Questions of Educational Justice

Type: Virtual Lightning Paper
Sponsor Groups: Critical Geographies of Education Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 47
Organizers: Nicole Nguyen, Dan Cohen
Chairs: Nicole Nguyen


Over the last five years, geographers have worked toward developing a more cohesive field of critical geographies of education that centers struggles for educational justice and that takes seriously how co-constitutive ordering systems like racism and colonialism shape, and are shaped by, education. For this lightning round session (10+ presentations of five minutes each), scholars will reflect on and discuss the current state of the field. This discussion will be organized around three main questions:

The concept of education often is used interchangeably with school without consideration of other spaces of learning. What do we miss when we limit ourselves to school as primary sites of education and what can we learn from communities that have never had control over their schools and therefore have had to extend the geographies of education outside the space of the school?

What can we learn from fights for education reform? What lessons and geographic insights can we gain from their successes and failures?

How can the field continue to ethically support community struggles for educational justice while being reflexive about the unique power dynamics such work creates?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Nicole Nguyen University of Illinois - Chicago 3 8:00 AM
Presenter Melisa Arganaraz*, University of Maryland - Baltimore County, InformaciĆ³n Valiosa (Valuable Information): The Role of Migrant Youth Alternative spaces of Education 8 8:03 AM
Presenter Chuchen Pan*, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, The Cultural Politics of Milwaukee's Charter School Movement 8 8:11 AM
Presenter Rob Neff*, Towson University, Racial and Economic Segregation in Baltimore's Public School System: The Complex Role of Charter Schools 8 8:19 AM
Presenter Jill Williams*, University of Arizona, Finding the Capacity to Resist: Science Classrooms as Sites of/for Resistance 8 8:27 AM
Presenter Nicole Nguyen*, University of Illinois - Chicago, Supporting Struggles for Educational Justice: Participatory Ethics, Responsible Research, and Social Movements 8 8:35 AM
Presenter Dan Cohen*, Queen's University, EdTech futures and educational justice 8 8:43 AM
Presenter Beyhan Farhadi*, York University, Transforming Geographies of Online Learning in Canadian Public Schools 8 8:51 AM
Discussant Reecia Orzeck Illinois State University 8 8:59 AM
Introduction Dan Cohen Queen's University 8 9:07 AM

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