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VIRTUAL EVENT: Diaspora and internationalisation in higher education

29 June 2021, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

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This webinar is an introduction to the forthcoming special issue: ‘Diaspora and Internationalisation in Higher Education’ in British Journal of Educational Studies (BJES).

This event is free.

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Centre for Global Higher Education


Introduction by Professor Paul Morris (UCL Institute of Education)

Paul will introduce both the forthcoming special issue in BJES, on which this seminar is based and the three speakers who will present their papers.

Dr Annette Bamberger (Hebrew University)

Annette will explore recent developments in diaspora theorisation in the humanities and social sciences. She will connect this burgeoning body of literature with internationalisation in higher education (HE), presenting insights from a systematic review on the current role of diaspora in internationalisation and HE research. 

She will conclude by indicating the potential of diaspora for theorising different forms of internationalisation.

Professor Terri Kim (University of East London, UCL Institute of Education and St Antony’s College, University of Oxford)

Terri’s talk will be on ‘diaspora, ethnic internationalism and HE internationalisation’ by separating ‘nation’ and ‘state’ and with a critical appropriation of diasporic subjectivity and institutions from a comparative historical perspective.

She will take the Korean and Jewish cases as examples of stateless nations in the early 20th century (Kim and Bamberger, 2021 forthcoming), to explain the notion of ‘ethnic internationalism’ and the role of ‘ethnonational diaspora’ in forming and internationalising HE in the absence of a supportive status apparatus and discuss its implications for the 21st century.

Professor Fazal Rizvi (University of Melbourne)

Fazal will consider how higher education is a site where internationalisation has become a major driver for the formation of new diasporas.

He will show how these diasporas use their training and ethnic networks to take advantage of the transnational space they occupy in an increasingly globalised economy.


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