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Educators of the Mediterranean...Up Close and Personal: Critical Voices from South Europe and the MENA Region

Edited by Ronald G. Sultana, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2011, 254 pp., ISBN: 9789460916793

Vol.15 (2) and 16(1) of the Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies (MJES), edited by Ronald G. Sultana, have been published under the title Educators of the Mediterranean...Up Close and Personal: Critical Voices from South Europe and the MENA Region. This special thematic issue has also been published as a book in the Comparative Education Series by Sense Publishers.

In this publication, educators from the South European, the Middle East and the North African region speak about their upbringing, their educational and professional journeys, their academic achievements, and their struggles in order to enhance democracy, justice and equity in their countries and across the Mediterranean. The interviews in this volume shed light on educational movements, challenges, and aspirations in a region that is attaining increasing importance geo-politically, and in comparative and international studies. The interviews inform, intrigue, but above all inspire, calling, as they do, for an earnest commitment to a vision of education as a transformative, democratising force. In contrast to the global discourse that has increasingly defined education in narrowly economistic terms, here are the beginnings of alternative agendas, inviting citizens to 'read' and decode the world around them, and to confront power, wherever it lies. In doing so, the educators in this volume draw upon and put at our disposal a wide array of theoretical lenses in vivid, engaging, and reflexive accounts, emerging from contexts where democracy has only recently taken root, and from a region that has come to symbolize the return of the political, and the reclaiming of the public sphere as a site for transformation, contestation, revolt, and hope.

To preview a selection of interviews from the MJES, please visit www.um.edu.mt/emcer/mjes/backissues

To order the book, please see www.bookdepository.com/Educators-MediterraneanUp-Close-Personal-Ronald-Sultana/9789460916793

Contact: Ronald G. Sultana, Director, Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research, Editor, Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080,Malta; tel.: +35623402936; fax.: +35621338126; e-mail: ronald.sultana@um.edu.mt