2016 Meeting of History and Philosophy of Education, Tallinn University

       June 9-10, Tallinn, Estonia.



     “… What once existed will not perish,

                                               because the memory does not vanish."  (Artur Alliksaar)


     The Future of The History and Philosophy of Education


All over the world education is seen as an essential means to maintain cohesion and dynamics in a society. But why education is seen so important? The purpose of this meeting is to discuss in which way the history and philosophy of education could take part in the search of different meanings of education. The programme consists of paper sessions and plenary lectures.


Paper sessions will be organized on the basis of abstracts. Each paper is given 30 minutes (presentation 15-20 minutes, general discussion 15-10 minutes). Abstracts of 1250 characters (with spaces) or less should be sent to the organizing committee via Registration e-Form before April 30th, 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated latest in May 15th 2016.


The plenary speakers and their topics:


Prof. Aivar Poldvee, Tallinn University

   Bengt Gottfried Forselius (1660-1688) and his ideas in the broader context of pedagogical innovation


Senior Lecturer Rauno Huttunen, University of Turku

   Heidegger Explicitly on Education. Phenomenographic and Philosophical Analysis

   on Heidegger's Conceptions on Education in His Apology


Prof. Jyri Manninen, University of Eastern Finland

   The past and present meaning of non-vocational adult education for civil society -

   an genealogical and empirical analysis


The meeting is hosted by The School of Educational Sciences (Tallinn University). It is also the 12th Annual Meeting of The Finnish Network of the History and Philosophy of Education, which is a Sig-group in FERA (see http://kasvatus.net/). The meeting language is English. However, in the paper sessions Estonian and Finnish can also be used.


There are no registration fees for this meeting. However, in order to facilitate the arrangements, all participants are asked to registrate themselves to the meeting. Here is the URL of the registration form:



       The contact information for further questions:


Estonia: Airi Liimets [airi.liimets(at)tlu.ee]; Tiiu Kuurme [tiiu.kuurme(at)tlu.ee]

Finland: Risto Ikonen ‎[risto.m.ikonen(at)uef.fi]‎


     Plenary speakers


       AAIVAR POLDVEEis a senior researcher at Tallinn University, School of Humnanities, Institute of History, Archaeology and Art History. Previously he has worked at the Estonian History Museum as deputy director on research at the Institute of the Estonian language. His PhD thesis "Bengt Gttfried Forselius and the Origins of the Estonian Schooling in Estland and Livland" was defended at the University of Tartu in 2010. His main research interests are history of education, language and literature in Early Modern Times. He was one of the authors of the History of Estonia. Among other scientific networks he is a member of The International Standing Conference on the History of Education.   



RAUNO HUTTUNEN is a Marxist philosopher and a sociologist of education. Currently he works as senior lecturer of education at the University of Turku. Finland. He is also an adjunct professor (in Finnish: dosentti) in philosophy of education at the University of Jyväskylä. Rauno Huttunen is the author of book on pedagogics of critical theory, “Habermas, Honnet and Education” (Lambert Academic Publishing 2009). According to Professor Carlos Alberto Torres (UCLA), Rauno Huttunen “has mastered the craft of research at all levels, from the design to the scientific proof, from the theory and method to the bibliographical critical analysis of the material.” - Rauno Huttunen is a member of editorial board of The Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory (http://eepat.net/doku.php).



JYRI MANNINEN is Professor of Adult Education at the University of Eastern Finland, School of Educational Sciences and Psychology. He is also a Docent at University of Helsinki. His research interests cover wide range of themes related to adult learning, adult education and learning environments. A special field of study have been non-formal, non-vocational adult education from policy and practice perspectives. The topics of his recent publications deal with the wider benefits adults (eg. wellbeing, active citizenship) and society (eg. cohesion, social capital) get from these types of learning activities. These topics were explored in 10 European countries in Benefits of Lifelong Learning –project (BeLL; www.bell-project.eu). He has supervised 5 doctoral thesis and currently has 9 doctoral students. He is a co-founder and member of Freedom and Responsibility of Liberal Adult Education network (http://www.vapausjavastuu.fi/in-english/), which is a Finnish joint research programme established in 2011 by universities of Tampere (UTA) and Eastern Finland (UEF), Åbo Akademi University (ÅA) and Finnish Adult Education Association (FAEA). He is also consulting editor at International Review of Education - Journal of lifelong learning (http://link.springer.com/journal/11159).


Link to a map of Tallinna - Red arrow point to the university

Link to detailed programme - updated 6.6. 2016

Jyri Manninen's plenary lecture

Rauno Huttunen's plenary lecture

Tiiu Kuurme's presentation in Finnish

Risto Ikonen's & Marja Nenonen's presetation

Tiiu Ernists Presentation