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Globalization Conference 2017 (#GDE2017)

Globalization, Diversity, and Education 2017 (#GDE2017)
Conference Theme: Living With(in) Borders: immigration, indigeneity, and education
February 15-17, 2017
Northern Quest Resort, Airway Heights, WA



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Conference Overview

Living With(in) Borders: immigration, indigeneity, and education

Immigration is a topic of great concern around the world. From borders and how they are constructed and enforced, to the migrant crisis resulting from increased poverty, famine, and war, people have reacted with both openness and care as well as with hostility. According to Gloria Anzaldúa, borders are “where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds” (1987/2012). Often silenced or marginalized are indigenous peoples and the diverse knowledge(s) from around the world, forcedly moved from and in some cases still living on ancestral lands.

The conference theme, Living With(in) Borders: Immigration, Indigeneity, and Education, invites researchers from a wide range of disciplines to examine the following questions: How can researchers and practitioners contribute to more nuanced understandings of immigration, indigeneity, and education? How do we teach the historical record and ongoing issues of enslavement, dominance, and forced migration? How can we “speak back to manifest destinies” (Calderón, 2014)? In this conference we will discuss ways we can talk and act productively and sensitively about immigration, indigeneity, and education.

We invite proposals from diverse perspectives that address the conference theme. Such topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Student activism and immigrant justice.
  • Post-colonial and Indigenous perspectives towards decolonizing research.
  • Land Education and Place-Based Education.
  • Immigration and language rights.
  • Tribal sovereignty.
  • Teaching immigration and indigeneity in K-12 and higher education.
  • Allies in education and immigrants and indigenous peoples.


  • Anzaldúa, G. (1987/2012) Borderlands/la frontera: The new mestiza (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Aunt Lute Books.
  • Calderón, D. (2014). Speaking back to manifest destinies: A land education-based approach to critical curriculum inquiry. Environmental Education Research, 20(1), pp. 24-36.


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Dolores Calderón

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