Innovative and Critical Approaches

to Higher Education in the 21st Century


22-24 June 2016

Roskilde University, Denmark


We are very proud to welcome you to Critical Edge Alliance Conference 2016. We hope to see you at Roskilde University to learn, contribute and network with other professionals and students from around the globe.


The March 1st deadline has passed and we have received many interesting abstracts from across the world. A warm thank to everyone who have submitted an abstract. However, we would like a larger geographical distribution of participants and have therefore decided to extend the deadline for the submission of abstracts to April 1st. We are especially interested in new submissions from Africa and South America, but will also consider new submissions from other parts of the world.



Call for Papers


The second international conference on Innovative and Critical Approaches to Higher Education will be held at Roskilde University in Denmark, June 22nd to 24th, 2016. The purpose of the conference is to bring together scholars, students and administrators who are interested in the history, theory, and practice of progressive higher education and wish to rethink and reinvigorate its strong traditions in the globalized context of the 21st century. We are therefore not only interested in papers which contribute to research on progressive higher education and research, but also in examples of best practices. Thus, we invite papers and panels on:


  1. The history, theory, and future of progressive higher education. Papers could concern topics such as theories of individual educational thinkers, histories of educational institutions, traditions of interdisciplinary, critical and/or socially engaged research, as well as the possibilities and challenges that these theories, histories and traditions face today. Papers may also deal with new ideas and proposals for the future of progressive higher education.

  2. The practice of progressive higher education. Papers could focus on examples of innovative courses, methods of mentoring and supervising, interdisciplinary co-teaching and research, student-centered learning and research as well as collaboration between educational institutions and civil society. For this second group of papers we are not primarily interested in traditional academic papers, but rather in examples and experiences from the everyday practice of education and research.


Proposals for papers and panels should be submitted to before April 1st 2016. Abstracts for papers (25 minutes, including discussion) should be no more than 250 words. Panels (1.5 hours, including discussion) can consist of 3-4 papers.


Registration for the conference will be possible starting in March 2016. The conference fee will be kept as low as possible to include meals, receptions, and coffee during the conference. For student participants as well as participants with financial needs, the fee may be waived. If requested, we will also attempt to organize local housing with Roskilde students and faculty. Please let us know in good time if you need to waive your fee and/or housing. The final deadline for registration is June 10th 2016.


The conferences on Innovative and Critical Approaches to Higher Education are part of a larger effort to establish an alliance of critical, alternative and innovative universities across the world. But those not affiliated with any of these institutions are also most welcome to participate. 


Find more information about this alliance.



Organizing committee:


Kasper Risbjerg Eskildsen, Roskilde University, Denmark

L.H.M. Ling, The New School, USA

Nizar Messari, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

David McAvity, Evergreen State College, USA

P. K. Shajahan, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

Carl Henrik Langebaek Rueda, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Danilo Marcondes, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janerio, Brazil