CFP: The 16th Annual Curriculum & Pedagogy Conference (Action and Change!)

The 16th Annual
Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference
Action & Change
November 5-6, 2015
Cleveland, OH

Priority Deadline for Proposal Submissions: JUNE 30, 2015
Proposals received by June 30, 2015 are given priority in terms of placement on the program. Because of the
peer review and schedule development processes, proposals received after August 1, 2015 may not be guaranteed
a spot.

The Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference is an annual gathering of diverse individuals seeking academic
enrichment and professional engagement who are committed to educational empowerment and social change. The conference opens spaces to advance the ideals of progressive curriculum and democratic leadership in education through dialogue and action. The conference organizers seek to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds—including academic workers, graduate students, school and district administrators, PreK-12 teachers, and many more cultural and educational workers from community groups and organizations—who hope to analyze, interrogate, and develop theories and practices for educational change and social justice.

The conference fosters an open and affirming environment for democratic community building, collective
scholarship, and social action. We gather together to deepen our critical insights into the historical, political,
personal, aesthetic, spiritual, social, and cultural contexts of our work. We engage this work within a perspective that regards curriculum studies as integral to the fabric of everyday public life and wholly connected to the daily
pedagogical practices of/within/about schools, as well in educational phenomena that exist in anomalous, extrainstitutional, and diverse spaces and moments.

To these ends we invite proposals that:
• Share ideas and efforts for action and change in local settings, particularly in the presenter’s locality;
For example, a presenter might discuss how educators, students, parents, and other community members
are working toward a restructuring of schools and other educational institutions in a way that both
accommodates student-centered learning in the community spaces they inhabit and addresses issues of
school environment design and interconnectedness of community?

• Present research finding on reform efforts, particularly focused on a local context;
For example, research into the effectiveness of outreach efforts on educating a local community to
participate in farm to table enterprises.

• Analyze or critique situations or contexts to focus needed efforts for change
For example, how do historical and contemporary practices of power, privilege and supremacy impact
design efforts we employ to erase those practices?

• Fit our conference and organizational focus, or extend our field of vision, in ways we have not yet
considered or anticipated

Additional conference details and information about the host city can be found on our website:
The Curriculum & Pedagogy Conference is organized by The Curriculum and Pedagogy Group, a 501(c) 3, professional association that also publishes the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.

Proposal Submission Process– Submit proposals electronically at The Curriculum & Pedagogy Conference
Proposal Submission Form
When submitting your proposal, be prepared with the following information:
1. Author information
2. Title of Proposal
3. Proposal Abstract – 50 word abstract – we will include this brief statement in the online conference program.
4. Proposal – Provide a description, in no more than 500 words, of the proposed presentation (including content
such as purpose, methodology, discussion, and conclusion, when applicable). In addition, include
references/works cited.
5. Indicate presentation type (note that the term paper refers to scholarly writing, reflective writing, visual
representations and/or multi-media.)
a. Individual Paper: Individual paper submissions will be grouped together by the program committee
(no more than 3 papers in a grouping) to form a more intimate Conversation Centre. Conversation
Centres will be the primary venue for individual paper submissions. Conversation Centres will provide
for an intense hour of conversations between/with presenters and attendees concerning related and
emergent topics. Technology is not provided for Conversation Centre sessions; presenters are welcome
to bring their own laptops; wireless internet access is available on site.
b. Symposium: A symposium is a proposal consisting of 3 or more papers addressing a related topic/idea
outlined by proposers. Symposia are an hour in length.
c. Book Talks: If you have recently published a book and would like to share your work, this venue
would be perfect for you. Book Talks are an hour in length.
d. Workshop/Public Action/Art Exhibition: This year we will have a number of spaces available
throughout the program for workshops/public actions/art exhibitions. These types of presentations are
intended to foster critical and public dialogue and should be considered spaces for social action and
public pedagogy. Presentation time and venue is flexible and dependent on presenter needs with these
types of presentations—please be sure to indicate special needs when addressing #6 below.
6. As a result of conversations that emerged out of past C&P Conference gatherings, we invite and encourage
proposals that explore and challenge power, privilege, and supremacy embedded in curriculum and pedagogy,
educational policies, and schooling practices. As this invitation grew out of the important work of C&P’s
Browning Caucus, these proposals will be identified with the Colouring Curriculum and Pedagogy (CCP)
designation. Proposals considered for this designation:
• Draw from such topics as race and knowledge production, curriculum and the nation, race and the
Academy, and/or colonization and schooling particularly in relation to the violent impact of racism
on the lives of people of colour.
• Theorize, analyze, dream, problematize, deconstruct, and/or challenge the pervading heteropatriarchal
white supremacy of the field and how it manifests in the field of curriculum studies.
• Engage with critical race, anti-racist, decolonizing, anti-colonial, post-global, anti-globalization,
border thinking, epistemic borders, and/or Indigenous scholarship.
Scholars who identify with or work with communities of colour and/or who draw on the activist and intellectual
traditions of peoples of colour, third world feminism, Indigenous liberation/sovereignty, civil rights, and
anticolonial movements are particularly encouraged to submit papers. If you would like this designation please
provide a short explanation as to how you see your work fitting this category. For additional information
please contact Jubin Rahatzad at
7. Indicate audio, visual, technology, and/or space/time needs. Please note, technology is not provided for
Conversation Centre sessions; Wireless Internet access is available on site.
• If you are proposing a workshop/public action/art exhibition please indicate the type of space you need
(large room, outdoors, street, etc.), technology requests (audio-visual, projectors, etc.), and time needed
for this particular session.
• If you are proposing a symposium, we will have a very limited number of laptops and projectors
available for use, please indicate technology requests (audio-visual, projectors, etc.).
8. Scheduling Requests – While we cannot guarantee individual requests for scheduling presentations (especially
for proposals received after June 30, 2015), we will do our best to respond to extenuating scheduling
circumstances. If necessary, please indicate any extenuating scheduling circumstances the program committee
needs to be aware of.

C&P sees part of it mission to support new presenters and members at our conference. Mentoring sessions are
interspersed throughout the program. Sessions may include such topics as: participating in a profession; advice for first time presenters; issues for new faculty; tips for writing; online learning and teaching; activism. If you are
interested in serving as one of the mentors offering thoughts during one of these sessions, please contact Altheria Gaston at If you are a first-time presenter at C&P and would like someone to review your paper or answer questions about the conference, contact Altheria and we will do our best to match you with a “seasoned” member of our group prior to the conference.

Please direct any questions about the proposal process to Program Committee at
All proposals undergo a blind review.
Registration Note
eRegistration for the 16th Annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference will be available August 1, 2015. Go to for details.
Thank you for your interest and participation.

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