Call for Papers for the 8th volume in CAPA’s series of Occasional Publications

We are inviting papers for the eighth volume in CAPA’s series of Occasional Publications, on the topic of Borders, Migration and Mobility, to be published in 2019. Previous volumes in the series have focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the city as classroom, cosmopolitanism and diversity, ideas of nation in education abroad, war, human and civil rights and inequalities, and globalization. 

Geopolitical and technological changes over the last thirty years have hugely increased the magnitude and speed of the circulation of people, objects and information around the world, with uneven impacts on different people and environments. The terrain of study abroad is challenged and expanded by these realities.

The field of potential discussion has become urgent within current political and economic environments.   Mobility is simultaneously a means of enhancing educational provision and a global tragedy of massive proportions.  It encapsulates the inequalities that are inherent in globalization.  As international educators, we operate in a landscape of paradox.  The values we believe in are dependent upon mobility, but mobility is simultaneously traumatic displacement. 

Crossing borders is a consequence. Borders are ambiguous spaces: they separate nation-states, create learning opportunities, and are restrictive barriers designed to protect and exclude. In that context, the border directly conflicts with the idea of bridges – a metaphor more consistent with ideological assumptions in education abroad.  In recent times, borders have become highly-charged metaphors for a world divided geographically and ideologically, as well entrenched habits of thought. 

The border is not just a line; it is distinctive space – borderland - with complex characteristics and ambiguous dynamics which provide rich opportunities for study and research. This cluster of issues raises questions that are critical in a geopolitical sense and are also at the heart of the practice and theory of international education. We particularly welcome contributions from diverse viewpoints, nations and regions which address these and related topics. Prospective papers should be between 1500 and 5000 words.   Guidelines for contributors regarding style/citation etc. are available on request.   We are happy to discuss prospective contributions.

Contributions will remain your own intellectual property, and you are welcome to publish the material elsewhere also (though if you reprint elsewhere, a mention would be nice)!

Please send papers as an email attachment to Catherine Colon (, Anthony Gristwood ( and Michael Woolf ( in Word with minimum formatting by November 1st, 2018

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