The American Educational Studies Association Annual Conference 2015
November 11th - November 15th, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas
Where is the Love?
Pondering Poetics, Passion, and Promise in Education and Social Justice
These are tough times in educational spaces across the world as they continue to be haunted by policies and practices entangled in neoliberalism, neocolonialism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ablism, and a host of other inequitable relations that evoke feelings of alienation, disconnection, fear, and distrust. As a community of educators, researchers, activists, and learners who want to imagine and engage education beyond these dynamics and in ways that advocate for equity, sustainability, diversity and wellbeing for all people, we talk surprisingly little about the role of love in the work that we do or the better world that we are collectively reimagining and remaking. And yet many who have worked tirelessly and even died trying to make the world a better place have engaged love as a radical theory/practice of social justice. Martin Luther King Jr. sought the beloved community; bell hooks insists that choosing love is counterhegemonic and revolutionary; Che Guevara talked of the love of living humanity; and Sonia Sanchez points out that while fear compels us to do what’s necessary to save ourselves, it is love that compels us to think, act and engage with great regard and compassion with/for others and for a better world.
We are interested in submissions that contemplate love as a radical theory/practice of social justice in education. What is love? What role does it play in teaching, learning, researching, building solidarity within and across communities, border crossing, and challenging injustices in educational spaces? What are the limitations of love within the context of education and social justice work? What are the relations between love and fear? Love and justice? Love and passion, compassion and an ethic of care?
The AESA Program Committee for 2015 invites proposals on all topics related to the broad field of educational studies. Paper, panel and performance proposals may be submitted for consideration by April 1, 2015. The committee welcomes proposals from a full range of theoretical, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives that include the following educational emphases: social foundations of education, cultural studies of education, curriculum theory and curriculum studies, comparative and international education studies, and educational policy and leadership studies. This year we are also particularly interested in submissions that foster dialogue across generations of AESA members and between varied disciplinary perspectives. While all proposals of AESA quality are welcome, especially encouraged are those that specifically address this year’s theme, which will be highlighted in the program.
All proposals must be submitted electronically to the Online Conference System (OCS) via the AESA website. It will open March 1, 2015 (5:00pm EST) and close on April 1, 2015 (11:59pm CST). Participants are encouraged to plan ahead. Notifications of proposals' acceptance or rejections will sent on or before July 15, 2015.
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.
Any questions should be directed to Denise Taliaferro Baszile at firstname.lastname@example.org (questions only not proposals).
The link to submit proposals is: http://ocs.sfu.ca/aesa/index.php/2015/AESA15/presenter/submit/1
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).
In addition to the title of the paper or session and the proposal, include the name, institutional affiliation, email address, and telephone number of each participant when prompted by the online submission website. The body of the proposal, however, should not include any identifying information. Accessibility requests must be done at the time of submission.
Proposal submissions should provide a brief summary of the paper, symposium, panel or alternative session, which the reviewers will use to assess its merits. Your summary should include (as applicable)
Only the person submitting the proposal will be notified as to whether the proposal has been accepted. In the case of co-authored papers, panels, symposia, or alternative sessions with multiple participants, it will be the responsibility of the person who has submitted the proposal to notify the other participants regarding the status of the proposal.
OCS unfortunately does not allow for chairs, discussants, or multiple symposium authors. Symposium organizers should list chair, discussant, as well as symposium authors and institutional affiliations with their respective paper titles on the first page of submission entitled “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.
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.
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. Final symposia papers should be submitted to the discussant by September 15, 2014.
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.
The 2015 AESA conference will be held from November 11—15, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Below is contact information for the hotel.
600 E. Market Street
San Antonio TX 78205
Phone: 210 224-1234
Room rates are: $180 for single, double, triple and quad rooms..
The conference rate is available until October 20th, 2015 OR until our group block is filled, whichever comes first. Please make your reservations by clicking on the link below.
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. If you have questions about the hotel or are having problems making reservations, please contact Sandra Spickard Prettyman at email@example.com. The hotel will be UNABLE to accommodate requests beyond our room block or beyond our cutoff date.
In the Hotel
There are several restaurants in the hotel, including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant will be offering some breakfast and lunch specials during the conference, look for updates in October. Bar Rojo is open from 3pm—1am and offers drinks and small plate food offerings. Happy Hour runs from 3—7pm. The bar will also be offering some specials during the conference. Stay tuned for more information. There is also a Perks coffee shop and market for quick breakfast, lunch, and snack items. 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. Explore the Riverwalk for a host of different options.
There is a 24-hour fitness center and a heated outdoor rooftop pool (open from 6am—10pm).
In our contract, we negotiated free Internet in guest rooms for one device in each room. Internet is NOT available in the meeting room spaces.
Overnight parking for hotel guests is $27 for self-parking and $37 for valet parking (at the time of this writing).
The best option to get from the airport to the hotel is the GO Airport Shuttle. Fares are $19 one-way and $34 round trip. You can purchase tickets at the airport in the baggage claim area or online in advance at: https://citytoursinc.com/reservations
Remember that presentation at the annual conference also requires membership in AESA.
Our registration form allows you to renew or establish your membership with AESA, or if you are already a member in good standing or a non-presenting conference attendee, you may use the form to register for the conference only.