Bishop’s University Research Cluster
Crossing Borders is an interdisciplinary research group that investigates the identity categories and boundaries that mark differences among nationalities, ethno-linguistic communities, genders and social classes – especially how they are constructed, maintained and transcended. We also pay particular attention to public scholarship and the relevance of these issues of identity to our local communities.
Student Research Opportunities
Established in Bishop’s University, Praxis Malawi’s members come from a wide spectrum of interconnected communities (be they academic, institutional, professional, local, business, not-for-profit, etc.). Praxis Malawi values dialogue as a means to enact appreciably constructive and tangible change. Our members work towards the locally defined needs (defined as improving critical thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship), and are encouraged to develop strategies of emancipation through their own skill-set and knowledge recognizing and utilizing other’s expertise as well. Putting theory into practice is meant to encourage both short and long term goals; recognizing that future planning is as important as immediate needs. Although based in the Chillanga region of Kasungu, Malawi, we do not limit our work to a single region, rather we commit to working with communities as we are able.
Why Praxis? Why Malawi?
The concept of “praxis” in the social science field is one of the most empowering and intimidating words uttered in Academia. On the one hand it allows students to dream of possibilities that could be; on the other hand it can galvanize even the most experienced professor when they consider application of theories in “the real world” for purposes of social justice. Praxis Malawi embraces this challenge and encourages all members to work in partnership to consider and act upon ethical possibilities for change.
Known as “the warm heart of Africa”, Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world (The World Bank). Per capita government expenditures, citizen income and access to education are woefully low in a country that prides itself on a culture of caring and hospitality. Recognizing that there is great need all over the world, our focus on Malawi is based on the establishment of a positive and equitable human relationship with our community stakeholders.
Professor C. Darius Stonebanks (PhD)
Coordinator, Praxis Malawi
Office: Bishop’s University, NIC 304
Tel: 819-822-9600 ext. 2203