Surfacing ‘Southern’ perspectives on student engagement with internationalisation: doctoral theses as alternative forms of knowledge

Catherine Montgomery

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This paper explores how knowledge represented in doctoral theses exploring internationalisation may be constructed as a source of ‘Southern’ knowledge on international education. The paper aims to surface some of the ways in which the knowledge generated by doctoral students could illustrate new perspectives on internationalisation, particularly in terms of knowledge building for the students’ own country contexts. The research conducted a search of all UK doctoral theses in the EThOS repository of the British Library, focusing on theses where students had engaged with internationalisation. The search generated a data set of theses written in the decade 2008 to 2018 which were then thematically analysed. In addition to questioning whether thesis knowledge constitutes powerful or empowering knowledge for the student and the Southern cultures they come from, the research indicates that the doctoral theses both reproduced Western knowledge but also generated some new perspectives on methodological and thematic constructions of internationalisation. The paper highlights hierarchies of knowledge, and questions whether postcolonial encounters through the PhD can generate knowledge that builds Southern perspectives on internationalisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-138
JournalJournal of Studies in International Education
Volume23
Issue number1
Early online date8 Oct 2018
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

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