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Dr. Chris Newfield’s talk (Nov 9, 2:45-3:45pm) has been canceled

Cultivating Transformative Theories and Practices in Higher Education and Student Affairs
West Chester University, Pennsylvania
November 8th-9th, 2019




The West Chester Critical Theories of Education Conference ( promotes and supports the cultivation of critical scholarship for students and lifelong learners and advances the development of critical education theory and critical pedagogy more generally. We hope to work toward unifying and strengthening the sub-genres of critical pedagogy inspired by Marxism, critical race theory, feminism, queer, and decolonial studies amongst other critical theories. The conference intentionally includes the voices and perspectives of university students, K-12 classroom teachers, and higher education educators/practitioners. We attempt to create a space where critical theorists, practitioners and educators who do not usually collaborate have an opportunity to shape meaningful partnerships and common education goals. Because critical theory is concerned with not only interpreting the world, but with transforming it, the conference is focused on simultaneously understanding the consequences of an unjust social and economic system (i.e. corporate take-over of schools, high stakes testing and behaviorist pedagogy, micro classroom aggressions and bullying, poverty, racism, sexism, white supremacy, homophobia, perpetual war, ableism, etc.), and with transforming or dissolving their root causes (i.e. neoliberal capitalism and the settler-state, Euro-centric oppression and their patriarchal, homophobic, racist, etc. hegemonies).

Each year the CT21 conference embraces a theme to explore and discuss. The 2019 theme is the intersection of critical university studies, higher education policy, and transformative student affairs practice. To this end, we invite the submission of papers and presentations that engage participants in exploring and discussing how to examine and change existing structures in traditional higher education. The conference: Cultivating Transformative Theories and Practices in Higher Education and Student Affairs will consist of the following five thematic threads. We encourage all presenters to state in their proposal which thread their presentation should be placed in.

CT21 Thematic Threads:

• Decolonization and Racial Justice
• Transformative Student Affairs
• Sustainability as Praxis
• Critical Perspectives on Debt
• Scholar Activism

How to propose a paper or workshop:

• In the body of your email, please include the following: Name(s), institutional affiliation (or independent scholar), postal address, email address, and phone number of the author(s)/presenter(s).
• In a single Word document or PDF, please include:

• Title of the paper or workshop
• Description of the paper/workshop: In no more than 500 words, please describe the topic, approach/methods, synopsis of arguments/findings, and significance of the paper/workshop.
• Which theme your paper/workshop should be placed in.

Important Dates and Information:

All submissions should be emailed to:

Due Date for Submissions: September 20th, 2019 [EXTENDED]

Conference Fees and Registration (Sliding Scale):

• For Faculty/Administration: $75 per day
• For Non-WCU Graduate Students and Adjuncts: $25 per day
• WCU Students and Adjuncts: $15 per day

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