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Dare We Build a New Global Order?

November 7-11, 2018
Hyatt Regency Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2018 (11:59 pm PST)


The AESA annual meeting will be held on November 7-11, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina.

The American Educational Studies Association (AESA) was founded in 1968 in the midst of major upheaval and change in the United States and across the globe. From protests against empire, war, and militarism, to demands for civil rights, economic reforms, and inclusive education, it was a turbulent period that fundamentally challenged the United States’ own foundations internally and internationally. The calls for social change took place in the classrooms and the streets, in legal courts and popular culture, in political conventions and the Olympics. Fifty years later, we confront similar realities and advocacies within the current context of neoliberalism and cosmopolitanism. The struggles against white supremacy, hetero-patriarchy, labor and class exploitation, ableism, environmental degradation, religious fundamentalism, nativism and narrow nationalism continue to marshal individuals and collectives for a future worth fighting for. In these struggles, both in the past and present, are the radical hope and promise of a sociality and polity underpinned by equity, intersectionality, justice, and love.

As AESA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018 and projects its next 50 years, how do we pursue and engage in intellectual, pedagogical, and political projects that envision and enact a different global order? How do we analyze “America” and the tools and effects of its hard and soft powers, while simultaneously decentering it? In what ways can we situate our work as researchers, educators, and activists that locates the United States within transnational frames and the global flows of ideas, people, money, and technologies? How do we resist the audit culture of standardization, testing, and ranking and the commodification of critical knowledges at local, national, and global scales? What can we learn from ontologies, epistemologies, and methodologies from below and elsewhere, from the margins and the borderlands, from the Indigenous and the migrants, from those considered non-normative, illegible, or disposable? What happens when we create and employ a different grammar of critique, transformation, and possibility? What kind of future might we build together, and what difference might this difference make?

We invite individual papers, symposia, panels, and alternative format submissions on a wide range of topics that may include, but are not limited to, the annual meeting theme.

General Call: Proposals may be submitted for individual papers, symposia, panels, and alternative format sessions through May 1, 2018. The committee welcomes proposals from a full range of theoretical, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives that include, but are not limited to, the following: social, historical, psychological, and/or philosophical foundations of education; cultural studies; curriculum theory; comparative and international education; critical race/ethnic studies; feminist and gender studies; queer studies; dis/ability studies; eco-justice studies; labor and economy; equity and intersectionality; migration, diaspora, and globalization; empire and decolonization; educational policy and leadership; and teacher education.

While all proposals that deal with educational studies issues and debates are welcome, especially encouraged are those that specifically address this year’s theme.


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