16th Annual Globalization, Diversity, And Education Conference: (Re)Imagining Education For Liberation

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February 27, 2020 to February 28, 2020
Washington, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Race Studies, Native American History / Studies

As a member of the WSU Globalization Conference Planning Committee, I cordially invite you to submit a proposal for our conference. 

Re)imagining Education for Liberation 

Submission Deadline: Nov 18th, 2019 

Dominant discourses of equity and inclusion in education are often connected to (neo) liberal ideologies of democracy, multiculturalism, and citizenship. Liberalism, however, has been critiqued by many critical scholars for professing to value equity, justice, and sustainability while preventing the radical reform necessary to achieve socially just and sustainable communities. Under liberalism, “inclusion” is the mainstream compromise while global systems of oppression continue to be operationalized and whiteness continues to be centered. This phenomenon is perhaps most visible in the areas of STEM education, where there are increased efforts to “broaden participation” for greater inclusion, without fundamentally changing the structures, culture, or conditions that have excluded much of the world’s population. Almost always framed within the context of capitalism and the global marketplace, STEM programs in schools and universities have increased dramatically worldwide, in an effort to produce more workers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Furthermore, STEAM advocates have proclaimed that while these areas are important for the global economy, the arts, and humanities, or adding an “A,” is necessary for fostering creativity, innovation, and critical problem-solving. It is questionable, however, if STEM/STEAM education offers critical thinking and problem-solving opportunities for students to collaborate to solve some of the greatest social challenges. Many of the central issues related to global human suffering and inequality (hyper-capitalism, climate change, racism, gender inequality, technology access, globalization, etc.) are rarely addressed in schools and universities, and students are often working under the auspices of the dominant (STEM) enterprise. Despite this, youth today are mobilizing globally through technologies and participating in various protest movements to voice their concerns about the current trajectory of world politics. 

This conference invites educators, researchers, and activists to dialogue on the important work of (re)imagining education for liberation. We ask contributors to consider how systems of interlocking oppressions impact education, and how it could be reimagined across k-12 and higher education for greater justice and liberation. Some critical questions might include: Liberation from what/toward what? What does education for liberation look and feel like in k-12 and higher education? How could STEM/STEAM education be (re)imagined for global justice and liberation? How might a greater focus on activism in education change schooling? We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops, panels, artistic expressions, and posters that share research and/or practices in education that rethink or (re)imagine education for greater justice and liberation. Key areas presenters may wish to consider include: 

Critical Theories and Critical Pedagogies for Liberation 
Re-thinking Teacher Education 
Artivism and Art for Social Justice 
Sustainability, Environmental Justice, and Climate Change 
Critical STEM, Critical STEAM, Indigenous STEM 
Critical Media Literacies and Cultural Studies of Education 
The Intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality, Citizenship, and Technology 
The Intersections of Surveillance, Technology, Privacy, and Social Life 

Deadline for proposals: November 18th, 2019 

Contact Info: 

Amir A. Gilmore, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Cultural Studies And Social Thought In Education

Department of Teaching & Learning

College of Education

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