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Imaginaries of ”Europe” in the Governmentality of PhD Education

Journal article
Authors Annika Bergviken Rensfeldt
Published in European Education
Volume 45
Issue 4
Pages 44-60
ISSN 1056-4934
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pages 44-60
Language en
Keywords PhD Education, governmentality, Europe
Subject categories Research on Europe, Research policy, Pedagogy


This article examines the recent European governing of PhD education by describing and destabilizing how Europe, as a social construct, is inscribed in the governing in multiple ways. Conceptually, it aligns with post-Foucauldian research interests in imaginaries of societies, subjectivities, and politics of knowledge. Based on European policies on higher education and research between 2003 and 2013, the analyses show how imaginaries of “Europe,” by sovereign and self-governing powers, regulate the production and outcomes of PhD education. Specific territories and European virtues are produced and monitored here, positioning the European PhD student as researcher, and promoting a differentiated knowledge production and PhD program structure.

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