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Call for Papers

Curriculum Theorizing in The Post-Truth Era

Journal of Curriculum Theorizing Special Issue

Guest Editors:

Rouhollah Aghasaleh, PhD   

 Ligia (Licho) López López, PhD 

The guest editors of Journal of Curriculum Theorizing invite article submissions for a special issue on Curriculum Theorizing in The Post-Truth Era. Submissions from established and new scholars are welcome. The special issue will be published in Spring 2019.

After the 2016 presidential election many scholars, institutions of higher education, and educators have released statements to support minoritized communities, immigrants, and other historically underserved groups. Several urban school districts reported a major drop in school attendance by Latinx and LGBTQI students who feel threatened and unsafe. The intensification of discourses and the performance of (what has been socially constructed as) racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and bigotry are unquestionable. How is education participating, resisting, refusing, and reinscribing these discourses and practices? During her concession speech, Clinton said the nation is “more deeply divided than we thought.” She was referring to a breakdown of the election results and the existing racial, gender, faith, class, and educational disparity. Education as a proxy of privilege is critical here. However, with Republicans controlling the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the government, higher education will become even less accessible to populations living “in an alternative reality.” This makes public education more important and our work, as educators, even more critical. Some questions to ponder are: How do we teach those whose perspectives differ from us? What are the funds of knowledge of young people in Trumster families? What is the role of education in engaging with a large group of US citizens who relate to post-truth politics?

To this end, educators, students, curriculum scholars, and activists across the country have written on issues such as the problem of a “neutral” curriculum for education, the role of educators, social justice education, undocumented students, fake news, women’s lives, environmental justice, ethno-nationalims, school re-segregation, the clash of civilizations, and more.

This special issue will address questions such as:

  • How did post-truth emerge and what were the conditions of its possibility?
  • What is the place of curriculum theorizing in this post-truth politics era?
  • How could professional organizations and scholars of education navigate the post-truth era?
  • How do post-truth politics affect critical curriculum theory and practice?
  • How can critical educators work with minoritized communities, immigrants, Black and Brown folx, Indigenous and first nation peoples, Muslims, and groups of marginalized students and their families?
  • How could educators reach out to children of the Trumpsters in their classrooms? What are their funds of knowledge? And how would these inform the field of curriculum theorizing?
  • How will social grassroots movements and issues that threaten immigrants, communities of color, LGBTQI communities, etc. inform public education in the post-truth era?
  • Are there elements of the clash of civilizations thesis operating in generating the current states of affairs societies are seeing in and beyond the United States?
  • What historical and philosophical means could be invoked to meditate and sit with in the present moment?
  • What futurities might we see emerge from a persistent refusal of the orders that have come to normalize the violence inflicted on particular bodies?

* This special issue welcomes alternative formats such as, but not limited to, spoken word poetry, comics, arts-based approaches, essays in addition to more conventional research publications, working papers, theoretical pieces, and historical analysis.

Please, submit your 500-word abstract to jctposttruth@gmail.com by February, 28 2018.

Important Dates:

Abstracts Due:                 Feb. 28, 2018

Decision on Abstracts:     Apr. 30, 2018

Full Manuscripts Due:     Aug. 30, 2018

Publication:                      Spring, 2019

JCT: Journal of Curriculum Theorizing is an interdisciplinary journal of curriculum studies. It offers an academic forum for scholarly discussions of curriculum. Historically aligned with the “reconceptualist” movement in curriculum theorizing, and oriented toward informing and affecting classroom practice, JCT presents compelling pieces within forms that challenge disciplinary, genre, and textual boundaries.

The journal is published by the Foundation for Curriculum Theory and is associated with the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, held in the autumn of each year. JCT is indexed in The Education Index.

NOTICE: As of December 2008, the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (Volume 24, Issue 1) and all future issues are available freely and exclusively online to all individuals and institutions.

Contributors to the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing retain copyright to their work. ISSN: 1942-2563

Rouhollah Aghasaleh, PhD

Department of Middle and Secondary Education, Georgia State University

Email: raghasaleh@gsu.edu

Ligia (Licho) López López, PhD

Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

Email: lllopez@unimelb.edu.au

William Doll

The Bergamo Leadership Team and JCT Editorial Staff join the many others who were saddened to learn of William (Bill) Doll’s passing.  Dr. Doll gave a keynote speech at the 2011 Bergamo conference entitled “Our Mistake is in our Thinking.”  A true pioneer in the field of curriculum theory, Dr. Doll was actively involved in supporting both JCT and Bergamo.  We send our condolences to the Doll family and the countless scholars who were inspired by his work.   Please see the obituary below for more information.

With great sadness we announce the passing of William Elder Doll, Junior. Bill died peacefully at home in Cobble Hill, BC, Tuesday, December 27, 2017, at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Donna, her children Jennifer, Sarah and Luke and grandchildren Maeve, Cate, and Reuben; and by his first wife Mary Aswell Doll, their son William, wife Catherine, and grandchildren Alexander and Mason.

Bill Doll was a teacher and teacher educator who achieved the highest honors in his field, praised for his commitment, work ethic, passion, and unrelenting desire to advance curriculum studies internationally. He attended Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1953. The M.A. was conferred by Boston University in 1960, and the Ph.D. by the Johns Hopkins University in 1972. After teaching in elementary and middle schools for 15 years, Doll began teaching at the State University of New York at Oswego and, briefly, at the University of Redlands in California. Between 1999 until his retirement in 2007, he held the Vira Franklin & J.R. Eagles Endowed Professorship at Louisiana State University, where a conference room and a fellowship have been named in his honour; the William E. Doll, Jr. Archive – preserving his papers and correspondence – is located in the LSU Library. After retiring from full-time teaching and research Doll was appointed adjunct professor first at the University of Victoria, then at the University of British Columbia where he and Donna Trueit co-taught until 2015. As tribute to Doll’s incredible achievements, a collection of his most memorable essays was published by Routledge in New York under a title that names the areas of Doll’s expansive expertise: Pragmatism, Postmodernism, Complexity Theory: The Fascinating Imaginative Realm of William E. Doll, Jr.

As Bill strolled through life he proactively encouraged us all to pursue our dreams and generously supported us to achieve them. He touched the hearts of many and helped lost souls find their way. In addition to being dignified, courteous, and gracious, he will be remembered for his ebullient laughter, joie de vivre, positive spirit, and uplifting attitude–not to mention the bow ties. If asked, he was always “Ipsy pipsy, A # 1, Yankee Doodles Dandy!” He is much loved by family, friends, students and colleagues and he will be sadly missed. His wonderful life should be joyously celebrated! Whoosh!

A funeral is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at St Frances Xavier Church, 790 Kilmalu Road, Cobble Hill, BC with a reception to follow at the same location. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to William E. Doll Curriculum Theory Project Superior Graduate Student Scholarship. You may make your gift online by visiting
http://www.lsufoundation.org/givetoHSE, under Designations click to “choose a fund,” then scroll down to choose “other” and type in William E. Doll Curriculum Theory Project Superior Graduate Student Scholarship.
If you prefer to send in a check, please mail to the LSU Foundation, 3796 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

Condolences can be sent to https://www.hwwallacecbc.com/obituaries/?ref=send-condolences
The family would like to thank Cowichan Home Support for their dedicated and caring staff.

The 39th Annual Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice

November 1-4, 2018

Bergamo Conference Center

Dayton, Ohio

Hello all,


First, some good news.  The Bergamo Center now has power and we can continue the conference as scheduled starting with today’s afternoon sessions at 1:15.




  1. If you stayed at the Holiday Inn last night, check out time is noon.  Please check out and return to the Bergamo Center to check into your room there.
  2. If you need a ride to the Bergamo Center, meet in the lobby at noon and we will try to arrange transportation. If you have a car and can take people over to the Center, please meet in the lobby as well.
  3. Lunch today is on your own. If you paid for a lunch at the Bergamo Center we will refund your money after the conference.  We realize this will be a difficulty for some of you, we appreciate your understanding.
  4. Afternoon sessions will begin as scheduled at 1:15pm. Someone from JCT will be at the Bergamo Center starting at 11:30am to register or check you in.  If you need to attend your session before registering, this is fine but please check in with the registration desk at your earliest convenience.
  5. If you paid for meals at the Bergamo Center they will be available starting tonight at dinner.


If you have questions, please call Gabe at 317-289-3059.




The Bergamo Leadership Team

Hello all,

The Bergamo Center has been without power since noon today and they are unsure what the problem is or when the power is coming back.  For right now, we are moving everyone to a different hotel.  DO NOT COME TO THE BERGAMO CENTER UNTIL NOTIFIED.

Please come to the Holiday Inn Express, we have rooms for you there.  The address is:  2800 Presidential Drive, Fairborn, OH  45324.  Phone number is 927-426-7800.


Bergamo Leadership Team

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