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International Network for Alternative Academia (INAA): Constitutive and Founding Principles

The Network was founded in the Fall of 2011 as a collective initiative of twenty six scholars and colleagues from around the world. It is thanks to the enthusiasm, support, constant work and dialogical spirit of this Founding Group (a full list is provided below) that this unique space for critical intellectual work is a reality today.

Product of the first discussion and debate among founding members, was a document defining the collective endeavor and the projection of the enterprise. In the constitutive and founding principles, we describe what we do and how we do what we do. These are, of course, normative guidelines, but they should also be read as a general invitation to become part of the Network and to join us in keeping this space alive, critical and creative.

1) Central Purpose:

- To create a multiplicity of spaces for the development and growth of crucial, creative, trans-disciplinary and critical thinking.

- To consciously engage in deliberation and dialogue conducive to the development of new frames and structures, that might remain beyond the scope of institutional frameworks.

- To produce and open possibilities for disrupting and dismantling settled practices and ideas in the production and expansion of knowledge and theory.

- To foster processes of collective reflection and questioning that lead to the construction multi-perspectival and dialogical approaches to research explorations.

2) Network Profile:

- While based in Europe, the Network is international in scope, orientation, membership and participation.

- The Network is both trans-disciplinary and non-institutional encouraging the interaction and the overlapping of diverse forms of critical analysis and discourses.

- The design and development of academic and intellectual activities is guided by contemporary debates and critical thought across disciplines, theoretical perspectives and areas of knowledge.

- The Network serves to facilitate experimental and collaborative encounters that blur the boundaries and broaden the limits of how issues, themes and ideas can be articulated and reconfigured.

- Autonomous and independent, the Network is not affiliated with any institution of higher education. Yet, it is interested in establishing partnerships and agreements of collaboration with institutions on an equal and reciprocal basis. The Network also brings together a variety of partners from the public and private sectors, both within and outside of academe.

3) Academic and Intellectual Activities:

- Deliberation and dialogue are conceived as constitutive of knowledge and learning processes, as well as generative of new ideas, perspectives and ways of critical thinking. These are taken to be crucial and central for the development of each project and for the Network as a whole.

- In the development of all academic and intellectual activities, members and participants make constant, concerted and systematic efforts to break away from the restrictions of disciplinary and institutional academia, as well as from the limitations of institutionalized thought processes and procedures. This leads to a combination of consensual and convergent processes. It provides, as well, a forum for the development of divergent and dissenting ideas, and seeks to promote platforms for building inclusive modes of enquiry and politics of knowledge.

- General and specific activities are organized in trans-disciplinary projects. All of these projects are organized thematically and respond to contemporary debates with an international perspective and scope.

- Each project will develop and consolidate on the basis of the following areas and domains:

a) Research

b) Annual Symposium

c) Publications

d) Collaborations & Organic Links

e) Experimental Horizons

f) New Perspectives

- Within projects, areas and domains members and participants seek to produce ongoing, systematic, productive and critical dialogues, as well as constantly connect with other initiatives and projects in the Network.

4) Self-Government and Autonomy:

- The network as a whole and each project in particular will foster an inclusive and horizontal multilevel participation of members.

- All decision-making processes will follow the core principles of deliberative democracy.

- Finally, the network will function as a non-profit organization and will be self-sustaining. It seeks collaborative funding (in the form of grants and scholarships) but does not depend on external financial resources for its basic activities and central purposes.


INAA Founding Group: (Country of Residence & Role in the Network)

1) Setsuko Adachi, Japan (Founding Member)

2) Tiago Assis, Portugal (Founding Member)

3) Robert Burton, United States (Founding Member)

4) Mauricio Cervantes, Mexico (Founding Member)

5) Alejandro Cervantes-Carson, Spain (Founding Member, General Coordinator)

6) Julian Chapple, Japan (Founding Member)

7) Wayne Cristaudo, Hong Kong (Founding Member)

8) Antonio Cuadrado-Fernandez, England (Founding Member, Project Coordinator)

9) Leora Farber, South Africa (Founding Member)

10) Agna Jarzewicz, Poland (Founding Member)

11) Marina Kaneti, United States (Founding Member, Project Coordinator)

12) Fred Karns, United States (Founding Member)

13) Michael Kearney, Japan (Founding Member)

14) Iain McKenna, Canada (Founding Member, Project Coordinator)

15) Wendy O’Brien, Canada (Founding Member, Site Coordinator, Project Coordinator)

16) Miguelo Orduña, Mexico (Founding Member)

17) Slobodan Dan Paich, United States (Founding Member)

18) Paul Prinsloo, South Africa (Founding Member, Project Coordinator)

19) Melissa Privitera, Spain (Founding Member, Administrative Coordinator, Site Coordinator)

20) Tina Rahimy, The Netherlands (Founding Member)

21) Charlene Delia Jeyamani Rajendran, Singapore (Founding Member, Project Coordinator)

22) Pamela Ryan, South Africa (Founding Member, Project Coordinator)

23) Cheryl Sim, Canada (Founding Member, Site Coordinator, Project Coordinator)

24) Agnieszka Stasiewicz, Poland (Founding Member)

25) Oana Strugaru, Romania (Founding Member, Project Coordinator)

26) Albin Wagener, France (Founding Member, Site Coordinator, Project Coordinator)



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