CGHE Seminar

CGHE series on international and global higher education – seminar 4: Similarities and differences

  • Thursday, 05 Dec 2019 12:00 - 14:00
  • Room B, Department of Education, University of Oxford
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What is the international or global space in higher education and how do we understand it? Scholar-researchers apply a range of disciplinary lenses and methods. Geography plays a key role in many but not all studies of student mobility or global science. Others analyse these dynamics through an economic or policy studies or linguistic frame. Some are hunting for an elusive universal perspective, others are very mindful of national or cultural differences. Some are especially attentive to the challenges facing education in emerging countries. Some look for signs of their own country everywhere they look, others are fascinated by what they see as foreign exotica, others are post-colonial. Many who research ‘internationalisation’ as student mobility and other cross-border connections, or work on ‘global competences’, don’t necessarily research comparative education in a rigorous manner, or take account of the literature on development education. The interesting and productive differences between an ‘international’, ‘comparative’ and a ‘global’ perspective are rarely discussed.

These differences shape the contents and impacts of higher education research and scholarship. The contrary knowledge produced in this field shapes our global imagining in fragmented ways – is the diversity always fruitful? Should we work to develop a common view? This series will explore six different approaches to imagining and investigating international higher education, highlighting similarities and differences between them, and drawing the participant audience into active discussion.

The CGHE Seminar series on international and global higher education concludes with a panel discussion with all six speakers from our previous three seminars: Rachel Brooks, Maia Chankseliani, Ariane de Gayardon, Simon Marginson, Tristan McCowan and David Mills.

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How should we understand international and global higher education – who is right, who is wrong and what do YOU think?
PANEL: Rachel Brooks, Maia Chankseliani, Ariane de Gayardon, Simon Marginson, Tristan McCowan and David Mills

Fields of knowledge are a swirling, fluid and ever-changing combination of different ideas, old and new, with overlaps and breaks between them. The final seminar in our series brings together the six speakers from the preceding weeks into a panel format where they will exchange with each other and with an active participant audience. Speakers will each succinctly summarise the perspectives, frameworks and theories with which they understanding international and global higher education, noting the similarities and differences between them. Two members of the participant audience who have been active in discussion in the preceding weeks will comment and the discussion will flow from there.

Booking

All seminars are free and open to the public. No advance booking required.

Rachel Brooks

Rachel Brooks

Rachel Brooks is Professor of Higher Education at University College London and an executive editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education. Her recent books include Education and Society (2018) and Materialities and Mobilities in Education (2017, with Johanna Waters). She is currently leading a European Research Council-funded project on constructions of higher education students across Europe.

Maia Chankseliani

Maia Chankseliani

Maia Chankseliani is Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education at the University of Oxford. Her research on tertiary education for (inter)national development examines the societal and institutional forces that shape tertiary education and the potential of tertiary education and research for transforming societies.

Ariane de Gayardon

Ariane de Gayardon

Ariane de Gayardon is a Research Associate on CGHE’s social and economic impact of higher education research programme.

Simon Marginson

Simon Marginson

Simon Marginson is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, Director of the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education, and Lead Researcher with Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Simon’s research is focused primarily on global and international higher education, the contributions of higher education, and higher education and social inequality. At Oxford he lead teaches the MSc (Education) subject on ‘Globalisation in higher education’. He is currently preparing an integrated theorisation of higher education. His recent books in comparative and international studies are Higher Education in Federal Countries, edited with Martin Carnoy, Isak Froumin and Oleg Leshukov (Sage, 2018) and High Participation Systems of Higher Education, edited with Brendan Cantwell and Anna Smolentseva (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Tristan McCowan

Tristan McCowan

Tristan McCowan is Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Higher Education, and is a Co-Investigator on CGHE’s global higher education engagement research programme.

David Mills

David Mills

David Mills is Associate Professor (Pedagogy and the Social Sciences) at the University of Oxford’s Department of Education. He directs the Grand Union ESRC doctoral training partnership, an Oxford-led training collaboration with Open University and Brunel University London. Trained in anthropology, he has published work on disciplinarity, higher education policy, doctoral education and African universities. His current interests include the politics of higher education capacity building in Africa. His books include “Ethnography and Education” (Sage 2013), “Difficult Folk: A political history of social anthropology” (Berghahn 2008) and the co-edited “African Anthropologies: History, Practice, Critique” (Zed 2006).

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