The Poetics of Leadership Conference. Extended submission deadline

Dear All,

As you might already know, our next conference will take place on the 7th and 8th September 2018 in the Lake District, UK. The title of the conference is The Poetics of Leadership and in it we will explore how creativity, art and story can enable meaningful change in a leadership context.

We have decided to extend the submission deadline for papers and other contributions. The new deadline is the 28th February 2018. Contributions are invited from academics, practitioners and postgraduate students. We would particularly like to encourage contributions that break narrow disciplinary boundaries.

The full submission guidelines can be found in this document. Further details about the conference can be found here.

If you are actively engaged in this field either as practitioner, academic, researcher or student, then we would very much welcome a submission from you. You might also know of others who would be interested, so please do circulate this email as appropriate.

If you would like to be taken off this mailing list do let me know.


(On behalf of the conference organisers)

Leadership, Ethics and Working with Unknowing. Conference dates confirmed.

Dear All,

This is a ‘save the date’ alert regarding our next international conference. The conference will take place on the 10th and 11th March 2017 at the UWE campus in Bristol. Provisional start and end times are 4pm on Friday 10th, and 5pm on Saturday 11th. (Exact times will be confirmed)

This is our seventh international conference held in collaboration with Alanus University. For this conference we will also be partnering with University of the West of England (UWE) and the conference will be held at the UWE campus. The tile of the conference is Leadership, Ethics and Working with Unknowing, and it will include contributions from a range of speakers and workshop leaders on the subject of ethical leadership, focussing particularly on ‘unknowing’ or ‘negative capability’, as it is sometimes called. This will be unmissable event for anyone interested in ethical leadership and its role in these challenging times.

Further information about the event will follow shortly, including theme, programme and registration details.

Upcoming Conference: The Role of Humanities, Arts and Transdisciplinary Practice in Higher Education

International conference, 29th and 30th May, 2015.
Venue: Alanus University of the Arts and Social Sciences, Alfter, Germany.



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With career pathways and employability increasingly defining higher education, what is the role and importance of subjects such as literature, philosophy and the arts? And is there still a place in higher education for pursuing a love of learning for its own sake?

In this conference we will explore the possibility of higher education as a journey into the unknown, a place, perhaps, for finding an individual calling or life’s task, a place for self-discovery and selftransformation, a place for exploring questions of human experience and human existence. What is the relevance of this notion of higher education today, both at the individual level of spiritual meaning and fulfilment and at the more general level of social cohesion and resilience?

Our aim for this conference is to create an open space for collaborative dialogue, creative thinking and critical enquiry, with the hope that this will promote new insights for practical ways forward. The conference is for educators, practitioners, students, researchers and anyone interested in the future of higher education.

The conference will be held at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences in Alfter, Germany, which is a short train journey from Bonn/Cologne airport.
The start and end times of the conference are: 15.30 on Friday 29th May to 17.00 on Saturday 30th May.

For further information please contact:

This conference is organised by the Institute for Philosophical and Aesthetic Education, Alanus University of Arts and Social Science, Crossfields Institute and Niederrhein University of Applied Science.

Reimagining the University: New approaches to teaching and learning in higher education

Friday 17 Oct 2014, 5:00pm-9:00pm PRE-CONFERENCE SYMPOSIUM AND DINNER
Saturday 18 Oct 2014, 9:30am-5:00pm MAIN CONFERENCE

University of Gloucestershire
Fullwood House
Park Campus
The Park


What were the original ideals of the university and how do they relate to what the university has become today? How can new ideas of ethical, embodied transformative practice help to reimagine and revitalize the university?

The conference is for educators, practitioners and researchers from different disciplines who are interested in innovative approaches to teaching and learning in higher education including:

  • embodied teaching and learning methods that involve the whole human being in the learning process.
  • participatory learning that challenges and redefines how valid knowledge is created.
  • learning that helps students develop into the ethical leaders of the future.
  • inter-disciplinary practice that bridges the divide between arts, humanities and sciences as a way of opening up new approaches to learning and knowledge.

This collaborative event is organised by the University of Gloucestershire, Crossfields Institute, and Alanus University (Germany), with a contribution from the Ruskin Mill Field Centre

Further Information:

Symposium: Research in Early Childhood Education and Social Pedagogy – 13th & 14th June 2014 at Alanus University in Germany


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This is a call for papers and save-the-date alert for an Early Years and Social Pedagogy symposium organized by Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences and the University of Applied Sciences of Mönchengladbach, in cooperation with Crossfields Institute. The event will begin at approx 5pm on the 13th June 2014, and will end on the evening of the 14th June. The venue will be the Alanus campus in Alfter, Villestrasse 3, Germany ( The main language is English. Both universities are running BA courses in early childhood education and are keen to explore fresh research perspectives in dialogue with early childhood training programs in the UK.

The general aim of the symposium is to nurture constructive dialogue and exchange between different approaches in early years education and social pedagogy. This includes for example Montessori, Steiner, Pickler and ‘mainstream’ approaches. The question behind the symposium is how more dialogue and exchange between the different approaches can help to deepen understanding and practice in the critical early years field as well as in social pedagogy.

The symposium will consist of short paper presentations and key-note lectures focusing on key aspects of theory and practice. This will serve as the basis for general discussion about dialogue and exchange between the different methods. If you would like to submit an abstract for a paper, please do so by 20th of May 2014 by sending it to

Detailed information about the event will be circulated shortly. For general information please contact

This symposium is organized by:

Prof. Dr. Marcelo da Veiga and Prof. Dr. Janne Fengler from Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences, Alfter (near Bonn), Germany.
Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer from Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences, Mönchengladbach, Germany.
In cooperation with Crossfields Institute, Stroud, UK.