Article of the month – Issue 3, 2021

First and transcultural Nations doctoral education and epistemological border-crossing: histories and epistemic justice ‘, by Jing Qi, Catherine Manathunga, Michael Singh and Tracey Bunda( totally free to‘see till 31st May 2021).

The scholars behind my picked short article argue the requirement to interrupt doctoral guidance carried out through and grounded upon epistemologies of the North. It becomes part of an impactful and effective collection of short articles comprising the journal’s brand-new unique problem Working in the borderlands: Critical viewpoints on doctoral education .


This short article ’ s authors weave abundant doctoral trainees ’ and monitoring teachers ’ stories throughout their argument which exhibit Boaventura de Sousa Santos ’ arguments that epistemologies of the South exist to counter Northern ones grounded on commercialism, patriarchy, and coloniality. Their short article counters oppressions caused upon trainees triggered by guidance by epistemicide – called by de Sousa Santos which causes fatalism as “ … futures killed at birth, or perhaps stillborn futures ” ( 2018, p. 298). Such overbearing fatalism is beyond( virtual) schools, as academic community ’ s far-flung affects upon sustaining/intensifying Northern epistemological hegemony or, ideally, interfering with and unlearning them.

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The authors’ ’ work, in de Sousa Santo terms, assists to recognize and interfere with lacks for possibilities of required developments and unlearning. Their extremely uneasy message is that lots of doctoral trainees have actually internally delegitimized Southern and/or non-western epistemologies, consisting of those from their own histories. As Albert Memmi argued that eliminating their histories was the colonizers’ ’ worst act on the colonized, ahistorical acts of epistemicide by college (and official education overall) are parallel acts of neocoloniality. The scholars’ ’ cautions of such neocoloniality through Andzaldúa’’ s borderlands theory in doctoral guidance have enormous ramifications for college, in addition to within and in between local-to-global-to-planetary spheres in general. Interrupting college’’ s functions in perpetuating the delegitimizing and cheapening of othered understandings and methods of understanding assistance sustain/intensify Orientalism (à la Edward Said), pedagogies of the oppressed (Paulo Freire), disciplinary lacks (de Sousa Santos), and dominant and patriarchal Sciences and resulting Technologies (Sandra Harding), to name a few methodological and pedagogical procedures that validate socio-environmental violence.

Their post talked to me for a variety of factors, and I will go over 2 of them. The short article’’ s abundant stories provide real-world photos of their analysis and the theories they make use of. It supplies exceptional examples for my class conversations on, for instance, how (greater) education methodically sustains/intensifies decoloniality and epistemicide, and, as Michael Apple argued, how instructors’ ’ actions can internally oppress and silence trainees throughout their lives (see Debra’’ s estimate in the short article). My graduate courses at Beijing Normal University are primarily global trainees with a bulk from different countries of Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. I often hear and witness comparable empowering epistemological border-crossing taking place and, sadly, not taking place typically with organized silencing. Interrupting such silencing requires constant self-reflexivity of my own point of views, epistemological groundings, and my own mentor failures in this regard in Beijing. This is particularly essential with my positionality as being a white, male westerner mentor through colonial English in Beijing to primarily worldwide trainees from the international South. This post will remain in my course reader( s) next term.

Second, in a book evaluation I composed on de Sousa Santos’ ’ (2018) ‘‘ The End of the Cognitive Empire: The Coming of Age of Epistemologies of the South’’ for Comparative Education Review, I argued with him that injustices and supremacy of Nature (the factor for my usage of ‘‘ planetary ’ formerly) will continue if we just teach through epistemologies of the North, including their hegemonic groundings of methods and disciplines. Southern interruption within doctoral guidance and total degree program/experiences is vital for socio-environmental justice and planetary sustainability.

Greg William Misiaszek, Executive Editor


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