Rethinking the Internationalization of Education

Newsletter 2021(3) - March
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Hoping for the health and wellbeing of all, we want to share this third issue of the Critical Internationalization Studies Network newsletter. 

First, we want to thank our friends and colleagues at the Journal of International Students, particularly Dr. Chris Glass, for their kindness in spreading the word about our Network through their extensive group. Thanks to their efforts, in the past couple of weeks, our membership has doubled!

If you are a new member, welcome! We hope to engage with you and your work so that together we can reimagine dominant patterns of relationship, representation, and resource distribution in the internationalization of education. Through the Network, we seek to facilitate collaboration beyond fostering engagements between diverse critical perspectives.

In this issue, we feature a research brief by Dr. Lisa Unangst and Nicole Barone based on their 2019 paper Operationalizing ‘internationalization’ in the community college sector: Textual analysis of institutional internationalization plansWe also feature a thought-provoking essay by Dr. Roger Anderson on how the common use of the term “foreign language” is misleading and promotes otherness. In his essay, Dr. Anderson suggests HEIs the adoption of a more inclusive term such as “world languages.”

As a new addition to our newsletter, we are also introducing a section called "Critical Readings" where we invite our members to share articles, books, book chapters, and other texts that have challenged their perspectives and understandings of 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.

Finally, don't forget to send us announcements that you wish to share with the network and consider submitting written content to be featured in the newsletter. You will find at the end of this issue further instructions on how to submit your work.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue!

Editorial team
Dr. Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez, Dr. Tiffany Viggiano, & Dr. Melissa Whatley

Featured Content
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From “Foreign Languages” to “World Languages” within U.S. Institutions: Abandoning Misleading Terminologies

by Dr. Roger Anderson - Central State University

“Foreign language” learning is a crucial component of an internationalizing education, yet the term itself is highly problematic, particularly for people living in a multilingual country like the United States. A general meaning of “foreign” is that something is not of that place; it somehow does not belong there, not wholly, or legitimately. Those that choose to continue using the terminology of “foreign languages” will continue to ignore complex linguistic realities and become complicit in the promulgation of inaccurate and damaging perspectives. In this essay, Anderson suggests the adoption of a more inclusive term like “world language.” 
Read the full text here.

Research Briefs
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Operationalizing ‘internationalization’ in the community college sector: Textual analysis of institutional internationalization plans

by Dr. Lisa Unangst and Nicole Barone

In their 2019 paper, “Operationalizing ‘internationalization’ in the community college sector: Textual analysis of institutional internationalization plans,” Unangst and Barone used the textual analysis tool Voyant to dissect three US community college internationalization plans to explore how the foci of those plans differed. You can read a full brief of their paper here.

News and Updates!
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In this section of the Newsletter, we will 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 met on Thursday, March 11th at 11am PST. As always, the meeting was held via Discord at The link to access the group is To get involved, contact Gian Hernandez:

Race and Racism Subgroup

Dr. Karine de Souza Oliveira Santana, Dr. Anna Amélia de Faria, & Dr. Maria Antonieta Nascimento Araújo from the Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health (Brazil) presented "Standing against racism: different ways to address racial issues in higher education's curricula". As a group, we discussed the ways we can move our research to praxis/activism. You can view our meeting notes here. If you would like to join the conversation in future meetings, join us for an upcoming meeting:

Upcoming Meetings:
  • Monday, April 5, 2021
  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Please complete this interest form if you would like to join the Race and Racism subgroup:

Virtual Exchange Subgroup

Virtual Exchange combines the deep impact of intercultural dialogue and exchange with the broad reach of digital technology (EVOLVE, 2019). In the US it is more commonly known as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and is associated with the SUNY COIL Center.

Dr. Mirjam Hauck and Dr. Francesca Helm have joined the CISN to explore more systematically with those among you who are interested, issues related to equity and power.

Note: The video from Dr. Mirjam Hauck and Dr. Francesca Helm's November 12 presentation, "Critical Internationalisation through Critical Virtual Exchange (VE)", is available here: 
Network Events
Network Meeting featuring Dr. Pii-Tuulia Nikula and Adinda van Gaalen from CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators
Our next network meeting will take place on Monday April 19 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, 9pm UK, 10pm SAST. The presentation is "Practice and research of climate action in international education". You can join the session through the following Zoom link: We hope to see you there!

Many higher education institutions include internationalization, climate action and other SDGs in their strategic plans. However, the connections and tensions between these objectives are less frequently considered. This leads to dilemmas in the practice of internationalization. For instance, how do we balance environmental sustainability and more inclusive international education opportunities? CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators has started a grassroot movement to tackle these questions, motivating the sector to take climate action. The emission footprint originating from international education is a sustainability problem that should not be ignored (Shields, 2019). Simultaneously, the socio-cultural benefits of international education and its wider potential to have a significant positive handprint, are worth protecting. How can we stimulate exchange of ideas and incentivise climate action, while reducing our footprint? What are the opportunities and risks related to some of the low(er) carbon forms of international education? What type of research is required to address the existing gaps in our understanding?
Other Announcements
  • The deadline for the submission of abstracts for the India-EU Higher Education Meet - Reimagining Border in Cross-Border Education has been extended to 30 March 2021. This event is organized under the aegis of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence – Manipal Centre for European Studies, funded by the European Union towards enhancing an educational connect between India and Europe. It will be held on October 7-8,  2021. Interested applicants may also register for the conference online and find more details about the same in the months to come via the websitePlease note that there will be no registration fee towards participating or attending this Meet.
  • The Head of the Race Equality Taskforce and the Centre for Learning and Teaching at the University of Bath extends an invitation to the seminar Decolonising the University: Academic and Student Voices in a South-North Dialogue. Thursday 25 March 2021,12.30-14.00 (UTC). Free registration and more information available here.
  • We are still interested in creating a logo for the Critical Internationalization Studies Network that we can use in the newsletter and on our website. If you would like to volunteer your artistic talents to this endeavor, please contact the newsletter team at
Critical Readings
We want take advantage of our extensive network and share among our members thought-provoking works around the topics of interest to the Critical Internationalization Studies Network. If you have recently read (or written!) anything that you deem worth sharing here, please let us know by completing this short electronic form!
We want to celebrate your accomplishments! If you want to share something with our community, please fill out this form and we will include it in the next issue.

(An important milestone, new job, future talk, etc.)

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 the following electronic form.
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This newsletter was created by Dr. Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez, Dr. Tiffany Viggiano, and Dr. 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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