CESJ Graduate Student Forum

Please see below for information about the CESJ Graduate Student Forum. If you are a graduate student, please consider applying, and if you are a professor, please encourage your students to apply. See below for all the details – we will also post info on our website (http://www.cesjsig.org/graduate-student-forum.html) and our Facebook page. Special thanks to Co-Chairs Edward Curammeng and Carolina Valdez and the rest of the planning committee for their hard work – it is always such a powerful event, and this year’s forum promises to be no different.

***Deadline for submission: Friday, January 2, 2015, 5pm PST***
American Education Research Association (AERA)
Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ)
Graduate Student Forum 2015 presents:
Shifting Landscapes:
Pedagogy, Policy, and Praxis in Communities

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 8:30 am – 1:30 pm | Chicago, IL

The Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) SIG would like to invite you to apply to participate in the seventh annual Graduate Student Forum on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 leading up to the AERA conference in Chicago, IL. This forum is a designated session for 25 doctoral students and is free of charge. The session includes a light breakfast, full lunch and a panel of distinguished professors with many opportunities to interact informally with panelists and other participants.

Seismic shifts are occurring in our schools? demographic landscapes, education policies, and the contestation of knowledge production through empirical research. These shifts are upending the contexts in which social justice educators work. At the same time, graduate students are experiencing shifts in their personal and academic trajectories including expectations for how one must or must not comply to these shifts. It is only when we look at how power circulates that we can understand and account for social justice in imaginative and innovative ways. Therefore, we organize this year?s forum around how pedagogy, policy, and praxis with community address these shifting landscapes.

Our forum collectively asks:

What are the directions for social justice work in resisting compliance?
What will social justice mean and look like as education landscapes change?

Alongside the organizing inquiries that guide our forum, we also interrogate power against the following questions:

How might justice-oriented pedagogies respond to move us toward realizing education as a site of and for transformation?


What must be asked of policies and policymakers in order to maintain emphases on the importance of social justice projects?


How do critical scholars engage with praxis in the communities we work with? How do we, as a community hold each other accountable to these formations of praxis?

The purpose of the Graduate Student Forum is to open up space for doctoral students committed to and engaged in social justice and critical education research to:

Learn from scholars and peers about the possibilities and tensions involved with social justice and critical education research.
Help prepare critical scholars for their future scholarship and related work.
Identify strategies and tools that we can take back to our colleagues and students, communities and home institutions.

The members of the Critical Educators for Social Justice SIG are committed to teach, promote, and implement the principles of critical pedagogy in order to establish an educational movement grounded in the struggle for social and economic justice, human rights, and economic democracy. The members of CESJ are committed to cultural, linguistic, political, and economic self-determination within our classrooms, schools, and communities.

Confirmed panelists:

Dr. Bettina L. Love, Assistant Professor of Educational Theory & Practice, University of Georgia
Dr. Lisa (Leigh) Patel, Associate Professor of Education, Boston College
Dr. Luis Urrieta, Jr., Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in Education, University of Texas at Austin

Thank you for your interest in this event. If you have any questions, please email us at CESJgradforum@gmail.com.


2015 GSF Planning Committee

Edward R. Curammeng (co-chair), University of California, Los Angeles
Carolina Valdez (co-chair), University of California, Los Angeles
Cati de los Ríos, Teachers College, Columbia University
Alma Itzé Flores, University of California, Los Angeles
Melissa Gibson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
David Martinez, Arizona State University
Danielle Parker, University of North Carolina
Mike Scott, Virginia Commonwealth University
Katy Swalwell (CESJ Board liaison), Iowa State University

Link to application: 

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