The IAACS Fourth World Curriculum Studies Conference

The fourth World Curriculum Studies Conference will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 2 -5, 2012. The conference is being organized and sponsored by the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (IAACS). IAACS was formed in the year 2000 in recognition that curriculum was becoming a globalized phenomenon, The goal was to create a worldwide, but not uniform organization dedicated to supporting curriculum scholars to interconnect and celebrate the richness and diversity of multicultural approaches to the vast field of curriculum and education around the world. IAACS now includes individual members and affiliated curriculum studies associations from over 40 countries.

One of the main activities of IAACS is the convening of triennial world curriculum studies conferences. These world conferences, as well as regional conferences, and an electronic journal “Transnational Curriculum Inquiry, are efforts to provide educators with an opportunity to discuss themes related to the heart of curriculum studies, in the spirit of generating a conversation within and beyond the borders of regional, national and global understanding of the key educational concerns of the field of curriculum studies. Previous world conferences were held in Shanghai, China (2003); Tampere, Finland (2006); and Cape Town, South Africa (2009). The theme of the Fourth World Curriculum Conference in Rio de Janeiro is “Questioning Curriculum Theory”. The deadline for paper submission is January 31, 2012. For further information, please, see or contact: Dr. Terry Carson at or Daniela Tereshchuk at

On December 7, 2011 A Canadian Curriculum Theory Project sponsored the Provoking an Introduction to Curriculum Studies Graduate Student Conference.

The Fifth Biennial PCS 2011 Conference: Click here for more information (English: French)

Le comité sur l’équité de la Faculté d’Éducation présente/the Faculty of Education Equity Committee presents on February 15th, 2011 in Room 387 LMX at 12:00 until 1:00 pm

Queer-y-ing the experience of (straight) education

According to a 2009 survey conducted by Egale Canada, “three-quarters of LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer] students and 95% of transgender students felt unsafe at school” and many of these students feel they cannot discuss this with friends, teachers or parents. Words like “fag”, “queer”, “lezzy”, and “dyke” are used on a daily basis by students (and teachers) as derogatory comments, targeting individuals and the school community as a whole. These issues are not solely confined to schools. Rather homophobia and heterosexism are widespread societal concerns, seeping into all aspects of our lives from music to language, television to how we perceive others. The discussants will share their experiences inside and outside the classroom from the perspective of both the student and teacher.

É-gay-er l’expérience éducative (hétéro)

Selon un sondage mené en 2009 par Egale Canada,  près de trois quarts des élèves LGBTQ (lesbiennes, gais, bisexuels, transgenres et queer) et 95% des élèves transgenres ne se sentent pas en sécurité à l’école et nombreux sont ceux qui pensent qu’ils ne peuvent pas en parler à leurs amis, leurs enseignants ou leurs parents.  Les mots “pédé”, “lopette”, “folle” ou “goudou” sont utilisés tous les jours de façon péjorative aussi bien par les élèves que par les enseignants et cela nous concerne tous. L’homophobie et l’hétérosexisme sont des problèmes de société qui touchent à tous les aspects de notre vie – de la musique à la langue, de la télévision au regard que nous portons sur l’autre. Les participants partageront leurs expériences en tant qu’élève ou enseignant en dehors et au sein de la salle de classe.

On October 21-22, 2011 the 5th Biennial Provoking Curriculum Studies Conference will be hosted at the University of Alberta October 21-22, 2011. For more information on the conference theme and call for papers please click on the following links: Appel de communications or Call for Papers.


On December 5, 2010 A Canadian Curriculum Theory Project sponsored the Provoking Life Writing as Métissage: Curriculum, Culture, and Language graduate student conference.

On December 2, 2009 A Canadian Curriculum Theory Project sponsored the Internationalization of Curriculum Studies Graduate Student Conference.

On May 21-21, 2009 A Canadian Curriculum Theory Project sponsored the 4th Biennial Provoking Curriculum Studies Conference at the University of Ottawa.