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Conference 2019

Boundary Crossings in Culture, Power, and Experience:  Re-imagining Higher Education

The annual conference took place at THE NEW SCHOOL in New York on June 6-8, 2019.

The purpose of the conference was to explore contemporary issues around boundary crossing, as they relate to universities and learning, broadly conceived.


This conference is dedicated to the memory of our colleague Professor L.H.M. “Lily” Ling, a founding member of the Critical Edge Alliance, who tragically passed away last year. The conference is designed in the spirit of Ling’s Silk Road Research Initiative, a research collective that pursued the re-imagination of world politics.

As part of that work, students and faculty from The New School (New York, NY) organized in 2013 around a shared vision: to transform the foundation that underpins today’s international system by thinking creatively about world politics.

We encouraged a variety of creative proposals including:

traditional panels and presentations, but also action learning, organizing workshops, plays and poetry slams, design charrettes, culinary events, and site-specific activities in New York City.


The organizers seeked submissions of original work, experiences, and activities that are relevant to below, broadly conceived themes:

  • Learning approaches that cross geographies, content, and practices

  • Changing power dynamics around student activism and university governance

  • Universities as sites of intergroup contestation around social issues, including migration, free speech, inclusion, and more

  • Teaching about cultural connections and disconnects using aesthetics

  • Ideation about projects or learning networks among CEA partner universities

  • Other enactments around the theme of boundary crossings


We thank everyone for submitting their proposals and for participating in or reading up about the conference. Don't forget to check out the conference report!


The annual conference covered a variety of topics related to the theme "Boundary Crossings". They included "Socioeconomic Marginalization as Boundary in The University Setting", "New Directions in Inclusion, Power, and Pedagogy", "Activism: New Narratives and
Forms of Engagement" and many more. Find more information attached.

Download Conference Report 2019

Press Article:

The Critical Edge Alliance Conference Brings its Innovative Approach to Higher Education to The New School

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