PCE2024 Overview


Join us in Paris and online for PCE2024!

June 13-17, 2024 | La Maison de la Chimie, Paris, France

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Paris has always been a city driven by strident ideas, where discussions and debates are lively, open and frequently heated, overspilling into protests, strikes and even revolution. As such, the French capital is among the world’s most important cultural and intellectual centers, and a city of great history and energy.

“Liberty, equality and fraternity” was the 18th century revolutionary call to arms and battle cry that was soon adopted and institutionalised, as the driving motto behind a new country that would throw off the shackles of absolutist aristocratic rule and commit to a new future for the country, based on enlightenment ideals and new understandings. These would have enormous ramifications within France and beyond as the concepts of liberty, equality and fraternity have spread around the world as a slogan, philosophy, aesthetic and political goal. During this period of revolution violence and competing ideologies, radical ideas and ideals around meritocracy and democracy emerged and were implemented in ways that still influence today, from the study, practice and policies of education, and the heuristic that education is for all, to artistic, design, and cultural production.

Over the course of its history, Paris has been the venue for real and intellectual battles over ideas, ideals and ideologies; between conservative and reformist, secular and religious, multicultural and national, East and West, and all shades of left and right. The French educational system and its fiercely independent, highly vocal, and hugely influential teachers and lecturers are always at the center of national and indeed international politics and policy. Added to this vigorous public intellectual arena are politicians, writers, journalists, artists, and filmmakers, each bringing a wide variety of perspectives and experience.

What resonates globally, and in this time of globalisation is the openness and rigour of the debates in Paris, and which underlines the continued relevance of this open intellectual space, when in many other places around the world ideas are stifled or banned, any form of opposition is dangerous, and open discussion can be seditious. Paris, city of light, therefore has an enormous and special intellectual place in the heart of all educators and free thinkers regardless of nationality, and especially in today’s uncertain global social-political context.


New Revolutions

As the world recovers from the huge disruptions wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been forced to undergo a period of revolution in the ways in which we engage as professors and students, and teachers and learners. The pandemic has shown that the notions of freedom, equality and fraternity have been brutally called into question by curfews, school or university closures, travel restrictions, and lockdowns. This highlighted and exacerbated the digital divide, where rich countries were able to innovate solutions thanks to solid and reliable technological infrastructure, enabling communication both within and between countries, but also raising worrying questions about the power and reach of government and private enterprise reliance and surveillance. The deep and lasting impact on our expectations and our practices in terms of communication and education is only beginning to be understood, as are the benefits, limitations, and dangers of technology.


PCE2024 will be held alongside The Paris Conference on Arts and Humanities (PCAH2024). Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

– The PCE204 Conference Programme Committee


IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus Indexed Journal)

This conference is associated with the Scopus and DOAJ listed IAFOR Journal of Education.

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: La Maison de la Chimie, Paris, France
  • Dates: Thursday, June 13, 2024 ​to Monday, June 17, 2024
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: January 12, 2024*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2024
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: April 26, 2024

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

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Speakers

To be Announced

  • Takehiro Kano
    Takehiro Kano
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), France
  • Federico Mayor Zaragoza
    Federico Mayor Zaragoza
    European Center for Peace and Development (ECPD), United Nations University for Peace
  • Anne Boddington
    Anne Boddington
    Middlesex University, United Kingdom
  • Jun Arima
    Jun Arima
    University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Georges Depeyrot
    Georges Depeyrot
    French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
  • Joseph Haldane
    Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Ljiljana Markovic
    Ljiljana Markovic
    European Centre for Peace and Development (ECPD), Serbia
  • Patrick Clastres
    Patrick Clastres
    Lausanne University (UNIL), Switzerland

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Programme

To be Announced

  • International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Citizenship in Times of Change and Crisis
    International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Citizenship in Times of Change and Crisis
    Panel Discussion: Jun Arima, Takehiro Kano, Ljiljana Markovic, Anne Boddington
  • Educating for Peace: A Call to Action for We the People
    Educating for Peace: A Call to Action for We the People
    Special Keynote Address: Federico Mayor Zaragoza
  • Olympism and International Relations from Pierre de Coubertin to the Present Day
    Olympism and International Relations from Pierre de Coubertin to the Present Day
    Keynote Presentation: Patrick Clastres

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Conference Committees

Global Programme Committee

Dr Joseph Haldane, Chairman and CEO, IAFOR
His Excellency Professor Toshiya Hoshino, Osaka University, Japan
Professor Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech., United States
Professor Donald E. Hall, Binghamton University, United States
Dr James W. McNally, University of Michigan, United States & NACDA Program on Aging
Professor Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan
Dr Grant Black, Chuo University, Japan
Professor Dexter Da Silva, Keisen University, Japan
Professor Gary Swanson, University of Northern Colorado, United States
Professor Baden Offord, Curtin University, Australia
Professor Frank Ravitch, Michigan State University, United States
Professor William Baber, Kyoto University, Japan

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Conference Programme Committee

Dr Grant Black, Chuo University, Japan
Professor Georges Depeyrot, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
Dr Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan
Professor Donald Hall, Rochester University, United States
Professor Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, United States
Professor Ljiljana Markovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Professor Haruko Satoh, Osaka University, Japan
Dr Krisna Uk, Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

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Conference Review Committee

Dr Adeshina Adeniyi, University of Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P), Morocco
Dr Samra Afzal, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan
Dr Cristina Marie Balderama, Romblon State University, Philippines
Dr Rachmie Sari Baso, Akademi Bahasa Asing Balikpapan, Indonesia
Dr Yinghung Chiang, UnitedHeath Group, United States
Dr Nancy Everhart, Florida State University, United States
Dr Alexander Ibni, Zamboanga Peninsula Polytechnic State University, Philippines
Dr Hassiba Koriche, Ain Temouchent University, Algeria
Dr Rolando Magat Jr, Rizal Technological University, Philippines
Dr Flaminia Malvezzi Campeggi, University of Verona, Italy
Dr Wafaa Metwalli, Misr International University, Egypt
Dr Leonardo Munalim, Philippine Women's University, Philippines
Mahmoud Sultan Nafa, City University Ajman, United Arab Emirates
Dr Kwok Pak Keung, Lufier Consulting, Hong Kong
Professor Avvaru Ramakrishna, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
Professor Christian Schachtner, RheinMain University of applied Sciences, Germany
Professor Rob Townsend, Laurus Higher Education, Australia
Dr Janet Valdez, Bulacan Polytechnic College, Philippines

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IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) – “Innovation and Value Initiative”

The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) is housed within Osaka University’s School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), and in June 2018 the IRC began an ambitious new “Innovation and Value Initiative”. Officially launched at the United Nations in a special UN-IAFOR Collaborative Session, the initiative seeks to bring together the best in interdisciplinary research around the concept of value, on how value can be recognised, and measured, and how this can help us address issues and solve problems, from the local to the global.

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Takehiro Kano
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), France

Biography

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Takehiro Kano is the Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO, a position he has held since 2023. He possesses extensive experience in diplomacy and international relations, cultivated through various high-ranking roles within Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and other government institutions.

Ambassador Kano graduated from the University of Tokyo, Japan, with a Bachelor of Law in 1989 and later earned a Master of Economics from Selwyn College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom. Since joining MOFA in 1989, he has held influential positions such as Director of the Climate Change Division, International Cooperation Bureau, and Director General of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department.

His diplomatic career included key postings as Minister at Japan’s Permanent Mission to the International Organisations in Vienna, Austria, and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. Additionally, Ambassador Kano served as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo from 2012-2014.

A prolific author, Ambassador Kano has published works on international peace cooperation, climate change negotiations, and nuclear diplomacy, including Environmental Diplomacy: Climate Change Negotiations and Global Governance (Sinzansha Publisher Co.,Ltd, 2013), Nuclear Diplomacy: A Perspective from Vienna, the City of IAEA (Shinzansha Publisher Co.,Ltd, 2017), and Japan’s international peace cooperation: time to move on (‘Diplomacy’ Vol 81, Sep-Oct. 2023). His breadth of expertise, particularly in global governance and security policy, positions him as a leading figure in Japan’s international diplomatic efforts and the nation’s contributions to UNESCO's global initiatives.

Panel Discussion (2024) | International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Citizenship in Times of Change and Crisis
Federico Mayor Zaragoza
European Center for Peace and Development (ECPD), United Nations University for Peace

Biography

Federico Mayor is a Spanish scientist, politician, and diplomat. A biochemist and researcher with a PhD in Pharmacy, he taught at the University of Granada and then at the Faculty of Sciences in Madrid, where he founded the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center in 1974.

In the same year, he began his political career as Undersecretary to the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. In 1977, he was elected a member of the Spanish Parliament and chaired the Parliamentary Committee for Education and Science before acting as an advisor to the President of the Government of Spain in 1978. He then served as Minister of Education and Science between 1981 and 1982. In 1987, he represented Spain in the European Parliament.

He began his involvement in UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1978, serving as Deputy Director-General to Mr Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow before succeeding him in 1987. He was Director-General of UNESCO for twelve years until 1999, and during this period he launched the Culture of Peace programme. At the end of his term, he returned to Madrid to create the Foundation Cultura de Paz of which he currently serves as President. In 2011, he also became President of the International Commission on the Abolition of the Death Penalty. He is currently the Honorary President of the Council of the United Nations Peace University’s European Center for Peace and Development (ECPD).

A scientist and poet, Federico Mayor has published hundreds of articles and several collections of poetry.

Keynote Presentation (2024) | TBA
Anne Boddington
Middlesex University, United Kingdom

Biography

Professor Anne Boddington is Executive Vice-President and Provost of IAFOR, and oversees the academic programs, research and policies of the forum.

Anne Boddington is Professor Emerita of Design Innovation and has held executive and senior leadership roles in Higher Education including as Dean of Arts & Humanities at the University of Brighton, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Business & Innovation at Kingston and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at Middlesex University.

In 2022 she concluded chairing the Sub Panel (32) for Art & Design: History, Practice & Theory as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) and has extensive experience in the governance and conduct of peer review, research evaluation and assessment in REF2014 (Sub Panel Deputy Chair and Equality Diversity Advisory Panel [EDAP]) and RAE2008. A former member of AHRC’s Advisory Board, she is the current Chair of the Advisory Board for the UKRI’s National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) programme (£30M), Deputy Chair and a Trustee of the Design Council, the government’s strategic advisor for design, and a member of both the InnoHK Scientific Committee (Hong Kong) and the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).

Since the 1990’s Anne has worked across the UK and internationally with a wide range of quality assurance, professional, statutory, and regulatory bodies in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and India.

As an independent consultant she now works as a strategic advisor and mentor and is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in practice, developing effective governance, supporting career development, reducing bureaucracy, and improving organisational design, integrity, and productivity in the changing workplace.

Panel Discussion (2024) | International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Citizenship in Times of Change and Crisis
Jun Arima
University of Tokyo, Japan

Biography

Professor Jun Arima is the President of IAFOR, and the senior academic officer of the organisation. In this role, Professor Arima is the Honorary Chair of the International Academic Advisory Board, as well as both the Academic Governing Board and its Executive Committee. He also sits on the IAFOR Board of Directors.

Jun Arima was formerly Director General of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), UK from 2011 to 2015 and Special Advisor on Global Environmental Affairs for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan, from 2011 to 2015. He has previously held various international energy/environment-related positions, including: Head of Division, Country Studies, International Energy Agency (IEA); Director, International Affairs Division, Agency of Natural Resources and Energy, METI; and Deputy Director General for Environmental Affairs at METI’s Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau. In the COP (UN Convention on Climate Change) 14, 15 and 16, he was Japanese Chief Negotiator for AWG-KP.

Since 2015 Jun Arima has been a Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan, where he teaches Energy Security, International Energy Governance, and Environmental Policies in the Graduate School of Public Policy. (GraSPP). He is also currently a Consulting Fellow at the Japanese Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI). He is also Executive Senior Fellow at the 21st Century Public Policy Institute, Principal Researcher at the International Environmental and Economic Institute (IEEI), Distinguished Senior Policy Fellow, at the Asia Pacific Institute of Research (APIR), Senior Policy Fellow on Energy and Environment, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), and was the Lead Author, the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

Panel Discussion (2024) | International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Citizenship in Times of Change and Crisis
Georges Depeyrot
French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

Biography

Georges Depeyrot is a monetary historian at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, France. He began his scientific career in the 1970s studying coin finds and joined the CNRS in 1982. He later joined the Center for Historical Research in the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and is now an emeritus research director and professor at ENS. After his habilitation (1992), he specialised in international cooperative programs that aim to reconsider monetary history in a global approach. He has directed many cooperative programs linking several European countries, including those situated at the continent’s outer borders, such asGeorgia, Armenia, Poland, Russia, Morocco, China, and Japan. Professor Depeyrot is the author or co-author of more than one hundred volumes, and is the founding director of the Moneta publishing house, the most important collection of books – around 210 volumes – on the topic of money. He is also the founding director of a collection of books on heritage. Professor Depeyrot was a member of the board of trustees of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in Paris, France.

Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s global business and academic operations.

Dr Haldane’s research and teaching is on history, politics, international affairs and international education, as well as governance and decision making, and he is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance. Since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and, since 2017, Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within the University.

In 2020 Dr Haldane was appointed Honorary Professor of UCL (University College London), through the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction. He holds Visiting Professorships in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, and at the Doshisha Business School in Kyoto, where he teaches Ethics and Governance on the MBA, and is a member of the Value Research Center. He is also a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.

Professor Haldane has given invited lectures and presentations to universities and conferences globally, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and advised universities, NGOs and governments on issues relating to international education policy, public-private partnerships, and multi-stakeholder forums. He was the project lead on the 2019 Kansai Resilience Forum, held by the Japanese Government through the Prime Minister’s and Cabinet Office, and oversaw the 2021 Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned study on Infectious Diseases on Cruise Ships.

Dr Haldane has a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the Université Paris-Est Créteil, Sciences Po Paris, and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the Université Paris-Panthéon-Assas, and the schools of Journalism at both Sciences Po Paris, and Moscow State University.

From 2012-2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu), and since 2015 has been a Trustee of HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012 and the Royal Society of Arts in 2015. He lives in Japan and holds a black belt in Judo.

Ljiljana Markovic
European Centre for Peace and Development (ECPD), Serbia

Biography

Ljiljana Markovic is a Professor of Japanese Studies in the European Centre for Peace and Development (ECPD) of the United Nations University for Peace, and Special Advisor to the Executive Director and ECPD Academic Director. She is also a Visiting Professor at Toho University and Osaka University, Japan, and Gabriele d'Annunzio University, Italy.

Professor Markovic is the author of a large number of publications in the fields of Japanese Studies and Economics. She completed her bachelor’s and master's degrees at Cambridge University, United Kingdom, before pursuing her doctorate at Chuo University, Japan. For many years, she was a Professor at the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, with terms as Dean (2016-2020) and Vice Dean of Financial Affairs (2008-2016). She has served as the Chairperson of the International Silk Road Academic Studies Symposium since 2017.

Professor Markovic received the Gaimu Daijin Sho Award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2010. In the following year, she received the Dositej Obradovic Award for Pedagogical Achievement. Professor Markovic recent accolades include the Medal of Merit by the President of Serbia in 2020, the Isidora Sekulic Medal for Academic Achievement in 2021, and the Order of the Rising Sun (Gold Rays with Rosette) in 2022, an Imperial Decoration awarded by the Government of Japan for her "outstanding contribution to establishing and improving friendly relations with Japan”.


Panel Presentation (2024) | International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Citizenship in Times of Change and Crisis
Patrick Clastres
Lausanne University (UNIL), Switzerland

Biography

Dr Patrick Clastres is a political and cultural historian involved in sports history and geopolitics. Since 2015, he’s served as Professor of Sports History in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (ISSUL) at Lausanne University,Switzerland, where he coordinates the independent Global Sport & Olympic Studies Center (CEOGS).

The Global Sport & Olympic Center’s academic activities are primarily concerned with play culture, sport, and olympics at different scales, varying from local to global. The longue durée historical approach – the core aspect of this academic project – is conceived as a dialogue with not only sport history, but all social sciences. The Center’s monthly workshop is open to every student and scholar from UNIL, Swiss universities, and from all over the world.

Dr Clastres’ research focuses on the history and geopolitics of international sport, more specifically on the ruling elites of international sports federations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as the genesis and diffusion of sports cultures in the world. More generally, he is interested in the concepts of neutrality and apoliticism, the epistemology of history, and the relationship between literary genre and biographical essay.

Dr Clastres has published or co-edited 10 books and more than 50 peer-reviewed articles.

Keynote Presentation (2024) | Olympism and International Relations from Pierre de Coubertin to the Present Day
International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Citizenship in Times of Change and Crisis
Panel Discussion: Jun Arima, Takehiro Kano, Ljiljana Markovic, Anne Boddington

In today’s increasingly polarised world fraught with conflict, war, and natural crises, the role of international cooperation is more important than ever in fostering peace. The UNESCO constitution states that ‘peace must [...] be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind’, underlining the importance of intellectual and academic, artistic, and cultural cooperation. A cooperation based on the ‘solidarity of mankind’ presupposes that all perspectives are heard and respected. This presupposition is not an easy endeavour, as different people have different interpretations of words and concepts such as ‘peace’, ‘climate change vs climate crisis’, or ‘cultural heritage’, which makes context- and culturally-relevant perspectives of marginalised people even more important. How do international organisations engage and harness stakeholders outside of governments for positive change? How are international institutions, most notably the United Nations and its organs, a force for the good in the world? Conversely, how are they failing?

This panel ambitiously seeks to highlight the paradoxical nature of international institutions: envisioned as beacons of global cooperation and peace, yet frequently falling short of their lofty aspirations to truly represent and act for the people they serve. The panel discussion will include space for feedback from our audience, educators and practitioners ‘on the ground’ in its majority, to discuss how they engage in peace education, climate change, and cultural heritage preservation, in order to capture different stakeholder actions.

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Educating for Peace: A Call to Action for We the People
Special Keynote Address: Federico Mayor Zaragoza

In this special address, His Excellency Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former two-term UNESCO secretary general, and longtime advocate for global peace through education, brings his experience to bear on the current global context, calling for cooperation in education, but also action. Ambassador Zaragoza reminds us that the preamble to the United Nations constitution is a call to action in the name of "We the people", and that education is at the heart of that action.

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Olympism and International Relations from Pierre de Coubertin to the Present Day
Keynote Presentation: Patrick Clastres

The Olympic Games—the biggest event on the planet—are in reality hanging by a single thread: the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) ability to convince cities and the states to which they belong to organise them. Although history shows that this thread is tenuous, it has never broken, even when competing organisations (YMCA, Catholic, feminist, socialist, communist, third world) have sprung up. Established in 1894 on the basis of a gentlemen's agreement, without statutes until 1981, and still based on the principle of co-option, the IOC has survived two world wars, the Cold War, and economic globalisation.

In actuality, the Olympic world is not exactly the political world. The IOC is at the head of a parallel world that has its own logic and its own rules. Its overall architecture is based primarily on the International Sports Federations and the National Olympic Committees. However, it has also come to forge reciprocal links with major media organisations, multinational companies, numerous non-governmental organisations, and even the United Nations.

How can such hegemony be explained? And, is it here to stay? How should we interpret the IOC's demands for autonomy and neutrality? Will it survive the current war on sport waged by Russia against the democracies?

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