Curriculum Studies in Canada

Seminar Series


Where are we at, in this place and this time, as Canadian curriculum scholars?

 – Nicholas Ng-A-Fook (2014, p. 14)

Each academic discipline comprises a complex system of discursive practice that creates its own dynamics and follows its own laws of structural development.

– Carsten Strathausen (2017, p. 293)


Ng-A-Fook, Nicholas. 2014. Provoking the very “Idea” of Curriculum Studies as a Counterpoised Composition. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 12 (4), 10-68.

Strathausen, Carsten. 2017. Thing Politics and Science. In Sovereignty in Ruins: A Politics of Crisis, edited by George Edmondson and Klaus Mladek (292-317). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.


To provide glimpses of Curriculum Studies in Canada, Drs. Anne Phelan and William Pinar will host a seminar series during the 2020-2021 academic year offered completely online.

Registration for attending the seminar sessions in 2021 is now open.

Once you register, you will receive a Zoom link a few days prior to each session date. If you do not receive a link, please email:

All sessions will be recorded with the speakers’ permission. The recordings will be posted below and on YouTube (click here to be redirected to the YouTube channel).

Recorded Sessions:
September 23, 2020: Dr. Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, University of Ottawa, “Reconstructing Canadian Curriculum Studies: Life Writing, Settler Colonialism, and Reconciliation”

September 30, 2020: Dr. Jen Gilbert, York University, “Between Expertise and Advocacy: Sex Education and the Problem of Curriculum”

October 9, 2020: Clermont Gauthier, Université Laval, “Does the School Form Inherited from the 17th Century Still Have Its Relevance in the Contemporary World?”

November 6, 2020: Kumari Beck, Simon Fraser University, “Storying Curriculum as International Text”

December 1, 2020: David Lewkowich, University of Alberta, “Reading, Memory, Curriculum, Body: A Psychoanalytic Dialogue.”

December 11, 2020: Jackie Seidel, University of Calgary, “Imagining Ecologically-oriented and Life-serving Curriculum Practices in a Hostile Petrostate (Alberta/Canada)”

February 16, 2021: Kathy Bickmore, University of Toronto, “Teaching Social Difference in Handling Conflict: ‘Canadian’ Curriculum Practice in Comparative Context” 

February 26, 2021: David Blades, University of Victoria, “Beauty In Shadows: Curriculum Change and the New B.C. School Science Curriculum” 

March 11, 2021: Jocelyn Létourneau, Université Laval, “What History (to Teach) for What (Future of) Canada?”

March 30, 2021: Claudia Eppert, University of Alberta, “Ecological Witnessing, Imagination, and Transformation in Canadian and ELA Curricula”

April 29, 2021: Lee Airton, Queens University, “No More Subjects: Destabilizing the Gender Diversity Curriculum of Teacher Education”

May 13, 2021: Marie-France Bérard, University of British Columbia, “The Uncertain Profession”: In-dwelling between Curriculum Worlds in Canadian Art Museum Education”

June 22, 2021: Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Western University, “Education for Worlds to Come”

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