Occasional Paper #10: The JEDI Anthology
Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) agendas have become critical within the environments in which education abroad functions. We believe that scholarship informs and enriches those endeavors. The JEDI Anthology draws upon contributions made over the past 12 years.
Collectively, the articles in this volume demonstrate the value of conversations that go beyond everyday concerns to explore diverse perspectives and ideologies. The rationale for this anthology derives from the current political environment. In many countries, a liberal agenda has been undermined by militant parochialism and xenophobia. The timeliness of this anthology was clear.
Going beyond national realities reveals complexity. Default distinctions within American society may not be of global relevance. Thus, we owe it to ourselves and those we teach to challenge dominant narratives.
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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