Call for Proposals: Higher Education for the World We Need

Posted by The Community-Based Global Learning Collaborative on February 21, 2023

We invite public writing in this Call for Proposals: Higher Education for the World We Need.

Higher education institutions are simultaneously positioned as places of creativity, inspiration, refuge, and rigid colonial bureaucracy. They contain multiple, competing possibilities. This project draws on the insights of Ruth Wilson Gilmore, la paperson, and Sharon Stein, who urge us to identify the kinds of reforms that are truly liberatory, to leverage components within higher education systems for decolonizing changes, and to wrestle unflinchingly with the extensive colonial roots of the systems we inhabit. We invite scholars, practitioners and community organizers to map the ways in which their higher education innovations re-imagine institutional identities, structures, and assumptions toward more just, even decolonizing, ends. Each contributed blog post/ chapter will offer an example of re-imagined practice, reflecting on how programmatic and institutional shifts resist dominant ontological and applied commitments. By including varied institutional and programmatic types of higher education innovations, the volume will demonstrate how diversely identifying and situated individuals advance decolonizing practices within higher education regimes. Collectively, these pedagogical and partnership innovations support the volume’s core purpose: identifying patterns of inclusion, resource-sharing, community-leadership, expansive imagination, and structural change that foretell more liberatory higher education futures.

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