Global discourses and power/knowledge: theoretical reflections on futures of higher education during the rise of Asia

Geerlings, L.R.C., and Lundberg, A. (2018) Global discourses and power/knowledge: theoretical reflections on futures of higher education during the rise of Asia. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 38 (2). pp. 229-240.

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This paper re-reads a selection of critical interdisciplinary theories in an attempt to open a space in higher education for cross-cultural dialogue during the rise of Asia. Theories of globalization, deterritorialization, power/knowledge and postcolonialism indicate that students and academics have the ability to re-imagine and influence globalization processes in higher education. The current power effects of global discourses restrict the imaginaries and territories of globalization – leading to specific enactments in ways that prioritize western understandings of higher education. The paper argues for the need to explore hegemonic discursive formations of globalization to uncover processes of "othering" and the subjugation of knowledges. In this regard, a postcolonial perspective can help by opening up scenarios for the future of higher education in the Asian Century.

Item ID: 53503
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1742-6855
Keywords: higher education; Asia; postcolonialism; social imaginary; rhizomatics; globalization
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© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 03:51
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