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MiB 1: Global Mobility and Education, Panel I: Educational Research in the Context of Migration and Global Nomadism [“Mobile Participants”]
Tuesday, 20/Mar/2018:
2:15pm - 3:45pm

Session Chair: Prof. S. Karin Amos, Universität Tübingen
Location: R14 R00 A04 Neues Audimax
1100 Plätze, Hörsaal
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Session Topics:
Refugee and migration Movements - Challenges for Education and Social Work, Social and religious Movements in Relation to Education and Learning, Education in a digitalised World


Dr. David Cairns, ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon
Prof. Dr. Arnd-Michael Nohl, Helmut Schmidt Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr
Prof. Dr. Sarah Dryden Peterson, Harvard University
Prof. Dr. Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Columbia University

Session Abstract

Education in Mobility: Mobile Participants – Mobile Organisation(s)

Today, societies are facing fundamental transformations of mobility. On one side, geographical mobility is part of the everyday life of a growing number of people, and, on the other, the digitalisation of educational organisations is also increasing. Therefore, mobility is a major issue in the field of education and of particular interest for educational research.

While mobility becomes relevant for an increasing number of people, both for migrants as well as for transnational commuters, research questions on the conditions and courses of education developing within this context of increasing mobility have to be raised. At the same time, educational institutions and organisations have also become mobile, increasingly employing distance learning and digital learning; as well as developing international dimensions in their practices. Local dependence is no longer necessarily a precondition for education, therefore the mobility of educational organisations is another factor educational research must be sensitive to.

Two panels will focus on research questions related to both these developments and discuss the phenomenon of education in mobility from an educational science perspective.

Panel I: Global Mobility and Education: Educational Research in the Context of Migration and Global Nomadism [“Mobile Participants”]

Global mobility is currently discussed in various manners. While the movements of migration from the southern hemisphere towards the global north is mainly seen as problematic, the global nomadism of economic and cultural elites is often interpreted as a benefit of globalisation. Nevertheless, both types of mobility challenge educational practices. For example, while global nomadism is mostly associated with international qualifications, migrants from poorer countries are mostly confronted with a devaluation of their formal qualifications.

Integrating the expertise of international scholars in this field, the panel deals with the diversity of conditions concerning international mobility and education. The discussion centres on the meaning of education in contexts of global mobility – taking into account varying types of mobility, such as migration and global nomadism. The participants will shed light on the role of formal education as an (unequal) starting point, as a precondition of international mobility and as a coping strategy following (forced) mobility.


Dieses Projekt wird gefördert von der Stiftung Mercator

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