Call for Proposals – EXTENDED until January 12


Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2018

What if…
Reimagining education to transform learning, teaching, and knowing

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” —Alan Kay

The Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2018 Organizing Committee is pleased to invite proposals for papers, round tables, panels, workshops, and posters for this year’s conference, March 1 and 2, 2018.

The theme of this year’s Symposium considers transformations in society, culture, economy, politics, and ways of knowing. These transformations require us to reimagine our understandings of education, including educational frameworks, teaching methods, approaches to educational research, and the development of pedagogies. This year’s Symposium is an invitation to contemplate the current limits of education and to envision alternative possibilities.  

In the spirit of this year’s theme, we encourage proposals that explore innovative and transformative practices and reinvent understandings of education. While alignment with the theme is recommended, we will also gladly accept other education-related proposals.

Suggested sub-themes for this year are:

  • Restructuring Pedagogies
  • Reframing Ways of Knowing
  • Reinventing the Classroom
  • Remixing Digital Spaces
  • Re-conceptualizing Research


Symposium Presentation Formats

Both individual and group presentations are permitted with a maximum of three presenters allowed in each group. All submissions, including proposals are peer reviewed by committees comprised of professors and graduate students. Presentation formats include:

  1. Paper Presentation
    Presenters prepare a paper and deliver it as a 15-minute presentation. A five-minute question period will follow each presentation.
  2. Round Table Discussion
    Presenters prepare a paper and give a 10–15 minute presentation during a session of 3 or 4 presentations on similar themes. Following the presentations, a facilitator will ask questions and provide feedback on the papers, as well as moderate discussion between the participants. The facilitator may be provided by presenters or by the organizing committee. Note: For this format, completed papers must be submitted 2 weeks in advance of the Symposium so that they may be sent to facilitators.
  3. Workshops
    Presenters design a 30-minute workshop to showcase a technique or methodology in an engaging and interactive session. Workshops are meant to promote the development of new knowledge and skills through participation and doing in a collaborative setting. Workshops should aim to present an applied or practical topic that supports the professional development of students in areas of research, teaching, and academia. Those currently using or researching innovative teaching methods may choose to share their approach in the form of a workshop. Previous topics have included:
    • knowledge mobilization strategies;
    • strategies for managing stress;
    • working with various research technologies (e.g., NVivo; Transana); and
    • publishing in academic journals

In workshops, presenters conduct themselves as facilitators. Time is provided at the end of each session for discussion between participants and facilitators.

Posters and Alternative Media Exhibit
Posters are collectively displayed in a large room and presented individually by their creators to attendees who stop by and want to discuss the poster contents. Presenters must be present at the time designated for the poster session. Posters must not exceed 1.50m x 1.50m (WxH).

The Symposium will be accepting proposals for alternative and creative media exhibits. These would be presented concurrently with the posters during the Poster Session. This could include: films, photo exhibits, slideshows, interactive smartphone or computer applications. At least two weeks before the submission deadline, presenters wishing to propose an Alternative Media Exhibit should contact the Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium Organizing Committee ( with their concept to be evaluated for feasibility.

Important dates

  • Launch of call for proposals: Monday, November 20, 2017
  • Closing date for proposal submissions: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Symposium dates: Thursday, March 1, 2018, and Friday, March 2, 2018.

Instructions for Proposal Submissions

Proposals must be submitted through the JPDS website ( no later than January 12, 2018. No email submissions are accepted.

Proposal submissions include an abstract and a bibliography.

Abstract. Proposal abstracts should be a summary of the planned presentation and should not exceed 300 words. It is recommended that abstracts include the following:

  1. a problem statement or research question;
  2. a brief description of the conceptual/theoretical framework or model;
  3. an overview of the methodology used or to be used; and/or
  4. the main findings or conclusions

Bibliography. The proposal bibliography should conform to APA 6th edition formatting. The bibliography does not contribute to the word count.