Call For Papers

The American Educational Studies Association Annual Conference 2016

November 2-6, 2016, Grand Hyatt, Seattle, Washington


Conference Theme:

Love, Labor, and Learning Under the Gun:
A Call for Education Writ Large with Visionary Pragmatism

Trigger Warning: Under the gun is a figure of speech—signifying what it feels like to be under pressure to solve a problem. It can name any situation of love, labor, and learning somehow stressed by Second Amendment militancy and murderous white supremacy across the U.S.; xenophobic walls, border patrols, occupations, and deportations; fundamentalist terrorism and mercenary militarism; worldwide violence of every kind against diverse LGBTQ people and other women and children; toxic water, air, and land; climate crisis; speciesism—as well as union-busting, tenure abolition, program cuts and shutdowns, high-stakes testing, surveillance, harassment and micro-aggressions, school-to-prison pipelines, and forceful privatization of public education at every level. For young people and their educators, the challenges of loving, laboring, and learning to live under the gun are at once personal and political. No matter whom the U.S. elects as its next President, ironically amid ongoing international centennial celebration of John Dewey’s Democracy and Education, the interdisciplinary educational studies community will continue to meet under-the-gun challenges as labors of love and as labors for learning—disarming labors both practical and intellectual. They demand critical historical consciousness as well as nuanced intersectional understanding of education’s practical complexities and conceptual problems in changing cultural contexts. They call upon educators’ imaginative capacities for ethical leadership, civil action, curricular and pedagogical artistry for peace and justice.

General Call:

We call for submissions that reflect “the creative tension between vision and pragmatism” that Patricia Hill Collins in Another Kind of Public Education has called “visionary pragmatism,” as well as what Jane Roland Martin has called “education writ large,” which exceeds school and campus boundaries to include encounters between individuals and cultures that change one another for worse or for better. Note a new category of submission this year—action meetings—for organizing leadership strategies to resist, disarm, and transform domination under the gun. We invite submissions that investigate past educational and cultural creativity living under the gun, that describe and analyze both under-the-gun contexts and loving educational environments. We welcome also conceptual inquiry that analyzes and reframes ethical connections among love, labor, and learning.


All proposals must be submitted electronically to the Online Conference System (OCS) via the AESA website. It will open April 1, 2016 (5:00 pm CST) and close on International Labor Day, May 1, 2016 (11:59 CST). MAY DAY is the final deadline, not a faux deadline! Participants are under the gun: Plan ahead and make this May 1st deadline! Notifications of proposals’ acceptance or rejections will be sent on or before August 15, 2016.

About AESA

The American Educational Studies Association (AESA) was established in 1968 as an international learned society for students, teachers, research scholars, and administrators who are interested in the foundations of education. AESA is a society primarily comprised of college and university professors and students who teach and research in the field of education utilizing one or more of the liberal arts disciplines of philosophy, history, politics, sociology, anthropology, or economics as well as comparative/international and cultural studies. The purpose of social foundations study is to bring intellectual resources derived from these areas to bear in developing interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives in education, both inside of and outside of schools.


Guidelines For Proposals


Beginning April 1, log into OCS and submit your proposal via this link.

Any questions should be directed to Susan Laird at (questions only not proposals).


All submissions are blind reviewed. Please remove identifying references from the proposal. Proposals for individual papers should not exceed 1000 words (excluding references). Proposals for all other sessions should not exceed 1500 words (excluding references).


Before uploading the full text of your proposal submission, you must enter metadata. At metadata step 2 of the online submission, indicate the title and 150-word abstract of the paper or session you are proposing, and include the name, affiliation, and email address of each participant when prompted by the online submission website. Also at metadata step 2, under “Indexing,” you must indicate 1-3 of your proposal’s academic specialties, using the following Review Team codes, separated by semi-colons:

AE Arts and Education
CI Comparative and International Education
CR Critical Race Theory
CT Curriculum Theory
HE History of Education
EA Educational Anthropology
EJ Eco-justice (SIG)
EW Educating Women and Girls (SEW)
GS Gender & Sexuality Studies
ME Multicultural Education
LE Labor and Education
PE Philosophy of Education
PP Educational Policy and Politics
RE Religion and Education
SE Sociology of Education
VL Values and Leadership

This information (required for all kinds of proposals, including action meetings) will inform the Program Chair which Review Team(s) should review your proposal. Failure to provide these codes may compromise acceptance of your submission. Accessibility requests must also be included with the submission in the space provided for special requests.

The body of the proposal submission itself must not include any identifying information. Actual proposal submissions must provide a brief summary of the paper, panel, symposium, action meeting, or alternative session that the reviewer will use to assess each proposal’s merits. Your summary should include (as applicable):)

  • Purposes, central questions or problems
  • Contexts (practical, theoretical)
  • Primary sources or data sources
  • Approaches, methods, strategies, or techniques
  • Arguments/conclusions, or agenda, and,
  • Significance (for scholarship, for practice)

Only the individual submitting the online proposal will be notified of its acceptance or rejection. That individual will be responsible for communicating this information to all session participants.


OCS unfortunately does not allow for designation of Action Meetings, nor chairs, discussants, or multiple symposium authors. Action Meeting organizers should indicate the proposal category as an Alternative Session in the drop-down menu under Submission Type AND indicate "Action Meeting" in the box titled "Comments for Conference Director." Symposium organizers should also list chair, discussant, as well as symposium authors and institutional affiliations with their respective paper titles, in the box titled “Comments for Conference Director.” Panel organizers should include chair's name and institutional affiliation in the box titled “Comments for the Conference Director."


The program committee welcomes individual paper proposals. Once accepted, papers will be grouped together around common or overlapping themes with an assigned chair. Presenters will have approximately 10-15 minutes to read, summarize, or discuss their individual papers.

PANEL (panel title and participants listed on program):

A panel typically is composed of three to six participants (including a chair) who will discuss a common theme based on their research (Note: only the topic/theme of the panel will be listed in the program once accepted, not paper/presentation titles by each panelists). Usually, each panelist is given 10–15 minutes to discuss the topic, present theoretical ideas, and/or point to relevant research. A chair introduces the panel and frames the issues and questions that will be addressed. Panels will be allocated 90 minutes on the program. The chair is responsible for insuring that participants adhere to time limits.

SYMPOSIUM (papers' titles and authors listed on program):

A symposium includes three to four separate papers on a common theme, as well as a chair and a discussant. A symposium proposal should include the title of the symposium, a brief (one- or two-paragraph) overview of the symposium theme, and the title and brief description of each paper. Please include each author’s name and paper title in “Comments for the Conference Director” box. Most symposia will be allocated 90 minutes on the program. Time should be allowed for an introduction of the symposium by the chair, a presentation of the papers, comments by the discussant, and audience questions and involvement.

ACTION MEETING (action title and leaders listed on program):

An action meeting proposal from one to three leaders will require a purpose statement for the action to be deliberated, making clear its scholarly grounding in educational studies; sources documenting information about the issue to be addressed; an agenda for the meeting that makes clear what presentations the meeting’s leaders may make as well as what will be expected of session participants; and a list of any technical supports that conduct of the meeting may require.


Alternative proposals that do not fit into the above categories, such as workshops, performances, video and multimedia presentations, and round-table dialogues, are encouraged. We also welcome proposals for the organization of special interest groups. Alternative format proposals should include information on the session’s topic, content, approach or purpose, as well as the roles to be played by the participants.


General Info

The 2016 AESA conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Seattle hotel. We also have rooms at the LEED certified Hyatt at Olive 8, so you can choose the hotel where you would like to stay. They are just around the corner from each other. Below is contact information for both hotels.

Grand Hyatt
721 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 774-6300
Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 Eigth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Ohone (206) 695-1234

Booking Information
Room rates at both hotels are: $185 for singles, $195 for doubles, $205 for triples and $215 for quad rooms.

The conference rate is available until October 4th, 2016 OR until our group block is filled, whichever comes first. It is also available 3 days before and 3 days after the conference if you would like to extend your stay.

You can make reservations by clicking on the link below or by calling 1-888-421-1442. There are a limited number of rooms with two double beds, so make your reservation early if you want to request one of these.

This is a dedicated booking website specifically for AESA members. You can use it to make, modify and cancel hotel reservations online, as well as to take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. After you put in dates and number of persons, you will be able to choose whether or not you would like to book at the Grand Hyatt (where our actual meetings are) or at Olive 8 (the LEED certified hotel just around the corner).

If you have questions about the hotel or are having problems making reservations, please contact Sandra Spickard Prettyman at

In the Hotel
There are several restaurants in each of the hotels, including a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at the Grand Hyatt, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as for a late happy hour. Urbane Market, a farm to table restaurant open for breakfast lunch and dinner, is in Olive 8. There is also a Starbucks and Blue C Sushi, a fun and funky Japanese restaurant. There are a lot of other eating options very close to the hotel, in a variety of price ranges, from coffee shops to sandwich shops, to gourmet restaurants..

There is a 24-hour fitness center in the Grand Hyatt (no pool, but a sauna), and a business center in the hotel. There is a lap pool at Olive 8 and a fitness facility, along with a business center.

Wifi is FREE in the guestrooms with our contract, but is not available in the meeting rooms or spaces.

Parking at the Hotel
Current parking rates are: $10 per hour/$30 per day for self park and $15 per hour/$42 per day for valet parking.

Getting to the Hotel

The best option to get from the airport to the hotel is the new Seattle Link Light rail train. Follow the signs in the airport for the Link Light Rail System (it can be a bit confusing because at one point you have to walk through a parking garage). You need to purchase a ticket at the vending machines in the station; they take credit cards and/or cash. Take the train to the Westlake Light Rail station, which is just over a block from the Grand Hyatt. The cost is $3.00 each way. For more information:

Depending on where you come out of the station, you will turn (or go straight) on Pine to go AWAY from the water. The numbered streets should be going up. The Grand Hyatt is about a block and a half down Pine Street, between 7th and 8th streets. If you are at Olive 8, you will turn left on 8th street and the hotel is a few doors down on the left.

There are also shuttles (about $15 each way) or taxis ($30--$40).



Registration information will be updated shortly

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November 7th - November 11th
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Nov. 1st - 5th, 2006

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2003 Mexico City, Mexico
Oct. 29th - Nov. 2nd, 2003

2002 Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 30th - Nov. 3rd, 2002

2001 Miami, FL
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2000 Vancouver, BC
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