Crit Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies SIG Standing with Hyatt Workers

repost of email sent to Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies Members SIG-AERA

Hello Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies Members,

As you likely already know, there has been an ongoing discussion around the Grand Hyatt hotel and the worker-led boycott of that site during AERA. After some extremely generative conversations with colleagues and boycott organizers, we have decided to move the SIG business meeting to an alternate venue, namely the Union Hall at 209 Golden Gate Avenue. This decision comes primarily from our respect for and solidarity with the Hyatt workers, as well as the historical relationship between the field of cultural studies and various labor movements across the globe. Accordingly, it is my hope that we can use the business meeting as a space for discussion around our SIG’s involvement in some of the larger conversations around AERA.

That said, there has been a wealth of diverging opinions on this matter, and for that reason, we have also decided not to prescribe any particular course of action for other sessions within our SIG. We feel that these decisions are best made by the chairs, discussants, and panelists within those sessions, and I am happy to post any messages on their behalf to this listserv. You will notice below that one of our sessions, Problematizing Public Pedagogy, has already been moved to the Union Hall.

The following is the current schedule of events being held at the Union Hall, and after that, I have provided links to the Hyatt boycott’s web site and contact information for booking at the Union Hall:

4.26 Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm – Navigating, Negotiating, Nurturing: The Praxis of ‘Critical’ Scholarship

4.26 Friday 4:15pm – 6:00 – Grand Hyatt Boycott Action / Picket

4.29 Monday 8:15am – 9:45 – Bringing the city back in to urban education studies

4.29 Monday 10:30am – 12:00 – Beyond Multicultural Curriculum Foundations: Toward Intercultural and Cosmopolitan Perspectives

4.29 Monday 2:45pm – 4:15 – Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN) Organizational Meeting (Powell presenting on Hyatt Campaign)

4.30 Tuesday 10:30am – 12:00 – Curriculum History in Cosmopolitan Contexts: Reconstructing Intellectual History

4.30 Tuesday 12:10pm – 1:40 – Problematizing Public Pedagogy

4.30 Tuesday 7:15pm – 8:45 – Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies SIG Business Meeting: The Poverties of Curriculum and Cultural Studies

5.1 Wednesday 8:15am – 9:45 – AERA Business Meeting to discuss future conventions at Hyatt (Hilton Union Square, Continental 7)

5.1 Wednesday 12:25pm – 1:55 – Indigenous Land and Education in the Bay Area: Dislocation, Relocation, Occupation, and Repatriation

5.1 Wednesday 2:15pm – 3:45 – Social Imagination and Political Activism in Education Building

5.1 Wednesday 3:00pm – May Day Rally (24th and mission, San Francisco)

Boycott/Protest Campaign site:

Contact for AERA/SF: Powell DeGange

Jake Burdick