Global Citizenship as Personal and Pedagogical Practice

This event has now finished. Please see our events website for details of upcoming events at Brookes.

Who this event is for

  • Academic community


F1.19, Harcourt Hill Campus


Conference Programme

Conference procedure 

We see this conference as a shared adventure that will allow us all to come out of it with something that matters.  For this reason there are deliberately few papers, all offering quite unconventional and challenging perspectives on global citizenship and internationalisation. The purpose of this is to provide intellectual space to articulate participants’ voices – their perspectives, issues, concerns and ideas – within the context of local institutions, communities and wider social, economic and historical forces. A distinctive feature of the conference is therefore collaborative endeavour  designed to capture the layers of contested meaning emerging from  creative and imaginative engagement with the discourses and key messages articulated by individual contributors.

The papers offered all present different perspectives on discourses of internationalisation and global citizenship. Common threads that are developed include:

Questioning the meaning of the global in local contexts

Student engagement as critical to becoming citizens of the world

Tensions around space, place and identity

Writing as a performative dimension of global citizenship

Our critical reflection on the complexity of the process of new knowledge production will allow us to listen closely to and consolidate the diverse, situated perspectives of the conference community. It will also enable us to foreground how we see power, context, historical and structural forces playing out in our local practices.

Keynote Speakers

Glynis Cousin played a central role in organising the recent ESRC seminar series Global Citizenship as a Graduate Attribute.  One of her recent books, published by Routledge, is Researching Learning in Higher Education: An introduction to Contemporary Methods and Approaches. Other recent publications include ‘Global citizenship: climbing out of the box’ AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and ‘Getting our students to engage:  review of two key contributions 10 years on’ (invited review) Higher Education Research and Development. She is the author of many journal articles and has worked at the Higher Education Academy as Senior Advisor. She is Director of the Institute for Learning Enhancement at Wolverhampton University. 

Glynis will open the conference with an overview of current questions in the axes of inquiry relating to internationalisation and global citizenship in Higher Education.

Viv Caruana is a reader in Internationalisation of Higher Education (HE) at Leeds Metropolitan University.  Her research which explores internationalisation policy, practice and processes with particular reference to the nature of the internationalised curriculum  is influenced by a disciplinary background in Modern Economic and Social History and more recently, six years’ experience in education/academic development. In collaboration with Nicola Spurling, she co-authored the review commissioned by the HE Academy (2007) The Internationalisation of UK Higher Education: a review of selected material. Recent publications explore areas such as the connections between Internationalisation and Equality and Diversity, promoting resilient thinking in diverse HE learning environments, academics’ dispositions towards the internationalised curriculum, community and service-learning as a model for fostering intercultural understanding and conceptualisations of global citizenship in higher education. 

Viv will close the conference with a summing up of proceedings around Glynis’ questions in the axes of inquiry relating to internationalisation and global citizenship in Higher Education.