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Updated: Dec 3, 2021

The annual conference of Critical Edge Alliance (CEA) will take place at The New School in New York, New York on June 7-8, 2019. The theme of the conference will be: Boundary Crossings in Culture, Power, and Experience: Re-imagining Higher Education

CALL FOR PAPERS We encourage a variety of creative proposals: 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. Proposals (for papers, panels and workshops) must be written in English. Length should be a maximum 500 words and should be submitted (in pdf format) to the following email address: The submission deadline is April 1, 2019. Registration for the conference will open on May 1, 2019. More information here

This is an open call for submissions from university students, faculty, and staff members. The organizers seek 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

Dedication of the conference The purpose of the conference is 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.

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