Call for Papers: International Student Activism and the Politics of Higher Education

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Call for Papers for Edited Book

International Student Activism and the Politics of Higher Education


CindyAnn Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria

Reuben Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria

We are seeking chapter manuscripts that examine the political dimensions of the international student experience globally with a focus on the politics, policies, and activism associated with international students in higher education institutions. In particular, this edited book aims to explore how international students engage in political activism both on and off campus when studying abroad – whether in response to international tuition hikes, discriminatory immigration policies, racially motivated violence, or broader geopolitical conflicts. We welcome contributions by scholars from around the world who can advance our understanding of what forms of political activism international students have taken part in and why. This volume also seeks to answer related questions, such as: To what extent have international students collectively mobilized in solidarity with one another in different educational and geographical contexts? How have international students contributed to shaping the political life of the communities in which they study, live, and work? What political strategies have international students employed when confronted by hostility within their host community and increasingly restrictive, xenophobic policy frameworks in the host society more generally? How have international students and their allies responded to, and challenged, acts of violence and discrimination targeting members of the international student community? What personal experiences and stories have led international students to become more politically active? How have higher education institutions responded to political activism among international students on their campuses?

Such questions call attention to the need to critically analyze the political aspects of the international student experience in higher education settings. In this edited collection, we invite empirical, theoretical, narrative-based, and other creative contributions that consider international student activism and its role in shaping the politics of higher education in diverse contexts across the globe. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Case studies of international student activism both on and off university campuses.
  • Political responses to policy changes that directly affect international students (e.g. international tuition increases, restrictive immigration policies).
  • Political activism, protests, and collective mobilizations against racially motivated violence and discrimination targeting international students.
  • International student coalitions and solidarity movements that bridge international divides.
  • Interrelations between domestic and international students in student activist movements.
  • Political agency of international students in responding to unwelcoming and hostile social, cultural, and political environments within host communities.
  • Involvement of international students in activism related to ongoing geopolitical conflicts.
  • Auto-ethnographic accounts and narratives of international student activism.

Proposal Submission and Timeline

This is an open call to scholars, practitioners, and students from across different disciplines to submit a proposal for a chapter to the proposed edited book, International Student Activism and the Politics of Higher Education, which we aim to publish with Rowman & Littlefield. If you are interested in contributing a chapter (6,000 words max, inclusive of bibliography) to this edited book, please submit a preliminary abstract (250 words max) in Microsoft Word format to both CindyAnn Rose-Redwood ( and Reuben Rose-Redwood ( Please include the following author information: author name(s), institutional affiliation, and email address. Preliminary abstracts should be submitted via email no later than August 1, 2022, 5pm PDT.


  • Call for papers released: June 17, 2022
  • Deadline for potential contributors to submit an abstract: August 1, 2022
  • Email invitations will be sent out to authors to submit a complete manuscript: September 1, 2022
  • Chapter manuscript submission deadline for peer review: January 15, 2023
  • Peer review feedback for revisions will be sent to authors by: March 1, 2023
  • Authors complete revisions by: June 1, 2023
  • Editors complete introductory chapter and submit complete edited book with all chapters to the publisher by: October 1, 2023

We are excited to launch this new book proposal, and we look forward to working together to advance scholarship on the political dimensions of the international student experience in higher education.