Violence and Social Justice in International Education

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Violence and Social Justice in International Education
Stream: International Education
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Miglena Todorova, University of Toronto, Canada
Nana Gulic, University of Toronto, Canada
Hayely Brooks Brooks, University of Toronto, Canada


This panel will present findings from three studies that shine light on modes of sexual, political and racial violence in international K12 and higher education. Paper 1 focuses on the reasons behind the lack of sexual and gender-based violence prevention programs that address the needs of the growing number of international college students focusing on students from India attending universities in Canada, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Paper 2 theorizes the political frictions and anti-hegemonic teachers’ activism that underline the implementations of educational policies designed by the European Union and forced upon educational institutions in post-socialist societies in the Balkans, such as Croatia. Paper 3 reports findings from a review of the literature on internationalizing educational curricula, highlighting the lack of decolonial, feminist, and anti-racist perspectives. The panel constructs these issues as modes of social, political and epistemological violence that remain understudied and un-theorized in the literature on international education. It further supports greater and deeper understanding of international education as a site of violence, power relations, and educational practices that extend local and global histories of colonization, domination and inequalities. These inequalities, and the violence they produce, impact especially participants in international education from and in countries and regions of the world perceived as developing, emerging and non-Western.

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