IEREST by night

On the 16th of June 2014, the student association Università Fuori Orario (Bologna) hosted a IEREST event. During a two-hour meeting from 8.30 to 10.30 pm, Luisa Bavieri and Claudia Borghetti involved participants in the pre-departure activity "Perceptions of Self and the Other". Drawing on the activity and the concept of "multiple identities", the group discussed some stories collected from past Erasmus students and exchanged ideas on their own experiences, expectations, and fears towards mobility. The meeting provided a stimulating context in which to collectively discuss how identities are attributed (e.g. "you're Italian, I'm Norwegian"), contested ("I'm not only Italian, I'm also several other things"), and negotiated with the others, depending on situations, roles, and the image one wants to project of oneself.