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Revolt – A decolonising thought framework in higher education

CHEF talk by Dr Sonja Arndt, Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato, New Zealand.

05.10.2018 | CHEF

Dato man 22 okt
Tid 09:15 09:45
Sted CUDiM, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, building 1483, Room 616, Nobelparken, 8000 Aarhus C. Video-link to the Danish School of Education, Campus Emdrup, room D118.


For true dissidence today is perhaps simply what it has always been: thought, Kristeva (1986, p. 299) claims.

This paper theorises dissident thought as a critical form of inner revolt. Situated in a context where internationalisation and intercultural strategies are high on university agendas, I argue for a cautionary revolt in the university, as a decolonizing framing of cultural orientations, encounters and Otherness.

Using Julia Kristeva’s notion of revolt as a provocative rupture of dominant orientations towards cultural Otherness in our higher education settings creates a nuanced, intricate need for re-negotiation. Rather than offering a conclusion, then, this argument suggests an ongoing, revolt-ful re-orientation towards the Other, and simultaneously to our – strategising, internationalising – selves.

The talk is arranged by the Centre for Higher Education Futures (CHEF).

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