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Friday, March 2, 2018
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
PCOH 1003

“We are not born by choice”: Stories of Academic Public Intellectuals from the Global South
Ashenafi Alemu, PhD Candidate, Department of Educational Studies, UBC

This paper reports the outcomes of life story interviews conducted to grasp the stories of academic public intellectuals from Global South. The interviews were conducted with three public intellectuals from the Global South, specifically from East Africa, who reside in the United States and Canada. Before conducting the interviews, the writer established the notion of public intellectual and symmetric criticality framework as a conceptual framework of this study. Participants were selected based on criteria established to identify them as public intellectuals which included their experiences in speaking to public, challenging the status-quo, engaging in critical reflexivity towards higher education, as well as being an accomplished, tenured academic in universities in the Global North. Their stories suggest that they developed the identity of public intellectual due to influences from their families and the compelling circumstances that forced them to speak to people and to power.