Traveling Researchers, Colonial Difference: Comparative Education in an Age of Exploration

By Noah W. Sobe

Chair: Mark Bray

This seminar examines Marc-Antoine Jullien’s 1816/17 Esquisse et Vues Préliminaries d’un ouvrage sur L’Éducation Comparée in relation to European traditions of travel and global colonial expansion.  It argues that principles of colonial difference saturate Jullien’s proposal — notably in the ways that it enables and disables subjectivities and subject positions as well as in how it reifies social and contextual categories of analysis.  Jullien’s proposal did not found a discipline nor did it spark a continuous conversation, yet it is an instance in the establishment of the field that shows the stubbornly durable entanglement of educational comparison with colonialism.

Noah W. Sobe is Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago, where he also directs the Center for Comparative Education.  Professor Sobe is President-Elect of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), and co-editor of the journal European Education which is affiliated with the Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE).

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2016
Time: 10:00 – 11:15 am
Venue: Room 203 Runme Shaw Building

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