CfP: Educating against the State: Critical Pedagogies in Context

CfP for Panel on Educating against the State: Critical Pedagogies in Context for the  LASA2015 / Precariedades, exclusiones, emergencias

San Juan, Puerto Rico / May 27 – 30, 2015

Deadline: August 15th, 2014 

 Premised on the conviction that educational theory and practice must be informed and transformed by the spaces in which it is inscribed, and that at the same time the communities that create and emerge from these spaces have something to offer one another, this panel seeks to bring into dialogue perspectives on critical pedagogy from different concrete contexts beyond or on the margins of formal educational institutions. Papers should engage with specific non-hierarchical and counterhegemonic educational practices that seek to construct new social relations and political subjectivities from positions of marginality and subalternity; movements or collectivities that that contend directly with the repressive apparatus of the state or draw connections between coercive and ideological organs of power in their work are of particular interest. The (provisional) title is not intended to suggest that papers should take an antistatist position, but that the session will focus on sites of confrontation with the state and of its transformation from below or beyond its sphere of unqualified inclusion. Papers should be rooted in concrete experiences, but oriented toward larger theoretical and political questions.


Possible topics include (but are in no way limited to):


Racial oppression and critical pedagogy

Internal colonialism and educational components of Indigenous movements

Feminist pedagogies

Politics of language in education

Literacy and citizenship

The university in relation to subaltern spaces

Art and critical consciousness / concientização

In selecting papers for inclusion in the session proposal, in addition to the interest of individual paper proposals, the overall geographic, demographic, and methodological diversity of cases to be discussed will be taken into account. Educators, organizers, artists, and others working outside of the academy are encouraged to respond.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, in Portuguese, Spanish, or English, along with a short bio, to with “LASA2015 abstract” in the subject line, no later than August 15, 2014.