Call for articles and proposals: Teaching Critical University Studies
That universities have both followed the script of neoliberalism and helped write that script is no news to academic workers, to readers of Radical Teacher in particular. The corporatizing of higher education has ripped apart many conventions and structures of the postwar university: the professional self-organization of those who teach; their relative independence from administrative control; job security and decent pay; the tenure track; academic freedom; shared governance; universal access to college education; low tuition and debt load for students; face-to-face classroom relations; student engagement in the substance and practices of learning; the premise that higher education is a public good, to be funded accordingly. Much research has responded to these and related historical disruptions; scholars and activists are tentatively mapping a field now often called “Critical University Studies.”
Radical Teacher began in a volcano of critical, activist thought about the “coopted” university, open admissions, the politics of teaching, and so on, that erupted during the 1960s and 1970s. It has published many articles in this vein over its four decades. We now propose a focused issue on the shaping of critical university studies. We invite submission of completed manuscripts, formal proposals of a page or less, or correspondence about ideas for articles. Here’s a partial list of topics, meant only to suggest the range of our interests for this issue:
*Is it important to offer formal courses in this area? Units of study within existing courses?
Send proposals or questions by Sept. 1, 2016