Call for Proposals

Third Liberal Education Student Conference – Call for proposals

Liberal Education: fit for future?

What does our changing society need from Liberal Education, and to what extent is your Liberal Education programme providing this?

The third Liberal Education Student Conference will reflect upon LE itself as seen from our changing European society. This edition endeavours to reflect on our own education programmes and to debate if these education programmes actually fit the current and future needs of our society. Next to discussing the role of LE from the perspective of our changing society, this critical reflection is the second main goal of the conference. We aim to conclude LESC 2018 with the creation of two separate lists; one listing the greatest positives on LE today, and one listing the greatest opportunities for improvement.

The conference will consist of keynote speakers, panel discussions, an open space, broadening activities and fun and cultural activities. Another important aspect of the conference are the track sessions. During the conference there will be three moments where the track sessions take place. Here, you will explore the main question by considering a particular topic that is connected to the changing European society.
There are five different tracks you can apply for. In order to participate in this conference you must supply a written contribution on one of the five topics. Following are the topics, with a short introduction; these introductions serve as sources of inspiration, not as guidance. You are encouraged to write your contribution on any subject concerning one of the following topics.

1. European Union
This track will explore the current and future challenges concerning the European Union. Some topics that can be discussed during these track sessions are, rising populist and nationalist sentiments, the effects of Brexit and questions surrounding a European identity.

2. Climate
All European countries signed the Paris Climate Accord in 2015. To meet the goals stipulated in this accord, significant changes must be made in the energy suppliance, CO2 emissions and protecting biodiversity.

3. Food
From production to consumption, the European society faces many challenges concerning food. These include the use of pesticides and GMOs, factory farming and rising obesity.

4. Migration
One of the key political issues facing the EU today is how to deal with immigration. European borders have solidified, creating ‘Fortress Europe’. Issues surrounding xenophobia, integration and need for shelter have risen to the foreground in the discussion. How should the European society engage with migration and the debate surrounding it?

5. Privacy
The field between the need for security and the right to privacy is filled with tensions. Government surveillance, Big Data and the growing influence of social media are driving forces behind these tensions. And what about Artificial Intelligence and tech giants? These and other topics can be discussed in this track.

The participant contributions will serve as a starting point for discussion, and will ensure that everyone has already contemplated the link between their track and Liberal Education. Contributions can be in the form of an academic or a non-academic paper of 1500 to 3000 words . Joint papers are also welcome. We, the organization, will explore options of publishing some of the academic papers after the conference. Hopefully, we can again publish our best LESC papers. Only academic papers can qualify for this.

In order to be selected to attend LESC 2018, you are expected to write a proposal. Your proposal should be an outline of your contribution and should consist of your core statement or question, your arguments and, if you choose to write an academic paper, your sources. Please state clearly if you choose to write an academic or non-academic paper.

Criteria for the proposal: The proposal should be:

  • –  Around 500 words;
  • –  Clearly academic or non-academic
  • –  Written in coherent English with correct grammar and spelling;
  • –  Connected to the European changing society;
  • –  Contributing to one of the tracks and make a (critical) link with LE;

    Deadline submission proposal: before March 1st.
    Deadline written contribution: before May 1st .
    You can submit your proposal and your contribution by emailing the documents in pdf format to

    We expect more applicants than available places for LESC 2018. Proposals will therefore be reviewed by the organisational team of the conference. Applicants will receive feedback by the 19th of March, when we will hopefully confirm your application. We aim to have an equal proportion of academic and non-academic contributions to the conference. However, should there be an asymmetric ratio, academic papers will have priority.

    During the conference, participants will be hosted by local students. We hope to be able to assist you with travel costs, however, it would be appreciated if you could get in touch with your university and ask for funding yourself.

    For our administration, please apply for admission to LESC 2018 via the following sign-up link as well:

    If you have any questions concerning the conference, do not hesitate to contact us at

    We are very much looking forward to your contributions and to meeting you.

    Kind regards,
    The LESC 2018 Organisational team