03, 04 & 05 September 2020


Abstracts submission deadline: August 5, 2020

Early bird registration until: June 25, 2020

DPR20: Discourse, Power and Resistance
Sep 03, 10:00 AM GMT+1
University of Coimbra
730th anniversary






Started by the energetic Jerome Satterthwaite. It is an annual international conference that has been held each Spring since 2002. The conferences began with a focus on the social, economic, political and cultural forces that shape education policy and practice world-wide. Over the years this broad focal point have been maintained; but what has established the international reputation of DPR has been the on-going critical analysis of issues of social justice, and the commitment to enable silenced and marginalized voices to be heard: Discourse, Power, Resistance.

DPR20: the values of education


The mere act of referring to the value of education spontaneously derives the exploration of several possible meanings for the theme. As it is the case that by its obviousness the question of its importance immediately prompts. However, a second meaning only appears through an effort of deepening. Educating requires courage. Courage on the part of those who educate and on the part of those who educated themselves. But when assembled, these interlocutors can catalyse - which means to activate - a plurality of values.

Foremost, by taking the person - in his/hers categorial multidimensionality - as the purpose of education we express his/hers value for envisaging his/hers emergence and desirable fulfilment. The person is value, is a carrier of values, is an accomplisher of values, longs for values and is a creator of values. How, then, could education fail to engage with such dynamics?

It has been unfazedely asserted that the crucial "telos" of education is human perfectibility. And, in fact, the almost axiomatic character of such proposition creates a pregnant clearing in the field of education, both in the theoretical and in the practical plan. What really happens is that as we sate it, instantaneously, a series of conceptual configurations are thus given to be seen. In particular, we seek to concomitantly think on how perfectibility cannot fail to suppose and claim for freedom in education. The freedom to educate and, above all, the freedom of the student to build himself as a person in, by and for freedom.

Here, the two invoked educational parameters almost leave us satisfied with the openness to the multiplicity of educational problems - theoretical and practical - that is allowed and gives rise to reflection and commitment. However, as the person, as existence, is weaved through a narrative whose present, burdened with a past, glares the future, longing for meaning, we cannot fail to notice that the person always supposes and imagines an ideal. May it be the "end of all ends" or the "ideal of the imagination" that everyone seeks? If education, roaming freedom, was left exclusively to perfectibility, would we not run the risk of descending into a perverse process framework which, supposedly wishing to be of improvement, could yet be alien to the happiness of the educand? Were not some children made genius pianists by practicing to the point of exhaustion? Can not a child learn by heart the book of tables by means of lived or promised punishments?

In times of "speedy without heading and powerful without cause," under the empire of the "instrumental reason" and the disorientation of the "critical reason," in which we become blind to the "usefulness of the useless", thus obliterating narrativity in all grounds and sowing fragmentation, the question of the values ​​of education emerges with great urgency. What to educate, how to educate, what for to educate? Concerning the answers, we look forward to the polyphony of voices that DPR has always embraced and wants to continue to welcome, opening a stage for difference and its possible conjugation within an open society looking for hope.


Network developers

Jerome  Satterhwaite 

Carlos Sousa Reis

António Gomes Ferreira

Kamila Kaminska

Scientific Committee

Andrés Palma Valenzuela

Ángel García del Dujo

Anna Carlile

Aytekin Isman

Catherine Lambert

Christina Schwabenland

Dores Formosinho

Douglas Brown

Elena Theodoropoulou

Ewa Sidorenko

Ivor Goodson

James Avis

James Duggan

Jennifer Patterson

Jill Jameson

Jerome Satterthwaite

John Blewitt

Jonathan Kozol

Jose Maria Hernandez Diaz

José Manuel Muñoz Rodríguez

Mahlomaholo Mahlomaholo

Osman Titrek

Pat Sikes

Piotr Dehnel

Organizing Committee



António Gomes Ferreira 

Carlos Sousa Reis

O.C. Members

Albertina Oliveira

Ana Maria Seixas

Armanda Matos

Helena Damião

Kamila Kaminska

Luís Alcoforado

Maiza Trigo

Nuria Näf





Submissions are accepted in English, Portuguese and Spanish.


When submitting, make sure that:

  • As author (or co-author), you may submit up to three (3) proposals;

  • Each proposal may have up to four (4) authors (exceptions may apply, the Scientific Committee will rule on those);

  • Each proposal must be included within a thematic cluster;.

  • On the submission platform (Easychair), for each proposal, there must be a document upload (only .docx format will be accepted);

  • In order for the proposal to be presented, at least one (1) author must be registered at the conference.



  • Up to 4 authors

  • Abstract: up to 500 words

  • Minimum content: theme; objectives; methodology; results; conclusions.

  • 3-5 keywords.



  • Proposed title

  • Abstract: 200-word proposal on theme and 300 words on objectives and methodology (mandatory workshop plan submission)

  • 3-5 keywords.



  • Abstract: up to 500 words on theme, objectives and description(should include information on Participants,   Duration and venue and Resources allocated)

  • 3-5 keywords.

Feel free to propose a thematic symposium. For further information, e-mail us []

Theme clusters

  • Philosophy and Ideologies

  • Politics and Policies

  • Power and Resistance

  • Diversity and InterculturalityY

  • Truth and Deception

  • Citizenship and Human Rights

  • Methods and Methodologies

Final text

  • Deadline 30 OCTOBER

  • Submission will be after abstract review in EasyChair Proceedings option

  • Formats:

- Short paper: 3000-5000w

- Long paper: 7000-9000w

  • Publication review process prevision: 8-12 months

  • Publication formats selection:

    • Conference Proceedings;

    • Article to be submitted to Revista Portuguesa de Pedagogia (RPP) - there will be one review;

    • Book chapter - DPR colletction.

03 September


10h00   – Reception

​10h30   – Welcome Coffee

14h00   – Opening Ceremony

14h30   – Conference A

16h00   – Coffee Break

16h30   – Parallel Sessions I

              – Workshops I

​18h30   – Round Table I A

20h00  – eBook Presentation

              – Welcome Catering

              – Cultural performance



04 September


09h00   – Parallel Sessions II

               – Workshops II

11h00    – Coffee Break

11h30    – Conference B

13h00   – Lunch

14h00   – Parallel Sessions III

16h00   – Coffee Break

16h30   – Round Table II A


18h00   – Round Table II B​

19h30 – Announcements

​20h00 – Conference Dinner

(registration apply - aprox. cost €20)

05 September


09h00   – Parallel Sessions IV

11h00    – Coffee Break

11h30    – Conference C

13h30   – Farewell Ceremony




Registration & Fees

  • Earlybird registration (UNTIL 25 JUNE)

    • Researchers and academics - 150€

    • Students - 75€

  • Regular registration (UNTIL 12 JULY)

    • Researchers and academics - 200€

    • Students - 100€

  • Late registration (UNTIL 20 AUGUST)

    • Researchers and academics - 250€

    • Students - 125€

  • Attendance only (no submission allowed)

    • 70€




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