Proposal for Special Issue in the journal of Comparative Education
Request for Abstracts
Education in the Arab World: Critical Stances and Intersectionalities
Clara Costandi Morgan, Ph.D. and Jason Nunzio Dorio, Ph.D.
Submit Abstracts by: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 to:
As current and former Co-Chairs of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Middle East Special Interest Group, we would like to propose a Special Issue of Comparative Education that is devoted to listening to the critical voices of scholars, activists, and practitioners from the Arab world including those who are in the diaspora. We are seeking abstracts from critical scholars as part of our proposal for this Special Issue.
Although there has been a notable increase in comparative and education-related research publications emerging from and about the Arab world, few of these studies have deployed a critical or activist lens.
We are left with a thin understanding of the intricacies and unintended consequences of educational change and transfer; the complexities of educational, social and economic inequalities; the interplay of culture, identity, and power and the possibilities of transformation in the Arab world.
If interested, we encourage authors to submit abstracts by Wednesday, July 31, 2019 that:
Adopt critical lenses and/or intersectional methodologies
Analyze educational ideologies, educational systems, and patterns of teaching and learning from a comparative or case lens
Explore the informal and nonformal spaces and processes of learning
Develop tools to challenge and transform the status quo
Build empirical and epistemological foundations
Address themes related to understanding international, cross-national and domestic forces in shaping of education
Please send your abstracts to:
 An ERIC database search conducted in June 2019 of the key words ‘Arab’ and ‘education’ of peer reviewed scholarly journal publications returned 1,864 publications. When the word ‘critical’ was added, the search returned only 163 journal publications. This is also based on a general observation as co-Chairs of the MESIG in organizing MESIG presentations as part of CIES’ annual conference as well as in Clara Morgan’s capacity as Chair of the Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee of UAE University from 2015-2018 to which scholars submitted a few research studies that drew on a critical lens.
 Authors can draw on intersectionality as a theoretical and methodological tool (Choo & Ferree 2010, Walby 2009) as well as a tool for transformative change and resistance (Gillborn 2015).