Date and Location

NAAPE 2019 will be held from Friday, October 25th to Sunday, October 27th, 2019.

Each year, the NAAPE annual conference takes place at University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. Mundelein is an easily accessible suburb of Chicago and St. Mary's is a very large, beautiful wooded campus with excellent amenities. For detailed directions to the conference site, click here.

The conference price includes room and board for conference attendees. All meals beginning with dinner on Friday night through lunch on Sunday afternoon are provided. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided throughout the day. Beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee and tea will be provided during evening social events, including dinners.

Both single and double rooms (two single beds) are available, although there are a limited number of single rooms, so please register soon to secure them. All rooms have a private bathroom and shower. Linens and towels are provided. Accommodations for the Thursday night before the conference or the Sunday night after the conference are available for those who need them at a modest additional cost. The all-inclusive pricing schedule will be posted shortly. If you would like to benefit from the double room rate but do not have a roommate, you can request for NAAPE to pair you with a roommate on our registration form.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us through the Contact page. NAAPE is committed to making your stay on site and your contribution to the scholarly forum as pleasant as it can be.

Conference Scholarships

This year NAAPE is offering three fellowships for current graduate students and K-12 educators. Successful fellowship applicants receive the George Kabango Memorial Fellowship, which provides full financial support for conference attendance (not including travel costs). The link to the application can be found below. While it is not a requirement for applicants to have submitted to the conference, those who have submitted will have a slight advantage in the selection decision.

Read about our 2018 fellowship winners by clicking the pictures below.

Rena Goldstein

Ini Periodi

Natalia Rogach

Requirements for the application are as follows:

  • You are a current graduate student, i.e. you are working on your masters or doctorate, or you are a practicing K-12 educator

  • A 350-word essay outlining how you think attendance at the conference will contribute to your pursuit of philosophy and education in your scholarship and/or your teaching practice

  • A CV or resume

Fellowship applications are due August 1st, 2019 by 11:59 PM CDT. Decisions will be sent out in early September.

Call for Papers

NAAPE welcomes submissions in any area related to philosophy and education and encourages submissions from all traditions of philosophy including work that is historical, contemporary, analytic, continental, theoretical and applied. Furthermore, we encourage authors working within the interdisciplinary fields of educational ethics, moral and civic education, and ethics of educational policy to submit to the conference. However, we only accept papers that are written in clear, straightforward prose that is accessible to a wide range of philosophers and educators. We therefore discourage the use of technical language that is not otherwise clearly explained in the paper. Finally, the paper must have some bearing on education. If that bearing is largely implicit throughout the paper, the author must, at the very least, gesture towards its bearing in the introduction or conclusion of the paper. Submissions for NAAPE 2019 are due July 1st, 2019 by 11:59 PM CDT (UTC -5, Chicago time). 

NAAPE accepts any length of paper, but we prefer papers that are less than 14,000 words. The papers may employ any well-established style guideline so long as it is used consistently throughout the paper. We are happy to accept APA, Chicago Style, Harvard Style, MLA or any variants on these. Additionally, papers may be formatted in a standard article manner or as a book chapter. PESNA accepts submissions in the English, Spanish and French language, but presentations are expected to be given in English. Please make sure your file is fully anonymized before submission.

NAAPE is pleased to accept papers that are simultaneously under review or in press at academic journals, but we cannot accept papers that have been previously published. In addition to full papers, NAAPE also accepts panel sessions and author-meets-critics sessions. For panel submissions, each panelist must provide approximately 1000 words outlining the central argument of the contribution. Moreover, the panel submission must provide a clear explanation of the way the various panel presentations contribute to the panel theme. For author-meets-critic submissions, the author of the submission must provide approximately 500 words outlining how the book is relevant to both philosophy and education, why the book merits consideration at this conference, and (briefly) why various critics were selected. 

NAAPE highly encourages graduate students to submit papers to the 2019 conference. While we hope that many graduate students will, through the blind peer-review process, be offered spots on the regular program, papers which do not make the program will often be eligible for roundtable (works-in-progress) sessions. In these sessions, students will be paired with established scholars in the field who will read and respond to their paper in hopes of improving it for future conferences or journal submission.

The submission site for NAAPE 2019 is now open. All papers are double-blind reviewed. Because NAAPE accepts longer papers, authors will receive only brief comments from each of their referees. Notification of decisions will be sent via email by early August, 2019. If you have any questions, you can contact us at

Details for Conference Presenters

NAAPE requires that papers not be read aloud in conference sessions. Presenters will be provided fifteen to twenty minutes to explain their central argument and the evidence supporting that argument. The goal of the presentations is to generate interest in, and discussions about, the ideas outlined by the presenters. Interested audience members are encouraged to read the full papers before, during, or after the conference, which will be made available on our website several weeks before the conference.

NAAPE conference papers will not be published outside of the conference itself. Conference participants will be given exclusive digital access to the papers once the conference program is completed in early October 2019. As a part of our partnership with the journal on_education, authors may be invited to contribute their paper to one of their upcoming issues. In addition, articles that have an especially broad appeal may be invited for publication at The Point Magazine, with whom we are also in partnership. For more information on these outlets and our other partners, click here.