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Division B Preconference Seminars 2021

We are excited to announce the 2021 AERA Division B: Curriculum Studies Annual Preconference Seminars, to be held Tuesday, April 6 or Wednesday, April 7 (depending on the seminar) virtually. The Division B Preconference Seminars are an important tradition within the AERA annual meeting structure. It is an opportunity for emerging scholars, early career scholars, and senior scholars to participate in dynamic mentorship, where we share wisdom, creative ideas, and encouragement.

We invite you to publicize these as widely as possible, encouraging students and junior faculty to become members of Division B and apply by the deadline: February 17, 2021 (11:59pm EST). A limited number of accepted graduate student participants in this year’s seminars will be awarded free registration for the AERA annual meeting, on a first-accepted first-awarded basis.

Here are the 2021 seminars:

1) Intersectionality, Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Methodologies by Women of Color

2) “Diverse From What?” Curriculum Research to Abolish the Nonethics of War in Education Globally

3) Early Career Curriculum Scholar Session: Thriving in the Contested Landscape of Education

How to Apply

Send one file containing the following application materials via email (subject line: Div B Preconf #_: Last name.First name) to the lead facilitator listed below and cc Vonzell Agosto (Divison B Secretary) at 

1. full contact information including name, whether or not you are a graduate student, Department, University, and program you are in (e.g., Master’s or Ph.D.) and the sub-area of your Department if applicable, your mailing address with zip or post code, best telephone number, and email address.

2. a maximum one-page, single-spaced description of how your research relates to the seminar theme and description; and

3. an updated curriculum vitae

Deadline: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time).

Division B Preconference Seminars 2021 

Seminar #1: Intersectionality, Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Methodologies by Women of Color – Wednesday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. United States ET Abstract: This seminar employs theories and knowledge from law, education, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and gender/women studies to examine the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, citizenship, religion, ability, immigration, etc. We will discuss the work of scholars who center the pedagogy and writing of Women of Color. Women of Color are socially placed as the victims of oppression through power constructs in the dominant discourse and reality. We will engage in conversations that are designed to better understand intersectionality, problematize the assumptions connected to the possession of multiple and intersecting socially marginalized identities, and investigate these identities through an organizing principle of social, cultural, political, and economic structures in different contexts, with profound implications for institutions such as education.


Lead: Min Yu, Wayne State University Theodorea Regina Berry, University of Central Florida 

Seminar #2: “Diverse From What?” Curriculum Research to Abolish the Nonethics of War in Education Globally – Wednesday, April 7, 4 to 8 p.m. United States ET (Thursday, April 8, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Melbourne, Australia time) Abstract: We hope to create a space for the abolitionist imagination that, inspired by acts of rebellion and marronage, charges curriculum research with a task. That is to become a place, a space, a process, a desire, an inquiry, a movement for the abolition of non-ethics acts of war on women, LGBTQI peoples, forcibly displaced peoples, Black and Brown people, people whose bodies and minds don’t conform to the “normal” default mode of being, people whose lands have been stolen, people whose livelihoods are threated on a daily basis, and the planet whose life is threatened by people. Our goal is to struggle to restore ethics in all the places non-ethics war has been causing harm for over 500 years.


Lead: Ligia (Licho) López López, The University of Melbourne Muna Saleh, Concordia, University if Edmonton Denise Chapman, Monash University 

Seminar #3: Early Career Curriculum Scholar Session: Thriving in the Contested Landscape of Education - Tuesday, April 6, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. United States ET Abstract: This seminar is designed for early career scholars meeting the challenges of the first years out of graduate school. These include developing a program of research and a writing discipline, finding outlets (academic and popular) for publications, possibly beginning a new faculty position, earning tenure or contract renewal, seeking internal and external research funding, and thriving in your teaching as well as community engagements and activism. New faculty members navigate the idiosyncrasies of institutions with a range of social and cultural contexts, including patterns of injustice, privilege, and power. This seminar is designed to support and mentor early career folks by gathering with scholarmentors from Division B to focus on various topics related to scholarship, teaching, activism, and community engagement.


Lead: Christopher Crowley, Wayne State University Robert J. Helfenbein, Mercer University