CAPA Seminar - NAFSA St. Louis
Woven by Memory: The Idea of Nation in Education Abroad
Nations are invented: made by politics, poetry, vision, ambition, invasion, cruelty, ignorance– and a myriad of forces that rattle around the backyard of history. For education abroad this offers a challenge in that for many students nations simply are; they exist like rivers or mountains – part of a permanent landscape.
At CAPA International Education our on-going interests in urbanisation, globalization and cosmopolitanism have led us to consider those co-related, if conflicting, notions of patriotism, nationalism and national memory. The question of the creation and re-creation of national memory reverberates around this area of thought and raises profound questions of identity across the world. To what degree these issues should and could impact upon the study abroad agenda is worth careful consideration.
The seminar will explore notions of the creation of nationalism and national memory and the impact of these on education abroad through a series of case studies and general theories. The seminar will generate a set of conversations around the following questions:
- What is national memory? How does that form of memory coexist and/or collide with private memory?
- Is the nation the appropriate focus for education abroad rather than the globe, the region, the city, the tribe, or the neighbourhood?
- Can these concepts be raised in the study abroad classroom?
- Should these concepts be raised in the study abroad classroom?
- How can these concepts be raised in the study abroad classroom and beyond?
The idea is to explore these fields of investigation so as to enhance the environment in which international learning occurs. Presenters will be from the field of international education.
Where: NAFSA National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri at a conveniently located conference hotel
When: Monday, May 27, 2013 from 1:00-4:30pm
Cost: $75 for CAPA partners/affiliates and $100 for non-partners