Universities as Transformative Social Spaces

Mobilities and Mobilizations from South Asian Perspectives

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9780192865571

Publication date:

10/05/2022

Hardback

352 pages

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ISBN:

9780192865571

Publication date:

10/05/2022

Hardback

352 pages

Andrea Kölbe; Susan Thieme; Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

Universities are social spaces where diverse personal trajectories connect, confront each other, and/or run parallel to each other. This book captures dynamic transformations in the realm of higher education from South Asian perspectives.

 

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Andrea Kölbe; Susan Thieme; Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

Description

The realm of higher education, much like everything else in a global and mobile world, has rapidly altered in the last few decades. More and more universities and seats of higher education are using strategies towards '
'internationalization'; by increasing heterogeneity in rank, student composition, resource endowments, faculty profiles, and their social spaces. The essays in this volume take a critical look at universities across South Asia, more specifically, at the dynamics of student mobility and mobilizations existing in such localized social spaces, and compares these with their counterparts in universities across the world. While elite universities in South Asia, as elsewhere, have been caught in a stiff international competition and are aspiring for the highest ranks, students from the most excluded communities and remote parts of the country seek entry to badly endowed universities, facing obstacles during their courses, and upon seeking entry into employment. The volume evaluates such universities as spaces for mobility opportunity and mobilizations in a globally networked world. It combines local and international perspectives with thorough observations of the dynamics in localized university spaces while embedding them in transnational processes.

About the author:

Andrea Kölbel, DPhil (Oxon.), is a social and economic scientist with a specific interest in the changing nature of higher education, spatial (im)mobilities, social theory, and participative research methods. She holds a doctorate in humangeography from the University of Oxford and an MBA from the Central European University in Budapest. With her research into young people's lives and social inequalities, she builds upon her professional experiences in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of education programmes on behalf of universities, ministries of education and research, and the UN Refugee Agency in countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Susan Thieme is Professor of Geography and Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern, Switzerland. She holds a PhD and Habilitation (professorial thesis) from the University of Zurich and studied at the University of Potsdam, Germany, and Plymouth, UK. She was Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK, Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands, and the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. Her research interests are transformation and sustainability, (im)mobilities, and in/justices in the context of education and work.

Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka is professor of social anthropology at the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany. Until July 2019, she was Senate member of the German Research Foundation, Dean of her Faculty and Co-Director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Research, ZIF. Her research focuses currently on knowledge production and circulation, on belonging as well as on the social life of universities (especially the nexus of inequality and heterogeneity). She studied at the University of Zurich where she worked for many years as academic collaborator. She then shifted to the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bonn where she acted as Senior Research Fellow, as Deputy Director, and as Acting Director.

Andrea Kölbe; Susan Thieme; Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

Table of contents

Introduction
   
Section I: Mobilities
   
Chapter 1   Global Visions, National Students: Narratives of 'Elsewhere' in Nepal's National Eductation Policy by Uma Pradhan

Chapter 2   The Challenge of Mastering One's Own Future Students' Negotiations of Mobility in Meghalaya, Northeast India by Dhruv Raina and Surinder S. Jodhka

Chapter 3   Untold Stories of International Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University by Claudia Baumann

Chapter 4   Building Bridges: Narratives From and About Educational Consultants as Mediators in Transnational Student Mobility by Sazana Jayadeva and Susan Thieme

Chapter 5   Between Knowledge, Activism, and the Global Market: International Students at the Islamic University (DarulUloom) Deoboard and the International Islamic University in Pakistan and India by Dietrich Reetz

Section II: Mobilizations

Chapter 6   Transforming Universities: Student Activism, Caste, and Politics in North India by Satendra Kumar

Chapter 7   Another Kind of Beating: On the Complexitiess of Political Violence in Everyday Student Politics in Bangladesh by Julian Kuttig

Chapter 8   Deserted Universities Campuses, Social Mobilization and Identity Politics in Nepal by Reidun Faye and Andrea Kölbel

Chapter 9   Transnational Political Engagements and Diasporic Connections in Nepali Education-related Migration to Denmark by Karen Valentin

Contributors

Andrea Kölbe; Susan Thieme; Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

Andrea Kölbe; Susan Thieme; Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

Andrea Kölbe; Susan Thieme; Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

Description

The realm of higher education, much like everything else in a global and mobile world, has rapidly altered in the last few decades. More and more universities and seats of higher education are using strategies towards '
'internationalization'; by increasing heterogeneity in rank, student composition, resource endowments, faculty profiles, and their social spaces. The essays in this volume take a critical look at universities across South Asia, more specifically, at the dynamics of student mobility and mobilizations existing in such localized social spaces, and compares these with their counterparts in universities across the world. While elite universities in South Asia, as elsewhere, have been caught in a stiff international competition and are aspiring for the highest ranks, students from the most excluded communities and remote parts of the country seek entry to badly endowed universities, facing obstacles during their courses, and upon seeking entry into employment. The volume evaluates such universities as spaces for mobility opportunity and mobilizations in a globally networked world. It combines local and international perspectives with thorough observations of the dynamics in localized university spaces while embedding them in transnational processes.

About the author:

Andrea Kölbel, DPhil (Oxon.), is a social and economic scientist with a specific interest in the changing nature of higher education, spatial (im)mobilities, social theory, and participative research methods. She holds a doctorate in humangeography from the University of Oxford and an MBA from the Central European University in Budapest. With her research into young people's lives and social inequalities, she builds upon her professional experiences in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of education programmes on behalf of universities, ministries of education and research, and the UN Refugee Agency in countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Susan Thieme is Professor of Geography and Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern, Switzerland. She holds a PhD and Habilitation (professorial thesis) from the University of Zurich and studied at the University of Potsdam, Germany, and Plymouth, UK. She was Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK, Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands, and the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. Her research interests are transformation and sustainability, (im)mobilities, and in/justices in the context of education and work.

Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka is professor of social anthropology at the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany. Until July 2019, she was Senate member of the German Research Foundation, Dean of her Faculty and Co-Director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Research, ZIF. Her research focuses currently on knowledge production and circulation, on belonging as well as on the social life of universities (especially the nexus of inequality and heterogeneity). She studied at the University of Zurich where she worked for many years as academic collaborator. She then shifted to the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bonn where she acted as Senior Research Fellow, as Deputy Director, and as Acting Director.

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Table of contents

Introduction
   
Section I: Mobilities
   
Chapter 1   Global Visions, National Students: Narratives of 'Elsewhere' in Nepal's National Eductation Policy by Uma Pradhan

Chapter 2   The Challenge of Mastering One's Own Future Students' Negotiations of Mobility in Meghalaya, Northeast India by Dhruv Raina and Surinder S. Jodhka

Chapter 3   Untold Stories of International Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University by Claudia Baumann

Chapter 4   Building Bridges: Narratives From and About Educational Consultants as Mediators in Transnational Student Mobility by Sazana Jayadeva and Susan Thieme

Chapter 5   Between Knowledge, Activism, and the Global Market: International Students at the Islamic University (DarulUloom) Deoboard and the International Islamic University in Pakistan and India by Dietrich Reetz

Section II: Mobilizations

Chapter 6   Transforming Universities: Student Activism, Caste, and Politics in North India by Satendra Kumar

Chapter 7   Another Kind of Beating: On the Complexitiess of Political Violence in Everyday Student Politics in Bangladesh by Julian Kuttig

Chapter 8   Deserted Universities Campuses, Social Mobilization and Identity Politics in Nepal by Reidun Faye and Andrea Kölbel

Chapter 9   Transnational Political Engagements and Diasporic Connections in Nepali Education-related Migration to Denmark by Karen Valentin

Contributors

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