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Mary Hums

Nicole Brown (2021) Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia: Strategies for Inclusion in Higher Education Bristol: Policy Press, 352 pp., ISBN: 978-1447354116

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Apryl Berney

Drawing on interviews with Black women who sang in all-female vocal groups during the late 1950s and early 1960s, I examine the important role played by integrated public and private schools in the formation of the 1960s girl group phenomenon. From talent shows to choir practice, locker rooms to hallways, Black girls took up audible space in institutions of higher learning whenever they harmonized with friends or acquaintances. The collective identities Black girls created in their vocal groups allowed them to challenge racial and gender stereotypes in the civil rights era while also modeling sisterhood and friendship for subsequent generations of girls.

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Katie Scott Newhouse

In this article, I use data collected as part of my dissertation (Newhouse 2020) to inquire into how one participant, Joanna, who self-identifies as a Black girl, described her lived experiences while attending the Voices alternative-to-detention program. I use the theoretical framework of disability studies in education and critical race theory (DisCrit) with critical spatial theory to analyze collected ethnographic data, such as in-depth field notes, audio-recorded informal conversations, and semi-structured interviews, to show the space Joanna co-created with adult facilitators to center her lived experiences. An attention to the spatial dimension shows how spaces are agentive and has important implications for developing and sustaining educational spaces that cultivate an understanding of the geographies that draw from and center Black girls’ lived experiences.

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Dear Mama

A Luo’s Letter Addressing Gossips, Girl Fights, and Gashes

Esther O. Ohito

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“Dreamland”

Black Girls Saying and Creating Space through Fantasy Worlds

S.R. Toliver

The rampant murder of Black women and girls in the United States proves that this place is not safe for them. In fact, it is questionable whether any space currently known can be safe when antiblackness and misogynoir are interwoven into the fabric of our world. For this reason, researchers must explore the unbound landscapes Black girls create for themselves in fantastic narratives. In this article, I examine the fantasy short stories of two Black middle school girls who participated in a writing workshop to explore how they resisted spatial control by creating new worlds they had the power to construct and dismantle.

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Penny Welch and Susan Wright

This issue of Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences includes work by authors from Austria, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Brazil and Sweden. The five articles cover a diverse range of topics: the third mission of universities, doctoral supervision, internationalisation of higher education, neoliberal think tanks in higher education, and an innovation in the teaching of political thought.

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Hostile Geographies

Black Girls Fight to Save Themselves and the World

Dehanza Rogers

In this article, I engage in a parallel reading of the consumption of Black girlhood in speculative fiction in the television series The Passage, and the film The Girl with All the Gifts, and in the classroom. In these texts are nonconsensual attempts to harvest biological materials from Black girls, exhibiting the belief that Black bodies are utilitarian, at best, and meant for consumption. Like these narratives, the classroom consumes Black girls physically along with their futures. I explore how Black girl resistance disrupts such consumption and interrogate texts in which Black girls create narratives for themselves. In these narratives, so-called disposable Black girls map out new cartographies of narrative resistance and new liberatory geographies for their future.

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Introducing Internationalisation at Home

Learning satisfaction under the Content and Language Integrated Learning approach

Mark Gosling and Wenhsien Yang

Taiwan higher education institutions are employing two strategies: Internationalisation at Home (IaH) to promote domestic students’ international exposure and awareness, and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) to promote language skills and professional knowledge. Higher education institutions recognise the synergy of these two strategies and the opportunity through them to attract international students to study in an English-speaking classroom. What is not known is the reaction of the domestic CLIL students in English as a Foreign Language settings to the introduction of native English speakers into their classroom, and this is the focus of this exploratory study. Results suggest that the domestic students are largely positive about the engagement of the exchange students but also raise the issues of internationalised curriculum and intercultural mixing in the monolingual context.

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Neoliberal student activism in Brazilian higher education

The case of ‘Students For Liberty Brasil’

Evandro Coggo Cristofoletti and Milena Pavan Serafim

This article discusses the growth of neoliberal student activism in Brazilian higher education, considering the role of organisations called neoliberal think tanks. The following questions are addressed: why and how do these think tanks operate in the field of higher education? How do they articulate and promote student activism? The study provides a historical and contextual review of the origin and performance of the neoliberal think tanks in Brazil, identifying organisations that significantly operate in the higher education field. The case of Students For Liberty Brasil is examined in detail. The results of our study indicate that these think tanks seek to challenge hegemony in the teaching, research and higher education policy agendas and consider students as an important source of neoliberal political leaders.

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A novel perspective on doctoral supervision

Interaction of time, academic work, institutional policies, and lifecourse

Søren Smedegaard Bengtsen and Lynn McAlpine

While supervision is often characterised as a relatively private relationship, we would argue it is strongly influenced by departmental, institutional, national and global factors. It is also intertwined with other academic work and life experiences – with time playing an important role, not just as regards lifecourse but also changing institutional policies and practices. Using this embedded dynamic perspective in a longitudinal institutional case study, we examined how individual supervisory practices, embedded within life experiences and the evolving policy contexts of supervision and other academic activities, changed over time. We found that changed institutional supervision expectations and related structures influenced supervisory thinking and actions. Future research could further examine how this dynamic perspective opens horizons for understanding individual supervisor change in light of new institutional expectations.