Cultnet Meeting at Durham University
Recently, I have applied to share my research ideas to the Cultnet meeting at Durham University. The topic I will talk about is:
Mindfulness in Intercultural Communication:
A Visual Narrative Exploration of Postgraduates’ Experiences at a UK University
My research is about ‘mindfulness in intercultural communication’ at an internationalised university setting in the UK. I use visual narrative to explore students’ understanding of their intercultural communicative experiences and the role of mindfulness in it. Studying at UoM myself, I am part of the phenomenon I want to investigate; there is, therefore, an important reflexive dimension to my study. My own intercultural situation of having Chinese background and Western higher education mirrors the position of my central lens of mindfulness,which also has its roots in Oriental philosophy (念, niàn) as well as current Western applications (e.g. psychotherapy). Methodologically, I am interested to explore the potential of visual narrative (such as digital photography, painting, comics and filming) in voicing students’ understandings of their experiences. I also seek to look into the meaning-making process of visual creation in order to learn about the role of mindfulness in intercultural communication.
Cultnet, founded by professor Mike Byram, provides a supportive environment to try out ideas and to discuss challenges and issues related to the cultural dimension of education. For your interests to present in the next Cultnet meeting, please find the detailed information below (if anyone else would like to attend, we can go as a group maybe?):
We are now beginning to plan the Cultnet meeting in the School of Education at Durham University from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th April. Depending on the number of presentations we plan to start Friday morning, perhaps at 10.00 am, and finish early Sunday afternoon.If you would like to present your research plans or papers (in progress or near completion), teaching ideas/issues, and project proposals/activities on matters intercultural, then please send the title of your presentation and your name to Paul Catteeuw at email@example.com Please submit your title to Paul by Friday 6th February at the latest so we can finalise the programme.