14TH INTER-AMERICAN SYMPOSIUM ON ETHNOGRAPHY AND EDUCATION
ON SEPT. 21-23, 2017, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO (UTEP) WILL HOST THE 14TH INTER-AMERICAN SYMPOSIUM ON ETHNOGRAPHY AND EDUCATION IN EL PASO (Sept. 21 and 23) AND CIUDAD JUAREZ (Sept. 22)
The 14th in a series of symposia, this conference is a rare opportunity for scholars from across the Americas to share ethnographic research in education. One of the benefits of this conference is that it allows educational ethnographers to communicate across languages (English, Spanish, and Portuguese), as well as across national publishing boundaries. This symposium brings together scholars from North, Central, and South America, as well as senior scholars, mid-career scholars, and doctoral students. The symposium is an intimate environment for educational researchers to share the latest methods, theories, and data. This small-scale setting promotes collaboration and the development of highly innovative ideas in educational research.
The 2017 conference theme is “Crossing Borders: Disciplines, Languages/Cultures, and Spaces/Places.” The theme is centered on the physical practice of crossing borders and on border-crossing epistemologies, thus it will focus on themes that are uncommon within mainstream educational research. Four themes will be explored in the conference:
- Crossing epistemological and methodological borders: Comparative educational anthropology and interdisciplinary studies
- Crossing language borders: Translanguaging, Dual Language Education, Intercultural/ Bilingual Education, Emergent Bilinguals, English Learners, and learners of other additional languages.
- Crossing national borders: Migration, transnational students, transfronterizos, and education on the borderlands.
- Crossing school-community borders: Indigenous education, urban-rural borders, multiple everyday contexts and domains.
The deeply inequitable educational conditions and structured lack of opportunities so many learners face demand that we as scholars reimagine our paradigms, methods, and priorities. How does border-crossing (both physical and metaphorical), documented and analyzed in our ethnographies, force us to rethink the power and violence of borders? How can these borders become spaces of possibility for more socially just educational practices, what Mignolo (2000) has termed border thinking?
Submissions are invited from all ethnographic researchers in education (broadly construed), and the topics are not limited to work conducted in Latin America or with Latino populations. The Symposium welcomes proposals in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, and each panel will be carefully planned to bring scholars from different countries and language backgrounds into conversation with each other, with informal translation for each panel. There will be keynote presentation in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, and simultaneous translation will be provided in all three languages. This conference creates an intimate environment to share methods, theories, and data in a setting that promotes collaboration and new ideas.