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The Dissertation and the Archive: Governing Through a Globalized Genre

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The proposed paper focuses on the dissertations written by Teachers College’s international doctoral graduates 1900-1940. Our work seeks to understand the role of the dissertation archive in producing and governing the emerging field of education research with global entanglements. Our data set makes it clear that questions about what constitutes a dissertation, what counts as scholarship, and how expertise is counted were in flux at this time, as were the boundaries between what we now perceive as different disciplines and fields of study. The work of international students allows us to begin to see the generation of a global language of education shaped by power/knowledge relations within academia.