Call for papers for the Special issue: 10th New Materialist Reconfigurations of Higher Education Conference


Editors of special issue:

Vivienne Bozalek
University of the Western Cape

Nike Romano
Cape Peninsular University of Technology

This call for papers is open to presenters of papers at the 10th New Materialist Reconfigurations of Higher Education Conference held at the University of the Western Cape from 2-4 December, 2019. Papers should both pertain to the conference theme and sub-themes and to the focus of the journal, the details of which appear below.

The blurb for the conference and conference themes are thus pertinent to the call for papers for this special issue:

The recent #Rhodesmustfall and #feesmustfall protests have, in particular, set South African higher education on a new course towards transformation, focusing on equitable access to higher education, Africanisation and decolonisation. This has raised important questions regarding knowledge production beyond the South African context, particularly in relation to the use and value of western theorists in local research and curricula, as well as who gains epistemological and physical access to higher education. On the other hand, we have seen many productive junctures between pedagogy and the new materialisms, including the use of Deleuze and Guattari in education studies. In particular, there has been a focus on cartography, schizoanalysis, corporeal theorising, rhizomatic learning and nomadic thought in socially just pedagogical praxis. These junctures and innovative genealogies and methodologies can both address as well as be further improved and made more precise by engagements with transformation toward accessible, Africanised and decolonised curricula, and research agendas and practices.

Manuscripts addressing the following themes will be considered for the special issue:

  1. New Materialities, Decolonialities, Indigenous Knowledges
  2. Slow Scholarship
  3. Arts-Based Pedagogies/Research and Hauntology in Higher Education
  4. Neurotypicality, the Undercommons and Higher Education
  5. New Materialist Reconfigurings of Methodology in HE and Beyond
  6. Political Ethics of Care, New Materialism and Just Pedagogies

Planned publication date:


  • First draft for peer review – 31 March 2020
  • Reviewer feedback – 30 May 2020
  • Final article – July 2020
  • Publication date: September 2020

Please submit manuscripts to the guest editors Professor Vivienne Bozalek ( and Nike Romano ( by 31 March 2020.

Please use the Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning author guidelines at