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

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The main theme of the conference Wonder, Education, and Human Flourishing 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. The conference will feature a mix of conceptual, normative, and empirical papers. The papers that will be presented treat topics such as:

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
Wonder and intrinsic motivation to learn
Wonder’s role in particular types of education, such as science education, moral education, political education, art education

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. The deadline for registration is February 28th.

Conference programme

The conference will begin on Friday, 09:45am (following reception with coffee and tea from 09:00am, when the registration desk opens) and will close at 17:00pm on Saturday, followed by a drinks reception until 18:00pm. The conference programme can be found here. The instructions for the presentations in the parallel sessions can be found 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. The promotional code is Wonderful Edu.

(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.