Prof. dr hab. Henryk Cudak

Prof. dr hab. Ryszard Kucha

The Chair of Educational Science

Social Academy of Sciences

ul. Sienkiewicza 9

Łódź 90-113 

Poland

 

PARTICIPATION IN A BOOK PUBLICATION AND A CONFERENCE

-INFORMATION AND INVITATION –

 

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen

Dear Colleagues,

 

The Rector of our University is promoting an international research and publication (s) project in the Chair of Educational science with the title:

“EUROPEAN IDEAS IN THE WORKS OF FAMOUS EDUCATIONALISTS: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES”.

As leaders of this project, we hereby kindly request famous international academics to offer text contributions in the English language relating to the above topic both for academic conference in Łódź, Poland scheduled for 23 – 24 of May 2013, as well as for the forthcoming book publication. It is our position that the European integration process cannot effectively develop without active involvement by educationalist and representatives of other social sciences and the humanities, as well as politicians in the field of education.

From a historical perspective, Europe can be seen as the origin of many educational ideas, which are being spread worldwide and which continuously transcend further to many more people. This is clearly seen in the works of educational classics and even in advanced educational streams in many European countries. However, we are also aware of the fact that particularism does exist and is expressed through chauvinism and nationalistic ideas. This manifests itself especially during periods of crisis and it has no borders; and even the voices of xenophobia, which we believed would never return, can be heard. Hence we need a deeper historical understanding of the sustainability and chances of an integrated Europe.

We also wish to hear the voices of academic colleagues and politicians in education outside Europe, whose thoughts are in alignment with those of European academic circles and who are academically focused on classical educational theories in Europe, as well as with lines of development of the educational theories in Europe. How European problems are viewed “from the outside” can also widen our view and maybe increase our reflective perspectives. This will obviously help us to promote the European integration process into the context of worldwide societal developments. In the light of the expected contributions, it is assumed that a three books, each book having own separate title, will be produced and published by the Printers of our Academy.

We cannot afford this for many reasons because Europe as such is too valuable as THE MOTHER OF MANY NATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL IDEAS,  from whose repository many generations of men and women drew knowledge and inspiration, not necessarily only in this small part of the globe. When advancing this thesis, we are fully aware that EUROPE AS THE MOTHER WAS NOT AND STILL IS NOT PERFECT MOTHER TO ALL ITS CHILDREN. The tragic fates of some of the eminent European educationalists are the strong example of that.

That is why we are asking ourselves what true and complete EUROPEANISM consists in if it is limited by many particularism, cases of chauvinism occurring here and there, by crude nationalism, so characteristic of the time of crisis, regardless of the place where they are encountered. If Pandora`s box is opened, ghost and phobias, which we hoped, at least not long ago, would never return to the political arena, may become widespread again. That is why we wish to listen to the voice of those who are not inhabitants of Europe, but who are familiar with European issues. It is good to find that unity in diversity can also be enlightening, and it is useful to learn that the need for integration and the awareness of it, also on a global scale, can be achieved through the feeling of a broad community of human and universal interests.

The books contains many fascinating images of the past and the present; nevertheless, it does not present an entirely clear picture of the state of European  educational integration because this is determined by the content of studies sent by their authors to be published in English. All texts, nonetheless, show many entirely new facts and assessments of concepts and activities of their authors, which, when compared together in one language version, can provide a chance of correct synthesis and necessary generalizations. And we selected a few main generalizations of thinking and discussion:

  1. Internationalization, Globalization And Their Impact on Education
  2. Between Greek Antiquity and Humanistic Renaissance
  3. The Development of Modern Education Ideas – Selected Problems
  4. The Old and New Thinking About Education
  5. Between Tradition and Progress – Crossroads of Education
  6. The European Ideas: From National to Supranational Points of View
  7. From National and Supranational Points of View – Some Totalitarian Aspects
  8. From the Present time to The Future Perspectives – Between National and Global Education

 

We invite you to participate in the Conference organized by us, and we encourage you to propagate this information among your colleagues. Your presence will be a great honor for us.                                                                           

 

                          Regards

                                                                         Prof. dr hab. Henryk Cudak

                                                                         Prof. zw. dr hab. Ryszard Kucha