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RECE 30th Anniversary Webinar Series

2021 RECE Conference

In 1991, the first RECE conference was launched in response to critical questions that were not being asked, and 30 years later we continue to challenge dominant ideas and perspectives about how children learn and grow, how early childhood educators envision pedagogy, and complicate universalizing assumptions about children’s, families’, and educators’ experiences. Over the years, through interrogating research, policy, and practice, RECE members have tried to shed light on the pluralism and diversity of people’s lived realities, and the multiplicity rather than the narrowness of what is possible. Imperative to these conversations are worldviews that are expansive, inclusive, and embedded in social justice. As early childhood educators we understand that it is necessary to address racism, imperialism, neoliberalism, prejudice, discrimination, or any form of oppression with people of all ages.

In this virtual forum to mark RECEs’ 30th Anniversary, we bring together members of the international RECE community to explore answers to the question What should matter currently in early care and education? What are critical questions today? Drawing from international and intergenerational expertise, panel members will discuss some of the most pressing issues in ECEC. Also, how have the issues changed over time? Are many issues and questions similar to those addressed 30 years ago? When RECE had its 20th anniversary, one of the founding members of RECE asked the question, but what thinking or actions did we “cut open,” rupture, or change? As a community, we continue to reflect on this question today.

What Should Matter in ECE? Critical Conversations

Presented 27 October 2021 Europe/US • 28 October 2021 Australasia

A critical conversation amongst the panelists will open dialogue around what matters and what should matter as we face the complexities and the pressing issues of the 21st century and beyond.

Featuring: I-fang Lee (Australia), Mere Skerrett (New Zealand), Ayesha Rabadi-Raol (Canada), Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw (Canada), and Marcela Montserrat Fonseca-Bustos (Norway)

Moderated by: Gail Boldt (USA)

Shifting Margins: Challenging North South Binaries

Presented 29 November Americas • 30th November: Asia, Europe and Australia 

Where exactly, in our troubled time, is the global south, and why does it matter? In this panel discussion we interrogate the notion of persistent binaries and boundaries – geographical, geo-political, onto-epistemological – that continue to dominate the field of early childhood research, policy and practice. We set out to engage with, and question, the realities of young children and early childhood educators in the global north and south and beyond, based on the diverse contexts of the three panellists from the Americas and South-East Asia.

Featuring: Jennifer Guevara (Ireland), Luz Marina Hoyos Vivas (Colombia), Yulida Pangastuti (Indonesia), and Claudia Diaz-Diaz (Canada)

Moderated by: Vina Adriany (Indonesia)

Why RECE Still Matters

Presented 26 January 2022 EU / US • 27 January 2022 Australsia

Featuring: Mimi Bloch (USA), Jonathan Silin (USA), Dana Frantz Bentley (USA), Janna Goebel (USA), and Bobbi Ali Zaman (USA)

Moderated by: Beth Blue Swadener (USA)