1st Edition

Intercultural Postgraduate Supervision Reimagining time, place and knowledge

By Catherine Manathunga Copyright 2014

    The impact of globalisation and aggressive marketing by universities has increased the flow of international or culturally diverse students enrolling in postgraduate research degree programs outside their own countries. As access to postgraduate education widens, more local culturally diverse and Indigenous students are also enrolling in higher degree studies. As a result, significantly more academics now engage in intercultural supervision or supervising students who are culturally different to themselves.

    This book argues that empowering intercultural supervision can result from more nuanced, critical and theoretically-based understandings of time, place and knowledge. It shows how a range of ‘Southern’ theories (including postcolonial, Indigenous, feminist, social and cultural geography theories) about history, geography and knowledge can offer fresh insights into intercultural supervision.

    The author suggests that by using the conceptual tools offered by these Southern theories, the more complex but potentially rich aspects of intercultural supervision can be better understood and grappled with. In particular, these theories enable us to challenge assumptions about the universality and timelessness of Northern knowledge, and to create space for the recovery and further development of Southern, Eastern and Indigenous knowledges within intercultural supervision.

    This book will be of value to academic supervisors and postgraduate students, especially those engaged in intercultural supervision, as well as researchers and scholars in the field of higher education.

    1. Introduction  2. Postcolonial Theory and Supervision  3. Time and Place in Intercultural Supervision  4. Knowledge in Intercultural Supervision  5.Two Studies of Intercultural supervision in Australia:  Context and Methodology  6. Assimilation  7. Transculturation  8. Unhomeliness  9. Disciplines: Do They Make a Difference?  10. Conclusion


    Catherine Manathunga is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

    'As the author has envisaged, to wrestle effectively with serious global problems, we would do well to draw on the vast array of knowledge systems that all of our cultures have produced. It puts the reader in mind of Ghandi’s view on western civilisation; he said ‘It would be a good idea’. Marathunga’s book would suggest that it is time for educators and researchers to rethink what intercultural supervision can do make it happen.'- Dr Helen Song- Turner, Federation University, Australian Universities' Review, February 2015