About the Symposium

Critical Pedagogies: Equality and Diversity in a Changing Institution
Interdisciplinary Symposium at the University of Edinburgh, 6th Sept 2013

Keynote speakers:
Professor Heidi Safia Mirza

(Professor of Race, Faith and Culture, Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Professor Joyce Canaan
(Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University)

Critical pedagogies rely on notions of cooperation, dialogue and mutual recognition, on the conviction that everyone takes part in knowledge production. The variety of perspectives within this particular field attests to the diversity of the classrooms in which we learn and teach. The theoretical contexts for critical pedagogies are multifaceted and interdisciplinary, including works from the fields of postcolonial and critical race theory, feminist theory, political and social sciences.

This one-day interdisciplinary and crossdisciplinary symposium aims to open up discussions regarding teaching in our changing institutions, investigating how our roles as both teachers and learners are continuously challenged and negotiated. The symposium aims to bring together postgraduate, early career and established academics, independent researchers and educators from across the disciplines working with critical pedagogies as well as issues of equality and diversity, into a space where they can discuss and develop ideas, strategise around the role of teaching in higher education, and create significant academic networks.

The symposium will provide a platform for presentations in the form of keynote addresses, thematic panels, strands and paper presentations for the participants followed by engaging discussions and a roundtable discussion. The aim is to continue the discussion beyond the scope of the symposium and provide a platform for future discussions and collaborative work through the development and maintenance of an online presence, engaging with the symposium and its aftermaths in the form of articles, commentary and discussions, encouraging an open and accessible form of dialogue.

We are also pleased to confirm that selected papers and roundtable contributions will be considered for publication.

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