Fred Dervin, Department of French, University of Turku, Finland
This seminar is based on ongoing research and pedagogical experimentation
concerning international/exchange students and their daily lives abroad.
The first part of the seminar looks at intercultural communication in
hypermodernity and redefines the Person as well as concepts such as
culture, identity and language learning. A presentation of the paradigm of strangeity versus assimilation ensues and opens up the discussion on
international/exchange students and their time abroad. The concepts of peg-communities, vagabondage, solidification of identities (masks) - amongst others - will be presented as tools for exploring
international/exchange students´ time abroad and for helping to move
away from culturalist and determinist views on them.
The seminar ends with short-term as well as long-term pedagogical
initiatives which can help (incoming/outgoing) students and staff to
better deal with intercultural communication in academic mobility.
This seminar is organized by the Unit for Language and Communication.