Teaching Beyond Boundaries – Education Outside the Classroom

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Call for Publications
November 15, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Urban History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning, Environmental History / Studies

Teaching Beyond Boundaries – Education Outside the Classroom


Dates: 15-17 Nov, 2023

Place: Virtual

Abstracts: 10 July, 2023 (Round 1) | 05 October, 2023 (Round 2)




Today, the education sector sites with a new set of conditions. In the built environment, architects, urbanists and planners operate in changed studio settings. In teacher training and education studies, modes of delivery have been radically altered. In social sciences, what and how anthropologists, sociologists and cultural theorists teach, is subject to critique. In the arts, media and design, the pressure on students to consider a ‘job’ informs what we teach and how they learn. Whether approaching teaching from the perspective of STEM or the frameworks of the humanities, this is a complex time. Within this context, the Beyond School Boundaries strand sets three themes, each of which asks several questions:

Education Outside Our Walls: How can education institutions contribute to cultivating a public audience on issues relevant to society today – whether that be in the fields of the built environment, social justice, environmental sustainability or others? Can we raise public expectations and engagement with such issues beyond affecting our own students directly? Is it possible to take education outside the walls of the campus and teach within the community? Can the education sector reformulate standard academic discourse to reach a more general audience? In the complex world of today, it is now obligatory for students to be working and learning with communities, industry and other stakeholders?

Place-Based Education: How do education agendas embrace local problematics? Can we demonstrate a deeper understanding of the places and regions we are located in? Do we meet the needs of our local populations and stake-holders? Can education contribute to the local discourse on community empowerment, or support public health initiatives etc? Can universities focus more on the social and cultural dimensions of neighborhoods such as supporting vernacular design and community development rather than the autonomous discourse of our respective canons?

Cross-Disciplinary Education: How does a disciplinary education enrich itself? What are the benefits for a given discipline when its students engage with other fields? What are the strengths and weaknesses of student and professor participation in cross-disciplinary projects? For example, against the illusion that an architect or social policy planner can design everything, should we be teaching students to work collaboratively? In contrast to understanding environmental agendas as isolated, should we be doing more to support the inclusion of these questions in all educational fields as a universal and shared problem?



Wenzhou-Kean University, AMPS


Routledge Taylor & Francis




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Cindee Hogan, Vincent Peu Duvallon, Gregory Hurcomb, David Curtis