Wild Pedagogies

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We are looking for participants who will:

  • Take part in the whole program, from arrival in Whitehorse through to the return to completion of the program: July 6-18 inclusive.

  • Participate by preparing and delivering a presentation (Theory or practice—see notes below) during the colloquium.

  • Commit to having a first draft of the presentation completed by February, 2014.

  • Commit to having a final draft of the presentation completed by the June 1, 2014 (Without this, your place could be given to someone on a waiting list).

  • Asking for a final draft presentation will encourage participant preparation, aid in planning the program, provide material for pre-conference discussions, and help ensure that the post-colloquium publication can be completed in a timely fashion. The format can take the form of a standard academic paper or detailed workshop or activity description. We presume that wild ideas will have a life of their own and will develop through journeying together and participating in presentations and conversations with colleagues.  They will wiggle.  So we also ask you to commit to submitting revised versions of your paper/workshop description after the colloquium.

  • Be prepared to present their work in wilderness settings and in small group discussion and/or workshop formats.  There won’t be any power point equipment out there.

  • Commit to a $200 deposit now, and the balance of the registration prior to arrival.

Writing Projects

We think that it would be worthwhile to bring the collective work together in a way that it can continue to do work—for ourselves, and others.  The standard format for this would be a book on Wild Pedagogy.  Though, it may take its own wild turn and emerge as a special issue in a journal, or…?  One question for all participants to keep in mind is: how can we make sure this final product will be interesting, on topic, has some coherence, and doable in a timely manner?


It seems like we could have two categories of papers. The standard essays (theory) could possibly alternate with shorter papers with practical examples of wild pedagogy (practice).


Theory.   Perhaps the theoretical papers could be limited to about 5000 words.

Practice.   The practical papers could be limited to 1500 or 2000 words.


We are aware of some irony in proposing to challenge ideas about control and yet wanting to bring a little order to the writing process. However, the kind of learning and teaching proposed does require intentional activities and willing participants. While some irony and inconsistency is likely inevitable, I do hope that colloquium participants and future readers will still be touched by the wild intent of this writing. 

The Evolution of the Floating Colloquium


This colloquium is inspired by two sources. First, Nils Vikander and Aage Jensen —both working at Nord Trondelag University College— were the main organizers of a walking conference hosted at a series of mountain huts along the Swedish-Norwegian boarder in September, 2009.

Walking and talking was a wonderful alternative to traditional conferencing. During this conference, the context of the journey was always integrated into presentations, discussions, and workshop activities.

This floating colloquium is a natural extension of these inspirations and the kinds of practices that are familiar to most who conduct field-based courses.

This colloquium also follows, and is closely linked to, a recent Loon Lake Gathering organized by Sean Blenkinsop from SFU, and a team of his colleagues.