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Call for Proposals

First International Conference

PEA – Pedagogy, Ecology and the Arts


8-9 September 2023, Meran-o, South Tyrol, Italy



We are pleased to invite you to participate with your contribution in the first international conference PEA – Pedagogy, Ecology and the Arts in Meran-o, Italy. The conference will be hosted by the Academy of Italian-German Studies and held in three languages (English, German and Italian). It is organised as a convivial space and will bring together research and practice on dialogical forms of learning, particularly between the German-speaking and Italian-speaking areas, but it is also open to international and intercultural experiences.


PEA explores pedagogy in an ecological dimension as a connection between people, theory and practice, consciousness and living environment, in which the arts can initiate an effective synthesis.


The three topics on which the conference is built are:

  • Pedagogy: learning is the focus of the conference, especially education in its inclusive, empowering and developmental sense.

  • Ecology: ·    ecological thinking – linking experiences, lives and systems (places, institutions, classrooms…) – underlies the organisation of education in a systemic perspective.

  • Arts: a qualitative enquiry that incorporates artistic processes and experiential dimensions as well as creativity into the approach is preferred to understand and articulate the inter-subjectivity of human experience.


This year, the PEA conference focuses on the concept of polis. The main question we will address together is: how can polis be imagined, perceived, constructed and lived in an educational relationship and environment?

Polis is to be understood in a very broad sense that sets the framework for shared reflection: living together in a complex world and society where all differences can find a way to coexist, conviviality, politics and active citizenship, as well as personal and shared responsibility arising from the common good. To define and construct polis, ecology and arts-based research can provide a framework in which individual and collective learning as well as specific contexts are interrelated as a system. The keynotes will help to characterise the concept of polis in its various – and also desirable – forms within the PEA orientation framework.


Keywords: polis; pedagogy; ecology; arts; politics; active citizenship; conviviality; living together


Possible contributions may include

Finalised research projects, ongoing research (including PhD and post-doctoral research), experiences that may be relevant to the development of research, both theoretical and practical contributions on one of the three main topics of the conference. Other contributions from learning environments, schools, professional educators and educational agencies are also welcome.


The conference organisers especially invite inter- and transdisciplinary research teams and researchers, including young scholars and PhD students, as well as practitioners (e.g., artists, teachers, policy makers, civil society, economic actors, citizens’ groups) working on specific pedagogical challenges related to education, ecology and the arts.


Key Dates

  • Early deadline for submission of abstracts for individual papers/workshops/symposia: 31 May 2023

  • First notification and opening of registrations: 15 June 2023

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts for individual papers/workshops/symposia: 30 June 2023

  • Second Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2023

  • Deadline for registration of presenters: 30 July 2023

  • Full papers for publication due: 15 December 2023


Types of proposals

  • Individual papers

  • Workshops

  • Symposia


Individual papers/Workshops

We invite submission of abstracts of up to 400 words for individual papers or workshops that address the main theme of the conference (polis) and one or more of the three topics (pedagogy, ecology, the arts) and their interrelationships. All abstracts will be anonymised and evaluated in a double-blind peer-review process.



We also invite proposals for symposia that address the main theme of the conference (polis) and one or more of its three topics (pedagogy, ecology, the arts) and their interrelationships. Symposia proposals will initially be reviewed in their entirety. Successful panels will be featured in the conference programme and may receive comments to improve individual papers. Abstracts that are part of unsuccessful panel proposals will be reviewed individually; if successful, they will be included in other panels.

Proposals for symposia with at least three individual contributions must include a description of the symposium (300 words or less), 3 to 5 abstracts (up to 400 words each), and the name of a chair and/or a discussant (discussants may be scholars, practitioners or other experts). Please note that all abstracts should be submitted with the proposal and not separately.


Please submit your abstracts for individual papers, workshops or symposia in English to



For speakers participating in the publication:

  • €100 if affiliated with universities or organizations (reimbursed)

  • €50 if unaffiliated (own expense)


Free for students and teachers or other interested listeners, subject to registration and/or booking confirmed by the organizers (



The main location of the PEA conference is the Villa San Marco at 1 Innerhofer Street in Meran-o, which has been home to the Academy of Italian-German Studies since 1949 and to EUPHUR – Euregio Platform on Human Dignity and Human Rights since 2016. Another venue for workshops and events is the nearby Centre for Culture at 1 Cavour Street. Other events and presentations may take place at different locations in the city of Meran-o and will be announced in the final programme.


Publication of the accepted contributions

All accepted contributions will be published in an anthology in the form of chapters. The book, edited by the conference organisers, will be published in Open Access (ISNB and DOI). Contributions must be submitted in Italian, German or English, the languages of the conference, and the initial abstract must also be submitted in English.


Further information can be obtained via the conference website:

For all other questions:

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