Overwhelming Questions: Thoughts on the UNMC Research Priorities Workshop, April 30 2013

Our UNMC Research Priorities Workshop brought into focus many elements of the sheer range of research taking place on the campus. It gave colleagues the opportunity to explore concepts and themes which unite our work across the disparate disciplines and faculties. Coming to the process from an Arts/Social Sciences background, I found a surprising level …

Berhati-hati! Researching While Mat Salleh

Part 1 of a series of posts on the complexities of engaging in political social science in a neo-authoritarian state. Cross-posted to devastatinglyabstract.com Foreign Dissident Western Troublemaker Meddling Mat Salleh Scion of Soros Enemy of the State Until I moved to Malaysia I never knew I was so dangerous. Serius, lah! You probably think I’m …

Shooting Elephants on the International Branch Campus I

I have recently become preoccupied by two elephants. The first is the ‘elephant in the room’: the enormous problem which everyone knows about but which no-one wants to discuss because it is too vast even to conceive or articulate, much less resolve. Let sleeping elephants lie. The second elephant is the unfortunate beast in George …

Do we want knowledge without borders?

Preparing a workshop on writing for journals in Suva, Fiji, and working on a research bid with Pacific Island colleagues, I was struck by the realisation that I could only think of one journal article in the leading international and comparative education journals that had been written by an author from the region, and that …