The American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies Conference

The American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies Conference




Tuesday, April 10 – Friday, April 13, 2012

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Curriculum Studies in Times of Globalization: Whose Internationalization?

The beginning of the new millennium may well be the moment in history that demonstrates how internationalization has conquered the epicenter of the curriculum field. Internationalization, conceptualized and developed within various epistemological perspectives has become an inevitable and legitimate ‘macro project’ for the present and future of the field of curriculum studies. Internationalization reinforces the tensions over the direction of curriculum studies through the attempt to develop a broader ‘conversation’. This annual meeting proposes a debate over the ‘internationalization’ of curriculum studies, in another sense; just as we have advanced in prior years, challenges to the emancipatory potential of a “pedagogical stance” to curriculum studies has demanded that we examine how the field works with, through, and around these critiques. In addition, we need to be aware of its ability to address critical issues and current crises that have marked this cultural and historic moment. In view of this, our 2012 AAACS conference call for papers asks curriculum scholars and educators to rethink and consider the very meaning of the internationalization endeavor.

As an association affiliated with the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies [IAACS] we seek to answer the following questions: How can this [new] scholarship within the American Association help address issues related to the problematic of internationalization and globalization? What kind or kinds of internationalization(s) and globalization(s) are we talking about? Who directs the internationalization and globalization? Who has been globalized? Who has been localized? Who is globalizing whom? Whose internationalization we are talking about?

Are there any symmetrical power relations in such processes? What kinds of circuits and mechanisms of economic and cultural production and reproduction does internationalization promote and/or silence? What is the effect of such conversations, or lack thereof, in the day-to-day lives of teachers and students? What are the real impacts of internationalization on advancement of curriculum theory and its development? Finally, the question remains whether or not curriculum studies, as a field, is on a collision course with internationalization and globalization? While we are part of a field that has always lived in crisis and by crisis, it is important to understand the fluidity of such movements. Are we facing an act of internationalization, or are we internationalizing the crises or internationalizing a way to further the crises.

While presentations, performances, or installations that speak directly and clearly to this theme are desirable, we also recognize that the spirit of the theme points toward a broadly conceived and complicated conversation, not fettered by any assumptions— conscious or unconscious—embedded in the foregoing words. Any proposed contribution to the complicated conversation that creates meaningful curriculum study is welcomed and encouraged.

If you are submitting a proposal or planning to attend the conference but are not currently a member, please complete the membership registration available under the “Membership” tab at The membership list is the primary way that we communicate with conference attendees, so if you submit a proposal but are not on the membership list you will likely not receive important information about the conference. If you are already a member but have not received membership communications within the past year that probably means that we do not have your correct email address, and so we respectfully ask that you complete another membership registration.

Please submit your papers to Joao Paraskeva & Maria Alfredo Moreira [Program Chair and Program Co-Chair]

Program Chair

Joao M. Paraskeva: University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Program Co-Chair: Maria Alfredo Moreira

University of Minho & University of Washington

Conferences Committee:

Erik Malewski, Chair,  Jim Jupp, Shay Mayer, Molly Quinn

Conference Venue

Conference is hosted by the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, in Vancouver – Peter P. Grimmett, Professor and Department Head. The meeting will take place on the UBC campus. More details and suggested accommodations nearby will be provided closer to the conference date.


Proposals received by December 1, 2011 will be given priority in terms of placement on the program. Because of the peer review and schedule development processes, proposals received after this date may not be guaranteed a spot.

AAACS 2012 Proposal Guide

As described in this year’s conference theme, you are encouraged to contribute to the complicated conversation that creates meaningful curriculum study through any of the great variety of passions and perspectives that have informed your work to date.

Any proposal is welcomed and encouraged. For the past several years we have been experimenting with the format of “working groups” that meet several times over the course of the conference to draft policy recommendations, research summaries, or other suitable media to be voted on by the members of AAACS as officially endorsed public position statements. At the 2011 meeting, the membership organized task forces on the internationalization of curriculum studies, and on the potential for curriculum studies scholars to speak to issues of policiy, public pedagogy, and political discourse. Proposals addressing such groups and initiatives are encouraged.

Proposal – Information to be Included:


Email Address:

Institutional Affiliation:

Street Address:

City, State (Province, Country):




Description: Please compose 2-3 paragraphs describing your proposed presentation, symposium, installation, or working group, including a short bibliography. If proposing a panel, please include all participants’ names, addresses, etc., plus approximately 300 words per proposed presentation.

Send (preferably via email [], but by regular

mail if needed) to:

João Paraskeva

School of Education, Public Policy & Civic Engagement, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, Ma 02747, United Sates of America

AAACS continues to charge NO conference or membership fees. With membership in AAACS ( comes membership in the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (