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[Commlist] CFP: Reimagining Our University Preconference at the 2019 IAMCR Conference
Sat Mar 02 14:27:27 GMT 2019
*Reimagining Our University Preconference at the 2019 IAMCR Conference*
*Date and time:* Sunday July 7, 2019, 9:00am-4:30pm
*Location:* Madrid, Spain
*Proposal deadline:* April 6, 2019 (11:59pm MST)
At the upcoming 2019 IAMCR Conference, we will be gathering to engage
the role of communication in fulfilling the Preamble of the Paris
Declaration (UN, 1948), which states that "recognition of the inherent
dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the
human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world".
This commitment must begin within our own institutions. However,
contemporary universities are undergoing a process of the so-called
“neoliberalization”, in which students are called “customers” or
“users”, and faculty and graduate students are reduced to labor force or
“service providers”. In this context, the contemporary University’s
commitments to financial viability often undermine and prevail upon the
collective attempts of faculty, staff, and students to cultivate a
community of knowledge.
It can be tempting to call for a return towards the origins of the
university, for a restoration of its initial commitment to the
Humanities and the development of thoughtful citizens. However, even if
the university was not always as commercially driven, the university has
never been committed fully to the dignity and rights of all members of
the human family. It has always been exclusionary in some form, and the
university participated actively in the European colonial project.
Instead it is necessary to begin with a blank slate and imagine the
modern university from the ground up, as we need it to be. What purpose
should the university have in today’s society? For whom should the
university be designed? How should coursework be structured? How should
the tenure process function? Can we design financially stable
institutions without structuring such institutions around financial
viability and market interests? These are massive questions with which
we must wrestle, and we must wrestle with them together.
Reimagining Our University aims to cultivate solidarity and
collaboration by bringing emerging scholars together to discuss our
concerns with the contemporary university and brainstorm solutions to
some of these questions. We are the future of the university, and we can
either choose to accept the university as it stands, prioritizing our
personal success within market-driven structures, or we can choose to
develop transnational networks of emerging scholars committed to
supporting one another as we develop and cultivate visions of what the
university might become.
The preconference will be divided into two parts: (1) three
conference-style roundtables in which individuals share ten-minute
provocations, followed by open discussion; and (2) carefully designed
workshops aimed at targeted brainstorming and goal-setting in response
to previously identified key areas of concern.
_Call for Proposals:_
Faculty and graduate students at all levels are encouraged to apply.
Though this preconference is sponsored by the Emerging Scholars Network
and emphasizes the collaboration and contributions of emerging scholars,
we value the insights and perspectives of experienced academics who also
wish to reimagine the university as it exists today.
For the first session, we request interested participants to submit an
author bio and a 300-word abstract outlining their brief ten-minute
provocations that offer insights, challenges, calls to action, or other
reflections in response to the central question of this preconference:
how must we rethink and reimagine the university today?
For the second session, we request interested workshop organizers to
submit a CV and one-page proposal outlining their idea for a workshop
related to the theme of this preconference.
Potential topics for provocations or workshops could include:
•Decolonizing the university
•Rethinking the publishing model
•Public scholarship and the university
•The future of finances within the Academy
•The tenure-track process
•The university’s responsibility to the environment
As this pre-conference will function as a workshop, involving the active
participation of all conference attendees, all in attendance may request
a letter to their home institution, in which we advocate for their merit
to receive travel funding, regardless of whether they are one of the
speakers presenting a provocation.
*Please send all proposals and queries to Rachel Lara van der Merwe
(University of Colorado Boulder) at (rachel.vandermerwe /at/ colorado.edu)
<mailto:(rachel.vandermerwe /at/ colorado.edu)> no later than April 6, 2019
The Emerging Scholars Network is the key organizer and sponsor of this
is a section dedicated to the work and careers of emerging scholars in
the field of media studies and communication.
The ESN organizes emerging scholar panels and joint panels with other
sections. Emerging Scholars panels provide a comfortable environment for
the presentation of theses and works in progress, where emerging
scholars can receive feedback from colleagues also at the beginning of
their careers and from senior scholars who act as respondents to
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