Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Enhancing intercultural collaboration in the ‚international’ university: Aergia, Hormes or Morpheus? The way interculturality is being discussed and introduced as part of the internationalization of higher education has witnessed some changes in the past few years. In my talk I will use three mythologic figures to review recent intercultural models/initiatives in Europe. These figures include: Aerfia the spirit of laziness and sloth; Hormes the god of effort and impulse; Morpheus the god of dreams. Do these initiatives represent a shift from the Aerfian ideology which has dominated the field over the past 20 years, with its lazy essentialistic and culturalist approach? My talk ends with recommendations for making interculturality ‘realistic’ and yet ‘transformative’ in higher education.