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Call for Papers: Paulo Freire - The Global Legacy

An International Conference, University of Waikato, Te Whare Wananga o Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, November 26-27, 2012.

Paulo Freire"Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world." ― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

The University of Waikato, Te Whare Wananga o Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand is delighted to be hosting a major international conference, “Paulo Freire: The Global Legacy” as a retrospective celebration of his work and its legacy and influence across the globe.

Paulo Freire, one of the greatest educators of all time, was born in Recife, Brazil, on September 19, 1921 and died of heart failure in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 2, 1997. Freire taught Portuguese in secondary schools from 1941-1947 before becoming active in adult education and workers' training. He was the first Director of the Department of Cultural Extension of the University of Recife (1961-1964). Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970) is an argument for a system of education that emphasizes learning as an act of culture and freedom. His works became justly famous as he gained an international reputation for his program of literacy education especially for the rural and dispossessed in Northeastern Brazil. He was jailed by the new government after 1964 and was forced into a political exile that lasted fifteen-years, eventually returning to Brazil in 1979. As a living testimony, his many works have been translated into many languages, and have inspired the tradition of critical pedagogy. The conference is aimed at experienced and new researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from all around the world who engage with Freire’s work in any of the following broad themes that the conference will be organized around:

  • Globalization
  • De-colonisation
  • Indigenous cultures
  • Cultural studies

Plenary speakers

Ana Maria Araújo Freire, Antonia Darder, Peter McLaren, Shirley Steinberg, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Peter Roberts. Other plenary speakers may be added nearer the date.


A selection of papers from the conference will be edited for a special two-volume work in the series Global Studies in Education, Peter Lang, New York, ISSN: 2153-330X Series Editors: Tina (A.C.) Besley, Cameron McCarthy, Michael A. Peters & Fazal Rizvi.

Contact Details

For further information regarding venue, accommodation, registration etc, please visit the websiteor contact Courtney White, courtnew@waikato.ac.nz.

Registration key dates

Early Bird registration: by 21 September 2012 Registrations close: October 26 2012 Online submissions – send to Professor Tina Besley, t.besley@waikato.ac.nz, subject line : Freire Conference

Submission Deadlines

Deadline for abstracts Abstracts, not exceeding 200 words, should reach us by email on or before 1 May 2012. The manuscript should be 1.5 spaced, letter font size of 12 point in MS Word. Please set out your abstract submission as: file name: author’s name_abstr Notification The reviewers’ decision on the acceptability of the abstract will be indicated by 30 June 2012. Deadline for Full PaperA full paper of the accepted abstract is required to be submitted online through the Conference website so as to reach us on or before 30 August, 2012. Please send your full paper as: file name: author’s name_ full_text

Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2012

The University of Waikato, with a student population of about 13,000 and 2000 academic and support staff, is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio, providing a full and dynamic university experience, distinctive in character, and pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge. The University works closely with Maori tribes (iwi), particularly Tainui, to make the University accessible to Maori students and to foster an environment of success. (http://www.waikato.ac.nz/maori/ & http://www.waikato.ac.nz/about/) Hamilton is a vibrant city of approx. 150,000 people on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, centrally located in the North Island of New Zealand, about 1 hr 45 mins drive from Auckland and only 45 minutes to the beaches at Raglan to the West, and an hour to Tauranga & Mt Maunganui on the east coast. See: http://www.visithamilton.co.nz/