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44th Annual International Conference Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals
for the
Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking

Pre-Conference: July 21, 2024
Main Conference: July 22 - July 26, 2024

About Guest Sessions

Guest sessions will be hosted by panels of conference participants whose proposals have been approved by Fellows of the Foundation for Critical Thinking. They will be held Wednesday, July 24th.

We are specifically seeking proposals in the following subject areas:

  • Critical Thinking in the Natural Sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, etc.)

  • Critical Thinking in the Social Sciences (psychology, sociology, political science, etc.)

  • Critical Thinking in the Formal Sciences (mathematics, computer sciences, statistics, etc.)

  • Critical Thinking in the Humanities (history, the arts, philosophy, etc.)

  • Critical Thinking in the Professions (medicine, business, law, public policy, etc.)

  • Critical Thinking in Personal Life

  • Critical Thinking in Education

  • Critical thinking in any subject area not listed above to which it can be applied.

In these sessions, Guest Presenters will be placed in groups of 2-3 based upon overlapping subject matter. Each presenter will take turns presenting on his or her proposed topic for up to fifteen (15) minutes, and after everyone has presented, the remaining time will be used for Q&A.

Depending on the number of approved proposals, the broad subject areas above may be further divided (e.g., "Critical Thinking in History" may branch off from the Humanities group.)

Guest Presenters may share their critical thinking research, their development of critical thinking understandings, and their experiences and ideas in bringing critical thinking into teaching, learning, or other aspects of work and life.

To submit a proposal, please see the guidelines below.

Types of Proposals We Are Seeking

All proposed Guest Presentations 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.   

We invite proposals from faculty, administrators, independent 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.

Furthermore, 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 Guest Presentations should dovetail with the core concepts of critical thinking presupposed by the Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking.

Guidelines for Submitting Your Proposal

To submit a proposal, please email Mr. Jon Kalagorgevich at Proposals must be received by midnight Pacific Daylight Time on May 19th, 2024. Please include your proposal directly in the body of the email, rather than as an attachment. (Supporting attachments, such as handouts, are acceptable.) For yourself and for any co-presenters, please include all of the following information in your proposal:

1. First and last name.

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

3. The title of the Guest Session you are proposing.

4. A brief abstract, including the purpose of your Guest Session. Those who might attend your presentation 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, in case we need to reach you about time-sensitive matters related to the Guest Sessions Program.

Requirements for Approved Presenters 

Guest Presenters whose proposals are approved are required to agree to the following:

1. Register for either the Main Conference or Full Conference no later than June 9th, 2024.

2. Participate in the conference sessions to the extent that you are able. The primary purpose of the conference is for all present, including our own Scholars and Fellows, to advance our thinking together; Guest Presenters who fail to attend Focal Sessions and simply appear one day to present are at odds with this purpose.