Service learning and other engaged scholarship programmes ideally operate in an academic framework to enhance student understanding of citizenship and community engagement. In reality, given the constraints on institutional budgets, such programmes are likely to be underfunded and academically understaffed. Structured as choices on an institutional menu, programmes are routinely touted as transformative though what they transform may be indeterminate. The ways in which such programmes are presented encourage students to interpret transformation as personal experience, valued to the extent that students can do good in the world by acting as agents of progress, solving problems for people imagined to need their expertise, ideally in exotic settings as unlike students' routine lives as possible, while students develop skills and connections useful in their post-college careers. This construction of engaged scholarship readily lends itself to institutional promotional language but can undermine students' effective action in actual projects.
The promise and practice of service learning and engaged scholarship
To Accompany and to Observe: Engaged Scholarship and Social Change Vis-à-Vis Sub-Saharan Transmigration in Morocco
An Interview with Mehdi Alioua
Sabina Barone and Mehdi Alioua
In this interview with Sabina Barone, Mehdi Alioua—Sociology Professor at the Université Internationale de Rabat (International University of Rabat), Morocco—reflects on the transformations that Sub-Saharan African migration has brought to Moroccan society over the last two decades, in particular with reference to identity and the denominations of the foreign others, the internal and regional dynamics of (im)mobility, and the challenges to social coexistence and national migration policies. He proposes conceptual categories such as “transmigrant,” “migration by stages,” and “migratory crossroads” to capture the complexity of the mobile experiences unfolding in Morocco. Based on his trajectory of engaged scholarship in favor of migrants and refugees, he calls for a renewed South-South and North-South academic collaboration and cross-fertilization through small scale, bottom-up research made possible by friendship among scholars.
Examining the university: EUI at the confluence of student research, institutional critique, pedagogical community-building and technological change
Timothy Reese Cain
This concluding contribution to the special issue on the Ethnography of the University Initiative based at the University of Illinois locates the project at the intersections of several of the main currents in modern higher education: the push for undergraduate research, calls for critical inquiry into higher education, an interest in pedagogical communities and excitement over technological innovation. It further identifies the challenges facing EUI as it enters its second decade.
Engaged Anthropology and Scholar Activism
Elisabet Dueholm Rasch, Floor van der Hout, and Michiel Köhne
This special issue explores theoretical and methodological issues related to activist and engaged scholarship. Combining scholarship and activism involves the (collaborative) production of knowledge that contributes not only to understanding the
The politics of intellectual labor under contemporary capitalist restructuring
.” — Gavin Smith, Intellectuals and (Counter-) Politics: Essays in Historical Realism Originally published in 2014, Gavin Smith's Intellectuals and (Counter-) Politics: Essays in Historical Realism felt like a jolt of adrenaline for politically engaged
Cannabis Culture on Display
Deviant Heritage Comes Out of the Shadows
Rachel F. Giraudo
Amid changing state laws to legalize the growing, selling, and use of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes in the United States, activists and advocates continue to help legitimize cannabis through museum-like practices and heritage work. They recognize the importance of destigmatizing the plant and its users, and effectively use exhibits to educate the public as one means of spreading their message. Given the rapid commodification of legal cannabis, some are also documenting its prohibition in order to protect members of cannabis subcultures whose livelihoods are now threatened. Through engaged scholarship, I examine efforts of two museums and two groups of advocates to represent and make visible the heritage of cannabis in the United States.
Editors’ Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of LATISS
Susan Wright and Penny Welch
-liberalism, explored engaged scholarship, service learning and citizenship education ( Bernstein 2009 ) as well as critically examining the impacts on ‘excellence’ and ‘equality’ of management technologies and governance (for example, Morrish and Sauntson 2010
Hacking the System
Activist Teaching in the Neoliberal University
Elisabet Dueholm Rasch
section, I briefly discuss the concepts of engaged scholarship, activist teaching, and social justice education, exploring how activist teaching can “become” within the neoliberal university. I then go on to discuss the different facets of activist
Hans Karl Peterlini and Mary Brydon-Miller
. This volume grew out of a lunchtime seminar series on community-engaged scholarship at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada – an institution located on land the authors note was originally of the Chekonen (Lekwungen) family group
From a “Double Task” to a “Double Contention” Perspective
On Academic and Activist Knowledge Production Processes
Júnia Marúsia Trigueiro de Lima
. This concept inspired me to think of forms of contention that could stretch the boundaries of the discipline that formed me. Engaged Scholarship, Disengaged Knowledge Production Although Brazilian anthropology is rooted in Western anthropological