BWS Conference: Wittgenstein and Education

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Event Date : 29 Jul, 2018 09:00 AM - 31 Jul, 2018 05:00 PM

Summary :

BWS 10th Annual Conference

BWS Conference: Wittgenstein and Education Details

Venue :
UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H0AL
City :
Organiser :
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:

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 Sunday 22 April 2018.  Decisions on submissions will be made within a month of this date.

Conference fees

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 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:, 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.

Venue: 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

Start and End Times for the Academic Programme for Each Day

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


British Wittgenstein Society website
Videos of previous conferences  
Centre for Philosophy of Education at UCL Institute of Education

If you would like to become a member of the British Wittgenstein Society, please visit here stating your affiliation and/or focus of interest in Wittgenstein.

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