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In a time of fake news, internet memes, and a global information overload, questions of education and pedagogy have become all the more pressing. Globally, institutes of higher education are under threat, facing budget cuts and an increasing demand for directly and immediately applicable knowledge instead of open-ended critical reflection. In the context of discussions about the Anthropocene and current geopolitical changes – including the upsurge of populisms and nationalisms worldwide, and the alleged rise of Asia – there is a renewed urgency to re/thinking knowledge production and dissemination. How to re/think pedagogy in the midst of all these developments? And what specific role can the social sciences and the humanities play in this?