Call for participation - Institutions at the Bleeding Edge - March 6th, 2015

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A seminar bringing together those at the "bleeding edge" of nomadic or rouge higher education. The University of Minnesota's Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Student Association invites you to present at or take part in its inaugural annual conference, Institutions at the Bleeding Edge: Technology, Authority and the Future of Higher Education, on Friday, March 6th 2015. Using basic teleconferencing technology, the conference will comprise 3-4 "webinars" or simulcast panel (the panel being comprised of member or members of your institution) discussions examining the future possibilities of global higher education beyond the traditional "brick and mortar" University.

As the costs of higher education continue to escalate, we are seeing new educational formations emerge outside the traditional institutional sites of higher education. Beyond MOOCs, developments in technology, software and high speed internet access are helping facilitate new forms of interaction, teaching, learning and intellectual engagement. Groups of relatively defined degrees of formality at the forefront of these new forms include the Global Center for Advanced Studies, Freedom University, Ars Industrialis, and the New Center for Research and Practice.

We would like to invite you to take part in our inaugural annual conference, either by participating as an audience member (via our web broadcast) or, ideally, by addressing more (in)formally a topic related to the conference theme (by web conferencing).

Presentations might address:

*The creation of completely new institutions developing alternate ways to access higher education.

*The research and educational opportunities now being opened up by new groups like the Global Center for Advanced Studies.

*The role of traditional educational institutions in authorizing expertise, and the challenges the new groups (1) present to conventional modes of authori- zation and/or (2) themselves face in gaining the authority to authorize.

*The role of new technology in lowering costs and facilitating access to higher education.

*The changes, positive and/or negative, students face when an institution or group for higher education sheds central components of traditional university practices and administration.

If you are interested in presenting on behalf of your institution or your own research, please direct queries and submissions to Micah Sapp at We will send follow up emails with available time slots from 12:00PM till 8:00PM CST March 6th 2015; along with hardware and software requirements for participation.