Critical Theories In the Twenty First Century: A Conference of Transformative Pedagogies
November 6th & 7th
The Department of Professional and Secondary Education
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Critical Pedagogy vs. Capital:
Reigniting the Conversation
Keynote: Bill Ayers
Professor Ayers is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired). He is a member of the executive committee of the Faculty Senate and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society. Dr. Ayers has taught courses in interpretive and qualitative research, oral history, creative non-fiction, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament. To learn more about Dr. Ayers and his work please visit his
Closing Conference Keynote (November 7th):
Dr. Tony Monteiro
Employed in 2003 by Philadelphia’s Temple University as a full time, non-tenured Associate Professor in the African American Studies Department, Dr. Monteiro is an expert in WEB DuBois and former organizer of Temple’s DuBois Lectures and Symposiums. Last year, Monteiro’s contract was not renewed, a move Monteiro claims was a retaliatory act spurred by his outspoken criticism of Temple’s administration and neoliberal gentrification of North Philly, his community activism, and connection to the Black radicalism.
Call For Papers
The 4th Annual Conference on Critical Theories in the 21st Century aims to reinvigorate the field of critical pedagogy. The primary question driving this conference is: What is to be done to make critical pedagogy an effective educational weapon in the current struggle against capitalism and imperialism?
There is no doubt that we are at a critical juncture in history in terms of the limits of nature’s vital ecosystems, the physical limits of the progressive accumulation of capital, and the deepening reactionary ideology and scapegoating that exacerbates the oppression of youth of color. If critical pedagogy is to play a significant role in intervening in the current context, then a sharpened sense of purpose and direction is needed.
Some examples of possible topics include:
- Challenging the unholy trinity of state, capital, and religion
- Class and the capital-labor dialectic
- Identity and economics
- Hierarchical and vertical forms of organization (i.e., vanguards versus networks)
- Reform versus revolution
- Socialism, communism, & democracy
- Affect theory and the new materialisms
- The knowledge economy, post-Fordism, and “cognitive capitalism”
- Critical geography
While this conference will include important presentations and debates in critical pedagogy, it will not be limited to this focus. In other words, as critical theory becomes more inclusive, global, and all encompassing, this conference welcomes more than just academics as important contributors. That is, we recognize students and youth groups as possessing authentic voices based on their unique relationship to capitalism and will therefore be open to them as presenters and discussion leaders.
While this conference will include important presentations and challenging discussions based in critical pedagogy, it will not be limited to this focus. In other words, as critical theory becomes more inclusive, global, and all encompassing, this conference welcomes more than just academics as important contributors.
Please submit abstract proposals (500-1000 words) to:
John Elmore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proposal due date: September 27th, 2015