Knowledge Production and knowledge transfer in postcolonial comparative studies

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Postcolonial enquiries constitute a smaller investigative cluster within comparative and international studies. When it comes to the problématique of knowledge, postcolonial theorists usually criticize the way knowledge is created/produced by the ongoing neo-imperialism in disguise of globalization and internationalization.
Drawing on my recent works on Chen Kuan Hsing's post-colonial geopolitics (Park, 2016, 2017), it is argued that while the problematization of global geopolitics of knowledge has mainly been focused on the “knowledge production” (this is also the main argument by Chen's Asia as Method), which looks into who, what and how politically sensitive knowledge can be justified. This paper contends, however, that in the economy of knowledge, its transfer/exchange is far more intriguing and important for old and new forms of imperialization and colonization.
The geopolitics of knowledge is real and of highest relevance today because of the social imagery and discourse of ‘Knowledge Societies.’ They in turn are based on the Baconian insight of ‘knowledge is power.’ The ensuing power interplays inextricably bring about struggles that end in hierarchy of power over quanta and qualia of knowledge. It is argued that Postcolonial enquiries have been given excessive importance to knowledge production while the real crucible, knowledge transfer/exchange, has received little. Copyright © 2019 NOCIES/GlobalCIE.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


Park, J. (2019, October). Knowledge Production and knowledge transfer in postcolonial comparative studies. Paper presented at Global CIE Forum 2019: Understanding the Global in Comparative and International Education, Stockholm, Sweden.


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