New Mexico State University • Las Cruces,NM • USA • October 31 - November 5, 2019
We invite proposals from early/childhood researchers, scholars, educators, pedagogues, teacher‐educators, and activists for the 27th Annual Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference. The conference will be held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
In 2019, as always, the RECE conference invites proposals that challenge traditional assumptions about children, childhood and the theoretical underpinnings of early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. The conference welcomes all proposals that point to new directions in research, policy, and practice in early education and care. It emphasizes the intersections of theory, collective activism, and reconceptualizing practices in work with children, families, and communities. Within this larger framework, this year’s theme is Border/lands and (Be)longings.
Gloria Anzaldúa has theorized borderlands as the physical, imposed, metaphysical, and metaphorical borders part of our identities, mindbodyspirit, and the land. The borderlands, then, are places that have been conceptualized as painful, violent, conflict ridden, and yet also beautiful, home to many, and perhaps even a space of nepantla—an in between space of turmoil, possibilities, and transformation.
The site for RECE 2019 sits in a unique geopolitical area near the southern border of the United States and Mexico. Historical legacies of colonization continue to evoke a sense of longing—to reclaim, to belong. Questions have arisen, however, about who is able to belong, both symbolically and materially, and who is in/excluded. A reconciliation of settler-colonial histories must be grappled with in order to understand contemporary forms of violence, hate, and bigotry, which have been propagated by government leadership, globally—leadership that has fueled dominant narratives of exclusion and un-belonging, and the dehumanization of people of color, Indigenous peoples, and other minoritized peoples.
In early childhood education and care, colonial histories, and reiterations of these histories in contemporary times, have shaped the construction of childhood/s and the lived experiences of young children. From deficit conceptualizations of minoritized young children and families, to imposed corporatized curriculums, children have been stripped of their identities, languages, and cultures. As such, in early education and care, we must serve as allies, advocates and resisters. Because borderlands provide a place/space for an interchange and exchange of multiple ways of being and belonging—or nepantla, where transformation and healing is possible—we ponder how early education and care can foster/encourage a nepantla space of possibilities, in which transnational, border crossing children and families can thrive.
With such thoughts in mind, we invite and encourage submission of papers that explore border/lands and (be)longings, as they apply to ECEC research, theory, and practice. Papers that go beyond reconceptualizing possibilities for ECEC and point to a way forward that would provide support for practitioners and others are especially welcomed. We also welcome proposals that fall within the RECE approach and proposals that fall outside the theme.
The new deadline for submissions is Feb 20, 2019. Proposals can be submitted to the system beginning on Jan 10, 2019. Note: To facilitate the timely announcement of the conference program, there will be no deadline extension. Proposals will be reviewed by our international program committee and volunteer reviewers and can only be submitted to the online portal:
To promote broad participation in the conference, your name must appear on one submission only. In addition, an individual must not appear on the program more than once (e.g., in the role of presenter, convener, or performer).
Proposals must be no more than three single-spaced pages in length. All proposals must be submitted as a Word document. You will be notified of the outcome of your proposal for presentations no later than April 7, 2019.
Please include the following in your proposal:
The rationale should include, and will be evaluated based on the following four criteria:
Specific format or style, such as APA, is not required
Indication of whether "fast-track" reviewing is needed: Experience from prior conference shows that participants from proposers from some countries – especially from the global South – may experience prolonged time getting visas. In order to counter that we will review proposals with anticipated visa difficulties as fast as possible. Please indicate if you think this is needed.
For RECE 2019, we are piloting a program in which a portion of the conference proposal can be submitted in the languages listed below. Due to the logistics of managing proposal reviews and program production, at this time, only number eight outlined in proposal requirements (the 500-word rationale explicating the theoretical grounding of the session/paper, and its relevance to the theme and interests of the conference) may be submitted in the following languages:
Presentations will be offered in multimodal formats, including:
If you have any questions about abstracts and the theme of the RECE conference or questions about the RECE conference program, please contact Cinthya Saavedra at Cinthya.firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about visa and invitation letters for presenters and attendees at the RECE conference, please contact Michelle Salazar Pérez at email@example.com
The presentations and discussions rely on the dialogue during the conference, but also on the reviewing of the proposals by other RECE volunteer reviewers. We therefore encourage members of the RECE community, regardless of whether you plan to be a conference participant, to volunteer as a reviewer.
If you are interested in reviewing proposals, please put “RECE volunteer reviewer” in the subject of an email to Cinthya Saavedra (Cinthya.firstname.lastname@example.org). In the body of your email, please include your position (e.g., graduate student, faculty, educator) and areas of research interest.
Sincerely, on behalf of the program committee: