Annual New Materialisms Conferences have been organised since 2009 by an international group of scholars who received the EU’s H2020 funding from 2014–18. The conferences are meant to develop, discuss and communicate new materialisms’ conceptual and methodological innovations, and to stimulate discussion among new materialist scholars and students about themes and phenomena that are dear to the hosting local research community as well as interdisciplinary new materialist scholarship. After having visited many cities across Europe, as well as Melbourne (Australia), the conference will come to Cape Town (South Africa) in 2019 in order to discuss the dynamic higher education landscape that we find ourselves in today.Read more about Call for papers: 2019 New Materialist Reconfiguring Higher Education conference
This special issue draws together five papers presented at the Higher Education Close-Up 9 conference, held in Cape Town in November 2018. The theme of the conference was 'Higher Education in Contemporary Times, and papers covered a wide range of issues facing higher education in these complex times in which we now live, marked by political and social change, climate change, rapid technological advancement, and an ever-uncertain future. The 5 papers in this issue focus specifically on issues related to teaching, the scope of the Journal, looking at tutoring and ontological access, MOOCs and opening up knowledge to more diverse audiences, mathematics learning and students' self-belief, the future of universities of technology, and working with students from rural backgrounds making challenging transitions to higher education.