LOWKI 2016

Section Last Updated: Feb 8, 2016



“Love-of-Wisdom/Knowledge Inquiries” – LOWKI

The idea of de- and re-constructing “philo-sophy” converged in the Fall of 2015, and thus, the LOWKI project was born.

Participants can enjoy discussions in any medium and on any topic of mutual interest: movie screenings, trial talks for conferences and dissertation defenses, art in any imaginable and achievable form,… and all that the potential for knowledge and joy co-creation may inspire.

So, JOIN us

with what you have,

with all you have, 

within a

“Mutual Worlds ~ Mutual Cultures”

🙂 space 🙂


  • Documentary by Astra Taylor: Examined Life (2008)

Interviews with philosophers Cornel West, Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Žižek, and Judith Butler, who is accompanied by Taylor’s sister and disability activist Sunaura Taylor (Sunny).

A blurb about the movie: here


  • Detachment with award-winning actor Michael Brody as supply teacher
  • This Is What Democracy Looks Like about the 1999 Rally against the WTO in Seattle
  • Documentary about the Qatsi Trilogy by Godfrey Reggio about the clash of East-South West-North and the challenges humanity will be, and already is, facing due to a highly industrialized-commercialized, pollution-ridden way of life
    • Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of balance (1982) – the North
    • Powaqqatsi: Life in transformation (1988) – the South
    • Naqoyqatsi: Life as war (2002) – the whole Planet Earth
      Note the Hopi etymology of the terms: Qatsi “way of life/life”

***Latest on LOWKI March 2016 Seminars***

  • As of: February 3, 2016

Submissions: accepted until end of February at love.of.wisdom.inquiries@gmail.com

Acceptance Notifications & Review Comments: within 5-10 days of proposal receipt

Targeted Seminar Dates: March 16 (confirmed); 17 , 21, 22 (TBA)

  • As of: February 23, 2016


March 16       *Across Paradigms and Worldviews*

  • 9:00 am – noon       Theatre, 4th floor Robarts Library


  • 4:00 – 8:00 pm       NEXUS Lounge, 12 floor, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, T.O.

Keynotes & Roundtables

  • Prof. George Sefa Dei, Department of SJE: “African Proverbs as Epistemologies”
  • Prof. Clive Beck, CTL: “First Person Insights on Educational Philosophy as Theory and Practice”
  • Early Career and Pre-Career Voices — Roundtable I
  • “Saving Students ~ Being Students & More” w/ Paul Tsang, SJE & OISE staff

March 17        *Connecting Body – Mind – Spirit – World*

  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm        Rooms 5-210/220. 5 floor, OISE

Keynotes & Experiential Spaces

  • Prof. Njoki Wane, SJE:”Spiritual Discourse in Leadership: Implications for Education”
  • Prof. Jack MIller, CTL: “Educating for Wisdom”
  • Early Career and Pre-Career Voices — Roundtable II
  • “Living with & as Eco-Art”
    Orchid Re-potting with Laura Toth; Screening of Adaptation (2002)

March 21:   *Embracing Indigeneity*

  • 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm  Rooms 5-210/220. 5 floor, OISE

March 22:   *The Sky Is No Limit*

  • 10:00 am – 8:00 pm  Rooms 5-210/220. 5 floor, OISE

March 21&22  Panels & Interactive Sessions

  • “Indigenous Futures” – Invited: First Nations House/UT; Indigenous Education Network, OISE/UT
  • “Curricula about & for Socio-Ecological Conscientizatrion”
  • Book Launches

                                                             version: January 22, 2016


Philosophy of Education Talks on World Wisdom about & for Social Change

Under the aegis of the Love-of-Wisdom/Knowledge Inquiries (LOWKI) project at OISE, University of Toronto, presentation proposals are invited for a pre-conference, anticipating the Annual Meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society, to be held in Toronto, from March 17 to March 21, 2016. This will be a friendly, interactive forum on March 16 (and, possibly, March 17, a.m.), foregrounding, but certainly not limited to, presentations by early career scholars and graduate students, whose discoveries, challenges, and break-through ideas, we believe, are worth hearing out and listening to.

The mission of this meeting is to encourage explorations into various “wisdom”/”knowledge” traditions from around the world, both ancient and recent, that promise to energize inter- & trans-paradigm/worldview formats of inquiry and modes of being/acting, as illustrated, e.g., by George Sefa Dei’s edited volume Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education (2011), Scott Pratt’s Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots of American Philosophy (2002), Daniel Vokey’s Moral Discourse in a Pluralistic World (2001), among a number of others.

Proposals, submitted as editable MS Word file attachments to love.of.wisdom.inquiries@gmail.com  until February 12, 2016 [SUBJECT TO EXTENSION], will be collaboratively peer-reviewed. Acceptance notifications will be emailed by February 19, 2016 [SUBJECT TO EXTENSION], and the Program will be announced in the LOWKI section of the “Mutual Worlds ~ Mutual Cultures” blog.

I. Single submissions (single-authored and co-authored) can be:

  1. a full-length paper of approximately 2,500 – 4,500 words, following the PES Style Guide, or
  2. an abstract of approximately 500 – 1,000 words, including references, which outline a paper or alternative formats, including poster-,  multimedia-, etc. expression

Accepted papers/abstracts will be scheduled in sessions according to topic and length.

II. Themed panel, workshop, and art session proposals should be approximately 3 -4  pages long, including:

  • the roles of participants (e.g., presenters, respondents, chair)
  • a general description of the topic(s), theoretical approach(es), argumentation, and a short blurb about each contribution (by one/more authors), including references and, if pertinent, images, graphs, tables, etc.
  • the format/medium of the session: e.g., papers, visual/musical expression, poster/art exhibition

Please include in the body of the submission email the name(s), affiliation(s), position(s) and email address(es) of the (co-)author(s) and other participants.

Also, please indicate, listing keywords, areas in which each participant would be interested in reviewing.

The email submitters are requested to cc each submission to the other scheduled participants, all of whom will receive acknowledgement of the submission within 48 hours, and acceptance notifications.

We look forward to your contributions at love.of.wisdom.inquiries@gmail.com 🙂

Roxana Escobar, Lynne Alexandrova, Mark Houghton