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Keynote Address at The Multidisciplinary International Conference in Educational Research (CIMIE)

Monday, November 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
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CIMIE 2018, 4-5 July, Zaragoza, Spain


  Felix Maringe is a Professor of Higher Education, Head of the WITS School of Education and Assistant Dean for Internationalisation and Partnerships in the faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa. He researches in areas of globalisation and internationalisation in Higher education. Dr Maringe has published 90 outputs, which include six books, 51 refereed journal articles, 20 book chapters and 13-commissioned research reports. He began his career at the University of Zimbabwe and then at the University of Southampton UK before moving back South Africa in 2012.

Partnerships and knowledge production in universities: priorities, opportunities, and challenges in Education

Partnerships have long been acknowledged as important vehicles for knowledge production in our universities. As the rate of knowledge production is set to increase to previously unimaginable levels, new partnerships are set to be established at an equally alarming pace in the global academies. They however tend to trace the asymmetries of power across the globe and can be said to contribute to the reproduction of inequalities in institutions in the global north and south. Using the acknowledged roles of partnerships as hubs, as generators, as temples and as incubators, the paper will raise concerns about the inappropriateness and continued use and application of old knowledge hierarchies to determine what is and what is not worthwhile knowledge.

The paper also decries the dominance of the discourse of donors and aid in the financing of partnerships; the perpetuation of a dependency relationship through which institutions in the south can only generate knowledge that is wanted by the north; and the dominance of western epistemic influences which effectively marginalises local indigenous knowledge systems in the south. It will be argued that new partnership formations will need to address big questions of equity, knowledge ownership, and leadership in ways, which speak to the true assumptions about working across boundaries to generate locally and globally relevant knowledge.

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