21st INTERNATIONAL RECONCEPTUALIZING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya November 3-6, 2013

www.receinternational.org

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20th INTERNATIONAL RECONCEPTUALIZING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Pennsylvania State UniversityNovember 4-7, 2012
“Reconceptualizing the Field: Past, Present, and Future”
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
We invite proposals from early childhood researchers, pedagogues, practitioners, and other cultural workers for the 20th anniversary of the Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference.
In line with the traditions of RECE, proposals should aim at challenging traditional assumptions about theory or exploring new directions in research, policy and practice in early childhood education and care (ECEC), and childhood studies. This year we welcome all proposals reflecting these traditions and particularly work that helps us engage in dialogue about the past, present, and future of reconceptualization efforts through:


  • offering innovative practices involving children, families, and educators in diverse settings;
  • advocating critical and alternative perspectives on ECEC policy issues;
  • positioning childhood and early childhood education in the context of globalization (with all its radical disparities, contradictions, fluidities, hybridities, etc.);
  • exploring emerging challenges faced by our world (i.e., Examples of these challenges include, but are not limited to, issues of diversability questioning the narrowly defined notion of normalcy and sustainabilities of our relationalities and eco-systems); and
  • offering cross-disciplinary theoretical perspectives that challenge taken-for-granted understandings about childhood and early childhood education (e. g., cross-cultural and international-comparative, decolonizing, feminist, postcolonial, postdevelopmental, posthumanist, poststructuralist, psychoanalytic, queer, and other alternative perspectives).
Mode of Presentation
Presentations will be offered in multi-modal formats, including:

  • 90 minute themed panels (no more than 3 presenters and no discussant and allowing 15 of these minutes for discussion);
  • 30 minute individual papers/presentations (allowing 10 of these minutes for discussion);
  • 90 minutes roundtable paper presentations (a combination of 3 individual papers presented and discussed at the roundtable);
  • 90 minute themed interactive workshops;
  • 30 minute individual interactive workshops;
  • 90 minute collaborative arts-based performances/AV presentations;
  • 30 minute individual arts-based performances/AV presentations; and
  • Standing visual arts exhibitions.
Proposal Submission
To promote broad participation in the conference, your name must appear on one submission only. In addition, an individual must not appear on the program more than once (e.g., in the role of presenter, convener, panel/workshop participant, or performer). Proposals must be no more than two single-spaced pages, excluding abstract, in length and include the following:

  1. Names, affiliations, addresses, and e-mail addresses of all presenters
  2. Brief title, capturing the primary focus, concern, or topic of the session
  3. Brief rationale explicating the theoretical grounding of the session, and its relevance to the interests of the conference
  4. Indication of session type (e.g., interactive discussion; roundtable paper presentation; workshop; panel)
  5. Indication of provisions for involving audience participation and format (overhead, PowerPoint, etc.)
  6. 100 word abstract for inclusion in the conference program
Themed panel proposals should be submitted by the panel convener. To promote the audience’s participation in discussion, we encourage each panel to have no more than 3 presenters (approximately 20 minutes per presenter) and no discussant. The panel proposals should include a description and rationale of the panel theme; a 100 word summatory abstract for inclusion in the conference program and 100 word abstracts from each of the presenters (also for inclusion in the conference program).
All other proposals should include a description and rationale for the presentation; the preferred mode of presentation (from the list above); and a 100 word summatory abstract for inclusion in the program.
Proposals can only be submitted to RECE@uga.edu.
The deadline for submission is May 20, 2012. (Note: To facilitate the timely announcement of the conference program, there will be no deadline extension.)
Proposals will be reviewed by our international program committee and volunteer reviewers. You will be notified of the outcome no later than July 2, 2012.
If you are interested in reviewing proposals, please put “RECE volunteer reviewer” in the email subject and include your position (e.g., graduate student, faculty) and areas of research interest in the body to notify Kyunghwa Lee at kyunghwa@uga.edu.
Communication
Submit questions about proposals to kyunghwa@uga.edu.
Our local host committee led by Gail Boldt at Pennsylvania State University is constructing the conference information website to be available in February, 2012. Meanwhile, you may follow up on Facebook.



19th Annual RECE Conference--Politics of Care: Sharing Knowledges, Love and Solidarity

19th RECE Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education Conference

University of East London

London, United Kingdom 25th – 29th October 2011


- Conference website: http://www.uel.ac.uk/rece2011/


Under the rubric of the politics of care, the 2011 conference theme draws together three life-sustaining and affirming concepts – knowledges, love and solidarity. These concepts are usually dealt with separately in dominant policy and practice discourses. We invite participants to critically engage with their interrelationships. By co-implicating and entangling the mind and the heart, emotions and politics, the individual and the collective, and the public and the private, the conference theme opens a space for rethinking, reclaiming and reconnecting these terms and concepts. Thus it intentionally and necessarily opens to a multitude of understandings, readings and interpretations. We welcome debate around the theme’s affordances for reconceptualising ethics, inclusion and activism in early childhood education.


Possible questions that this theme may evoke include (but are by no means restricted to):
  • How might thinking ‘knowledge, love and solidarity’ together support and/or extend the ethics of care that is so central to all critical pedagogies?
  • What constructive alternatives might such a politics of care offer to the neoliberal discourses and global capitalist markets that threaten to engulf early childhood education?
  • How might agency be repositioned within a politics of care that embraces both difference and mutuality?
  • How might transformational practice and/or resistance to institutionalised normality be enabled by such a politics of care?
Call for proposals
We invite proposals from early childhood researchers, pedagogues, practitioners and other cultural workers to address the conference theme.
In line with the RECE traditions, proposals should aim at challenging traditional assumptions about theory, research, policy and practice in early childhood education and care and childhood studies. We particularly welcome proposals that demonstrate reconceptualisations of early childhood education through:
  • offering innovative practices involving children, families and educators in diverse settings;
  • advocating critical and alternative perspectives on ECEC policy issues;
  • positioning childhood and early childhood education in the context of globalisation (with all its radical disparities, contradictions, fluidities, hybridities etc.)
  • offering cross-disciplinary theoretical perspectives that challenge taken-for-granted understandings about childhood and early childhood education (e.g., feminist, poststructuralist, postdevelopmental, postcolonial, posthumanist, psychoanalytic, queer, decolonizing)
Mode of Presentation
Presentations will be offered in multi-modal formats, including:
  • 90 minute themed panels (including 3 to 5 presenters and a discussant);
  • 30 minute individual papers/presentations;
  • 90 minutes roundtable paper presentations (a combination of 3 individual papers presented and discussed at the roundtable)
  • 30 minute interactive workshops;
  • 30 minute arts-based performances/AV presentations (individual or collaborative);
  • Standing visual arts exhibitions
Proposal submission
Your name must appear on one proposal only. Proposals must be no more than three pages in length and include the following:
1. Names, affiliations, addresses, and e-mail addresses of all presenters
2. Brief title, capturing the primary focus, concern, or topic of the session
3. Brief rationale explicating the theoretical grounding of the session, and its relevance to the theme and interests of the conference
4. Indication of session type (e.g. interactive discussion; roundtable paper presentation; workshop; panel)
5. Indication of provisions for involving audience participation, and format (overhead, PowerPoint, etc.)
6. 100 word abstract for inclusion in the conference programme.
Themed panel proposals should be submitted by the panel convener. They should include a description and rationale of the panel theme (which indicates the ways in which the panel theme contributes to the conference theme); a 100 word summatory abstract for inclusion in the conference programme and 100 word abstracts from each of the presenters (also for inclusion in the conference programme).
All other proposals should include a description and rationale for the presentation (including a clear indication of the ways in which the presentation contributes to the conference theme); the preferred mode of presentation (from the list above); and a summatory100 word abstract for inclusion in the programme.
Proposal Submission
You will be able to submit your proposals through this web site only.
The deadline for submission is April 30, 2011
Proposals will be reviewed by our international programme committee. You will be notified of the outcome no later than June 15, 2011
RECE 2011 Conference Committee
Host Committee Chair: Mathias Urban (m.urban@uel.ac.uk)
Programme Committee Chair: Janette Habashi (jhabashi@ou.edu)
If you are interested in serving on the programme committee for our conference, please signal your research focus/theoretical interests to Janette, so that we may allocate proposals accordingly.