27th International RECE Conference

Border/lands and (Be)longings.

New Mexico State University • Las Cruces,NM • USA • October 31 - November 5, 2019

RECE 2019 CFP Las Cruces

Call for Proposals

Deadline Extension: Feb 20, 2019

Download the 2019 RECE Call for Proposals (PDF)

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.

Proposal Submission

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:

  1. Names, affiliations, addresses, and e-mail addresses of all presenters
  2. Brief title, capturing the primary focus, concern, or topic of the session
  3. One-line summary of the session
  4. 3-5 keywords
  5. Indication of session type and duration (e.g., interactive discussion, roundtable paper presentation, workshop, themed panel, discussion forum)
  6. Indication of provisions for involving audience participation, and format (overhead, PowerPoint, etc.)
  7. Abstract for inclusion in the conference program (100-word maximum)
  8. Brief rationale explicating the theoretical grounding of the session, and its relevance to the theme and interests of the conference (500 words max without references):

The rationale should include, and will be evaluated based on the following four criteria:

  • Significance of the topic/concern within the RECE’s foci on research, theory, practice, policy, advocacy and activism
  • Perspective(s) or theoretical framework
  • Methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry
  • Warrants for arguments/point of view

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.

Supporting Multiple Languages

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:

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Korean

    Please note that all other parts of the proposal are required and must be written in English
. We also welcome the proposal to include the 100-word abstract written in both the presenter's primary language and English. Accepted presenters will have both versions of their 100-word abstracts appear in the final online program.

Modes of presentation

Presentations will be offered in multimodal formats, including:

  • 90-minute themed panels (ideally, no more than 3 presenters, no discussant and allowing 15 of these minutes for discussion)
  • 30-minute individual papers/presentations (allowing 10 minutes for discussion)
  • 90-minute roundtable paper presentations (a combination of 3 individual papers presented and discussed at the roundtable)
  • 90-minute themed interactive workshops
  • 90-minute themed open space discussion forums
  • 90-minute collaborative arts-based performances/AV presentations
  • Poster presentation

Types of Sessions

  • Paper Sessions. In paper sessions, authors present abbreviated versions of their papers, followed by audience discussion. Each session will be scheduled for a 90-minute time slot. Each individual paper is 30 minutes, although papers may have multiple presenters. In the case of multiple-authored papers, more than one person may present, but multiple presenters must divide among the presenters the total time available to them. Individuals must be attentive to the time allocation for presenting their work in paper sessions. They should take steps to ensure that including more than one speaker does not detract from the overall presentation of the work or infringe on the time allotments for other presentations
  • Panel Proposals should also include a description and rationale of the panel theme (500 words), a 100-word summary abstract for inclusion in the conference program and 100-word abstracts from each of the presenters (also for inclusion in the conference program). We recommend that 3-5 papers be part of panel proposals. Because they afford dialogue among the individual papers in a session, panel proposals are especially welcome.
  • Roundtable Sessions.. Roundtable sessions allow maximum interaction among presenters and with attendees. Papers accepted for a roundtable session will be grouped by the program chair into tables with three papers per table, clustered around shared interests. Each roundtable at a roundtable session will have a designated chair, who is knowledgeable about the research area, to facilitate interaction and participation. Because the emphasis is on interaction, there will be no discussants. Each roundtable session will be scheduled for a 90-minute time slot. Because of the physical configuration of this type of session, no additional audiovisual equipment, such as a screen or LCD projector, is provided. Authors wishing to display information may do so from their own laptop computer screens. If you plan to use a laptop, please be sure the battery is charged, as a power source will not be provided. Roundtable sessions are encouraged for new scholars to the RECE conference.

Important Information

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.saavedra@utrgv.edu

If you have any questions about visa and invitation letters for presenters and attendees at the RECE conference, please contact Michelle Salazar Pérez at msp@nmsu.edu

Proposal Reviewing

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.saavedra@utrgv.edu). 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:

  • Cinthya M. Saavedra (Chair), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Michelle Salazar Pérez (Host Committee), New Mexico State University
  • Felicia Black, San Diego State University
  • Mimi Bloch, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Marisol Diaz, Skidmore College
  • Allison Sterling Henward, Pennsylvania State University
  • Shirley Kessler, Independent Scholar
  • Samara Madrid Akpovo, The University of Tennessee
  • Angeles Maldonado, The Institute for Border Crit Theory
  • Martin Needham, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Kiyomi Sanchez-Suzuki Colegrove, Texas State University
  • Mere Skerrett, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Miriam Tager, Westfield State University

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