2021 JCT Conference Submissions Portal Open

The submissions portal for proposals is now open!

Please submit your proposal via Cvent Services using this link:

http://www.cvent.com/c/abstracts/30ab1f6e-9253-4cd1-b0bb-c30863adffdb

We have extended our proposal submission date and will now be accepting submissions through July 26, 2021.

(You will need to upload a 500-word (maximum) proposal when you are ready to submit)

JCT 2021 Conference CFP

We are excited to announce the details for the JCT 2021 Conference Call for Proposals. For this year’s theme, 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? Please see the link below for details about the call and submitting a proposal.

2021 JCT Conference

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.

Best regards,

Tom Poetter, Editor, JCT

Kelly Waldrop, Managing Editor, JCT

Kristan Barczak, Program Chair, 2021

Happy New Year from JCT

Friends,

Thank you so much for your tremendous personal and professional support of The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing and the Bergamo Conference this past year. We started off with such great energy hosting our first conference as a team with you in Fall of 2019. It was a tremendous meeting, one of the best professional meetings I have ever been involved with. We celebrated our 40th anniversary, had a strong turnout of over 150 registrants, and heard stimulating and challenging papers and presentations along with powerful keynote speeches.

In 2019, building on the steady and great work of the previous editors, Rob Helfenbein and Gabe Huddleston, we published 5 journal issues and we worked through 2020 to publish 4 more outstanding issues of the journal. This required tremendous teamwork and support. We are especially grateful to Kelly Waldrop for her outstanding leadership as managing editor and for the section editors and reviewers who kept the work moving.  

Amid the challenges brought on by the pandemic and social upheaval, the cancellation of the 2020 meeting at Bergamo in October had a great impact on our community. We all missed our usual communications about the conference and coming together. The cancellation of the conference was further amplified as we faced challenges with getting reviews completed in a timely manner resulting in some manuscripts not moving as quickly as they should have through the review system. The strain on institutional resources this year has increased the workload for many and the mental stress of the year has affected us all in profound ways. Simply put, these factors impacted the time and energy many of our reviewers and staff were able to sustain for the work. As we move into the new year, we are working as hard and as quickly as we can to regroup and maintain an efficient and timely review process for manuscript submissions.

And no matter what, we will have a meeting in October of 2021! We hope it is in person in Dayton, under the theme “Curriculum as Luminous” as we had planned to execute last Fall. Even if we can’t meet in-person, we will hold a virtual meeting and do our best to capture the excitement and excellence of our Bergamo meetings. In the meantime, Cynthia Sanders, our conference program chair, and Kristan Barczak, our co-conference program chair, are working on and planning several Facebook Live and Podcast special programs for the coming year. Please look for announcements about these events in late January and plan to participate. We appreciate those of you who have made suggestions and stayed in touch.  Everyone’s effort is necessary to keep the work going. As we look forward to a new year, we ask you to consider investing in our community by volunteering to review manuscripts, writing and submitting your own work, and making plans to join us in 2021 for several new online programs and the annual meeting in October.

Be well and make 2021 a great year with us.  We really appreciate the opportunity to serve the field and look forward to many connections with you in the new year.


Best Regards, 


Tom Poetter, JCT Editor