2021 RECE 30th Anniversary Webinar Series



Why RECE Still Matters

Presented 26 January 2022 EU / US • 27 January 2022 Australsia
11:00 AM Los Angeles • 2:00 PM New York • 7:00 PM London • 8:00 Auckland


Mimi Bloch

Marianne ("Mimi") Bloch

Marianne (“Mimi”) Bloch is Professor Emerita, Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA).  She was co-host of RECE in 1991, 1996, and 2005. She co-edited Bloch, Swadener, and Cannella, Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education and Care–A reader:  Critical questions, new imaginaries, and social activism. (2014/2018,1st /2 nd Eds.), Bloch, Holmlund, Moqvist, & Popkewitz, Governing Young Children, Families, and Education: Restructuring the Welfare State, and Bloch, Beoku-Betts, and Tabachnick (1998), Women and Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Power, Opportunities, and Constraints. With co-editors Nagasawa, Peters, and Swadener, she is working on Transforming Early Childhood Policy to be published Fall 2022.Mimi is Editor of the International Critical Childhood Policy Studies journal, and, with Beth Blue Swadener, the Palgrave (Springer) Book Series, Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood. In 2012, she received the RECE Bloch Distinguished Career Award. Mimi also loves being a grandmother.

Johnathan Silin

Jonathan Silin

Jonathan Silin is a Fellow at the Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto. Previously a member of the Bank Street College of Education Graduate Faculty, he served as the Editor-and-Chief of its Occasional Paper Series for 18 years. Jonathan is the author/editor of 4 books. His first, Sex, Death and the Education of Children: Our Passion for Ignorance in the Age of AIDS advocates for socially relevant curriculum and for more permeable boundaries between our personal lives and professional scholarship. His most recent book, Early Childhood, Aging and the Life Cycle: Mapping Common Ground, reimagines the continuities that frame our lives across time. His occasional essays have appeared in the the Chronicle of Higher Education, the NYTimes, and Tablet Magazine. He was the 2014 recipient of RECE’s Bloch Distinguished Career Award.

For more about Jonathan Silin — https://jonathansilin.com

Dana Frantz Bentley

Dana Frantz Bentley

Dana Frantz Bentley Ed.D. is Pre-Kindergarten classroom teacher in at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School and an assistant professor in the early childhood program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has been an early childhood teacher for over nineteen years, working with young children in diverse, urban settings in Boston and in New York City. Dana has a particular background in rethinking creativity and voice with young children; she uses this perspective in the constantly evolving curricula in her emergent, child-centered classroom. Dana focuses on social justice work with young children, studying children’s emerging political literacies, as well as her own pedagogy as an anti-bias educator. Dana’s writing has been featured in a range of early childhood journals, as well in as her books Everyday Artists and PreK Stories, from Teachers College Press, and her co-edited volume Found in Translation: Connecting Reconceptualist Thinking with Early Childhood Education Practices. Her role dual role as a teacher/scholar allows her to question and investigate theory in practice in the ever-evolving realities of today’s young children.

Janna Goebel

Janna Goebel

Janna Goebelis an assistant professor of sustainability education in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University and a Senior Global Futures Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at ASU. Dr. Goebel’s recent and forthcoming publications explore childhoods and learning in the Anthropocene as well as the use of international large-scale assessments to measure education quality in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Goebel’s dissertation research is based on 6-months of living and working with families of third, fourth-, and fifth-generation coffee producers in Southeastern Brazil to better understand how they are interconnected with and learn from the more-than-human world. Her work focuses on the ways that education can be conceptualized beyond the human and explores how relationships among humans and the more-than-human world matter in how we approach sustaining life on Earth. Dr. Goebel is an active member of RECE and supported the 2020-2021 virtual engagement series.


Bobbi Ali Zaman

Bobbi Ali Zaman is a Social Work and Social Research PhD candidate at Portland State University in the School of Social Work. Their research focuses on critical youth studies and critical childhood studies with a specific interest in queering developmentalist narratives in early childhood education and queer and trans youth of color anarchy expressed through digital art and performance. Their dissertation is a phenomenological study that seeks to explore the embodied feelings of self-identified ‘furries’ of color who use ‘fursonas’ to experience disorderly ways of being that unsettles fixed identities and cultural relations. They recently published a co-authored article with Dr. Ben Anderson-Nathe titled Toward Queer Potentialities in Child and Youth Care in the International Journal of Child, Youth, & Family Studies. More information about Bobbi can be found at their website https://www.bzaman.net/

Beth Blue Swadener

Beth Blue Swadener

Beth Blue Swadener is professor of Justice Studies and Social and Cultural Pedagogy in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on critical childhood studies, internationally comparative social policy, with focus on sub-Saharan Africa, children’s rights, and disability studies. She has co-edited and authored 14 books, including Children and Families “At Promise”, Does the Village Still Raise the Child?, Decolonizing Research in Cross-Cultural Contexts, Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education and Care – A Reader, Educating for Social Justice in Early Childhood, and the Routledge International Handbook on Young Children’s Rights, and published numerous articles and chapters.

Beth is a co-founder of Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education, Local to Global Justice , The Jirani Project, and Friends of the Girl Child Network.

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