Decolonizing knowledge production from new areas? The case of African Talents trained in Turkey
Elieth Eyebiyi (IHA CREPOS)
Ilka Vari-Lavoisier (Oxford)
Paper short abstract:
This paper will examine to what extent new dynamics of knowledge production between Africa and Turkey illumines (dis)continuities and ruptures in the traditional scheme of knowledge hierarchies between Africa and Europe.
Paper long abstract:
High-skills trainings have been widely explored in Europe or even North America. On the other hand, South-South formation mobilities, particularly internal ones or even towards emerging countries such as Turkey or the BRICS, remain relatively poorly known despite the symbolic but also quantitative importance of these flows. With the travel restrictions and the recent shifts in European visa and border-outsourcing policies, the new emerging countries are trying to attract more African students. Over the last decade, Turkey shifted from a country of emigration for high-skilled individuals to a country of immigration - a surge largely driven by the unparalleled number of African students now seeking Turkish degrees . By analyzing the African students mobility to Turkey, this paper intends to examine how new models of knowledge hierarchies can emerge, be producted, reinforced and circulated between various areas. How local and international dynamics are driving the knowledge production between Africa and Turkey? To what extent new dynamics of knowledge production between Africa and Turkey illumines (dis)continuities and ruptures in the traditional scheme of knowledge hierarchies between Africa and Europe?
Hierarchies of knowledge production in academic collaborations between Africa and Europe [Panel of the Association for the Anthropology of Social Change and Development - APAD]