Call for Proposals (RF 2013)

Rouge Forum 2013

Winning the Class Struggle Against Corporate Education Reform

Call for Proposals

May 16-19, 2012

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Rouge Forum 2013 Call for Proposals [PDF]

The core issue of our time is the clash of the real promise for perpetual war and booming inequality met by the potential of connecting reason to power with organized mass class conscious resistance in schools, on the job, in communities, and in the military….and what you do counts!

The Rouge Forum brings together academic presentations and panel discussions, performances, community building, and cultural events.  This conference will center on such questions as

  • Overall, what do we need to know and what do we need to do to win against corporate education reform in our classrooms?
  • In what ways are our classrooms, schools, universities, unions, etc occupied by capitalism, the military, racism, inequality? And what do these occupations demand from us pedagogically?  What are the obstacles that must be overcome to achieve democratic education?
  • What can we learn from Wisconsin 2011, the Occupy Movement, and the Chicago Teacher’s Strike to make us smarter and stronger in our struggle against corporate education reform?
  • How do we educate to liberate ourselves from the impact of empire? How do we push back against the imperializing of our classrooms and communities?  How do we occupy our classrooms, schools universities, and unions and communities in an effort to create education that is in the public interests?

Calling on artistsPop up radical art gallery would be for artists to submit 2-3 D pieces that they can bring with them to the conference to display as part of an opening or Friday/Saturday night reception activity.

SUBMISSIONS  Papers, Panels, and Performances.  Proposals for papers, panels, or performances should include title(s), no more than a 500 world description, and names and contact information for the presenter(s).

Email proposals to Greg Queen: rumbagarden@ameritech.net by February 15, 2013

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Proposal Formats

Individual Proposal: (30 minutes)
The Rouge Forum welcomes individual paper proposals, with the understanding that those accepted will be grouped together around common or overlapping themes, Presenters will have approximately 30 minutes to present or summarize their individual papers. Individual paper submissions will be considered for panels with the same topic/theme. If you would prefer to present your paper/research individually you should consider the alternative format proposal. A 200-500 word abstract of the paper will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Symposium Proposal: (90 minutes)
Presenters are also welcomed to submit proposals for a symposium. A symposium is typically composed of a chair and discussant and three to five participants who present or summarize their papers. Each symposium is organized around a common theme. Each participant will have between 15 and 45 minutes to present their papers, depending upon the number of participants involved in the symposium. A 200-500 word abstract of the symposium will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference

Panel Proposal: (90 minutes)
A panel discussion is another venue available presenters. A panel discussion is typically composed of three to six participants who discuss their scholarly work within the context of a dialogue or conversation on a topic or theme related to the conference theme. Typically, each panelist is given 10-15 minutes to discuss the topic, present theoretical ideas, and/or point to relevant research. A chair should be identified who introduces the panel and frames the issues and questions being addressed. In addition to the chair, we encourage (but do not require) organizers of panels to name a discussant to the comments of the panelists. Individual proposal submissions will be combined into panels with the same theme/topic. A 200-500 word abstract of the panel discussion will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Alternative Format and Special Interest Groups (90 minutes)
Alternative proposals that do not fit into the above categories, such as workshops, performances, video and multimedia presentations, and round-table dialogues, are encouraged. We also welcome proposals for the organization of special interest groups. A 150-250 word abstract of the panel discussion will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.