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ERIC Number: EJ837307
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
Educational Geopolitics and the "Settler University" in Ariel
Templer, Bill
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v5 n2 Nov 2007
Along with patterns of neo-liberal transformation spreading through Israeli higher education, a distinctive element of Israeli academe is the extent to which university staff and researchers actively or more often tacitly support the broader aims of the government and the Occupation, including its daily murders, abominations and indignities against the Palestinians. Government contracts and a perfected meshwork of ties between academe, the defense and hi-tech industries and the military, driven by a deeply entrenched doctrinal framework of national chauvinism, characterize the topography of Israel academe in a striking way. Yet far too many Israelis of all social strata function in a perverse bubble of non-engagement and denial, a radical disconnect from the political and human realities of oppression and injustice around them. A vast morass of inaction abounds within the vortex of what some people think is a national political psychosis. Those calling for an international boycott of Israeli academe, like Virginia Tilley, stress a situation where "moral paralysis becomes moral culpability". In this essay, the author examines some aspects of "geopolitics of education" in the ideologically charged context of the Israeli state and its pervasive "ethnocracy". He suggests the need for creating an Arab university inside Israel as a counter-project to Israeli-Jewish hegemony. He also looks a bit at the related broader topography of neo-colonialist projects of influence and control engineered from the wealthy economies and their academic turf into the spaces of the Global South and the formerly state-socialist European and Central Asian East, and the pressing need for "decolonizing" such structures. (Contains 56 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel