The diversity of Latin American peoples and the region’s political, cultural, and economic achievements and challenges have shaped unique education philosophies and practices. Likewise, a variety of education philosophies and practices have had enormous sociological, political and economic impacts on the region. This rich educational tradition remains largely unknown beyond the Latin American context. LAPES promotes the dissemination of Latin American education philosophies and practices by facilitating South-South and North-South dialogue. Through its symposia, journal, publications and translations, it provides scholars, students, practicing teachers, and activists from across the Americas opportunities to advance Latin American philosophies of education and educational practices.
We believe that by studying Latin American philosophies of education, scholars, teachers, activists, and students can expand their own ways of theorizing education and develop programs and strategies for transforming educational practices in the United States and elsewhere. To advance this premise, LAPES aims to provide a platform and resources to people inquiring into Latin American questions on philosophy of education through our symposia, journal, and growing network of students, teachers, and activists.
LAPES was founded in 2012 by PhD students and activists at Teachers College, Columbia University. Recognizing that in the United States, Global South education theory is often ignored and/or silenced, and having had the opportunity to study and work in Latin America, the original members of LAPES formed the collective to contest epistemic suppression and actively promote Latin American and Caribbean education theory.
Originally hosted by The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER/Columbia University), LAPES has grown into an international collective and is now based in the Educational Foundations & Policy Studies Department at West Chester University (Pennsylvania, USA).
Since its inception LAPES has hosted conferences on decolonial education theory, post-neoliberal education possibilities, schools as sites of struggle, and Global South pedagogical practices, amongst other themes. In addition to its annual journal LÁPIZ, LAPES has published a book on Mexican philosophies of education and members have translated books by Walter Kohan and Enrique Dussel. Committed to the principle that knowledge is no one's property, LAPES events are free and our publications are open access.