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Invitation to an International Conference

Re-Learning to Be Human for Global Times:

Becoming Human and Education for/in Global Times

Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

August 1-2, 2018




Education is an unavoidable issue which no human civilization is able to ignore. It is concerned with the very heritage of race or the achievements of generations derived from a whole cultural wisdom. It is, moreover, the indispensable basis of stable development for a state or society. For an individual, the educational process determines his or her knowledge, character, and is the key to wellbeing and happiness of life. For prospects of a state or people, education represents its greater development and future. It is not surprising, then, in 1997, that UK Labor Party leader, Tony Blair, loudly pledged “Education, education, education” during his candidacy for prime minister. 


Educational issues, however, are one of the most complex fields in the social sciences. This is because education deals with the “person.” To become a “person,” or, to live as a person, to fulfill the whole value of a “person,” his excellence of powers and wisdom, is undoubtedly an endless task, a task for education. Education is humbler than anyone believes, since educators are completely dedicated to learners; it is also greater than anyone believes, since its final end is the “person,” which bears within it its unique spiritual dignity and human value.


Therefore, educational thought is always tied to our understanding of “person.” Self-understanding of the human being itself in history continuously changes, deepens, and expands. Right or wrong, open or constrained, this self-understanding will never cease: education involved in this way is thus unlike animal training, but rather, a non-stop process and progressiveness of human awakening. In the irresistible trend of globalization, educational issues once again encounter various new challenges and predicaments. Along with the ever increasing variety of cultures, technological innovation, and information, the value of the human being and human integrity runs, nevertheless, the greater risk of being overwhelmed. Re-learning to be human, in such a new social and cultural context of radical change and constant differentiation, is our primary task of times, in which education inevitably stands on the front line.


Regardless of how novel or how advanced the methods of education are, the fact remains that the very mysterious identity and unity of humanity in every educational subject is something that no technique can reach. In our age, education must make efforts, through constant self-critique and self-reflection, to overcome the malpractices resulted from commercialization, massive information, etc., and furthermore, to strengthen the advantages and progress of this new era in which we live, so that in the possible future the ultimate goal of education as “forming man” can be truly accomplished.


The Following sub-themes are welcomed:


-Foundations and Goals of Education

-Cultural Traditions and Character Development

-Moral Education in Schools, Families, Society and Beyond

-The Impact of Information Technology on Education

-Human Person and Education

- The Past, Present and Future of Education

-The Integrity of Person and Education 

-The Spirituality, Freedom and Education

-Globalization and its Impact in Education  




Please send 300 words and a brief CV to Dr. Katia Lenehan [katiaho@hotmail.com], Dr. Wei-Ding Tsai [tsaiweiding.tw@thu.edu.tw] and [cua-rvp@cua.edu] by March 1, 2018. Full papers sent by June 20, 2018 will be considered to be published if publishable by the RVP in its publication series "Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change."




There is no registration fee, Travel expense will be covered by participants (or their institutions); the local organizer will provide accommodations during the conference.




Katia Lenehan

Fu Jen Catholic University

Taipei, Taiwan

E-mail: katiaho@hotmail.com


Wei-Ding Tsai

Philosophy Department

Tunghai University

Taichung, Taiwan

Email: tsaiweiding.tw@thu.edu.tw






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