"Nostalgia for the Future: Imagining Histories of JCT and the Bergamo Conferences"

Janet Miller


In conceptualizing a "nostalgia for the future," and in "imagining histories of Bergamo and JCT," I resist any one final version of the beginning, present, and future of either.  Rather, I posit a distinction between the wish to return to an earlier state or idealized past, and the desire not to fully return, but instead to recognize aspects of the past as bases for direction and commitment with/in the curriculum studies field.  I raise questions about what and how JCT and Bergamo might uniquely continue to contribute to that field by exploring how one might engage with "the past(s) of JCT and Bergamo" as retrieval for the future, as a locus of possibility and source of aspiration.

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JCT: Journal of Curriculum Theorizing is an interdisciplinary journal of curriculum studies. It offers an academic forum for scholarly discussions of curriculum. Historically aligned with the "reconceptualist" movement in curriculum theorizing and oriented toward informing and affecting classroom practice, JCT presents compelling pieces within forms that challenge disciplinary, genre, and textual boundaries.

The journal is published by the Foundation for Curriculum Theory and is associated with the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, held in the autumn of each year. JCT is indexed in The Education Index.

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