Post-Socialist Transformations in Comparative International Education: Monuments, Movements, and Metamorphoses

Iveta Silova, Zsuzsanna Millei, Ketevan Chachkhiani, Garine Palandjian, Mariia Vitrukh

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The fate of the monuments to Soviet political leaders offers an ironic portrayal of educational research examining post-socialist transformations. In this chapter, we connect the movements and metamorphoses of supposedly immortal political leaders across different former socialist contexts with the perspectives on educational research. Our aim is to trouble – and make strange – dominating knowledge, while opening spaces for knowing otherwise. This chapter offers a decolonial reading of academic interpretations that positioned change as the removal of socialist ideology in the early 1990s and attempted to de-ideologize education as an inevitable convergence to Western systems through neoliberal education reforms. Such reforms (and research) have positioned the former socialist education systems on a linear path to Western modernity, while overlooking the diverse trajectories of post-socialist transformations. By carefully re-examining the historical and colonial legacies of post-socialist education, we offer comparative and international education researchers an alternative framework from which different education imaginaries become visible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Bloomsbury Handbook of Theory in Comparative and International Education
EditorsTavis D. Jules, Robin Shields, Matthew A.M. Thomas
Place of PublicationLondon, Oxford
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2021
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • decolonial
  • post-socialist
  • educational transformations
  • Soviet legacies

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2


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