CFP: Kant on the Human Right for Education (17. Siegener Kant-Kurs / 11. Siegener Kant-Tagung)

Submission deadline: July 1, 2023

Conference date(s):
September 21, 2023 - September 23, 2023

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Conference Venue:

Digital Kant-Centre NRW
Siegen, Germany

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Host: Digitales Kant-Zentrum NRW / Zentrum für Kommentarische Interpretationen zu Kant (ZetKIK)

Topic: Kant on the Human Right for Education

This combined workshop and conference will explore whether and how Kant’s philosophy can be used to defend a human right for education. First, it will be asked whether central elements of Kant’s philosophy (e.g., his conception of duty or the innate right to freedom) are suitable to found a conception of human rights. Second, Kant’s notion of education will be investigated. And, third, it will be asked whether and how a Kantian theory of a human right for education can be developed. 

In the workshop (Kant-Kurs), we will discuss passages from Kant’s works which are relevant to the topics of human rights and education. We will make use of the method of commentary interpretation as pursued by the researchers at ZetKIK (Zentrum für Kommentarische Interpretationen zu Kant). The workshop will be followed by a conference (Kant-Tagung), which will follow the threefold structure outlined above. Here, experts will present and discuss their (Kantian) theses on human rights, education and the human right for education. 

Guest instructor for the workshop: Prof. Dr. Allessandro Pinzani

Time: September 21-22, 2023 (workshop), September 22-23, 2023 (conference)

The workshop will begin at 9:00 am on September 21, and end at 1:00 pm on September 22. The conference will start directly after the workshop and end at 5:00 pm on September 23. All workshop participants are also invited to attend the conference. 

Place: Siegen (Germany) 

Stipend: Advanced students before and during the doctoral phase as well as younger postdocs are invited to submit an application. Very good knowledge of German (at least passive) is a prerequisite. (The main language of both the workshop and the conference will be German.) Applications from abroad are highly encouraged. All participants will either receive a partial or full stipend (hotel and travel expenses), depending on the field of applicants.

The workshop is designed to practice the method of commentary interpretation. Therefore, there will be no lectures or talks during the workshop. The focus will rather be on the common goal of discussing and interpreting selected passages from the Kantian text in a group of excellent junior scholars. 

All applicants must submit a CV and a short letter of motivation (deadline: July 1, 2023). Please send your application to: 

[email protected]

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