Workshop on Social Media and Public Pedagogy



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Workshop on Social Media and Public Pedagogy

Due to travel restrictions in place to tackle the outbreak of Coronavirus and safety reasons, we have cancelled this event.

We will be probably reschedule it for next year and will announce the new dates in due time.

Public pedagogy investigates learning that happens beyond formal schooling and through disparate means, like public events, TV, cinema, the Internet, and social media. The aim of the workshop is to bring together epistemologists investigating the educative or, more often, miseducative role of social media in contemporary societies to make progress towards answering key questions and illuminating crucial problems.

This is the first of a series of two workshops focusing on the epistemology of education, co-organized by the Centre for Knowledge and Society (CEKAS) of the University of Aberdeen and the Cogito Epistemology Group of the University of Glasgow, under the aegis of the Epistemology of Education Network.

The first workshop will be hosted by the University of Aberdeen, and the second workshop will be hosted by the University of Glasgow next year.

This event is financially supported by the Scots Philosophical Association (SPA).

Workshop Details

Confirmed Speakers

Michel Croce, LanCog Group, Philosophy Centre, University of Lisbon

Emma Gordon, Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Orestis Palermos, Philosophy, University of Cardiff

Tommaso Piazza, Philosophy, University of Pavia

Duncan Pritchard, Philosophy, Universities of Irvine and Edinburgh

Krassimir Stojanov, Education, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt

Alessandra Tanesini, Philosophy, University of Cardiff

Joe Ulatowski, Philosophy, University of Waikato and Centenary Fellow, University of Aberdeen

Lani Watson, Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Workshop Programme

Monday 4 May
9:00-9:30 Reception
9:30-10:30 Joe Ulatowski – Talk’s title: "Is that a fact? Facts as propaganda"
10:30-10:35 Break
10:35-11:35 Emma Gordon – Talk’s title: "Social Media, Understanding and Education"
11:35-11:50 Coffee Break
11:50-12:50 Lani Watson – Talk’s title: "What Can Education Theory Tell Us About Online And Expert Testimony"
12:50-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:00 Krassimir Stojanov – Talk’s title: "Half-Education and Social Media - The Case of Right Populism"
16:00-16:15 Coffee Break
16:15-17:15 Duncan Pritchard – Talk’s title: "Understanding Fake News”
Workshop Dinner

Tuesday 5 May
9:30-10:30 Alessandra Tanesini – Talk’s title: "Anger, Narcissism and Hate Speech on Social Media"
10:30-10:35 Break
10:35-11.35 Orestis Palermos – Talk’s title: "Social Media and the Desire to Surprise"
11:35-11:50 Coffee Break
11:50-12:50 Michel Croce & Tommaso Piazza – Talk’s title: "Fake news and epistemic blameworthiness"
Workshop ends

Event Details

The workshop will run from 9am-5:15pm on Monday, 4 May, and from 9:30am-12:50pm on Tuesday, 5 May

Venue: Sir Duncan Rice Library, Second Floor, Seminar Room 224, Bedford Road, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen

There will be free coffee and refreshments for speakers and delegates.


There is no attendance fee, but you need to register to obtain a pass. Registration for the workshop is open from now till the 3rd of May. Please send an email to Luca Moretti (

Conference Organizers

Emma Gordon (Cogito Epistemology Group, University of Glasgow)               

Luca Moretti (CEKAS, University of Aberdeen)               

Mona Simion (Cogito Epistemology Group, University of Glasgow)