CFP deadline March 2016

CFP: Thinking with Spinoza about Education

Special issue of the journal Educational Philosophy and Theory: Thinking with Spinoza about Education: a new materialist ethics.

This special issue will take up recent reworkings of Spinoza’s (1632-1677) Ethics to address the turn to materialism and the non-human in research on teaching and learning. Spinoza has recently come into focus in the social sciences through the insightful reworking of his ideas by scholars such as Gilles Deleuze, Etienne Balibar, Antonio Negri and feminist scholars such as Jane Bennett, Rosi Braidotti, Elizabeth Grosz, Claire Colebrook and Catherine Malabou. These scholars plug into Spinoza’s ideas in order to propose a more than human ethics, and they thereby set the stage for new directions in the philosophy of teaching and learning.

Papers are invited that cover a range of relevant concerns, responding to shifts in education research as it takes up new technics, including but not limited to the proliferation of new forms of data saturation, global reform movements, new forms of corporate and managerial governance, pharmaceutical and neurological interventions, and the use of smart software and machine learning. The thread amongst the manuscripts will be the ideas of Spinoza that are put to work on these various problems.

A call for papers is open until March 15. For full details, see here.

For further information, contact Lars Bang Jensen <>