Dear Friends of the Bergamo Conference and JCT,
The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing will host its 42nd annual conference gathering at Bergamo on October 13-15, 2022. We are hosting an in-person meeting and are looking forward to connecting with those who can come and are committed to creating a safe, dynamic, and strong conference experience.
We intend to open the portal for submissions by April 25, 2022 through August 5, 2022. Our theme this year is “Living in the Shadows of Freedom.”
For this conference, we ask you to consider how scholar practitioners in the curriculum field understand, know, want, create, mistake, and treasure “freedom” in education, politics, religion, economy, health, sexuality, etc. from many perspectives? We aren’t hoping to solve the dilemma or eliminate the shadow of nuance of the concept of freedom in our own lives and experience, but to reveal and understand it more completely as we live through its contours and shadows. In short, how do we become more free?
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?
I wanted to send a warm thank you to everyone who was able to attend the JCT Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice last month at the Bergamo Center in Dayton, Ohio. We had such a good turnout for the meeting and the sessions and keynotes and community building moments reminded me of outstanding Bergamo meetings in the past. And it also had the warm feel of something new, with new relationships, new knowledge, and new horizons of hope and possibility for the field emerging. Thanks for providing that with your work and your presence at the meeting together.
I also want to say thank you to everyone who tried to come to the meeting and couldn’t, even after submitting a proposal and getting accepted, and in some cases planning to come. Life in a pandemic presents difficult barriers, and these barriers kept some away. I am hoping you are all well and thinking about joining us next year in Dayton for the meeting, October 13-15, 2022. We missed you and hope to see you then.
And last, Jaimie Biermann and Jing Tan did such an outstanding job putting the program and the event together. I owe them such a deep debt of gratitude for their effort and grace in all of the moments spent putting the meeting together for at least 6 months leading up to it. Colleagues at Miami and the journal, Managing Editor Kelly Waldrop and Editors Denise Baszile and Brian Schultz, and our section editors Boni Wozolek, Paul Eaton, Aparna Tarc, Roland Mitchell, Xin Li, Jayna McQueen, and Jodi Googins all play such a huge role in pulling the journal and the meeting together this year. And a rousing thank you for the outstanding keynote presentations/papers by Rob Helfenbein and Vonzell Agosto, which both really brought energy and new ideas to the meeting.
Many thanks to all and here’s to a strong close to the fall semester, and a great year ahead in 2022, including our annual meeting next October 13-15 at Bergamo.
Best regards, Tom
The program has been finalized for JCT’s 41st Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice and can be downloaded at the bottom of this post. The range of topics, ideas, and insights from all the presentations, panels, provoking dialogues, and keynote sessions this year will engage us all at the meeting and shed light on the field in the moment and for years to come.