The power of knowledge in collaborative projects across North and South: empowerment or epistemological dependency?

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This paper studies outcome of collaboration between universities in Africa and Scandinavia. The African higher education landscape is a product of the colonial powers and subsequent uneven development leading to an academic dependency as argued by a number of African researchers. Today, many of the research activities undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa are largely funded and directed by external stakeholders such as development agencies, the World Bank, and NGOs. Thereby African remains dependent on external actors for its higher education and especially for research. This dependence is studied in the paper, where we (i) explores how North-driven projects approach knowledge as universal and transferable and thereby ignore diversity and local historical context; (ii) analyses the cultural production of African academics and methodological hegemony in collaborative projects; (iii) concludes that paradoxically collaborative projects can be a means to greater epistemologically independence of the ‘North’ for African universities.
Antal sider5
StatusUdgivet - 2016
BegivenhedSociety for Research into Higher Eucation Research Conference 2016 - Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Storbritannien
Varighed: 6 dec. 20169 dec. 2016


KonferenceSociety for Research into Higher Eucation Research Conference 2016
LokationCeltic Manor
ByNewport, Wales

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