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Conference Theme



We live in a moment of epochal precarity, amidst irreversible environmental catastrophe that is impacting all life on Earth. Signaling the end of human exceptionalism, this era calls for an urgent redefinition of what it is to be human and a reconfiguration of the relationship between human and Earth. How should education respond to a world of shifting planetary boundaries and collapsing ecosystems?  What education policies, practices, and pedagogies can help re-situate the human within the relational flow of life where everyone and everything – both human and non-human – are deeply interconnected? How can we learn to responsibly encounter and fully engage with a more than human world?

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Vivimos en un momento de precariedad de época, en medio de una catástrofe ambiental irreversible. Marcando el final del excepcionalísmo humano, esta era requiere una redefinición urgente de lo que significa ser humano y una reconfiguración en la relación entre los humanos y la tierra. ¿Cómo debería responder la educación a un mundo de fronteras planetarias cambiantes y ecosistemas en colapso? ¿Cómo re-imaginaríamos la educación dentro del movimiento relacional de la vida donde cada uno/a y todo – ambos humanos y no-humanos – estén profundamente interconectados? ¿Cómo podríamos aprender a encontrarnos y comprometernos con un mundo más-que-humano?

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CIES 2020 was supposed to take place in Miami on March 22-26, 2020. Although the conference has shifted into the virtual space, we would like to acknowledge that the land where we were supposed to gather for the 64th annual CIES conference is the ancestral territory of Native American peoples. We acknowledge the indigenous history of the state of Florida and recognize the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Miccosukee Indian Tribe of Florida – past and present. We also acknowledge the original inhabitants of the area that is now Florida, including the Apalachee tribe, the Calusa tribe, the Choctaw tribe, the Creek tribe, the Miccosukee tribe, the Tequesta, Jeaga and Ais tribes, and the Timucua tribe. We honor with gratitude the land itself and thank the original caretakers of this land for stewarding it throughout the generations.