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What is wrong with internationalisation?

A GENEALOGY OF ‘CULTURAL DISTANCE’ IN HIGHER EDUCATION

29 April 2016

A research presentation supported by the Comparative and International Education Research Network of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Researching international students as ‘migrants’ can be very frustrating, especially when the work of ‘reading’ the proliferating number of academic output produced as a policy-oriented intervention is carried out from a critical race perspective. Among the many conceptual tools employed to problematise the administration and pedagogy of international students in Australia, race is in fact conspicuously un-called. Most studies are instead focused on stereotypes, learning styles and expectations. As this paper demonstrates, these are all lines of inquiry resulting from the incorporation of intercultural communication’s constructs into internationalisation as policy solution to the problems posed by a growing numbers of international students at the time of increased international economic competitiveness. The resulting ‘infusion’ of pedagogical discourses and practices with intercultural elements has been widely critiqued yet not superseded. This paper examines the persistence of interculturalism in the project of internationalisation not a result of the marketisation of higher education but as an effect of its uses as a technology of ‘diversity’ management by developing a genealogy of the most pernicious tenet of intercultural communication: cultural distance. It concludes arguing that this tenet effectively precludes any substantiated uptake of the demand for decolonising knowledge.

Event details

  • When: 2.30–3.30pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Dr Matthew AM Thomas.

  • Contact: Co-convenor, Comparative and International Education research network
    Dr Matthew AM Thomas
    T: +61 2 8627 4304
    E: matthew.thomas@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker: Maria Elena Indelicato is a lecturer and International Vice Director of the Huallywood Film Research Center, Department of Media and Communication, Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, China. She completed her doctorate, as an international candidate, at the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, The University of Sydney, where she also worked on the ARC research project "More than family history: race, gender and the Aboriginal family in Australian history" with Dr Victoria Grieves. With regard to the history of problemisation of international students’ pedagogy in Australia, she has published "Australia’s 'Colombo Plan': the beacon of western knowledge in the Asia-Pacific region", Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, vol. 11:1, 2015. She is currently working on her book manuscript Australian New Migrants: International Students’ History of Affective Encounters with the Border (Ashgate).

What is wrong with internationalisation?

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

29 April 2016


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