Calls for Papers

Vol. 12, No. 1 & 2 – Call for Papers 

Systemic institutional engagement: intentional, innovative and rigorous Universities the world over are keenly aware that the profound and interconnected challenges facing the world demand new approaches to knowledge generation, application and dissemination. Nearly thirty years ago, Boyer (1990, p.16) called for scholarship to be given a ‘broader, more capacious meaning, one that brings legitimacy to the full scope of academic work’. Since then, the hard graft of countless examples of collaboration between universities and their communities has helped give substance and clarity to this call for a more inclusive, though no less rigorous, conception of scholarship, to the degree that community engagement is no longer seen as peripheral to the core mission of higher education. Nyden (2006) argued that collaborative research was an expansion, not a break, with higher education’s crucial ‘culture of questioning’ and, more recently, Fitzgerald et al. (2016, p. 247) have suggested there is now a shift away from trying to ‘fit’ community engagement into existing institutional systems towards a ‘systemic engagement’ that is focused on ‘transforming the culture of higher education so that it embraces the epistemologies and forms of scholarship that allow community engagement to thrive.’

Over the course of the next two volumes of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, we wish to use the above as a starting point for a critical exploration of recent global efforts to profoundly reimagine the role and potential of higher education in society. Vol. 12, No. 1 will focus on the strategies, policies and practices that promote and assess systemic, culturally transformative engagement at the level of institution; the next (Vol. 12, No. 2) will look at ‘the epistemologies and forms of scholarship’ emerging from and through community engagement, and which are both challenging and enriching traditional Western scholastic norms and approaches. 

Gateways will publish volumes in 2019, the first in May and the second in December. 

For further information, email Margaret Malone, Managing Editor of Gateways | margaret.malone@uts.edu.au.