The International Network on Gender, Social Justice and Praxis (the Network) is a cross-trajectory, interdisciplinary, and geographically diverse network. The Network aims to develop research and innovative pedagogical resources on issues of gender and social justice. The Network is focused on promoting more equitable access to and participation in higher education and lifelong learning around the world, particularly for women.
The Network brings together leading scholars and practitioners who are prepared to take intellectual risks to respond to the significant challenge of translating research into practice in order to develop innovative approaches that impact on the educational inequalities that exist around the globe.
In the long term, the Network aims to be a global think tank that provides scholarly input into an international agenda focused on gender and social justice within education. In doing so the Network will contribute to the development of policies and practices at a global, national and local level.
The structure of the Network includes the mentoring of emerging scholars in the field, with internationally recognized leaders. Through this mentoring process, particular emphasis and value is placed on bringing together traditional and emerging knowledges to create state of the art methodologies, pedagogies and practices designed to maximize impact for greater gender equity. The mentoring of emerging researchers through the Network will generate new knowledge, innovative solutions and global impact.
The network will continuously and explicitly turn the gaze on itself as a structure. The network recognizes the danger of claiming to be an ‘international’ network with geographic diversity while perpetuating historical privileges of the West and the North (e.g. privileging Western/Northern scholarship; language hegemony). The Founding Members recognize that networks are forms of social capital, deeply embedded in the reproduction of social privileges and advantages, and that power relations must be explicitly reflected upon in our work.
History of the Network
In August 2016, leading scholars from China, South Africa, Sudan, Ghana and the USA, all with extensive international expertise in gender, education and social justice research met in Durban, South Africa.
The meeting, sponsored by the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE), brought scholars together who had been involved in the Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Network on Gender and Social Justice at the Paulo Freire Institute in the UK to share current work, to develop new research collaborations and to discuss the re-establishment of the network within CEEHE.
The establishment of The International Network on Gender, Social Justice and Praxis within CEEHE is part of the University of Newcastle's enduring commitment to equity and social justice.