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European Liberal Education Student Conference 2nd Liberal Education Student Conference UCF Freiburg, May 4-7, 2017

A complex world needs complex thinking: The potentials and limits of Liberal Education in approaching contemporary challenges


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European Liberal Education Student Conference 2nd Liberal Education Student Conference UCF Freiburg, May 4-7, 2017

A complex world needs complex thinking: The potentials and limits of Liberal Education in approaching contemporary challenges

Call for Proposals The second Liberal Education Student Conference (LESC) seeks to reflect upon different aspects of Liberal Education with respect to contemporary challenges. Participants will explore how Liberal Education can prepare students to approach multifaceted problems on a local and global scale. We ask: Does Liberal Education provide students with necessary skills to engage with these complex issues? How do these skills contribute to problem-solving in practice? What are the potential shortcomings of Liberal Education? How can we rethink and re-conceptualise it?


European Liberal Education Student Conference The conference will be centered around classroom-sized workshops, supplemented by other academic forums. There are five different tracks that participants can apply for. Eventually, they all aim to explore the role of Liberal Education in approaching contemporary challenges. Each track will achieve this by considering a particular complex problem: 1) The triad of sustainability: How to feed a growing population in a world with finite resources? 2) The future of health: How long should we live? What constitutes disease? 3) Distrust in science and institutionalised authority: the rise of populism and alternative facts. 4) Human rights and intersectionality: How to balance unity and diversity in a globalized world. 5) Adapting to technology or adapting technology: Labour and power-relations in the digital age.

Participant contributions will serve as a basis for discussion, and will ensure that everyone has already contemplated the link between their track and Liberal Education. Through this, rather than merely discussing different approaches to these challenges, we aim to find out which aspects of Liberal Education are helpful in this endeavor and how. In your paper, you may connect the challenge to any aspect of Liberal Education you wish, based on your own educational experience. Liberal Education may aim to: - foster critical thinking and ethical judgement. e.g. through mandatory core courses. - promote the ability to engage with substantive diversity and difference, e.g. through quotas for international students. - stimulate the confluence of different fields of knowledge’ through interdisciplinarity. - facilitate collaborative learning, and by extension, teamwork. e.g. through problem based learning, small class sizes and group projects. - shape students into responsible citizens who are active in their communities.


European Liberal Education Student Conference We kindly ask participants to provide an academic contribution on one of the track topics. We expect papers to be the main medium of contribution; however, if you feel like contributing in a more creative way, feel free. For non-paper contributions, please submit a written explanation of your work in academic style. Joint papers are also welcome. Length of proposal: maximum 3000 characters (incl. spaces) Please submit your proposals at:

During the conference, participants will be hosted by local students. We hope to be able to assist you with travel costs, however, it would be appreciated if you could get in touch with your university and ask for funding yourself. If you have any questions concerning the conference, do not hesitate to contact us at info@lesconference.eu We are very much looking forward to your contributions and to meeting you.

https://2ndlesc.wordpress.com/application/

Best regards,

Deadline: March 1, 2017

The organizational team from UCF and Leuphana

We expect to receive more applications than the number of available places of around 75 participants and guests. Proposals will therefore be reviewed by the organisational team of the conference. Applicants will receive feedback by March 8, when we will hopefully confirm your application. Those who are accepted will then have around five weeks to write their contributions, which should be limited to a maximum of 4000 words.

If you are part of the staff or student society of a LE program, please forward this Call for Proposals to your (fellow) students. 2nd Liberal Education Student Conference Freiburg, May 4-7, 2017 info@lesconference.eu www.2ndlesc.wordpress.com


Call for Proposals 2nd LESC