Stephen Law, Peter Worley, Lucy Elvis, Robert Grant, Lukasz Krzywon e Daniel Mccrea fazem parte deste sumarento evento destinado a quem se dedica à filosofia e à educação:
GADFLYᴵᴱ is an online event for teachers (of all kinds) of Philosophy in Ireland. Whether you are practicing P4C in primary, teaching the Short Course at post-primary, running an after school club or a library program: This is the event for you!
uma vez que o evento acontece online e se o inglês for uma língua acessível para si, recomendo que se inscreva e venha participar.
last weekend a group of p4c / pwc practicioners and members of SOPHIA joined the annual meeting, on zoom (and toucan!). this was our second meeting held online, after 2020's "philosophising in lockdown".
we all miss "in real life" meetings and conferences, but the truth is that "show must go on" and the zoom format makes it possible for people to join from all around the world, spending less money and time (well, there are some advantages!). the Board even arranged for coffee corners on toucan!
in pandemic times what can philosophy do for us?
EcoZoo and #P4Cthursday
Eef and Jelle gave the meeting an ECO start sharing the EcoZoo project: who owns the earth?
how do we approach climate change issue on a philosophical dialogue without being normative? - this was one of the questions that came up from the interactive presentation given by Jelle and Eef.
Mihaela and Topsy talked about #P4Cthursday (or thursday inquiry): each week a group of facilitators from all over the world get together on zoom to philosophize and to practice philosophy sessions by videoconference.
this is one of the best days of the week for me, because this group is really a community of people committed to engage in philosophical dialogue without "methodocracy". we are free to try new things, people help you out figuring out next steps, we can be vulnerable and share our doubts about our practice, we can also share the achievments. it's a safe place.
a philosophy workshop with Peter Worley and children from Romenia
after a talk about "how to develop emotional metacognition in philosophy classes", by Emma and Peter , children joined the meeting to participate in a philosophical dialogue. the dialogue was facilitated by Peter with the co-facilitation from Mihaela. the children have been participating in philosophical dialogues at the Club de filosofie cu copiii (Romania).
this was a good chance to see how a facilitator can use some of the tools that Peter proposes in his last books - Corrupting Youth and 100 ideas for Questioning. we had a great opportunity to think about aporia, "the power of i don't know", discomfort and also about the thin line between an interrogation anf being interrogative.
toucan was such a great idea because it allowed us to network and to build on the questions and answers that came up during the presentations.
philosophy, time to think and extremism
at the day II of the meeting it was my turn to talk about creating time to think. i shared my own personal experience, motivations, doubts around running p4c workshops online with children, teenagers and adults.
after my presentation Danielle challenged us to think about philosophy and extremism. Danielle's presentation got us thinking about the danger philosophers may face by thinking that a rational argument can make the world a better place.
at the end of the meeting we had a meta session about the questions that we gather during the two days of meeting:
Should philosophy be dangerous? Should philosophy be safe?
Are there questions philosophy shouldn’t / can’t ask?
What is normal thinking?
Which tools are helpful to identify extremism?
What is NOT a philosophical question?
Are we asking philosophy to do too much?
Is voting for questions an opportunity to practise extremism?
Can an extremist be brilliant at critical thinking?
yes, i hope that next year we can have one of those "old school" meetings, where we have to travel somewhere to hang out with people, meet new places and have coffee (and beer!) together. 2020 has taught me to have low expectations so i will hope that we can be able to live with the pandemic challenges, keeping ouserlves healthy and engaged in philoosophy.
see you soon - or ZOOM!
if you are engaged in philosophy for/with children and if you want to know more about SOPHIA, please visit the website or the FB group - or drop a question in the comments.
pictures: Tugce, Mihaela and myself (twitter and facebook)
This year we are inviting you to enjoy the luxury of your own home as we bring SOPHIA to you. The dates will be similar to last year, taking place over a weekend, the 10th and 11th of July 2021.
UNLOCKED: POST-PANDEMIC PHILOSOPHY
Critical thinking about vaccination, community cohesion after months of isolation, processing the trauma of bereavement, catching up on “lost learning”, envisioning new ways to address racial justice and the environmental crisis… or back to business as usual? As we dare to imagine a world beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, what could be the role of philosophy in what happens next?
CONTENT AND TIMETABLE
The meeting will be hosted online over the weekend of July the 10th and 11th, 2021. There will be presentations in the morning, discussion groups throughout the day and hopefully further opportunities for networking during the weekend. The final timetable will be confirmed in June and sent to everyone who paid membership and the ticket.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The call for papers deadline is Monday 3rd May
All submissions will receive a response by Friday May the 14th.
- this was one of the questions that we talked about on our Sophia meeting and you may say: well, that's quite technicall and not so much of a philosophical question.
we shared and discussed how to get the most out of platforms like zoom or google meet to get kids engaged in collaborative thinking. i must thanks Jason, Tugce and Anni for sharing their experience during the weekend.
we also discussed how can we build a community of inquiry using online platforms. is it possible? what kind of philosophical work comes out from these workshops?
we had the chance to know a little bit more about PhiloQuests proposal to philosophise during lockdown, and these we're the questions that came out to me:
- When the children engage in PhiloQuests alone, what thinking competencies are developed?
- What kind of philosophical work comes out from Philosophical Quests? Is it quite different from P4C group sessions?
Is it possible for children to do P4C individually?
Baptiste Roucau (from PhiloQuests team) shared something that was really new to me: the facilitator as a curator [Natalie Fletcher's idea]. since we can't be in the room with the children, we act like an art curator: before the people walks in the museum, the curator takes care of the environment, provides that we know where to start.
he/she acts like a non-present guide. there's no responsive dialogue while the children are engaging with PhiloQuests, Hometalks or even #filopenpal and that's the major difference from "face to face" workshops.
this dialogue lead us to aske if we can have a community of inquiry with ourselfs? how many people are needed to have a community of inquiry?
online p4c sessions - observation
we had a chance to observe Peter Worley and Jason Buckley facilitating workshops with children.
having other facilitators observating our woek will help us to get another point of views and to notice things that we have a hard time looking at while we're facilitating.
it was great to join this meeting (i only joined on sunday, due to work issues) and i hope we can take the learning and the questioning deeper, indivually and also in SOPHIA's community channels.
i had the chance to get to know other participants on breakout rooms, like Tugce and Lukacz, which work you can follow on social media channels. also check #sophia2020p4c tweets to catch up with some of the ideas and question we shared.
Our key aims are to bring people and ideas together, to promote a curriculum, to incite projects, to develop standards, to work with similar organisations and to advance doing philosophy with children. So, we do hope you can join us online to carry that on in spite of the restrictions.
To register for the event and gain access to all of the live workshops as well as discussion groups, please register.
This year we are inviting you to enjoy the luxury of your own home as we bring SOPHIA to you. The dates will stay the same as planned the 11th and 12th of July thought the timetable and the theme will be different as the Romania meeting will be carried over into 2021.
THEME: PHILOSOPHISING IN LOCKDOWN
This theme calls for workshops on doing philosophy with children online, or other ways of reaching out to young people during these interesting times. Have you been running online dialogues, or using other ways of helping children think through philosophical questions at home? Perhaps you have sessions that have meaning right now, or that could help people through feelings of isolation. Or should we be looking to the original Greek meaning of Schole: leisure or free time? How can we use this lockdown to develop ourselves and our communities for the future?
CONTENT AND TIMETABLE
The meeting will be hosted online over the weekend of July the 11th and 12th, 2020. We are aiming for 2 half days and we are able to run presentations, workshops, discussion groups and hopefully an evening online drinks event on Saturday. The final timetable will be confirmed in June and sent to everyone who paid membership and the ticket.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The call for papers deadline is 30th April.
All submissions will receive a response by Friday May the 8th.
If you would like to join us, please register here
Thinking the Unthinkable
The theme for the Sophia Network meeting 2019 is Thinking the Unthinkable. This can be interpreted as philosophical creativity – thinking of ideas that have never been thought of, as well as philosophical critique – thinking that goes against traditional or established ideologies. Ireland can be said to have had its share of thinking the unthinkable with the 34th amendment on same-sex marriage, and perhaps it’s reputation as the green/emerald isle will provoke new ideas on nature and the environment.