CAPA’s publications are intended to enrich learning, teaching and research for all of us aspiring to be thoughtful and curious contributors to critical discussions in a complex world. The mission of our series of Occasional Publications is to expand the discourse of education abroad and, in so doing, to challenge conventional orthodoxies and unexplored assumptions. CAPA also partners with the University of Minnesota in the production of a biennial journal on career integration in study abroad.
These publications address the fact that education abroad is a curious profession. We are simultaneously practitioners and scholars obliged to juggle administrative, intellectual, and academic imperatives. In recent years, we have become significantly more adept at administration: “how” we construct our programs. In pursuing those necessary imperatives, we have tended to lose sight of some educational and intellectual questions: “why” we do what we do.
Our broad objective is, therefore, to create space for reflection on, and discussion of, themes and topics that broaden focus beyond practical and administrative issues. We take the view that international education is enriched through introspection and review of conventional agendas. We believe that we have an educational responsibility to think about topics that impact upon the world in which our students live.
These publications, broadly, resonate with our core learning and development objectives and reflect the subject matter of CAPA Symposia. We have chosen to analyze and explore issues related to globalization, urban experience, social dynamics, and diversity. These themes are reflected in collections of diverse essays that offer trans-disciplinary and, often, conflicting perspectives on urban studies, cosmopolitanism, nation and memory, war and study abroad, human rights, and civil rights.
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CAPA’s Occasional Papers series exists to question orthodoxy and challenge perceived wisdom. This collection presents a plurality of voices in complex, brave, and challenging conversations with the reader. Colonialism shaped our world and distorted the ways in which people and nations relate to each other. While the great empires belong to history, legacies remain: empires of the mind. We are all children, sometimes orphans, of empire. In international education, decolonization is both an imperative and a complex and challenging process. It requires introspection and reassessment, a critical review of what we do, and how and why we do it. The essays in this collection respond to this challenge at a time of epochal change. This then is an invitation to agree, disagree, challenge, disturb, and disrupt assumptions. In that process, the authors here unearth ambiguities, enrich our discourse, and bring greater clarity to the work to which we are collectively committed.