Copenhagen, Denmark • 14 –18, October 2018 (Preconference workshops 13-14, October)
We invite proposals from early childhood researchers, scholars, educators, pedagogues, preschool teachers, teacher-educators, and activists for the 26th Annual Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference. The conference is to be held at the Danish School of Education (Aarhus University) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 2018, as always, the RECE conference invites proposals that challenge traditional assumptions about children, childhood and the theoretical underpinnings of early childhood practices. 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, for each of our conferences we have a focus. This year’s theme is “Inequality in Early Childhood Education and Care.”
Children’s social, cultural, ethnic, gendered, and religious differences too often lead to unequal Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) experiences. ECEC practitioners in many countries have lower status, salaries and harsher working conditions than their counterparts in other fields. ECEC programs can function to either reduce or exacerbate social inequality. The term “quality” is used, often unproblematically, to rate socially, culturally, and linguistically diverse ECEC programs and personnel. The local knowledge of communities often competes at a disadvantage with globally circulating knowledge. The practical knowledge of practitioners gets trumped by the knowledge of experts and organizations that define and then impose decontextualized notions of best practice. And, of course, the knowledge of children is too often undervalued by the adults who educate and care for them.
With such thoughts in mind, we encourage submissions of papers that explore how inequality is produced and reproduced in different ways and at different levels, as well as how it can be counter-acted, and also the many ways that knowledge is being defined and applied in our ECEC research, theory, and practice. We do however welcome any proposal that falls within the RECE approach also proposals that fall outside the theme.
The deadline for submissions (both presentations and workshops) has been extended to 7, March 2018. Proposals will be accepted beginning on 5, February 2018. 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. The submission system can be found here (after 5, February 2018).
Please see EASYCHAIR SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS prior to submission for more information.
To promote broad participation in the conference, your name must appear on one submission only (this does not include proposals for preconference workshops). In addition, an individual must not appear on the program more than once (e.g. in the role of presenter, convener, panel/workshop participant, or performer).
Proposals must be no more than three single-spaced pages in length. All proposals must be submitted as a Word doc. You will be notified of the outcome of your proposal for presentations no later than 22, April 2018.
Your submission should include the following:
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.
Presentations will be offered in multimodal formats, including:
Prior to the conference on 13 October and/or the morning of 14 October, we plan to organize pre-conference sessions. These sessions could include, but are not limited to:
Proposals for pre-conference workshops should be submitted by 28, Feb 2018 to Allison Sterling Henward, (Henward@psu.edu). Proposals for and presentations at preconference workshops or sessions are not included in the limit of one submission only per participant
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 email subject and your position (e.g. graduate student, faculty) and areas of research interest in the body of an email, to Allison Sterling Henward (Henward@psu.edu).
Sincerely, on behalf of the program committee: