IEREST conference. Bologna, 12th-13th June, 2014

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Teaching the intercultural in contexts of student mobility
June, 12th - 13th, 2014
University of Bologna, Italy

See the conference programme and some practical information for planning your stay in Bologna.

Registration and conference fee
Please complete this form to register for the conference (external URL), by June 6th.
Please note that there is no participation fee associated with this event thanks to the fact that the conference is co-financed by the European Community.
Optional conference dinner: 35 Euros to be paid at the registration desk on arrival.

Conference venue
School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Interpreting and Translation (Aula Magna)
Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna
Via Filippo Re, 8
Bologna, Italy

Conference description
It is generally acknowledged by individuals and institutions alike that student mobility in the context of higher education plays a significant role in terms of academic, cultural, intercultural, linguistic and professional development, as well as personal growth. However, research has also shown that contact alone is not sufficient to overcome stereotypes and develop intercultural skills. For this reason, a number of Higher Education institutions offer, as part of their teaching programme, courses dealing with the intercultural, both at a theoretical and practical level.
The conference is organised as part of IEREST (Intercultural Education Resources for Erasmus Students and their Teachers), a three-year European project (2012-2015) coordinated by the University of Bologna. The conference is intended for researchers of intercultural education as well as other educational professionals interested in intercultural and student mobility issues, programme administrators, and teachers of intercultural education. It will be an opportunity to discuss aims, methods and outcomes of available courses, as well as innovative ideas to improve the preparation of mobile students from an intercultural point of view. The conference will also include a number of presentations of IEREST outcomes and work in progress, and the opportunity to experiment with some of the materials developed within the project.

Keynote speakers
Michael Byram, Emeritus Professor, University of Durham, UK (video-recorded presentation)
Celeste Kinginger, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Scientific Committee
Lut Baten (University of Leuven)
Luisa Bavieri (University of Bologna)
Ana Beaven (University of Bologna)
Claudia Borghetti (University of Bologna)
Neva Čebron (Primorska University)
Andrea Ceccherelli (University of Bologna)
Fred Dervin (University of Helsinki)
Irina Golubeva (AEDE-Hungary)
Prue Holmes (Durham University)
Rosa Pugliese (University of Bologna)
Mette Rudvin (University of Bologna)
Nicola Savvides (King’s College, London)
Daniela Zorzi (University of Bologna)

Organizing Committee
Luisa Bavieri (University of Bologna)
Ana Beaven (university of Bologna)
Claudia Borghetti (University of Bologna)
Paola Cassone (University of Bologna)
Francesco Girotti (University of Bologna)
Lucia Livatino (University of Bologna)
Alessia Marchi (University of Bologna)

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