American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies

Welcome to the website for the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS). We are glad you are interested in joining our conversation and hope that you choose become a member. This website serves as the central source for information about our association, annual conference, and journal. This site will continue to grow and adapt to our needs as we work together, engaging in complicated conversations about the field of curriculum studies and the contexts, local and global, that inform our field.

Links in the menu bar at the top of the screen will take you to the static pages about the AAACS, our annual conference, our committee, our journal, our projects, and curriculum-related links. Once familiar with our site, please feel free to check the updates frequently for upcoming dates and possibilities.

The George Washington University,Washington D.C.

Conference site, 2016

Loyola UNIVERSITY Chicago, IL

Conference site, 2015


  • NEXT YEAR AAACS Conference (2017) will be in Texas. The complete details on conference venue and the Call for Proposals is posted under CONFERENCES tab. Thank you very much for all of your important and inspiring work in the field!

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  • Please see the Journal Tab for more details on the new issue of Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (JAAACS).

2017 AAACS Annual Conference will be in San Antonio, Texas, USA.


An Ethics of Historical Engagement
15th Annual Conference Theme, Washington D.C., 2016

Recent conference themes of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies have focused on “Counter-western curriculum theory,” “Communities of Dissensus/Engaged Generosity,” and “Alter-global Dispossession and the Politics of Recognition.” As we look back on the conversations engendered by these concerns and forward to the future of our field, we can take pride in the internationalization that we have initiated, and the emphasis on ethics encouraged by our interest in dissensus, generosity, dispossession, and recognition. Despite these advancements, the marginalization and downsizing of curriculum studies continues within historical conditions that suggest on-going international crises and related paralyses.

    How are we confronting and working through cataclysmic climate change, global refugee crises, epistemic violence of racism and other forms of oppression?

     How do we read our history, particularly in ethical terms?

    How do we understand our history as informing our present and near future projects from within a strong, historically-informed, ethical sensibility?