On studying those who study abroad

Insights into Early Career Migrant Researchers’ subjectivities within the Western European University


  • Gordana Angelichin-Zhura Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • Annelise Erismann Université de Lausanne




Global South, international students, Western Europe, reflexivity, knowledge production


With the global as the dominating frame of reference, the international higher education landscape and its transients move to the forefront of discussions on whose and which education matters today. Embodying the internationalized university, the Global Southern international student turned into an early-career migrant researcher remains a valuable access point to consent and dissent from Western cultural hegemony at the European neoliberal university. Using Pitard’s term (2017) for reflexivity in qualitative research, this paper reflects on an “internal dialogue” of two women PhDs, one from North Macedonia and one from Brazil, studying international student mobility in continental Europe. From the position of “host-sponsored international students who study international students,” we discuss the ambiguity of embodying power and subservience. We conclude that the reflexivity demonstrated here, especially in South-South solidarity constellations, has the potential to reignite debates on global knowledge production today.

Author Biographies

Gordana Angelichin-Zhura, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

GORDANA ANGELICHIN-ZHURA, PhD, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Her major research interests lie in the areas of international students, globalization, and transnational social inequalities. Email: gordanazhura@gmail.com.

Annelise Erismann, Université de Lausanne

ANNELISE DA SILVA CANAVARRO, PhD, University of Lausanne. Her major research interests lie in the areas of gender and imperialism, race and globalization, Marxist dependency theory and intersectional inequalities in international higher education. Email: annelisedasilvacanavarro@gmail.com.  


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How to Cite

Angelichin-Zhura, G., & Erismann, A. . (2023). On studying those who study abroad: Insights into Early Career Migrant Researchers’ subjectivities within the Western European University . Journal of International Students, 13(4), 135–139. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i4.5703