to get yourself in the mood - to start learning about one palimpsest of an institution that ECLA/BCB is.
2019/02/03 - applications would open January 20th
Chavagnes Summer Conference2019/07/22-26Chavagnes-en-Paillers, FranceAs a Catholic Liberal Arts Institution, Chavagnes holds an annual conference in the summer discussing various aspects of faith and education. Details for 2019 would be announced in due course. A reduced rate was offered for students in the past. Meanwhile, take a look at the 2018 programmenot yet available
Artes Liberales Educational Model and Challenges of the 21st Century2019/10/16-19Saint-Petersburg State University, RussiaThe goal of the conference is to analyze and discuss the modern role and prospects for development of the Artes Liberales educational model in the educational environment of the 21st century. Representatives of various Russian and international educational institutions and associations will partake in the discussions.2019/05/30
ELACT 20192019/10/17-19University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain)III European Liberal Arts and Core Texts Education Conference is titled: Caring for Souls: Can Core Texts Educate Character? This bi-annual conference engages with Core Texts and Great Books perspectives on liberal education discussed between European and US participants. A volume from the first conference was published, and ELAI published a short post after the second edition in Winchester.
Colloquium on J.H. Newman would precede the conference on Oct 16-17 (in Spanish?) /III International Colloquium John Henry Newman, with the following topic: The liberal education in John Henry Newman. Participants who are interested could attend both conferences.

A student track would be organised. Questions to
Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference 20192019/10/24-26Amsterdam, the NetherlandsRead the call to learn about the Association and review the program. A broad array of submission formats is offered, graduate student bursaries available. 2019/04/15

Those looking to travel outside Europe to meet fellow colleagues interested in the idea of liberal education might want to take a closer look at the table below. With one exception, those conferences are more geared towards PhD students and established scholars. The list is not complete and would be updated if we find out more.

What WhenWhereBasic DetailsDeadline
ACTC Student Conference2019/03/22-24Waco, TX, USA2019 Student Conference of ACTC would take place at Baylor University. It invites undergraduates interested in Core Texts / Great Books to discuss with their peers. More informationhere .2018/12/14
ACTC Annual Conference 2019/04/11-14Santa Fe, NM, USAThis is the Annual Meeting of the Association of Core Texts and Courses (co-organising ELACT 2019 conference). This year it would be hosted at St. John’s College second campus2019/01/18
2019 Annual Conference of Chinese Association for SuzhiEducation (CASE)2019/04/18-20Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, ChinaThe Chinese Association for SuzhiEducation(CASE) is dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in liberal education and promotes collaborative excellence among educators, researchers and professionals from the related fields. The CASE also provides an international occasion for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap.2019/03/28
New Approaches to University Education in Asia2019/04/20-21Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamFulbright University Vietnam started in 2018 as a US institution. Its newly established conference accepts a wide arrange of topics and formats. Read the call.2019/02/28
Liberal Education Conference 2019: Liberal Education in the Age of Automation 2019/05/16-18Calgary, Alberta, CanadaSome forecast a post-capitalist, post-scarcity economy in which employment is a sought-after luxury good. In this world, individuals have a guaranteed basic income and can freely pursue liberal studies as part of a flourishing life. Others foresee a significant expansion of machine learning resulting in a world where wealth becomes even more highly concentrated in the hands of the machines’ owners. The Department of General Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and its partner, Medicine Hat College, in Medicine Hat Alberta, Canada invite papers and panel presentations for our fourth Liberal Education Conference on the theme of Liberal Education in the Age of Automation. 2019/02/22
HERU Conference2019/05/21-22Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Honors Education at Research Universities would hold its bi-annual conference. While primarily American, the movement of honors colleges and honors programs have recently spread globally. This conference would be attended by members of European Honors Council.2018/11/16 - call has closed
2019 Rejuvenating and Re-inventing the Arts Seminar2019/07/08-22Kenosha, WI, USAThis year at Carthage College,  this ACTC’s Liberal Arts Institute Seminar is open for institutions planning to initiate or revise an existing core curriculum. The focus of 2019 conference is Trivium.2019/02/08
GALA's 2019 conference "Networks across Time and Space"2019/09/12-14Claremont Graduate University, CA, USAClaremont Graduate University will host the 6th Annual GALA conference dedicated to the theme of networks. At its core, GALA represents the partnering of universities, faculty, and students together in a number of different networks of communication, research, idea exploration and teaching. In its sixth year, this conference will assess these networks and examine their value as a cornerstone in the development of liberal arts education. We encourage panels, workshops, papers and roundtable discussions that probe the nature and value of these networks, offer prospective calls for future networks and even explore the success and failure of networks past and present. Proposals that trouble or expand the basic definition of a network as well as those that place the meaning of networks in their presentations are encouraged.2019/03/15
Association for General & Liberal Studies (AGLS) 59th Annual Conference2019/09/20-21Rosen Plaza, Orlando, FL, USAThe Association for General and Liberal Studies is a national organization designed to provide Gen Ed faculty and administrators with practical knowledge and experiences for creating, revising, and running a quality program. We have helped individuals, programs and institutions with everything from communication and marketing to day-to-day administrative operations to innovations in the classroom. In 2019, our goal once again is to create a conference experience devoted solely to matters practical that gets all meeting participants engaging, sharing, and leaving each session with concrete ‘take-aways’—ideas you can use!
Our conference/institute or ‘Constitute’ is organized around four thematic tracks of interest and different session types. Formats include traditional concurrent, interactive, panels, posters, workshops, and working sessions.
North American Association for Philosophy & Education (NAAPE) Annual Conference2019/10/25-27University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL, USANAAPE welcomes submissions in any area related to philosophy and education and encourages submissions from all traditions of philosophy including work that is historical, contemporary, analytic, continental, theoretical and applied. Furthermore, we encourage authors working within the interdisciplinary fields of educational ethics, moral and civic education, and ethics of educational policy to submit to the conference.2019/07/01
The Asian Conference on the Liberal Arts (ACLA)2019/11/08-10Lingnan University, Hong-KongConference Theme: "Uncertain Futures: The Role of Liberal Arts Education" - The Asian Conference on the Liberal Arts (ACLA), held concurrently with The IAFOR Conference for Higher Education Research – Hong Kong (CHER–HongKong), and with the combined theme of “Uncertain Futures”, to be held at Lingnan University, Hong Kong’s only public liberal arts university.2019/08/29

If you would like to know more about the research on European Liberal Education and/or perhaps prepare a joint conference proposal, consider joining ELAI Research Group (via email) if you have not done it already.

[UPDATE DEC 20]: A list of 2019 conferences in the field of higher education studies can be found on ECHER blog.

Do you think we have missed something? Let us know at info (at) and we would gladly add it.


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