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BWS 10th Annual Conference: Wittgenstein and Education

July 29 - July 31

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in association with the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and UCL Centre for Philosophy of Education

BWS 10th Annual Conference:

Wittgenstein and Education

UCL Institute of Education, 29-31 July 2018

Conference organisers

Paul Standish and Adrian Skilbeck

Questions about teaching and learning, about the nature of knowledge, and about human being are unavoidable in education, and they surface in Wittgenstein’s work in multiple ways. This conference will seek to examine both the significance of these themes in his work and the bearing his thoughts have on education, understood not only in institutional terms but as a pervasive feature of human life.

Two recent works may help to set the context for the conference. Michael Peters and Jeff Stickney’s substantial 2017 edited collection, A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations (, provides a substantial sample of recent work in the field. Paul Standish’s 2017 BWS conference paper has been published in Philosophical Investigations under the title “Wittgenstein’s Impact on the Philosophy of Education” (

We are delighted to welcome the following invited speakers:

Gordon Bearn (Lehigh University)

Alice Crary ((Oxford University and the New School of Social Research)

Andrew Davis (Durham University)

Juliet Floyd (Boston University)

Peter Hacker (Oxford University)

Michael Luntley (Warwick University)

Richard Smith (Durham University)

Jeff Stickney (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto)

Call for Papers

As a new departure this year, there is also a Call for Papers. Papers accepted will be presented in parallel sessions, each paper being given 45 minutes, to include approximately 20 minutes presentation and with the remainder of the time available for questions and discussion. Those presenting are free to read a paper or to give a talk with a handout or slides. Those wishing to submit are required to send an abstract of 400-500. (Full paper submissions are not required.) The abstract should be anonymised. Submissions should be made here. The system is open now, and the final date for submission will be Monday 7May.  Decisions on submissions will be made within a month of this date.

Programme Timings

Sunday 29 July

Starts 1.15 pm
Ends 6.20 pm (followed by drinks reception)

Monday 30 July

Starts 9.00 am
Ends 6.40 pm

Tuesday 31 July

Starts 9.00 am
Ends 3.30 pm

Conference fees and Registration

The conference fees are: £125.00 (full cost) and £65.00 (for full-time students). For those unable to attend the whole conference, there is also a day-rate of £65.00. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout, and there will be a wine reception on Sunday 29 July. Lunches will not be provided, but the area has a wide range of restaurants and cafes within easy reach.

The site is now open for booking here.

Conference dinner

On Monday 30 July, a conference dinner will take place at Antalya Restaurant ( This will be a set meal, including main dish choices and vegetarian options throughout. The cost for this will be £30.00 (to include drinks). Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.


No accommodation is provided but a preferential rate has been negotiated at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square. The rooms will at the following rate: single £111.00. Rates are per room per night including English breakfast and VAT. These rates are being held until 15 June 2018. To make a booking, please contact the Central reservation office: 44+(0)207-278-7871, e-mail: ku.oc1529514324.slet1529514324ohlai1529514324repmi1529514324@ofni1529514324, quoting the reference “UCL – IOE”. Full credit card details will be required at the time of booking, i.e. card number, expiry date and security code. Cancellation policy is 24 hours prior to 11am on the day of arrival. “No shows”: one night’s charge will apply. Alternatively, reservations can be made directly via the website, where any special and sometimes better offers are available. The rates quoted there at present are £10.00 per room per night cheaper. 


UCL Institute of Education is in the heart of Bloomsbury, near Russell Square.

Address: UCL Institute of Education is located at 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H0AL


For videos of previous conferences, see:

Visit the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain at:

Visit the Centre for Philosophy of Education at UCL Institute of Education at:


Paul Standish


UCL Institutute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL
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