Comparing experiences of academic mobility and migration

Kirpitchenko, Liudmila 2014, Comparing experiences of academic mobility and migration, Comparative Sociology, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 215-234.

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Title Comparing experiences of academic mobility and migration
Author(s) Kirpitchenko, Liudmila
Journal name Comparative Sociology
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 215
End page 234
Total pages 20
Publisher Brill
Place of publication Leiden, Netherlands
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1569-1322
Keyword(s) academic mobility
skilled migration
intercultural encounters
individualism – collectivism
Russian speakers
Summary Academic mobility and accompanying migration have become increasingly evident as manifestations of globalization and internationalization of education worldwide. This paper aims to provide some insights into intercultural communication in academia by comparing experiences of students and academics who partake in academic mobility or/and academic migration. It seeks to reflect on how differences in cultural patterns impact on the integrational experiences and outcomes of academic learning and everyday interactions. Two contrasting cultural patterns of collectivism and individualism are explored, as they are displayed in intercultural interactions among migrants and hosting societies. To expose this contrast effectively, this paper focuses on the Russian-speaking mobile academics and compares their intercultural experiences in academia of two countries—Italy and Australia. In-depth interviews were conducted with twenty-two academic migrants or/and mobile academics on their experiences, views and perceptions of intercultural integration in two diverse settings. This paper explores diverse aspects of intercultural dialogue and compares perceptions of intercultural integration and feelings of wellbeing. It analyses evolving empirical manifestations of cosmopolitanism in everyday intercultural interactions and argues that postmodern cosmopolitan milieu facilitates intercultural integration and enables knowledge transfer and creation of shared cultural meanings.
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
200206 Globalisation and Culture
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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