venue: Hybrid Conference: October 20 – 23, 2021

Cartographies of the (Sur)Real: Curriculum and Pedagogy in These Times

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Conference Details

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Virtual Conference: October 20 - 23, 2021

2021 Conference Schedule

Deadline to submit proposal: July 16, 2021

As we continue to accommodate the (sur)real conditions we find ourselves in, we welcome this opportunity to continue with ourcurricular thought, pedagogical innovations, and activism. We conceptualize the (sur)real as an analytic that assists in reading andinterpreting social reality within the historical conjuncture in which we live. We draw from Walter Benjamin’s (1929)conceptualization of the surreal as a profane illumination of the social reality undoubtedly unfolding before our eyes — a reality soincredibly complex that it seems to lie more in the liminal space of sleeping/dreaming and waking/thinking. We live in a constantstate of paradox. We live, as Eduardo Galeano (1998) expressed, en un mundo patas arriba, in an upside-down world.

We anticipate an innovative conference experience, building upon the success of what was our first virtual conference in 2020.One thing we learned is that the virtual format provides us with an opportunity to create stronger international ties. Though the majority of us are based in the U.S., we would like to send a special invitation to educators, theorists, artists, and activists around the world to share in this experience with C&P. We look forward to working across borders and to consider the cartographies of the(sur)real as they impact us distinctly, but also provide a shared platform to deepen our understanding of one another.Our annual conference opens spaces to advance traditions of critical inquiry in education through dialogue and action. We welcome attendees ranging from early childhood educators through higher education instructors – that includes practicing K-12teachers, librarians, administrators, graduate students, professors, or independent scholars as well as artists, and educators from community groups and organizations. Historically, C&P has prided itself upon our noteworthy and deliberate efforts to encourage and support graduate students as well as junior scholars, providing mentorship opportunities and guidance as well as empowering their voices at and beyond the conference

We convene to renew and deepen our critical insights into our work and its contexts. We accomplish this work within aperspective that regards curriculum studies as integral to the fabric of everyday public life and wholly connected to the dailypedagogical practices of schools, as phenomena that exist in non/institutional, and diverse spaces and moments. In addition to folksworking in schools and/or academia, we welcome proposals from artists and creative submissions. Graduate students are encouraged tosubmit proposals to the conference. All abstracts accepted and presented are potentially slated for publication in the conferenceproceedings.

Proposal Details

The 2021 conference promises to yield intellectually – rich and socially – engaged conversations around relevant contemporarytopics. We seek proposals that honor the conference theme while also supporting proposals from a broad array of criticalities that arepart of curriculum studies and educational foundations’ past and future, including

It includes:

  • Social Movements as Pedagogical Spaces
  • Border Studies, Spaces, and Pedagogies
  • Decolonial, Decolonizing and Critical Theories and Pedagogies
  • Bilingual Literacy and Studies
  • Critical Race Theories
  • Arts – based Research and Critical Methodologies
  • LGBTQ+ Studies and Queer / Feminist Intersectionalities
  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum Histories and Genealogies
  • Curricular / Pedagogical Innovation and Virtual Space


  • Direct any questions about the proposal process to the Program Committee at
  • Letters of acceptance will be emailed to presenters no later than August 13, 2021.

Proposal Submission/ Acceptance Process: All proposals undergo blind peer review

We invite proposals that:

  • Fit our conference and organizational focus, or extend our field of vision, in ways we have not yet considered or anticipated.
  • Explore our challenge power, privilege and supremacy embedded in curriculum and pedagogy policies and schooling practices.
  • Use the arts to engage with and extend curriculum and pedagogy, especially in relationship with issues in power, privilege, social justice, and democracy.
  • 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 color
  • Theorize, analyze, dream, problematize, deconstruct, and/or challenge the pervading hetero patriarchal 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.
  • Share ideas and efforts for action and change in local settings, particularly in the presenter’s locality.
  • Present research findings on reform efforts, particularly focus on a local context
  • Analyze or critique situations or contexts to focus needed efforts for change.

Proposal Submission Must Include

  • Title of proposal
  • Proposal Abstract– Up to 100 words*
  • Keywords– 5 keywords summarizing the focus of the content of your proposal
  • Sentence– A 1-sentence summary of the focus of the content of your proposal
  • Proposals– 350 words: single paper, workshop, art exhibition or performance, book talk /// 1800 words: symposia
  • First Author– Name, affiliation, email
  • Additional Authors– Name, affiliation, email
  • Presentation type– Individual Paper, Symposium, Book Talk, Workshop/Public Action, Art Exhibition, Performance


*Abstracts of accepted presentations will be slated for publications in conference proceedings


We seek to create a space in which to advance the ideals of progressive curriculum and democratic leadership in education through dialogue and action.