Conjuring the spectre of authorship: Ethical concerns for studies of higher education in a globalised world

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Conjuring the spectre of authorship, considered passé in continental philosophy and contemporary ‘western’ criticism for some time, may provide a valid and poignant ethical reference point for studies of higher education in a globalised world. In this paper, it is argued that the concepts of author, text and reader allow for a re-consideration of taken-for-granted discourses and interpretative approaches in higher education, particularly for those with academic concerns. Informed by the author’s drive to be responsive to an ethical obligation to the global South and in contexts with legacies of conflict and inequality, surfacing the politics and problematics of authorship poignantly brings to bear that which is de/legitimised between the gazes of the local, national, global. The ways in which the concepts of author, text and reader are constructed, and their roles positioned, may enable us to deliberate the sub/text of the macro-, meso- and micro-curricula of higher education in varied contexts, and, in turn, put us in a better position to analyse the significance of what we ourselves design, as such texts operate beyond our own intentionality in the world.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 09 Jul 2018
Event2nd Annual International Symposium on: Higher Education in a Global World - Athens, Greece
Duration: 09 Jul 201812 Jul 2018


Conference2nd Annual International Symposium on
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  • higher education
  • global
  • studies
  • ethics
  • interpretation
  • intentionality
  • authorship
  • global south
  • methodology

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