[Currentcse] A Critical Pedagogy/Theory Conference

Hutchinson, Jaylynne hutchinj at ohio.edu
Sat Jun 6 10:10:33 EDT 2015


Hi folks,

Based upon some of our studies and conversations this past year or two, I think some of you might be interested in one or both of the following two announcements. The first shows a new book series focusing on "Marxist, Socialist and Communist Studies in Education". If you are up to writing a book proposal, go for it!  

Second, a book proposal may be a bit ambitious, but I'd encourage those of you interested to submit a proposal for the conference described below on "Critical Theories in the 21st Century: A Conference on Transformative Pedagogies".  Deadline for proposals is in October and the conference is in November. Henry Giroux is a keynote speaker and the conference is just over in Pennsylvania--so even if you don't want/have a conference proposal accepted, you could scoot on over and take in the conference, or the keynote.

This conference is going on only its 4th year, and given the short time between proposals due and the conference itself, my guess is it is a smaller conference and much more conversational and exploratory in nature, rather than traditional academic conferences. Probably also attracts a good number of graduate students because of this.

(These announcements come from the listserv for a larger quality national academic organization called the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) -- which is one of the main large conferences where topics that we discuss (and more) are typical--a more progressive and human-centered focus. Although we know, no organization lives up 100% to their mission.)

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Jaylynne N. Hutchinson, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Critical Studies in Educational Foundations, Program Coordinator
Director, Undergraduate Diversity Studies Certificate
Lindley Hall S203, Ohio University
Athens, OH  45701
Email: hutchinj at ohio.edu
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Call for Proposals

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1. CALL FOR PROPOSALS
New book series:
Marxist, Socialist, and Communist Studies in Education
Information Age Publishing

Founding editors:
Derek R. Ford (Syracuse University)
Curry S. Malott (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)

Marxist, Socialist, and Communist Studies in Education is an
international book series that is dedicated to promoting debate about
and theoretical inquiry into Marxism, Socialism, and Communism as they
intersect with educational theory, research, philosophy, praxis,
methodology, and pedagogy. As one of the primary aims of the series is
to promote the international movement for communism through a
transdisciplinary exchange about Marxism and education, we welcome
submissions from scholars working not only within education, bus also
in fields such as geography, history, architecture, the arts,
sociology, gender studies, cultural studies, political economy,
literature, rhetoric and composition, disability studies, and policy.
While the series takes an explicit interest in Marxism, Socialism, and
Communism—as a philosophy, critique of political economy, and
anti-capitalist praxis of becoming—authors need not adhere to any
particular political
school of Marxist thought.

Editorial board:
Faith Agostinone Wilson (Aurora University, USA)
Grant Banfield (Flinders University, Australia)
Dennis Beach (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Polina Chrysochou (Anglia Ruskin University, England)
Antonia Darder (Loyola Marymount University, USA)
Dave Hill (Anglia Ruskin University, England)
Laura Jordan Jaffee (Syracuse University, USA)
Ravi Kumar (South Asian University, India)
Peter McLaren (Chapman University, USA)
Sergio Quiroz Miranda (Instituto McLaren de Pedagogia Critica y
Educacion Popular,
Mexico)
Kostas Skordoulis (University of Athens, Greece)
Ahmet Yildiz (Ankara University, Turkey)

For book proposal information, please contact drford at syr.edu.

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2. CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
Critical Theories in the 21st Century: A Conference on Transformative Pedagogies
4th Annual Conference
Theme: Critical Pedagogy vs. Capital: Reigniting the Conversation
Keynote Speakers: Henry Giroux and Dave Hill
November 6-7 at West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Conference website: www.ct21st.org

The 4th Annual Conference on Critical Theories in the 21st Century
aims to reinvigorate the field of critical pedagogy. The primary
question driving this conference is: What is to be done to make
critical pedagogy an effective educational weapon in the current
struggle against capitalism and imperialism?

There is no doubt that we are at a critical juncture in history in
terms of the limits of nature’s vital ecosystems, the physical limits
of the progressive accumulation of capital, and the deepening
reactionary ideology and scapegoating that exacerbates the oppression
of youth of color. If critical pedagogy is to play a significant role
in intervening in the current context, then a sharpened sense of
purpose and direction is needed.

Some examples of possible topics include:
Marxism
Post-structuralism/post-modernism
Anarchism
Challenging the unholy trinity of state, capital, and religion
Class and the capital-labor dialectic
Identity and economics
Hierarchical and vertical forms of organization (i.e., vanguards
versus networks)
Reform versus revolution
Socialism, communism, & democracy
Affect theory and the new materialisms
The knowledge economy, post-Fordism, and “cognitive capitalism”
Critical geography

While this conference will include important presentations and debates
in critical pedagogy, it will not be limited to this focus. In other
words, as critical theory becomes more inclusive, global, and all
encompassing, this conference welcomes more than just academics as
important contributors. That is, we recognize students and youth
groups as possessing authentic voices based on their unique
relationship to capitalism and will therefore be open to them as
presenters and discussion leaders.

While this conference will include important presentations and
challenging discussions based in critical pedagogy, it will not be
limited to this focus. In other words, as critical theory becomes more
inclusive, global, and all encompassing, this conference welcomes more
than just academics as important contributors.

Please submit proposals to: Curry Malott (cmalott at wcupa.edu) by October 1, 2015.

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