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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Working Compassion

January 29, 2013

In extending the work from the Academic Symposium held during Karen Armstrong's 12 days of Compassion, Dr. Heesoon Bai, Professor of SFU Faculty of Education and one of the main organizers of the event, has issued a call for papers for a Special Issue on Working Compassion in Paideusis: Canadian Journal of Philosophy of Education Society.
Closing Date for Paper Submission: May 1, 2013
Publication Date of the Special Issue: November 1, 2013

From Dr. Heesoon Bai:

Your papers, if accepted for publication, will be published as part of a Special Issue on Working Compassion in Paideusis: Canadian Journal of Philosophy of Education Society. (I was the Editor for this journal for five years from 2005 to 2010. The current Co-editors are Drs. Daniel Vokey (UBC) and Claudia Eppert (University of Alberta). For the special issue on Working Compassion, I will be your Guest Editor with Co-editor, Saskia Tait.
Now, let us talk about the content details on the theme, Working Compassion. Again, to recover the original intent and spirit behind the Symposium:
The work that this symposium poses to you as a collective is an inquiry into the complexities and complications, especially in the context of today’s world, that challenge the arising of compassion [empathy, kindness, care] and establishing it as a moving social force. But as we know, challenges can be opportunities. In terms of understanding, practice, and commitment, what do we need to do to turn our capacity for compassion (and its cognate capacities) into a collective force powerful enough to shift the matrix of a civilization mired in alienation, exploitation and violence?
This Special Issue will be about our responses to the question raised above that we offer from diverse contexts of our work and research, personal quest and social activism. There is much scope to the exploration of our theme. Thus, please bring to bear on the theme your disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary thoughts and theories; your professional insight and wisdom; your personal stories that set you on your quest for empathy, care, and compassion. We seek your thoughts on ways of being-for, being-with, and being-towards that characterize the opening of self to the world and embracing otherness.
Paideusis is a peer-reviewed electronic academic journal affiliated with the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society. Paideusis is with the Open Journal Systems that is part of Public Knowledge Project. What all this means for you is that you can subscribe to Paideusis at no cost. Please login to the journal website as Reader to sample past issues. If you are interested in submitting an article for the Special Issue, please consult the Author Guidelines available on the Paideusis website. The web address for Paideusis is
If you are interested in writing and submitting an article, I would be most pleased to lend personal support to you at any stage of manuscript preparation and submission process. Please feel free to contact me anytime! My email address is
Saskia and I look forward to hearing from you.
Warm regards,
Heesoon Bai