Call for Papers

1st International Symposium on Global Citizenship Education

Restoring Learning to Daily Living: Global Citizenship and John Dewey

October 22, 2022 | Soka University, Tokyo, Japan

The Ikeda Research Institute for Soka Education (IRISE) at Soka University is pleased to host the 1st International Symposium on Global Citizenship Education to be held on October 22, 2022 at Soka University in Tokyo, Japan.

In recent years, the idea of global citizenship has become an area of interest as the world increasingly faces daunting challenges and disparities that require collaborative efforts to resolve. The United Nations has also marked global citizenship as an essential element in achieving “Quality Education” by 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), indicating the significance of promoting global citizenship within the field of education. Yet, important questions remain unanswered: What is global citizenship? How should it be promoted within educational and societal contexts? These questions have sparked ongoing discussions, highlighting the need to examine global citizenship from diverse perspectives. This International Symposium on Global Citizenship Education will be held every four years, bringing together researchers and scholars to discuss the significance, meaning, and modalities of global citizenship from a variety of angles to explore ways in which it can be effectively reflected within education and society at large.

The year 2022 will mark the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Center for Dewey Studies at Soka University. Commemorating this milestone, the first symposium will focus on exploring the intersections between global citizenship and the educational philosophy of a seminal thinker in the development of modern progressive education, John Dewey, whose works have more recently been revisited within the context of global citizenship education (e.g., Crocker, 2008; Garrison et al., 2014; Hansen, 2009; Hansen et al., 2009; Hickman, 2007, Waks, 2009). Soka University Founder, Daisaku Ikeda, has expressed in a dialogue with renowned Dewey scholars, Jim Garrison and Larry Hickman, that the progenitor of value-creating (soka) pedagogy, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, was inspired by “Dewey’s philosophy of placing living at the heart of education,” which linked learning with daily living. Global citizenship is not an abstract concept. Rather, its true value lies in how it is actualized within our daily behaviors and interactions with others as we strive to create a peaceful and sustainable world in which we can live together, all realizing our fullest potential. Within the context of global citizenship education, it therefore becomes essential to explore how learners can be best inspired to embody characteristics associated with global citizenship within daily living.

This inaugural symposium will provide an opportunity for both established and emerging researchers and scholars from around the world to further explore and discuss the importance of connecting learning with daily living by drawing from the educational philosophy and practices of John Dewey as well as research and practices within the field of global citizenship education and other relevant fields. We welcome papers that address the concept of global citizenship from various perspectives including:
  ・Intersections between Deweyan philosophy and global citizenship education
  ・Global citizenship education from/viewed through educational, political, social, historical, and/or economic lenses
  ・Empirical research and practices within global citizenship education
  ・Intersections between value-creating pedagogy and global citizenship

Guidelines for Abstract
  ・Title of paper/poster
  ・Name of presenter(s) and institutional affiliation
  ・State the objective of study, theoretical framework, research design and methodology, findings and implications
  ・Should be no longer than 200 words
  ・Include three key words
  ・Include Full Reference in APA format

For Paper Presentations
Please submit your abstract to email address( by June 28, 2022. Each abstract will undergo a blind peer-review process by two independent reviewers, and a notification of acceptance will be sent out within one month. If accepted, you will be asked to submit your full paper by September 21, 2022, prior to the conference. There are no word limits for the paper. Upon consent, your paper will be shared among conference participants. Each presenter will be allotted 20 minutes to present at the conference.

For Poster Presentations
Please submit your abstract to email address( by June 28, 2022. Each abstract will undergo a blind peer-review process by two independent reviewers, and a notification of acceptance will be sent out within one month. If accepted, please print and bring your poster on the day of the conference.

Important Dates:
June 28, 2022 Abstract Submission Due for Both Paper and Poster Presentations
July 29, 2022 Notification of Acceptance
Sept 21, 2022 Full Paper Submission Due for Accepted Paper Presentations
Oct 22, 2022 Symposium

Student Grants
On a competitive basis, this conference will offer a number of student travel grants up to $1,000 USD. Grant support is limited to transportation and lodging expenses.
The selection process for student grants will be held at the same time as paper and poster screenings. For students who wish to apply for a student grant, please attach any document that can prove your student status when submitting your abstract.

If you have any questions, please email to:

Crocker, D.A. (2008). Ethics of global development: Agency, capability, and deliberative democracy. Cambridge University Press.
Garrison, J., Hickman, L., & Ikeda, D. (2014). Living as learning: John Dewey in the 21st century. Dialogue Path Press.
Hansen, D.T. (2009). Dewey and cosmopolitanism. Education & Culture, 25(2), 126-140.
Hansen, D.T., Burdick-Shepherd, S., Cammarano, C., & Obelleiro, G. (2009). Education, values, and valuing in cosmopolitan perspective. Curriculum Inquiry, 39(5), 587-612.
Hickman, L.A. (2007). Pragmatism as post-postmodernism: Lessons from John Dewey. Fordham University Press.
Waks, L.J. (2009). Inquiry, agency, and art: John Dewey’s contribution to pragmatic cosmopolitanism. Education and Culture, 25(2), 115-125.