CFP: A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations (Springer 2016)

Adapted from announcement by Dr David Burns, secretary-treasury CPES

The editors Dr Michael A. Peters and Dr Jeff Stickney (recall: graduate of the Philosophy of Education stream at OISE 🙂 ) are currently looking for chapter proposals.

    The occasion is timely in that it has been seven years since a book appeared on this topic, and exciting new work has been generated in philosophy of education journals, dissertations, and conferences. We are also interested in seeking contributions from a number of emerging scholars in the field, exploring Wittgenstein’s relevance to themes on education.

    Please send an abstract by June 30, 2015.

    Completed papers should be submitted by February 1, 2016. Final drafts will be polished in the early New Year, for completion of the manuscript in the spring of 2016.


Michael A. Peters
Professor, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, U of Wakato, New Zealand
Professor Emeritus, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


June 18th Screening of Aboriginal-made shorts

Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS!)
When: Thursday June 18th
What: screening of Welcome to Kanata, a collection of Aboriginal-made shorts curated by Ariel Smith
Occasion: screened in honour of this month’s Aboriginal History Month.

Lynne’s view of student “academic citizenship” in her bow-out GS rep report at CAFE 2015

June 8, 2015

CAFE Student Representative Report

Canadian Association of Foundations of Education AGM
Held on June 2, 2015 at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ottawa

My comments have a lot to do with my current work on conceptualizing “academic citizenship” (of both students and faculty), as well as implementing what I theorize in practice. My guiding questions are, “At what point does a graduate student become a full-fledged academic citizen?” and “What does it take to be a good faculty/student academic citizen?” This conceptualization is closely linked to boosting the status of Foundations of Education.

Revisiting AGM 214 Proposals

In considering the importance of opening up venues that would help ensure that Foundations scholarship will live on and thrive, let me revisit two points from last year’s Student Rep Proposals , which consultations with fellow graduate students had foregrounded.

  1. Student Conference Presentations. There has to be a way to increase the low number of students at the annual conferences, and especially of those presenting. Not only is giving presentations a criterion in assessments for scholarships and a requirement, at least at some universities, for becoming eligible (with no guarantee) for certain types of conference funding. More crucially, this activity helps to broaden students’ academic knowledge/per-spective, taking overall academic agency to a new level. (Cf. Last year’s idea to consider adding alternative format sessions, e.g., poster-type sessions, in view of the very limited number of CSSE presentation slots, which may spark interest for the conferences to come.)
  1. Faculty Awards.  CAFE’s ratification of the proposal for Faculty Mentorship Awards, along with the Student Thesis Awards, is very encouraging, given the devolving status of teaching in the neoliberal context. This kind of recognition promises to enhance awareness of the value of educating and getting educated in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Education, and to make multiple aspects of good Foundations work better known.


In order to recognize more good thesis work, at the AGM and in email discussions I proposed for consideration to complement the limited number of “awards” with “nomination certificates” for all nominated theses that meet the officially announced requirements. (Please see AGM Postscript for a revised proposal — “Thematic Awards” for thesis and faculty awards.)


Congress 2015 Take-away

Some especially encouraging feedback has come from this year’s PES conference: student presenters, mostly Master’s students, have repeatedly acknowledged how enriching their graduate studies in Foundations have been for their teaching practice. The PES journal editors have emphatically encouraged submissions from graduate students and junior academics.


The Foundational Is Political

As a follow-up to the May 31 pre-conference panel on the status of Foundations, I full-heartedly welcome ideas like the proposal of Dr. Helen Raptis to verbalize explicitly the distinctive Mission of Foundations/CAFE, developing effective rhetoric. By extension, it may be useful to consider formulating customized arguments for key categories of actors/stakeholders. For example, what would make Foundations most attractive to students and increase enrollment; what would best motivate university administration/Human Resources not to cut hires in the area; what would convincingly justify the feasibility and sustainability of Foundations programs/courses/hires from the point of view of various levels of policy makers and sponsors.

CAFE can be the organization that can help preserve on record successful initiatives and even literal language, so that future political action on behalf of faculty and students can be channelled most appropriately, meeting specific conditions across institutions and provinces.


Increasing the Number of Student Reps

At the end of my two-year mandate as CAFE student representative, I would like to invite the membership to consider increasing the number of student reps from one to [any number] more than one. Appreciating the educational value of serving as a rep, I would encourage students present at the meeting to volunteer for the position. The work involves giving student input in periodic email votes/discussions concerning CAFE traditional and new initiatives.


The student constituency of CAFE owes special thanks to Dr. O’Sullivan for proposing to assign specialised rep roles to all nominated students. As a result, CAFE students currently have an unprecedented number of reps, four, to channel students’ creative contributions to CAFE governance.


I look forward to next year’s Congress and future CAFE initiatives educating students for all-round academic citizenship.



Lynne Alexandrova

CAFE student rep May 2013 – May 2015
PhD student, OISE (PhilEd profile)
University of Toronto

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AGM Postscript

Following the AGM, consultations with students and faculty have yielded two proposals:


  • Faculty Awards: should CAFE opt to take into account that faculty can be outstanding in educating undergraduate students as well, perhaps there should be two categories with specialized requirements — Graduate and Undergraduate Mentorship Awards.
  • “Thematic Thesis Awards”: In lieu of the proposal for a combination of “awards” and “nomination certificates” in order to recognize/make known more good thesis work, CAFE may consider what can be termed “Thematic Awards” as a way out of the unsolvable problem of fair ranking and selection among a variety of (incommensurable) styles and approaches. Rather than a problematic Yes/No determination, the awards for theses that meet the official requirements can be assigned/named according to the recipients’ unique combinations of strengths/contributions, as outlined in the nomination letters and as noted by the reviewers.

For Conferences/Publications & Networking: Canadian Association of Foundations of Education

The Canadian Association of Foundations of Education (CAFE) is a constituent association of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). It is composed of three special interest groups (SIGs):

CAFE Constitution
Contact CAFE Executive members
Minutes from the 2014 AGM, CAFE annual meeting, Congress, Brock University 2014


October 6, 2014: WordPress says “Happy Anniversary!” to BeHumanBeSocialBejust

With WP’s authentic image!!!

BeHumaneBeSocialBeJust says THANKU, with the Caucus smiley logo:

more logo versions, if you recall, here

Watch out for the 2014-2015 web spaces of the Student Caucus under the leadership of the new Executive:



Commendation for 2013-2014 outstanding student contributions from last year & “Success!!!” to the new SJE Student Caucus Executive Members

in edit mode

Prior to the October 3 meeting a search was launched for fellow students who have made special contributions to the academic and social life of the Caucus and the broader public domain. At this point:



  •  The team of students who organized the first Canadian Asian student conference at OISE: Eunice Chow, Danielle Sandhu, Alicia Tika, Emerald Lee, Luther Peto et al.
  • Karen Harnisch, who professionally video-recorded crucial Departmental events
  • All those who worked as student reps on Departmental committees — Admissions, Accessibility, Appointments (of sessional and LTA faculty), Curriculum and Programs, Events, Social Justice Education Certificate program
  • The small number of Caucus Constitution designers of the draft presented at the October 3, 2014 meeting: Caitlin C., Harriet A, Patti K., O. Cankech*
  • and, no doubt, others…

* derived from an earlier version the credit for which goes to Brad Evoy et al., drafted at the time of merger of the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education (SESE) and the History & Philosophy Program into the “Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Social Justice Education”, summer 2012, currently “Department of Social Justice Education”

Meet the 2014-2015 Student Caucus Executive:

  • Internal Coordinator: Crisitna Jaimungal, 1st year PhD
  • Communications Coordinator: Emily Moorhouse, 1st year MA
  • Finance Coordinator: Jessica Rostan, 1st year MEd
  • External Coordinator: Christopher Cully, 1st year MEd

Heading into the new 2014-2015 school year with Tons-Of-Student-Reps-To-Elect, and… More-Successful!!!-Defenses

Update: September meeting of grad student association, a.k.a. Student Caucus, deferred to

DATE: October 3, 2014
TIME: 5:30 pm
ROOM: 12-274 Priority items:

  • Elect 9 student reps – including all Student Caucus Exec members – to sit on the Department Council. For those interested, meetings are held on a Wednesday once a month, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, preceded by an SJE Exec meeting the week before (at which the Council Agenda is determined).

Next Council meeting —  October 22; SJE Exec meeting — October 15 (?)

The meeting held on 17 September was attended by 5 proxy student reps: Susanne Waldorf (UTGSU exec), Nickie Van Lier (UTGSU exec), Catherine Lamaison (SJE PhD student), Caitlin Campisi (2013-2014 Student Caucus treasurer, 2014-2015 GSA president), Lynne Alexandrova (2013-2014 Student Caucus co-chair) — it goes without saying, a number of profs, and all 3 staff members.

  • 2013-2014 Caucus Executive Reports
  • Elect new  Caucus Executive – Internal Coordinator, External Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Finance Coordinator
    NB! The internal coordinator will sit on the Department Executive Committee, with the external coordinator as an altrernate.

Elect as many Department Committee Reps as we can, and continue at subsequent meetings/by email

until all 14+ positions get filled

*** IMAGINE such scale of Student Responsibility in a University Dept Governance Structure 🙂  ***

This means: prep up for Volunteering/Voting at STUDENT MEETINGS and/or THROUGH THE STUDENT LIST 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • NINE student reps needed to sit on Department Council (as per the new Dept Constitution)

Fist Council to be held on September 17 so,

we’ll need a MEETING before then — as you can guess

  • Accessibility: Tanya Titchkosky (chair); Thomas Abrams; Students (OPEN – TBA)
  • Appointments (Sessional and limited -term appointments/LTA): Abbie Bakan (chair); Sherene Razack; Student (1 -TBA)
  • Admissions: Tanya Titchkosky (chair); Diane Farmer; Rinaldo Walcott; Grad Liaison: Kristine Pearson; Students (3 – TBA)
  • Graduate Curriculum and Program: Sherene Razack (chair); Abbie Bakan; Vannina Sztainbok; Lauren Bialystok (winter); Grad Liaison: Kristine Pearson; Students (3-4 – TBA)
  • SJE Community Connections Protocol: Vannina Sztainbok (chair), Abbie Bakan; Students (2)
  • Events: Abbie Bakan and Vannina Sztainbok (co-chairs); Miglena Todorova; Lauren Bialystok (winter); Sherene Razack (April colloquium); Cindy Sinclair Students (OPEN – TBA)
  • SJE Certificate Planning: Abbie Bakan (others TBA)

  • SJE Executive: Abbie Bakan (chair); Sherene Razack; Kristine Pearson (staff rep); Lara Cartmale (rec. sec’y); Student rep (1- TBA)


CONGRATS TO New “Doctors”:

Kate Zankowicz – history cohort