Rethinking the Internationalization of Education

Newsletter 2022(2) - February
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With hopes that you all are doing well, we write with the February 2022 issue of the Critical Internationalization Studies Network Newsletter! This month’s issue includes one new newsletter contribution and quite a number of announcements. We’re excited to have so much going on to share with you! 

This month’s newsletter piece, “Crafting Non-Western Ways for Writing” by Sharin Shajahan Naomi, details the author’s journey as a doctoral student writing her dissertation on Tibetan Buddhism and feminism. This piece focuses on spiritual aspects of the author’s dissertation process and explains how she arrived at non-western approaches to writing academic work within a world that often devalues alternatives to eurocentric and colonial ways of knowing.

You will also find information in this Newsletter that we hope is useful and interesting. Among other announcements, we want to remind our members of our newest project: The Critical Internationalization Masterclass. This is a repository of 15 free video-lectures from educators across the globe that address different dimensions of international education. In addition to the video lectures, there are several accompanying resources that are available to you. This includes a handbook with suggested readings and links to other related resources. 

We will host the next Network virtual meeting (Zoom link) on Friday, March 4 at 9 AM (PST). Dr. Gian Louis Hernández will present his research on race, nationality, and racism in the context of internationalization of higher education. 

As always, we encourage you to send us announcements and consider submitting written content to be featured in the newsletter. We also invite our members to share those articles, books, book chapters, and other texts that have challenged your perspective and understanding of any issues related to the Network's scope. Your contributions to this list of critical internationalization resources will also extend the Network's bibliography, an online repository of resources that we hope is useful to anyone conducting research in international education from a critical perspective.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue!

Editorial team

Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez & Melissa Whatley, Editors
Abu Arif & Chris Fuglestad, Assistant Editors

Featured Content
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Crafting Non-Western Ways for Writing

by Dr. Sharin Shajahan Naomi

Western discursive practice, although a site of free and critical thinking, cherishes its disciplinary panoptic gaze; a gaze where the observer scrutinizes the observed and remains beyond the observation of itself (Sosale, 2002). Knowledge in this hegemonic paradigm relies more on the approval of some elite group rather than the potential to contribute to human beings’ consciousness with new ideas (Stephen, 2015). By taking alternative epistemological position, subjectivity, and narrative style, I disidentified with the normative gaze for giving space to the voices of margin (Pérez, 1999).

You can read the full essay here.

News and Updates!
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In this section of the Newsletter, we share updates from each of the CIS Network's working groups. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, please feel free to contact any of the coordinating members whose names you will find below. If you have a suggestion for a new group, please contact CIS Network convener Dr. Sharon Stein at  

Graduate Student and Early Career Researcher Subgroup

The Graduate Student subgroup of the CISN meets on Thursdays at 11am PST via Discord at The link to access the group is To get involved, contact Gian Hernandez:

Race and Racism Subgroup

The Race and Racism Subgroup will meet on Wednesday, March 23 and Thursday, April 28 from 1-2:30PM (U.S. EST). The April 28th meeting will include a panel on methodologies for critical internationalization research, particularly research related to race and racism. If you might be interested in participating on the panel to share the methodology/methodologies you've used in your work, please reach out to Dr. Chrystal George Mwangi at for more information.

If you are interested in joining the group, please complete this interest form: We’ll add you to our email list, send you the Zoom link for meetings, and add you to our shared resources folder.

Other Announcements
1. Introducing the Critical Internationalization Studies Masterclass

We are happy to announce the launch of a Critical Internationalization Studies Masterclass, a set of videos on internationalization that weave together a range of critical and decolonial perspectives, seeking to identify, challenge, and ultimately interrupt the ways that mainstream approaches to the study and practice of internationalization have contributed to the reproduction of systemic harm in education and beyond. 

There are two ways to watch this Masterclass.

  1. Enroll (free of charge) for the entire course using the Thinkific online learning platform at Using this website, you will be able to navigate the course in the form of a regular syllabus. This means that the course is divided into modules, each representing a topic, that has the video, some additional resources, and a discussion forum.
  2. All the video lectures have been uploaded to YouTube. Please subscribe to the Critical Internationalization Studies Network YouTube Channel: The videos are grouped on the playlist “Critical Internationalization Studies Masterclass 

We hope you enjoy and engage with these videos. We invite you to visit our media and widely share this resource with your contacts.

Critical Internationalization Studies Masterclass Contents:

  1. Introduction, by Dr. Sharon Stein, Dr. Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez, and Dr. Jhuliane Evelyn Da Silva
  2. Indigenous Worldviews and Internationalization of Higher Education, by Dr. Elizabeth Alva Sumida Huaman
  3. Potentialities of Decentering Internationalization of Higher Education, by Dr. Juliana Zeggio Martinez and Dr. Roxana Chiappa 
  4. Can we transcend the 'nation-state' ontology in 'Internationalization'? Towards Inter-being, by Dr. Riyad A. Shahjahan
  5. Internationalization: On Cosmopolitanism, Cosmopolitics and Communication Otherwise, by Dr. Lynn Mario Trindade Menezes de Souza
  6. Higher Education Internationalization: Global South/South Relations, by Dr. Upenyu Majee
  7. Issues of Racism and Nationalism in International Education, by Dr. Jenny J. Lee
  8. Internationalization of Higher Education Through a Languages Lens, by Dr. Adriana Díaz
  9. Globalisation and Internationalisation of Higher Education: Commodification of International Higher Education, by Dr. Fazal Rizvi
  10. Marketization of International Higher Education, by Dr. Gerardo Blanco
  11. The Role of International Organizations in the Internationalization Process, by Dr. Alma Maldonado-Maldonado
  12. China’s Quest for World-Class University Status: Critical Reflections, by Dr. Joshua Mok Ka-ho
  13. International Student Mobility Through an Equity-Driven Lens, by  Dr. Christina W. Yao and Dr. Chrystal George Mwangi
  14. Forced Migration of Intellectuals and Academics, by Dr. Zeina Al Azmeh 
  15. Reading Critical Internationalisation Through Global Citizenship Education, by Dr. Karen Pashby
  16. Global Trends in International Education: New Forms or Old Habits?, by Dr. Hans de Wit

2. Next Network Meeting

Our next network meeting will take place on Friday, March 4 at 9 AM PST / 12 PM EST. The presentation will be lead by Dr. Gian-Louis Hernandez who will speak about his research on race, nationality, and racism in the context of internationalization. You can join the session through the following Zoom link: 

We hope to see you there!

3. Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services

The International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS) invites all interested in attending their 6th Global Summit. This hybrid event will bring together leaders in Student Affairs and Services from across the globe to engage in dialogue on key issues for our work in Higher Education. The Global Summit serves as a platform for critical discussion and deepening our community of practice that spans the globe, within an international framework and local relevance. There will be opportunities for focused work sessions for us to meet as a group virtually and in-person. The planned schedule can be found here: The Call for Programs/Abstracts is now open, please view for more information.

Critical Readings
This section of the newsletter is intended to inform CISN members about thought-provoking critical internationalization research. If you have recently read (or written!) anything that you deem worth sharing here, please let us know by completing this short electronic form
  • Brunner, L. R. (2022). Towards a more just Canadian education-migration system: International student mobility in crisis. Studies in Social Justice, 16(1), 78-102.
  • Gonzales, L. D., & Shotton, H. (2022). Coalitional refusal in a neoliberal academy. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 1-13.
  • Johnson, K. M., & Levitan, J. (2021). Rural indigenous students in Peruvian Urban higher education: interweaving ecological systems of coloniality, community, barriers, and opportunities. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 1-22.
  • Shahjahan, R. A., & Grimm, A. T. (2022). Bringing the ‘nation-state’ into being: affect, methodological nationalism and globalisation of higher education. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 1–13.
  • Whatley, M., & Fischer, H. (2022). The International Student Experience at US Community Colleges at the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of International Students12(1), 42-60. DOI:

Submit a Feature

We also want to remind you that we will be accepting ideas for contributions to this newsletter on a rolling basis. We encourage you to contribute content that can help us to continue to deepen and complexify the academic conversation, stay apprised of relevant scholarship, and think about the ways in which we can translate our research to different audiences. We are currently accepting featured content submissions of three types:

  1. Research Briefs that communicate about recent and on-going research in critical internationalization studies. Generally speaking, the intended audience for a research brief comprises other researchers and scholars, whether in academic or non-academic positions.
  2. Practice Briefs that engage in the translation of recent and on-going research in critical internationalization studies to the work that practitioners do in the field. Generally speaking, the intended audience for a practitioner brief is a non-academic audience.
  3. Critical Voices: Editorials or other contributions that discuss an important topic related to the CIS Network from the personal perspective of its author. Generally speaking, the intended audience for a 'critical voices' essay comprises both scholars and practitioners.
For all three submission types, authors should take care to ensure that their submissions resonate with the overarching goals of the CIS Network. Submissions for research and practice briefs should be approximately 500 words long; editorials should be between 800-1000. In both cases, authors should expect to go through at least one round of revisions based on editor feedback. Please email submissions to or use this electronic form.

We are also happy to engage in generative and respectful conversations about the essays published here. If you wish to submit a response to any of the previously published pieces, please feel free to send it to or use this electronic form.
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This newsletter was created by Abu Arif, Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez, Chris Fuglestad, and Melissa Whatley. If you want to contribute, join our team, or share any ideas to improve this newsletter, please send us an email at

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