Call For Papers


AESA President-elect Hilton Kelly (Davidson College) and the 2017 Program Committee are pleased to announce the theme for the 2017 Annual Meeting:

“Memory, Remembering & Forgetting: Re-Envisioning Educational Worlds.”

The Annual Meeting will be held November 1-5, 2017 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The ontological vocation of educational studies scholars must be to co-construct, deconstruct, and reconstruct educational worlds (spaces, practices and knowledge) so that schooling experiences become more equitable and just in our democratic society (Freire, 1993, 2000). The problem of memory looms large in our ability to do this work—whether we acknowledge it or not. Memory work, which includes remembering and forgetting our own educational experiences, shapes every aspect of our jobs as teachers, researchers, and/or activists committed to maintaining public schools and communities that serve us all equitably. Emerging educational research suggests that teachers’ memories of childhood influence their teaching philosophies, classroom practices, and everyday interpretations in schools (Biklen, 2004; Chang-Kredl, 2015; Chang-Kredl & Wilkie, 2016; Miller & Shifflet, 2016). Linking memory studies to educational studies raises both new and enduring questions. The 49th annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association will explore the role of memory, remembering, and forgetting as key features of teaching, learning, and work in and outside of schools.

Conference participants might consider the following questions:

  • What is the place of memory, remembering and forgetting in educational research, practice and performance?
  • How do individual and collective memories affect educational innovation in schools and school communities?
  • How do our childhood memories shape our teaching, research, and service?
  • How does autobiographical memory shape experiences of school?
  • How does our society remember watershed moments and teach about them in schools?
  • What are the collective voices of remembering about schooling inequalities (race, ethnicity, class, gender, disability, . . .) in the United States and abroad?
  • How does student or teacher remembering affect student achievement?
  • What are conflicts in memories of educational policies and practices?
  • How do social memories shape current educational policies and practices in classrooms, schools, communities, and cultures?
  • How might remembering facilitate student achievement in STEM? All disciplines?
  • How do both individual and collective remembering affect parental participation, or nonparticipation, in schools?
  • What novel perspectives might we gain from the collective remembering of marginalized groups in classrooms and schools?
  • How does remembering or forgetting impact support for public education?
  • How might the politics of memory impact policy agendas?
  • What is the role of culture in remembering?
  • How might forgetting hinder or facilitate educational innovation?
  • How does forgetting contribute to inequalities in education?
  • How do different generations recall our educational past?
  • How does trauma or tragedy shape experiences of learning and working in schools?
  • What is the potential of cyberspace for remembering and for creating a new educational world?
  • What are forgotten alternatives, policies, and practices that might envision a more equitable and just educational world?

The 2017 Program Committee invites educational studies scholars across various disciplines to consider these questions and more that link memory, remembering, and forgetting to schooling and education in the United States, as well as to re-envision educational worlds (what schools have been, should be, or could be).

General Call: Proposals may be submitted for individual papers, symposia, panels, and alternative format sessions through April 3, 2017. The committee welcomes proposals from a full range of theoretical, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives that include, but are not limited to, the following: Social, historical, psychological, and philosophical foundations of education, cultural studies in education, curriculum theory and curriculum studies, comparative and international education, eco-justice and education, labor and education, queer studies in education, educating women and girls, critical race studies in education, critical multiculturalism, disability studies in education and educational policy and leadership. While all proposals that deal with educational studies issues and debates are welcome, especially encouraged are those that specifically address this year’s theme.

Submission deadline: All proposals must be submitted electronically to All Academic Inc., the online conference system that we use, via the AESA website ( where detailed information on how to submit a proposal can be found. All Academic will open February 1, 2017 (5:00pm EST) and close on April 3, 2017 (11:59pm CST). Participants are encouraged to plan ahead as it is not likely that extensions will be granted. Notifications of acceptance or rejection will sent by July 15, 2017.

For more information about AESA and the conference, email (NOTE: Submit only questions and information. Conference proposals will not be accepted via this e-mail address). Before you submit your conference proposal, please make note of the following:

  1. Request accessibility and technology requests needs at the time of submission.
  2. Register for the conference. Membership is REQUIRED for all presenters, and we encourage everyone to seek lodging in the conference hotel.
  3. Consider giving a donation to the Graduate Student Fund when you become a member and register for the conference.
  4. Consider becoming an institutional sponsor of the conference. We guarantee free advertisement of your institution, especially graduate programs in educational studies.
  5. Remember that participants may only appear on 3 submissions.

About AESA

The American Educational Studies Association (AESA) was established in 1968 as an international learned society for students, teachers, research scholars, and administrators who are interested in the foundations of education. AESA is a society primarily comprised of college and university professors and students who teach and research in the field of education utilizing one or more of the liberal arts disciplines of philosophy, history, politics, sociology, anthropology, or economics as well as comparative/international and cultural studies. The purpose of social foundations study is to bring intellectual resources derived from these areas to bear in developing interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives in education, both inside of and outside of schools.


Biklen, S. K. (2004). Trouble on memory lane: Adults and self-retrospection in researching youth. Qualitative Inquiry, 10(5), 715-730.

Chang-Kredl, S. (2015). Teachers conceptualizing childhood: Conversations around fictional childhood texts. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 21(2), 203-220.

Chang-Kredl, S., & Wilkie, G. (2016). What is it like to be a child? Childhood subjectivity and teacher memories as heterotopia. Curriculum Inquiry, 46(3), 308-320.

Freire, P. (1993). Education for critical consciousness. NY: Continuum.

Freire, P. (2000). Pedagogy of the oppressed (30th anniversary ed.). NY: Continuum.

Miller, K., & Shifflet, R. (2016). How memories of school inform preservice teachers’ feared and desired selves as teachers. Teaching and Teacher Education, 53, 20-29.


Guidelines For Proposals

Email 2017 Program Committee

All questions should be directed to Hilton Kelly and the Program Team at (questions only, not proposals).

All submissions are blind reviewed. Please remove identifying references from your proposal. Abstracts should be 150 words or less. Proposals for individual papers should not exceed 1000 words (excluding references). Proposals for all other sessions should not exceed 1500 words (excluding references).


Please click on the link below to access the All Academic site.

The first time you go to the site you will need to set up your account by creating a username and password (if this is your first time this year going to the site, you do need to create a username and password). The Call for Proposals is also on this page. Once you enter the site, follow the prompts to submit your proposal. First, click on “Submit or Edit a Proposal” and on the following screen, click on “Submit a New Proposal.”

The next screen asks you to “Select a Track”, please choose the one that best fits your proposal. The next screen will ask you to choose a Proposal Type (for example, Individual Paper or Alternative Session) and on the following screen you will input the Title, Abstract (must not exceed 150 words), Keywords, and any additional information needed for the Program Chair (Accessibility or special circumstances). Accessibility requests must also be included with the submission in the space provided for special requests.

You will then be asked to upload your paper (1000 word limit for individual papers, excluding references and 1500 word limit for other session types, excluding references).

Please sure you include the name, affiliation, email address, and telephone number of each participant when prompted by the online submission website.

The summary of your proposal should address (as applicable):

  • Purposes, central questions or problems
  • Contexts (practical, theoretical)
  • Primary sources or data sources
  • Approaches, methods, strategies, or techniques
  • Arguments/conclusions, or agenda, and,
  • Significance (for scholarship, for practice)

From your proposal, it should be clear how it aligns with the track you chose (for example Anthropology of Education) and with Social Foundations in general.

Only the individual submitting the online proposal will be notified of its acceptance or rejection. That individual will be responsible for communicating this information to all session participants.


General Info

Email AESA Interim Executive Director, Sandra Spickard Prettyman

AESA Annual Conference 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
November 1—5, 2017


The 2017 AESA Annual Conference will be held at the historic Omni William Penn hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. Contact information for the hotel is below.

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh PA 15219
Phone: 412.281.7100

Please note updated rates.

Single and double rooms are $176 per night and triple/quad rooms are $186 per night. There are a limited number of rooms available 3 days pre and 3 days post-conference. Please note that these rates are good until October 1st or until our block is filled. There are king bed rooms and rooms with two double beds, but again, they only last until our room block is filled. If you have any problems when making hotel reservations, contact Sandra Spickard Prettyman at After October 1st, we will have a very difficult time securing rooms.

Click on the link below to go to our designated reservation website.
Reservation Website

Wifi is not included the room rates, however it is free for Omni Select Guest members. If you are already a member, include your membership number when you reserve. If you would like to join the program Click Here.


  1. Taxis to and from the airport run $40—50. Uber runs about $30.
  2. The Super Shuttle to and from the airport is approximately $25 each way; booking roundtrip does save you some money.
  3. There is a public bus that runs from the airport to downtown. It takes approximately 40—60 minutes and costs $2.75. You must pay in CASH and with EXACT CHANGE (so plan ahead). You will take the 28X Airport Flyer from the Lower Level of the airport at Door #6. Buses run every half hour. You are responsible for handling your own luggage. You can find more information here.
    The timetable for the bus is here.

If you take the public bus, get off at 7th and William Penn Place. It is approximately a 4 minute walk from there to the hotel. Turn right off 7th onto William Penn and take this one block. The hotel is on your left just past 6th Avenue.

If you’re driving, here is the hotel website with driving information. Valet parking is available for hotel guests at $36/night (with in/out privileges). Self parking is available across the street at the Mellon Square Parking Garage for $19/night for Monday to Friday and $5/night for Saturday and Sunday (no in/out privileges).


There are several restaurants on site, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Tap Room has sandwiches, salads, and burgers, and will be offering specials during the conference. The Terrace Room has breakfast items including a Breakfast Buffet for $22. There is also a Speakeasy for drinking and light dining or enjoy High Tea in the Palm Court restaurant. There is also a large, full-service Starbucks in the restaurant, and a Bruegger’s Bagels downstairs. Many other options can be found around the hotel, including fast food and lower-priced options, as well as lots of options for fine dining and culinary explorations.



The 2017 Program is in development.


Registration information will be updated shortly.

Future Conference Locations

2018 Greenville, SC

November 7th - November 11th
Hyatt Regency Greenville

2019 Baltimore, MD

October 30th - November 3rd
Hyatt Regency Baltimore

2020 San Antonio, TX

October 28th - November 1st
Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Past Event Archives

2016 Seattle, WA
Nov. 2nd - 6th, 2016

2015 San Antonio, TX
Nov. 11th - 15th, 2015

2014 Toronto, ON
Oct.29 - Nov 2, 2014

2013 Baltimore, MD
Oct.30 - Nov 2, 2013

2012 Seattle, WA
Oct. 31 - Nov 3, 2012

2011 St. Louis, MO
Nov. 2nd - 6th, 2011

2010 Denver, CO
Oct. 27th - 31st, 2010

2009 Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 4th - 8th, 2009

2008 Savannah, GA
Oct. 29th - Nov. 2nd, 2008

2007 Cleveland, OH
(Joint Meeting with the History of
Education Society)
Oct. 24th - 28th, 2007

2006 Spokan, WA
Nov. 1st - 5th, 2006

2005 Charlottesville, VA
Nov. 3rd - 6th, 2005

2004 Kansas City, MO
Nov. 3rd - 7th, 2004

2003 Mexico City, Mexico
Oct. 29th - Nov. 2nd, 2003

2002 Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 30th - Nov. 3rd, 2002

2001 Miami, FL
Oct. 30th - Nov. 3rd, 2001

2000 Vancouver, BC
Nov. 1st - 5th, 2000