1st Edition

Epistemic Colonialism and the Transfer of Curriculum Knowledge across Borders Applying a Historical Lens to Contest Unilateral Logics

Edited By Weili Zhao, Thomas S. Popkewitz, Tero Autio Copyright 2022
    276 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    276 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume uncovers the colonial epistemologies that have long dominated the transfer of curriculum knowledge within and across nation-states and demonstrates how a historical approach to uncovering epistemological colonialism can inform an alternative, relational mode of knowledge transfer and negotiation within curriculum studies research and praxis.

    World leaders in the field of curriculum studies adopt a historical lens to map the negotiation, transfer, and confrontation of varied forms of cultural knowledge in curriculum studies and schooling. In doing so, they uniquely contextualize contemporary epistemes as historically embedded and politically produced and contest the unilateral logics of reason and thought which continue to dominate modern curriculum studies. Contesting the doxa of comparative reason, the politics of knowledge and identity, the making of twenty-first century educational subjects, and multiculturalism, this volume offers a relational onto-epistemic network as an alternative means to dissect and overcome epistemological colonialism.

    This text will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in curriculum studies as well as the study of international and comparative education. Those interested in post-colonial discourses and the philosophy of education will also benefit from the volume.

    PART I Introduction

    1: Historicizing Curriculum Knowledge Translation and Onto-Epistemic Coloniality
    Weili Zhao, Thomas S. Popkewitz, and Tero Autio

    PART II Comparative Reason and Curriculum Studies

    2: Making the Scientific Self: A Location-Less Logic with Locations
    Thomas S. Popkewitz

    3: Itinerant Curriculum Theory: The "Heterotopian" Logic. Challenging Curriculum Involution, and Occidentosis
    João M. Paraskeva

    4: Modernity, Colonialism, and Translation: Historicizing China’s "Science" Making through Western Discourses/Epistemes
    Weili Zhao and Yundan Zheng

    PART III Curriculum as Alchemies of Making Subjects and Knowledge

    5: Technology of Self as Curriculum Knowledge: The Making of Confucian Subjects and Its Revisitation in Modern Korean Education
    Ji-Hye Kim

    6: When Numbers Dictate Common Sense: Transnational’s Aspirations of a Global Curriculum
    Melissa Andrade-Molina

    7: Curriculum History as History of the Present: Between the Alchemy of Knowledge and the Fabrication of Subjects
    Marcia Serra Ferreira

    PART IV Curriculum Theory, and the Politics of Knowledge and Identity

    8: Making Finnish Kinds of People: Curriculum Knowledge as an Amalgam of Science, Politics, and Secular Lutheranism in the Finnish Variant of Egalitarian Nordic Welfare Society
    Tero Autio

    9: Epistemicide in Curriculum Studies?: The Erasure of the Feminine and Beauty/Imagination/Emotion/Body/Intuition/Aesthetics/Artmaking
    Donald S. Blumenfeld-Jones

    10: Weaving Threads that Gesture beyond Modern-Colonial Desires for Mastery, Progress, and Universality
    Vanessa Andreotti

    PART V Multiculturalism as Curriculum Project and its Global Variations

    11: Hybridization, Classification, and Transformations of Multiculturalism and Multicultural Education
    Jie Qi, Jiyoung Seo-Cense, and Shengping Zhang

    12: Assembling Saudi Al-nahda through Saudi Women
    Jehan Abduljabbar and Jamie A. Kowalczyk

    13: Historicizing an Epistemic Struggle between Anglo-Eurocentrism and an Indigenous Analytic within the Australian Curriculum
    Stephen Kelly


    Weili Zhao is Professor of Curriculum Studies in the Jing Hengyi School of Edication at the Hangzhou Normal University, China.

    Thomas S. Popkewitz is Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States.

    Tero Autio is Professor at the University of Tampere, Finland.