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Roundtable #1: Curriculum Theorizing Social Studies Education

Thu Nov 29 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Grand Ballroom B, Ballroom Level, East Tower

Lance Mason, Indiana University Kokomo

Bringing out the dead: Engaging with death and corporeality in social studies education

Discussant:Lance Mason, Indiana University Kokomo

This paper examines how social studies education makes use of death, specifically the bodies of deceased persons. The authors apply critical theories of death and violence to think through pedagogical implications of the figure of the corpse drawn from examples of social studies curriculum in Canada and the United States
Mark Helmsing, George Mason University; Cathryn van Kessel, University of Alberta


(Refusing) Work: Teaching about immaterial labor in the intangible economy


Using two concepts from theorist Maurizio Lazzarato, immaterial labor and refusal of work, I interrogate the concept of work in social studies education scholarship and in K-5 classrooms. I conclude that work in schools is related to the impetus to always be employed, which is a form of government.
Erin Adams, Kennesaw State University


Ghosts in the Curriculum: Social Studies Education and the Spectral Turn


The author explores the conceptual metaphor of ghosts/haunting, linked to Derrida's concept of hauntology, in order to investigate issues related to representational justice, sources of historical inquiry, and theorization of the future and as a means to consider new areas of social studies research.
Adam Schmitt, University of Southern Maine