ICPIC is committed to supporting initiatives that focus on facilitating philosophical inquiry with young people. Our major projects include our biennial conference, our academic journal and our essay award competition. Going forward, we will focus on creating an ever evolving online platform to support P4wC initiatives and disseminate the extensive P4wC knowledge that has accumulated over the years. We are also working towards bringing P4wC to more underprivileged children and teens.
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Since its formation in 1985, ICPIC has held biennial international conferences that bring together advocates of philosophical inquiry with children from around the world. Over the years, we have endeavored to shift the conference location to different parts of the globe to encourage the greatest possible impact at the local and regional levels. Each conference is hosted by a different ICPIC member center in collaboration with the executive committee.
Philosophy in and beyond the classroom:
P4C across cultural, social, and political differences
The 20th Biennial International ICPIC Conference
Tokyo, Japan | August 5 to 10, 2021 | Rikkyo University
Thanks for your interest!
The application guidelines for hosting an
ICPIC conference will be available soon.
Our wonderful hosts in Tokyo are working hard to organize the next ICPIC conference, which will examine the P4wC program in and beyond the classroom, across cultural, social and political differences. The conference languages will include English, Spanish and Japanese. The conference website will be available as of the end of March 2020 and proposals will be due by December 11, 2020.
2019 — The 19th ICPIC Conference | Bogotá, Colombia
The 19th ICPIC conference entitled "Philosophy for/with Children and the Citizen Agent" took place in Bogotá, Colombia, in July 2019, in collaboration with Uniminuto de Dios University. It aimed to examine the P4wC program in relation to the ideal of the citizen-agent: one who understands citizenship not only as participation in social institutions, but also as a collaborative, critical activity to achieve a better society.
2017 — The 18th ICPIC Conference | Madrid, Spain
The 18th ICPIC conference entitled "Family Resemblances" took place in Madrid, Spain, in June 2017. It aimed to offer an open discussion around all the different approaches to philosophical inquiry with children in formal, non-formal and informal education. After nearly 50 years of engaging children, adolescents and adults in a Community of Philosophical Inquiry in various settings, a wide variety of methods and styles have been used that share some common features and family resemblances. This conference invited P4wC advocates and those working outside the framework to contribute ideas to the practice of philosophical dialogue.
2015 — The 17th ICPIC Conference | Vancouver, Canada
The 17th ICPIC conference entitled "Identity and Philosophical Inquiry in an Age of Diversity" took place in Vancouver, Canada, in June 2015. It aimed to get a clearer picture of how to transform children’s vulnerability and disorientation regarding their increasingly multicultural, diverse, changing and ever more fragile environment so that they may learn to cultivate for themselves both compassion and agency. A central idea in ethical education has been the ideal of the self-sufficient, rational subject yet the ideals of democratic citizenship call for a more dialogically structured self in communication with diverse environments, as this conference explored.
2013 — The 16th ICPIC Conference | Capetown, South Africa
The 16th ICPIC conference entitled “Thinking and Reasoning in and beyond the Curriculum” in Cape Town, South Africa, was the first to be held on the African continent. It examined the theory and practice of Philosophy for/with Children in all phases of schooling as well in informal educational contexts. Questions included: How can philosophical perspectives benefit education? How can educational research contribute to teaching thinking and reasoning, particularly in the mainstream curriculum subjects, like information technology, literacy, mathematics, sciences, life skills, the arts, drama, citizenship, physical and moral education?
2011 — The 15th ICPIC Conference | Jinju, South Korea
2009 — The 14th ICPIC Conference | Padua, Italy
2007 — The 13th ICPIC Conference | Jerusalem, Israel
The 13th ICPIC conference entitled "Philosophical Inquiry with Children: A meeting Point Between Cultures and Identities" offered an interdisciplinary investigation of the connection between philosophical inquiry, identity and culture. The conference was organized by the Israel Center for Philosophy in Education — “Philosophy for Life” together with the Hebrew University. Keynote Speakers were Joel Westheimer and Jane Roland Martin. Conference highlights included educational site visits to schools, a dialogue conducted by Jewish and Palestinian primary school children around the conference theme, and the final cultural party.
2005 — The 12th ICPIC Conference | Mexico City, Mexico
2003 — The 11th ICPIC Conference | Varna, Bulgaria
2001 — The 10th ICPIC Conference | Winchester, England
1999 — The 9th ICPIC Conference | Brazilia, Brazil
The 9th ICPIC conference entitled “Thirty Years of Philosophy for Children on Debate" took place in July 1999 at the Convention Center “Ulysses Guimarães” in Brasilia, in the Federal District of Brazil. Around 1,300 people from 30 countries participated in meaningful exchanges looking back on the first three decades of P4wC practices. The University of Brasilia contributed immensely to the organizational effort. During the event, proceedings of the Iceland and Portugal conferences were also shared.
1997 — The 8th ICPIC Conference | Akureyri, Iceland
The 8th ICPIC Conference entitled “Philosophy for Children on Top of the World” took place in Akureyri, Iceland, and was hosted by the University of Akureyri. Proceedings were published in a book of the same name, edited by Hreinn Pálsson, Brynhildur Sigurðardóttir and Barbara B. Nelson. The programme covered a variety of topics, such as the sacred-as-relationship in the community of inquiry, participation in a community of inquiry, reconstructing childhood, self-respect, megalopsychia and moral education, and “The Cage” a philosophical project.
1995 — The 7th ICPIC Conference | Melbourne, Australia
1993 — The 6th ICPIC Conference | Alcalá de Henares, Spain
1992 — The 5th ICPIC Conference | Graz, Austria
1991 — The 4th ICPIC Conference | México DF, Mexico
1989 — The 3th ICPIC Conference | Taipei, Taiwan
1988 — The 2nd ICPIC Conference | Maringa, Brazil
1985 — The 1st ICPIC Conference | Humlebæk, Denmark
Childhood and Philosophy is a research voice for ICPIC. In keeping with the organization's lively and diverse character, the journal publishes papers in multiple languages to signify our commitment to increasing capacity among members to work and publish in their mother tongue. We see this as a metaphor of our ability to encompass a variety of perspectives—the basis for rethinking childhood and philosophy.
What do we publish? Our multilingual journal consists of articles, transcripts, curricula, news, book reviews, project reports and graphics. It is a blind peer-reviewed publication and does not accept previously published submissions. Submissions may be sent electronically on an ongoing basis—we welcome not only scholarly essays and research articles but also reports from the field and lesson plans by philosophers and educators.
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Every year theorists and practitioners engaged in the field of philosophical inquiry with young people contribute to the growing body of knowledge that sustains and challenges our work in this field. Exploring the connection between theory and practice, between philosophical practice and life, these scholars help to revitalize the P4wC community worldwide. As with any educational movement, our strength and growth rely on the capacity to report on significant practices, raise questions, seek connections, develop theories, investigate assumptions and assess our pedagogical methods. Our essay award is one way to do so...
READ THE ESSAY
Since 2002, ICPIC offers an award of US $200 to the best submission of our essay competition, which aims to encourage emerging scholars to articulate fresh visions of the nature and significance of Philosophy for/with Children, and recognize their efforts in this regard:
The ICPIC Award for
Excellence in Interpreting
Philosophy for/with Children
2019 AWARD WINNER
Paula Alexandra Vieira (Portugal)
A look at the community of philosophical inquiry"
SUBMIT AN ESSAY
Current ICPIC Award Committee: Dale Cannon (U.S.A.), Walter Kohan (Brazil), Zosimo Lee (PHILIPPINES), Karin Murris (SOUTH AFRICA), Maria Santi (ITALY), Wendy Turgeon (U.S.A.)
Thank you for your interest!
Please read the eligibility and submission guidelines below carefully then submit your essay by email before November 30, 2018.
As with any educational movement, ICPIC’s strength and growth depends not only on our work in the field, but on our capacity to report on significant innovations, raise questions, seek connections, develop and test theories, investigate assumptions and assess our educational practices. Scholars and practitioners engaged in the field of philosophical inquiry with children and youth often construct new knowledge and perspectives that sustain and challenge our work in this field. Since 2002 ICPIC has conducted a biennial essay competition to encourage emerging scholars to contribute to that work.
The award committee and its chair are selected from the ICPIC Research Committee, who are charged to judge the essay that best achieves the following broad criteria:
NOTE: Relevance of the essay topic to the theme of the ICPIC Biennial Conference is encouraged but is not a criterion for judging the winning essay.
PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS
2013 AWARD WINNER
"The Elephant in the Room: Picturebooks, Philosophy for Children and Racism”
2011 AWARD WINNER
Eduardo Harada Olivares
"Falacias y Pensamiento Multidimensional en la Filosofía para niños”
2009 AWARD WINNER
"'That's a Better Idea!': Philosophical Progress and Philosophy for Children”
2007 AWARD WINNER
"Educating 'Homo Videns': Philosophy for Children as a Way of Countering
the 'Antimeditative Situation' of our Time and of Fostering the Democratic Attitude”
2005 AWARD WINNER
"What is the meaning of this cup and that dead shark?
Philosophical inquiry with objects and works of art and craft”
2005 AWARD WINNER
"La Philosophie avec les enfants, entre patience et urgence : du paradoxe au défi”
2003 AWARD WINNER
“If You Think of the World as a Piece of Custard:
Gifted Children's Use of Metaphor as a Tool for Conceptual Reasoning”
2002 AWARD WINNER
Juan Carlos Lago-Bornstein
“Filosofia para Niños y la Educación Social”
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