Dear Friends, April 2021
The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing will host its 41st conference gathering at Bergamo on October 7-9, 2021. We decided to host the conference in person this year even though there may still be some who have difficulties traveling to the meeting. We are looking forward to connecting with those who can come and are committed to creating a safe, dynamic, and strong conference experience.
The Call for Proposal information details can be found at www.jctonline.org . We intend to open the portal for submissions by April 23, 2021 through July, 19, 2021. Our theme this year is “Curriculum as Luminous.”
We ask you to consider where scholars in the curriculum field see, feel, understand, know, want, create, mistake, and treasure “light” in the work and its manifestations in the world, in educational settings and others, where so much of our day-to-day existences are at stake. We invite participants to enter into complicated conversations with/for us about the presence or not, the intensity or not, the importance or not of “light” and/or “luminosity” in the curriculum field. How do curriculum theory and practice light the way or not?
We have some exciting changes this year in our partnership with the Bergamo Center. The registration fee now includes attendance for all the conference sessions, access to the Keynote addresses, a daily continental breakfast, a daily on-site lunch, and between session snacks. Registration for all three days of the conference is $200 for university faculty/teachers/ community members and $150 for graduate students. Given our small size and overhead for holding the conference, we are not able to offer a daily rate.
This year, the Bergamo Center now has its own registration portal for the on-site guest rooms. If you wish to book a guest room, you will need to do so with the Bergamo Center. A link to booking rooms will be available soon. JCT staff and volunteers are no longer involved with guest room rentals or signing up for roommates for the Bergamo Center guest rooms. As always, there are also other hotels in the area if you do not wish to stay on-site.
The financial and logistical costs of including a virtual version of the conference in tandem with the face to face meeting are beyond our means. We have decided to commit our time, talent, and energy to offering an outstanding face to face experience. We must have 75 paid, registered participants by August 15, 2021 to finalize our commitment to hold an in-person conference at the Bergamo Center, or we will have to cancel the meeting. So please consider submitting a proposal for a paper and/or panel session and planning to join us for the weekend in October. We promise that if you decide to participate we will put together a great meeting with you.
Tom Poetter, Editor, JCT
Kelly Waldrop, Managing Editor, JCT
Kristan Barczak, Program Chair, 2021