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Title: Creative analogies and the reading of rankings


1
Creative analogies and the reading of rankings
  • Peodair Leihy
  • University of Melbourne

2
What is the X of Y?
  • The Harvard of the Middle East
  • The Harvard of the South
  • A Cambridge for the New World
  • An American Balliol

3
Ob-platte heraldry
Oxford
Cambridge
Sydney
4
Ob-platte Latin
Literal translation With changed sky, the same
mind Clive James translation Sydney
University is really Oxford or Cambridge
laterally displaced some 12 000
miles ????????? (12000????)
5
Analogical algebra
  • If Z the X of Y
  • Is Y a handicap?
  • Is Z necessarily somehow lt Z?

6
Analogical mapping and retrieval
  • Mapping matching things present in their
    entireties before ones eyes
  • Retrieval matching things largely dormant in
    memory
  • (Douglas Hofstadter, 1995)

7
The Harvard of the World?
8
League tables
  • Being in the same league
  • Promotion and relegation

9
Third tier of English football
Close to promotion to second tier
Mid-table comfortably third tier
Close to relegation to fourth tier
10
Formal leagues
  • Ivy League (Northeastern US)
  • Russell Group (UK)
  • Group of Eight (Australia)
  • C-9 (China)

11
Ivy League - lost in translation?
  • From the Ivy League to the Ivy league of
    (Germany, China)

12
Status and substance
  • Not beyond status, but alongside and around it

13
Elite league and whole-system development
  • A non-Chinese perspective on C-9
  • Let some universities get rich first
  • (??????????)?

14
The MIT of the East
  • Jiatong as the MIT of the East
  • MIT-ness
  • What is the East?

15
Reading rankings for the MIT of the East
16
The MIT of the East continued
17
The MIT of the East continued
18
What are we retrieving?
  • MIT-ness or Harvard-ness?
  • Something else?

19
Some conclusions
  • Usefulness and limitations of analogies
  • A normative slipstream a metaphor
  • Analogies never decisive, but insightful
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