2022 RECE Conference
31st Annual RECE Conference
Vancouver • British Columbia • CA
The University of British Columbia • June 23 – 26, 2022
31st Annual RECE Conference
Being together in/with place: Reimagining Pedagogies in Transformational Times
The University of British Columbia • Vancouver • Canada • June 23 – 26, 2022
We invited early childhood researchers, scholars, educators, pedagogues, teacher‐educators, and activists to the 28th Annual Hybrid Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference, held at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The conference theme reflected our current times of radical uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought suffering, loss and material hardship to millions of people around the world. Combined with this, people continue to differently experience ongoing climate emergencies, large scale ecological and environmental disasters, mass migrations and displacement in the world.
At the same time, new connections are made. In the midst of these ongoing crises, the 2022 Conference offered members of the RECE community and their allies opportunities to come together, to reaffirm their sense of community, agency, creativity and commitments. It will bring us together to once more explore ways for co-creating a more livable, equitable, just, caring and welcoming world for children, families and early childhood educators around the globe.
In light of existential and multifaceted social and environmental issues, the 2022 hybrid RECE conference centered on the notion of place. However, place is always political and not innocent. RECE 2022 was held in Vancouver, a city situated on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
The conference seeked to engage with the histories and presents of these Indigenous peoples and the histories and presents of other Indigenous peoples across the globe. In honouring place, it seeked to elevate relations with Land and the ongoing destructive effects of colonization, displacement, and the fatal impact of residential schools on children and families. In honouring place, RECE 2022 acknowledged the work of contemporary Indigenous researchers, educators and allies who center Land in reviving cultural identity, community, resurgence and decolonization.
Place is inherently relational. It is a multilayered construct that can help us open up, hold, and sustain generative conversations across disciplines and from our different locations. The theme of place called on conference attendees to explore the ways we inhabit and relate to the world. Attending to place compelled us to move beyond the autonomous individual, and state to find the dynamic relations between place, identity, and community.
Place invited us to notice, attend, and respond to what and who makes up the human and more-than-human places we live in. Importantly, it called on us to take responsibility, engage in creating sustainability and commit to reparation. By re-centering place, we addressed and responded to the urgency of the climate crisis. How do early childhood researchers, educators, children and communities attend to climate emergencies? What kinds of pedagogies nurture care for and with our world?
Finally, the pandemic with its attendant restrictions lead to a rethinking of the practices of conferencing. Coming together in-person and in-one place since the pandemic began has been a challenge and is a provocation to re-envision the meaning and possibilities of gatherings. This conference offered an opportunity to question what it might mean to come together while also being isolated. How might place be (re)configured with the opportunities and dilemmas that new communications technologies present?
RECE 2022 posed and responded to new questions about acts of gathering, their purpose, possibilities, and responsibilities especially in relation to being together in/with place. How can we create more engaging, equitable and sustainable place/s for the exchange of ideas while continuing to build a robust community of reconceptualizing scholars and educators? Most importantly, RECE 2022 reconnected old friends, enabled new connections and sharing of stories of life during the last two years, and for reimaged RECE’s work in a post-pandemic world.
Conference Program & Abstracts
Rachel Langford (co-chair)
Sonja Arndt (co-chair)
Iris Berger (co-chair)
Mari Pighini (co-chair)