‘Things on your doorstep you don’t even think about’: Thinking intercultural engagement with psychodynamic theory

Zoi Simopoulou*, Alette Willis, Lorena Georgiadou

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Opportunities for working, volunteering, and studying overseas have become popular in Higher Education as vehicles for the development of cultural awareness and global citizenship. However, such experiences on their own do not guarantee the development of such attributes. What appears to be essential to maximizing the benefits of educational sojourns, are well-designed training and support provisions. In this paper, we present an analysis of a training and support programme that we piloted in order to explore what aspects of the programme facilitated the development of intercultural skills and how they did so. In our analysis, we draw on concepts from psychodynamic theory to discuss the impact that preparation and support can have in enabling students to venture out into the world of difference. Illuminating the phenomenon of study abroad through psychodynamic theory can offer a useful lens that may facilitate a move towards more relational and reflexive practices, promoting meaningful intercultural engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-322
Number of pages21
JournalFrontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • intercultural engagement
  • study abroad
  • Third Space
  • psychodynamic theory
  • secure base

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