Internationalization for an Uncertain Future: Setting the Agenda for Critical Internationalization Studies

This small conference is funded by the Spencer Foundation. Originally set to meet in Vancouver in June 2020, the meeting moved to a virtual format, taking place throughout Summer 2020. This new format will allow us to share many of the conference materials. Please stay tuned!

Conference abstract: As higher education is increasingly called upon to play a central role in addressing the challenges of today’s complex, uncertain, and unequal world, many colleges and universities have introduced an international dimension into their institutional strategies, policies, and practices. Internationalization has been deemed instrumental to preparing students, producing useful knowledge, and generating solutions for the proliferating challenges of an ever more interconnected planet. Yet there is also growing concern that mainstream practices and policies of internationalization not only reflect but also potentially reproduce already uneven geo-political and economic relations. This conference will bring together a group scholars working in the area of critical internationalization studies in order to determine the parameters of the field, outline a shared (but internally diverse) research agenda, and identify primary issues, future priorities, and pathways forward. This intergenerational group of scholars brings expertise in multiple dimensions of international education, and experience working across many geographic areas. The orientation of the conference will be to consider how we might reimagine the study and practice internationalization in the service of addressing shared global challenges in more equitable, sustainable, and ethical ways.