Globalisation and Deterritorialisation of Academic Disciplines: Cases from the Malay Archipelago

James Cook University (Singapore campus), Australia

James Cook University (Singapore campus), Australia


Understanding the cultural effects of the globalisation of knowledge is of central concern in higher education research. This reading maps an analytical space for research on cultural negotiations in academic disciplines. It re-reads Appadurai's theory of global imaginaries (1996) through Deleuze and Guattari's notion of deterritorialisation (1983; 1994; 2005), and applies it to a case study of Clinical Psychology education in the Malay Archipelago. Deleuze and Guattari's deterritorialisation concept provides insights into the cultural subtleties of transnational education and the dynamics of change in academic disciplines. The case study illustrates that disciplines are themselves territories, inherently changing from within, as well as with geographical movement. This analytic inquiry provides a preliminary mapping of Clinical Psychology territories in the Malay Archipelago through an anthropological approach, it concludes with directions for further research.

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