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Intercultural Dialogue Gathering

posted Jun 27, 2017, 9:11 AM by Lonnie Rowell

Why do we need an intercultural dialogue in this day and age?


In the specific context of Abya-Yala, Latin America and the Caribbean, in the last three decades, nation states such as Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia have declared themselves multicultural and multiethnic. In Bolivia and Ecuador, state narratives have even borrowed concepts from native languages such as Suma Qamaña and Sumak Kawsay respectively to think about the future of their citizens. The incongruities between these narratives (constitutions, international treaties, museographic projects) and the urgent demands of indigenous, mestizo, Afro-Latin American, Caribbean and peasant communities have been pointed out from various disciplines (LF Restrepo 2014, A. Muyolema 2015, P. Altmann 2016).

Our congress, therefore, is an invitation to question the culturalist and academic views that leave out the political demands of the social actors. To do this, we call on the panelists to weave art, research, popular action and spirituality. In this sense, the word "culture" is only a moment of this dialogue, because its Latin root colēre (cultivar) is also the root of words such as colonization and agriculture, which have caused misunderstandings on ancestral territories (J. Estermann 2015). Thus, although Spanish, French and Portuguese are now lingua francas in Latin America, we are aware of the need to explore Amerindian languages ​​and expressions where written culture has left its hegemonic place to be correlated with readings, oralitegraphs (M. Rocha 2017) and various oralitures, in the search for new terms for the dialogue between different ways of understanding "culture", education and, of course, life.


1) Experiences of intercultural dialogue: actions, methodologies, and proposals.

2) Ancestral, Afro-Latin American, and Afro-Caribbean knowledges: revitalization and exchange.

3) Education, film, and literature in indigenous, creole, and raizal languages.

4) Multiversities, pluriverses, and other ways of knowing.

5) Libraries. Reading, writing, orality and orality from Abya-Yala.

6) Non-alphabetic cultural expressions (painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, music, photography).

7) Strategies on communication by local communities and social movements (radio, YouTube, web).

8) Participatory research, art, and literatures of action.

9) Communication and education on gender.

10) Human rights and interculturality. Territory, forced displacement, and recovery of memory.

11) State policies and minority rights in zones of cultural contact.

12) Education management from an intercultural perspective: organizations and school systems.



Latin American Society of Intercultural Studies:




· March 21 to October 21, 2017: Call for papers, panels, performances, projections

· October 21, 2017: Submission of abstract/proposal DEADLINE

· October 21 to November 21, 2017: Selection process

· November 21, 2017: Formal confirmation of selected proposals

· December 15, 2017: Last day of early conference registration

· February 1, 2018: Last day of conference registration


Applications Now Being Accepted for Flores Scholarship

posted Mar 19, 2017, 10:23 AM by Joe Shosh   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 12:39 PM by Rich McPherson ]

Action researchers in need of financial assistance to attend the 2017 ARNA Conference in Cartagena, Colombia are encouraged to apply for financial support from the Eduardo Flores-Kastanis Scholarship Fund. Applicants with a strong interest in action research in Mexico and South America and who have a career or aspirations involving action research within the region are especially encouraged to apply.


Preference is given to applicants who have been ARNA members in previous years, who have demonstrated a history of commitment and impact in action research, and who work with marginalized populations or in particularly challenging research contexts.


Eduardo Flores-Kastanis was a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education of Tecnológico de Monterey from 1985-2011 and served as Professor at Universidad Autonomo de Chihuahua until his untimely death from cancer in May of 2013.


Applications and more information are available at



En necesidad de asistencia financiera para asistir a la Conferencia ARNA 2017 en Cartagena, se anima a los investigadores de Acción de América Latina para solicitar el apoyo financiero del Fondo de Becas de Eduardo Flores- Kastanis . Los solicitantes que tengan un fuerte interés en la investigación-acción en México y América del Sur y que tienen se les anima una carrera o aspiraciones que involucran la investigación-acción dentro de la región para aplicar.

Se da preferencia a los solicitantes que hayan sido miembros ARNA en años anteriores, que han demostrado una historia de compromiso y el impacto en la investigación-acción , y que trabajan con poblaciones marginadas o en contextos de investigación particularmente difíciles.


Eduardo Flores- Kastanis era un miembro de la facultad en la Escuela de Graduados en Educación del Tecnológico de Monterrey desde 1985 hasta 2011 y se desempeñó como profesor en la Universidad Autónomo de Chihuahua hasta su prematura muerte por cáncer en mayo del 2013 .


Las solicitudes y más información están disponibles en

Global crisis engages universities and community partners

posted Feb 6, 2017, 10:31 AM by Joe Shosh   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 10:37 AM ]

NEWS RELEASE Feb 6, 2017 21:00 GMT

Global crisis engages universities and community partners
Big Tent Consortium issues call to action to partners worldwide

The Big Tent Consortium, a global network of universities and their community partners
today issued a call to action to its members to oppose the Jan. 27 US travel ban, join with
other worldwide protests, and create spaces for dialogue within universities and
communities everywhere. The call was part of a Consortium statement that responds to the
US ban targeting citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries and which provides
the latest evidence of growing Islamophobia and exclusionary trends around the world.
The Big Tent Consortium is an affiliation of international higher education associations and
networks who focus on issues of community-university, civic and public engagement as well
as the strengthening of social responsibility in higher education. It encompasses more than
6,000 universities and civil society organizations from 121 nations.

“Our group of global community engaged universities, social movements and community
organisations do not typically comment on the executive actions of a single country, but
today we add our voices to the deep and growing concern about the violent assault on the
free flow of people and ideas that the US travel ban represents,” says Budd Hall, Co-Chair of
the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher
Education at the University of Victoria in Canada and spokesperson for the Consortium.
The statement calls on universities and their community partners to:

    • Distribute the statement widely to raise awareness of the responsibilities of universities
    and communities to take action now on hate and exclusion;
    • Support the thousands of actions in their communities, many led by women around the
    world to combat Islamaphobia and other exclusionary political activities;
    • Create spaces to discuss how to resist and create inclusion, mutual respect and love; and
    • Make use of opportunities in all courses, research, and community gatherings to imagine
    the world we want.

The Big Tent Consortium statement is attached.

For further information:

Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in
Higher Education, and Professor at the University of Victoria, Canada –,
Phone: 1 250 8850982

Rajesh Tandon, UNESCO Co-Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility
in Higher Education and President of PRIA, New Delhi, India –;
Phone: 91 98105205882

Michael Osborne, Director PASCAL International Observatory and Professor, University of
Glasgow Scotland -, Phone: 441413303414

George Openjuru, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Gulu University Uganda -, Phone: 256 47132095

To endorse this Big Tent Communique please visit 

Sponsors of the Big Tent Statement:
UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher
Education, Talloires Network, Global University Network for Innovation, PRIA Asian
Network, Copernicus European Network, PASCAL International Observatory, PASCAL
International Member Association, International Right Livelihood College Network, Living
Knowledge Network, Asian Pacific University Community Network, Action Research
Network of the Americas, East African Community University Engagement Network, Asia

Submit your proposal for ARNA 2017! PROPOSALS DUE 13 FEBRUARY 2017!

posted Jan 17, 2017, 6:44 AM by Rich McPherson   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 11:00 AM ]

Join us this June (12th - 16th) in Cartagena, Colombia for ARNA's 5th Annual Conference and 1st Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy. This is an extremely exciting time for all of ARNA and we hope that you will be able to join us in this journey. All conference information can be found on the official conference website: . (Options to choose your language are on the top right of the page). 

The CALL FOR PROPOSALS deadline is February 13, 2017, so please be sure to get those in:

And if you have not yet checked out the very new ARNA website, please do and let us know what you think!

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in Cartagena this June!


International Handbook of Action Research Now Available

posted Nov 19, 2016, 12:31 PM by Lonnie Rowell   [ updated Nov 19, 2016, 12:38 PM ]

We are pleased to announce that the Palgrave International Handbook of Action Research, edited by ARNA's Lonnie Rowell, Cathy Bruce, Joe Shosh, and Margaret Riel is now available for purchase. The Handbook offers a vivid portrait of both theoretical perspectives and practical action research activity and related benefits around the globe, while attending to the cultural, political, social, historical and ecological contexts that localize, shape and characterize action research. Consisting of teachers, youth workers, counselors, nurses, community developers, artists, ecologists, farmers, settlement-dwellers, students, professors and intellectual-activists on every continent and at every edge of the globe, the movement sustained and inspired by this community was born of the efforts of intellectual-activists in the mid-twentieth century specifically: Orlando Fals Borda, Paulo Freire, Myles Horton, and Kurt Lewin. Cross-national issues of networking, as well as the challenges, tensions, and issues associated with the transformative power of action research are explored from multiple perspectives providing unique contributions to our understanding of what it means to do action research and to be an action researcher. This handbook also examines prospects for a global action research agenda and maps out perspectives for readers to consider as they embark on new projects.

Here is the link to Handbook review and ordering:

The editors also have established a website for the Handbook and invite interested folks to visit this site:

A virtual Book Launch Celebration will be held two times on Thursday, December 1. For further information about the Book Launch contact Editors' Assistant Amy Liechty at For other questions about the Handbook please contact Lead Editor Lonnie Rowell at

ARNA-UNAL 2017 Update

posted Oct 11, 2016, 2:14 PM by Lonnie Rowell   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 2:16 PM ]

October 11.  San Diego & Bogota.  

Plans for the June 2017 ARNA-UNAL Conference and 1st Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy in Cartagena, Colombia are moving forward. The 12-person Conference Program Committee, based in Bogota, is finalizing content for the soon-to-be-launched Conference Website, according to Doris Santos, Conference Co-Chair. A website for the Global Assembly, co-chaired by Lonnie Rowell of ARNA and Christine Edwards-Groves of the P.E.P. Network, already has been launched: Registration for a full schedule of pre-conference events, the conference, and the global assembly will be on the conference website, which planners anticipate will be launched in late-October. A discounted early registration rate will be available as will a student registration amount. The website will be functional in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Stay tuned for more information soon.

ARNA-UNAL 2017 Website to be Launched Soon

posted Aug 30, 2016, 9:01 AM by Lonnie Rowell

The conference website for the June 2017 gathering in Cartagena, Colombia will be launched in September, according to Conference Co-Chairs Doris Santos, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL), and Lonnie Rowell (ARNA). The website will feature regularly updated information about the conference program, on-line registration, and information about accommodations in Cartagena. Details of the Call for Proposals will be included as well as background information on the conference theme, program strands, and keynote speakers. The website will feature the choice of four languages for all conference information: Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French. According to Santos and Rowell, the Conference & Global Assembly Planning Committee is particularly grateful to the technology support group of UNAL, which is responsible for the development of the website. 

La página web del congreso para la reunión de junio de 2017 Cartagena, Colombia se pondrá en marcha en septiembre, según Copresidentes de la Conferencia Doris Santos, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL), y Lonnie Rowell (ARNA). La página web contará con información actualizada regularmente sobre el registro programa de la conferencia, en línea, e información sobre alojamientos en Cartagena. Los detalles de la convocatoria de propuestas se incluyen, así como información de fondo sobre el tema de la conferencia, capítulos de los programas, y los oradores principales. La página web contará con la elección de los cuatro idiomas para toda la información de la conferencia: Español, Inglés, portugués y francés. De acuerdo con Santos y Rowell, la Conferencia y Comité de Planificación de la Asamblea Mundial es particularmente agradecido al grupo técnico de la UNAL, que es responsable del desarrollo de la página web.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! ARNA 2016 Conference Proceedings to be published in 2017.

posted Aug 12, 2016, 2:25 PM by Linnea Rademaker

The ARNA Conference Proceedings Editorial Team would like to invite and to encourage 2016 conference presenters in Knoxville, Tennessee to submit their presented works in the peer-reviewed ARNA 2016 Conference Proceedings. ARNA Proceedings represent one of our community ways to add our voices to the democratic dialogue. The editorial team welcomes submissions based on the conference types of presentations. Manuscript submissions deadline extended to September 7, 2016 “The written words drive social change for the long haul” (Dunlap, 2007, p. 27). The editorial team looks forward to hearing and working with this year’s conference presenter-authors. For questions and/or additional information please contact Elena Polush, the Lead Editor at and/or 515-460-1443.

The ARNA 2014 and 2015 conference proceedings can be accessed at:

With much gratitude and appreciation, Rodney Beaulieu, Karina Cruz, Jamie Hills, Elena Polush, Linnea Rademaker, and Nathan Snyder.


posted Aug 6, 2016, 6:10 PM by Lonnie Rowell   [ updated Aug 6, 2016, 6:12 PM ]

Beginning in Fall 2016, Social Publishers Foundation (SPF) is offering a new grant for school site-based collaborative action research. The grant provides support for practitioner research by school counselors working in collaboration with classroom teachers and/or other educators at their site. The Rowell Collaborative Action Research Grant provides up to $1,000 in funding for collaborative action research in K-12 education. Eligible collaborations involve at least one school counselor and at least one non-school counseling educational practitioner, such as a classroom teacher, a school librarian or a school nurse, or a practitioner in a community-based non-profit organizational setting. Projects can be proposed for a minimum of four months up to one year. Projects are selected on a first-come first-serve basis beginning in the first month of the school year. Recipients of this grant will publish the results of their work on the Social Publishers Foundation website. Additional information can be found at:

ARNA2017 Planners Issue Global Assembly Brief and Call to Participate

posted Aug 4, 2016, 6:44 AM by Lonnie Rowell   [ updated Aug 4, 2016, 6:45 AM ]

The Conference and Global Assembly Planning Committee for the June 2017 gathering in Cartagena, Colombia has released a Brief and a Call to Participate for the 1st Global Assembly for Knowledge Democracy. The Global Assembly will take place June 16, 2017 and will be the culmination of a 10-month process guided by the Global Assembly Planning Group. This group, co-chaired by ARNA's Lonnie Rowell and Christine Edwards-Groves of the Pedagogy, Education, and Praxis (P.E.P) Network based in Australia, includes representatives from action research and knowledge mobilization networks around the world. Members include, among others, Peter Levesque, President of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization in Ottawa, Canada, Mary McAteer of CARN and Edge Hill University (UK), Dr. Godwin Kodituwakku, Chairman of the Institute for Research & Development in Sri Lanka, and Jose Ramos, Editor of the Journal of Future Studies based in Melbourne, Australia.

The full Brief, issued in June, is attached below. Please read and share.

Lonnie Rowell, ARNA Knowledge Mobilization Chair and Co-Chair ARNA2017 Conference and Global Assembly Planning Committee

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