My knowledge, your knowledge, whose knowledge is it? Reflections from a researcher's journey through universities in north and south

Bevlyne Sithole

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    Abstract

    This chapter presents a personal perspective on higher education. It is presented from a particular perspective that draws on an experience of education situated in the time during the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) and postindependence Zimbabwe. It is written from the perspective of a black African woman whose journey in higher education was both constricted and privileged. It is written too from the perspective of a black scholar moving around in the diaspora sometimes melting into the Global North educational landscape and other times standing out as a marker of what is different between the Global South and Global North but also finding myself in the in-between places where my own thoughts, positions and locations become blurred. The educational experience is conceptualised in this chapter through episodic events, encounters and experiences that have been narrated to stimulate and inform discussions and ideas about higher education. Throughout the chapter the importance of understanding power and politics over knowledge is obvious and underlined.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHigher Education and Capacity Building in Africa
    Subtitle of host publicationThe Geography and Power of Knowledge Under Changing Conditions
    EditorsHanne K. Adriansen, Lene M. Madsen, Stig Jensen
    Place of PublicationAbingdon, United Kingdom
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter9
    Pages171-192
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315734620
    ISBN (Print)9781138838154
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Sithole, B. (2016). My knowledge, your knowledge, whose knowledge is it? Reflections from a researcher's journey through universities in north and south. In H. K. Adriansen, L. M. Madsen, & S. Jensen (Eds.), Higher Education and Capacity Building in Africa: The Geography and Power of Knowledge Under Changing Conditions (pp. 171-192). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.