Academic Hyper-mobility and Cosmopolitan Dispositions

Liudmila Kirpitchenko (1)
(1) School of Political and Social Inquiry Monash University , Australia

Abstract

Academic hyper-mobility provides a chance for exploring intensified intercultural communication encounters and the ever growing spirit of cosmopolitanism. This article hypothesises that in the modern conditions of academic hyper-mobility, cultural patterns play a significant part in framing the processes of communication. The purpose of this research is to examine the role of two differing cultural patterns – collectivism and individualism - in everyday situations of intercultural communication. Qualitative data are drawn from fifteen in-depth interviews conducted among mobile academics from Eastern Europe at the European University Institute in Italy. Several aspects of intercultural dialogue were found to be culturally significant for collectivists and individualists, including: in-group membership, expression of the self, cultural values, and cosmopolitan dispositions. It is a central argument of this article that cosmopolitan dispositions, which include openness to cultural diversity and mutual willingness to engage with new cultural patterns, are critical prerequisites to effective intercultural knowledge transfer and creation of knowledge.

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Liudmila Kirpitchenko
liudmila.kirpitchenko@monash.edu (Primary Contact)
Author Biography

Liudmila Kirpitchenko, School of Political and Social Inquiry Monash University

Dr. Liudmila Kirpitchenko completed a Ph.D. in Sociology, Monash University in 2010. Liudmila’s Ph.D. thesis is entitled: "Academic Mobility and Intercultural Dialogue: Eastern European Migrants in Australia, Canada and Italy". Liudmila co-authored (with Andrew Markus) book chapters on conceptualizing social cohesion and has published in refereed international conference proceedings. Previously, she worked at the Department of Canadian Heritage in Ottawa (Canada) and authored multiple research studies on cultural diversity, social inclusion, citizenship of immigrants, cultural participation and cultural industries. Liudmila holds a B.A. Highest Honours in Languages, M.A. in Linguistics from Kiev Linguistic University (Ukraine) and an M.A. in Central/East European and Russian-Area Studies from Carleton University (Canada).

Kirpitchenko, L. (2011). Academic Hyper-mobility and Cosmopolitan Dispositions. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 11(3), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v11i3.537

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