International conference on Wonder, Education, and Human Flourishing

5 April 2019 - 6 April 2019

International Conference

Wonder, Education, and Human Flourishing

Friday 5 April to Saturday 6 April 2019

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Keynote speakers:

Yannis Hadzigeorgiou, Todd Kashdan, Genevieve Lloyd

EXTENDED Submission deadline: Thursday 31 january 2019

Submissions are invited for the conference Wonder, Education, and Human Flourishing. The main theme of the conference is the role of wonder in education and children’s development, and its relation to children’s (present or future) flourishing. It is an explicit purpose of the conference to bring together educational theorists, education scientists, philosophers, psychologists and members of other disciplines interested in wonder (or closely related topics) and its relation to education and/or human flourishing. Conceptual, normative, and empirical papers are all welcome. Contributors are expected to discuss wonder or closely related topics, preferably in relation to children’s education, development, and/or flourishing. Possible topics for contributions are:

The educational importance of wonder
(How) does wonder contribute to human flourishing?
The distinction between wonder and curiosity
Different types of wonder (and their diverse roles in education and/or human flourishing)
Wonder’s relation to (other) emotions (e.g. awe, fear, aesthetic emotions)
Wonder and imagination
Should we and (how) can we stimulate children’s sense of wonder?
Wonder and intrinsic motivation to learn
Wonder’s role in particular types of education, such as science education, moral education, political education, art education

The complete Call for Abstracts, with additional information on what and how to submit, can be found here.

How to register

Registration is always for the whole (2-day) conference. The standard conference fee is € 200, the reduced fee, for (PhD) students, is € 100. The conference fee covers lunches and refreshments, but not the optional conference diner and not accommodation (see below). You can register for the conference here.

Conference venue

The conference will be held at Hotel Casa, just 200 metres from train, metro, tram and bus station Amsterdam Amstel. The address is Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4, Amsterdam. Look here for route directions.


Hotel Casa has reserved rooms for conference participants, but the number of rooms held in reservation will be reduced gradually from February onwards, so be quick if you want to stay at Hotel Casa. If you wish to book a room at Hotel Casa, please use this link.

(There are of course plenty of other hotels in Amsterdam, in various price ranges, both near the conference venue and in the city centre, should you prefer to stay elsewhere. A google search will give you plenty of options.) 

Interested in this topic?

On 3-4 April, right before our conference Wonder, Education, and Human Flourishing, the Philosophy Department of Vrije Universiteit organizes a conference that might also interest you: Good Judgment, Critical Thinking and Epistemic Virtues in Academic Education‚Äč.