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39th Annual International Conference Call for Proposals


We Invite You to Submit a Proposal

for a Concurrent Session or Roundtable Discussion at the
39th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking
to be held June 4-7, 2019 in Belgium
Deadline: January 31, 2019

About Concurrent Sessions and Roundtable Discussions


Concurrent Sessions are in the format of an engaged lecture or interactive data presentation. They should include reasonable time for  answering audience questions, but should primarily be presentations of experience with critical thinking in research,  theory, or practice. Each Concurrent Session runs 50 minutes in length.

Roundtable Discussions are held in circles, and are more discourse-based. Each Discussion leader will begin with a 10-15 minute presentation, which will then open into a Socratic dialogue among everyone in the circle. (In some instances, two or more Roundtable Discussions may be combined to facilitate sufficient attendance at each Discussion; in such cases, Discussion leaders will take turns presenting their respective topics before the Socratic dialogue begins.) All Roundtable Discussions take place concurrently for 60 minutes.

Types of Proposals We Are Seeking


All proposed Sessions and Discussions should be based on sound research, substantive theory, and/or substantive experience with critical thinking. All proposals will be evaluated by Senior Fellows of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and selected scholars from the field.   

We invite proposals that focus on applying critical thinking to instruction (in any subject,  discipline, profession, governmental agency, business, or specialization), or to important issues requiring critical thinking in any domain of work or life; we invite proposals from faculty, administrators, scholars, professionals, military and government personnel, and teachers at all levels; we invite proposals that explore the relationships between critical thinking and reasoning within academic subjects and disciplines, within professions, or within significant domains of human life; we invite proposals that deal with overcoming the barriers to critical thinking development; we welcome proposals focused on cultivating the intellect, and on developing and assessing intellectual constructs in any field of study.

We invite proposals focused on the relationship between critical thinking and the evolution of the public citizen - thus, we invite proposals that highlight the analysis and assessment of thought in connection with the development of intellectual virtues (such as  intellectual humility, intellectual empathy, and intellectual integrity) in any part of life. All proposed Sessions and Discussions should dovetail with the core concepts of critical thinking presupposed by the Annual International Conference .

Guidelines and Requirements for Submitting Your Proposal


Concurrent Session presenters and Roundtable Discussion leaders will be required to  register for, and participate in, the entire conference (June 4 - June 7). This is because all elements of the Annual International Conference should be deeply integrated, each building on the others, and each presupposing the same foundational critical thinking concepts and principles. 


To submit a proposal, email Jon Kalagorgevich at  jon@criticalthinking.org . Proposals must be received by January 31, 2019 . Please include your proposal directly in the body of the email, rather than as an attachment. (Supporting attachments are acceptable, but the proposal itself should appear within the actual email.) Please include all of the following information in your proposal:

1.     Your first and last name. 

2.     The name of your institution and your professional title, if applicable.

3.     The title of the Concurrent Session or Roundtable Discussion you are proposing.

4.     A brief abstract, including the purpose/function of your Session or Discussion (those attending your Session or Discussion should have a reasonably clear idea of what to expect by reading the abstract).

5.     A brief description of your conception of critical thinking. E.g., 'To me, critical thinking is . . .'

6.     Your preferred contact telephone number.

7.     Whether you prefer to conduct a Concurrent Session, Roundtable Discussion, or have no preference.

About The Conference


From June 4-7, 2019, the Foundation for Critical Thinking, together with CRITHINKEDU ('Critical Thinking Across the European Higher Education Curricula') and UCLL (University Colleges Leuven Limburg), will host the 39th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking at one of the world's most esteemed universities: KU Leuven in Flanders, Belgium. The conference will be preceded on June 3 by the European Summit for Critical Thinking Education.

For more information, please see our Main Conference Page .