Academic Exploitation

Currere as Getting Lost in Motherhood

  • Whitney Neumeyer Roach Texas Christian University
  • Elissa Bryant Texas Christian University
Keywords: Currere, mothering, curriculum, Other


This work explores the complexities of mothering as students of curriculum studies. We, the authors, utilize the method of currere to lose ourselves in our mothering frameworks as we engage with the present. From reexperiencing specific past moments of mothering curriculum to imagining a utopian future free of pragmatic constraints, our currere serves to exploit the always present inequities which underscore our daily practices. As we navigate unique complexities of being, Othered by way of our multiple identities, we find ourselves together, sojourners in uncharted territory, wherein pursuits of knowledge have transformed our multifaceted independent identities in ways we struggle to identify. We inevitably and necessarily find ourselves moving and engaging with a never-ending cycle—where the past is now and the now is present.

Keywords: Currere, mothering, curriculum, Other


Ahmed, S. (2006). Orientations: Toward a queer phenomenology. GLQ: A journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 12(4), 543-574.
Ahmed, S. (2019). What's the Use? Duke University Press.
Crenshaw, K. (1990). Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color. Stan. L. Rev., 43, 1241.
Foucault, M. (2007). Discipline and punish: The birth of the prison (pp. 445-471). Duke University Press.
Gailey, J. (2014). The hyper (in) visible fat woman: Weight and gender discourse in contemporary society. Springer.
Husserl, E. (1970). The crisis of European sciences and transcendental phenomenol­ogy, trans. David Carr (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press), 106 – 107.
Irigaray, L. (1985). The sex which is not one. Translated by Porter, C. & Burke, C. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press.
Lather, P. (2001). Postbook: Working the ruins of feminist ethnography. Signs: Journal of women in culture and society, 27(1), 199-227.
Lather, P. (2012). Getting lost: Feminist efforts toward a double (d) science. Suny Press.
Noddings, N. (2003). Happiness and education. Cambridge University Press.
Pinar, W. (1975). Curriculum theorizing: The reconceptualists. McCutchan.
Pinar, W., & Grumet, M. R. (1976). Toward a poor curriculum. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.
Pinar, W. F. (2012). What is curriculum theory? Routledge.
Sawiki, J. (1991). Disciplining Foucault: Feminism, power, and the body. New York: Routledge.
Springgay, S., & Freedman, D. (Eds.). (2012). Mothering a bodied curriculum: Emplacement, desire, affect. University of Toronto Press.
Tsing, A. L. (2015). The mushroom at the end of the world. Princeton University Press.
Whitlock, U. (2018). Where desire endures: Intimacy and mothering a bodied curriculum. In Mothering a bodied curriculum (pp. 186-206). University of Toronto Press.