Knowledge production in higher education

Between Europe and the Middle East

Edited by Michelle Pace and Jan Claudius Völkel

Knowledge production in higher education


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  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6057-7
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: January 2023
  • BIC Category: Philosophy & theory of education, Philosophy & Theory Of Education, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, EDUCATION / General, Europe, Middle East, Society & social sciences / International relations, International Relations


Mindful of divisive labels in constructions of the 'Middle East and North Africa' (MENA) and of 'Europe', the editors and contributors of Knowledge production in higher education reflexively immerse themselves into an investigation of how knowledge about these regions is produced at higher educational establishments. Thus, zooming in on mutual scholarship about 'Europe' and/or 'the MENA' opens up a wide range of possibilities for supplanting visions of so-called traditional Orientalists, to abandon the sets of magnifying glasses through which the Other is studied. For those interested in the decolonisation of academia and issues of positionality this is a must read.


Introduction - Michelle Pace and Jan Claudius Völkel

Part I: History
1 Between nostalgia and the colonies: The evolution of French scholarship on the Middle East - Timo Behr
2 Orient-ations: German scholarship on the Middle East since the nineteenth century - Sonja Hegasy, Stephan Stetter and René Wildangel
3 Middle Eastern Studies in Italy: A field in search of an identity and recognition within and outside academia - Giulia Cimini and Claudia di Martino
Part II: Liminality
4 Malta: Boundaries, identity, and positionality in the teaching of the Middle East - James Sater
5 Teaching Europe in Palestine: Resisting the 'new normal'? - Asem Khalil
6 Teaching Europe and the Middle East at universities in Turkey - Aylin Güney, Emre Iseri and Gökay Özerim
Part III: Orientalism
7 Is decolonisation the decisive factor - or even the relevant term? 250 years of Middle East Studies in Denmark - Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen
8 Challenges to a transformative education: 'EUrientalism' at Egyptian universities - Bassant Hassib and Jan Claudius Völkel
9 Teaching the enlightened student: Political polarisation and the ongoing quest for critical thinking - Anne de Jong
Part IV: Hierarchies
10 Knowledge production at a time of pandemic - navigating between Syria and the UK - Juline Beaujouan
11 Who teaches the Middle East in Europe? A gender perspective - Merve Özdemirkiran-Embel
12 'In-between' the academic and policy communities. The position(ality) of think tank(er)s in knowledge production in and on the Middle East and Europe - Daniela Huber

A potential paradigm shift in knowledge production: Some concluding reflections - Michelle Pace and Jan Claudius Völkel


Michelle Pace is Professor in Global Studies at Roskilde University

Jan Claudius Völkel is Senior Researcher at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg

Knowledge production in higher education

Edited by Michelle Pace, Jan Claudius Völkel

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