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Call for Papers: Third International Conference on Critical Education

Dates: 15-17 May, 2013.  Location: Ankara, Turkey.

"Education Under Siege By Neoliberalism And Neoconservatism"

Neoliberal and neoconservative educational politics have significantly been damaging education all over the World. Public education is regarded as old fashioned, private schools and a variety of types of education have been presented as an ideal model, schools and the students are now in a more competitive relationship, public education has been losing its status as a social right as a result of relationships with the market, and the state is rapidly losing its social character in the face of these developments. It leads us to rethink education given problems such as the education becoming less democratic, less secular and losing its scientific character; becoming more conservative and capital oriented and becoming less concerned with- in fact- detrimental to- issues of equality and critique. In rethinking education, the critical education movement takes an important role in creating new horizons and strategies against the global attack of the capital. The International Conference on Critical Education, which was held in Athens for first meetings, provides a base for the academics, teachers and intellectuals who are interested in the subject to come together in order to overcome obstacles for public education. Therefore, in the age where education is under siege by neoliberalism and neoconservatism, we invite you to the IIIrd International Conference on Critical Education to reflect on the theory and practice of critical education and to contribute to the field. On behalf of the organising committee, Prof.Dr. Meral UYSAL University of Ankara, Faculty of Educational Sciences Department of Life Long Learning and Adult Education Deadlines Abstract Submission: 1 March 2013 Accepted papers will be announced on: 15 March 2013 More info »

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/

Concepts Used by Paulo Freire

Praxis (Action/Reflection)

It is not enough for people to come together in dialogue in order to gain knowledge of their social reality.  They must act together upon their environment in order critically to reflect upon their reality and so transform it through further action and critical reflection.

Generative Themes

According to Paulo Freire, an epoch “is characterized by a complex of ideas, concepts, hopes, doubts, values and challenges in dialectical interaction with their opposites striving towards their fulfilment”.  The concrete representation of these constitute the themes of the epoch.  For example, we may say that in our society some of these themes would include the power of bureaucratic control or the social exclusion of the elderly and disabled.  In social analysis these themes may be discovered in a concrete representation in which the opposite theme is also revealed (i.e., each theme interacts with its opposite).

Easter Experience

Paulo Freire says that “those who authentically commit themselves to the people must re-examine themselves constantly.  This conversion is so radical as not to allow for ambivalent behaviour…  Conversion to the people requires a profound rebirth.  Those who undergo it must take on a new form of existence; they can no longer remain as they were.”


To enter into dialogue presupposes equality amongst participants.  Each must trust the others; there must be mutual respect and love (care and commitment).  Each one must question what he or she knows and realize that through dialogue existing thoughts will change and new knowledge will be created.


The process of developing a critical awareness of one’s social reality through reflection and action.  Action is fundamental because it is the process of changing the reality.  Paulo Freire says that we all acquire social myths which have a dominant tendency, and so learning is a critical process which depends upon uncovering real problems and actual needs.


This is a way of gathering information in order to build up a picture (codify) around real situations and real people.  Decodification is a process whereby the people in a group begin to identify with aspects of the situation until they feel themselves to be in the situation and so able to reflect critically upon its various aspects, thus gathering understanding.  It is like a photographer bringing a picture into focus.

Banking concept of knowledge

The concept of education in which “knowledge is a gift bestowed by those who consider themselves knowledgeable upon those whom they consider to know nothing”.

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An in-depth online course for activists, organizers and volunteers committed to social transformation. It provides training for those wanting to become more effective change agents.

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About Us

WorkshopThe Freire Institute is an organization for transformative community-based learning. In our programmes your own knowledge and life experience becomes the raw material for education. We develop tools and approaches based on the work of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, whose work has inspired many social movements and educational programmes around the world.

Education in this sense is a tool for individual and community empowerment and transformation. Our approach is informal, challenging and exciting. You do not need any formal qualifications to take part, just a commitment to learning and change. Programmes and activities are open to individuals, community groups and churches and we can tailor programmes flexibly to suit your group's needs. We also hold one-off community arts events and workshops around specific issues.

Our name is inspired by the work of Paulo Freire. Our approach owes a lot to the techniques pioneered by Freire and supplemented by practice elsewhere. We also draw upon organizing principles derived from Saul Alinsky and others.

These techniques and principles have been successfully adopted by community organizations, church-based groups and issue-based networks in many countries. The Freire Institute welcomes enquiries from anywhere around the world, and we seek to co-operate with other Paulo Freire-related institutes and organizations.


Transformative Learning

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Our courses are aimed at activists and organizers working for social change, and thus we try to provide courses that are as affordable and accessible as possible.

The Freire Institute We offer a model of learning which is not dry and academic but is based upon sharing our experience and using the 'social knowledge' that we all have. In this model of learning we can all become both co-learners and co-teachers.

This social (or 'experiential') knowledge is combined with various analytical tools and frameworks provided by group facilitators. This adds valuable 'analytical' content to our knowledge.

Finally, we test our knowledge and experience through action - practical involvement in the process of community and social change. People's community involvement becomes the raw material for their learning.

Our Courses

We currently offer the Paulo Freire Formation Programme as a comprehensive introduction to Freire's approach and its application through social analysis. You can also study aspects of the social economy and community organizing.  All of these courses are delivered online, although the Paulo Freire Formation Programme also includes an option to attend a Summer School (the "Intercultural Formation Meeting") in Part II.

Alternatively, if you are interested in workshops (one to five days), either in-house or at Burnley, click here; or if you are interested in university courses offered by the University of Central Lancashire, click here.

Our principal programme.  The Paulo Freire Formation Programme is an in-depth course in social analysis and popular education methods for full training in Freirean tools and approaches. This course is aimed at those who are committed to working for social change.

The 'social economy' refers to the sector of the economy which is neither state nor privately owned, including co-operatives, social enterprises and nonprofit organizations.  We also use the term 'solidarity economy', which goes much further.  It implies economic activity for social justice, and is often seen as providing an alternative to capitalism.

Courses in Community Leadership are currently available at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). New programmes in Community Leadership and Community Organizing will be introduced by the Freire Institute later this year.

If you would like to discuss whether any of these courses would be suitable for you, please contact us.