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‘We are helpless, we are not the authority': colonial governmentality in a Sri Lankan transnational education institution

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>18/01/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Number of pages18
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date18/01/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This study examines colonial governmentality in a Sri Lankan partner institution of University of London (UOL) through semi-structured interviews with students and faculty. UOL began administrating colonised educational spaces in the 19th century, and now governs approximately 80 partner institutions throughout the global South. Its governmentality structures an arterial topology of power that grants limited inclusion to students while excluding their lecturers from formal recognition. Faculty at partner institutions do not assess students. Instead, assessment consists of annual British examinations, effectuating rote pedagogies that centre European knowledge. This extraction of faculty authority shapes delegitimated and disempowered subjectivities. The same process augments UOL’s expertise on Southern educational spaces, contributing to a broader project of universalising Western epistemology. The findings suggest a need for further research that examines colonial governmentality in international education, and particularly its mechanisms of epistemic extraction

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Compare on 18/01/2021, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03057925.2020.1867827