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The University of Southampton
Centre for Global Englishes

Intercultural Perspectives on Internationalising Universities Seminar

Modern Languages and Linguistics
17:00 - 18:30
14 October 2016
Building 65/Lecture Theatre C Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Ying Wang at .

Event details

Part of the annual seminar series for the Centre for Global Englishes (CGE).

More than four million people are now studying in Higher Education (HE) institutions outside their country of origin, and many thousands of ‘international’ academic staff work in our universities worldwide. ‘Internationalisation’ in HE has been framed both as this phenomenon of global mobility and as the institutional response to it. This response was until recently dominated, especially in the global west, by neo-liberal state and institutional discourses around internationalisation’s contribution to fee income generation and world rankings of reputation. This may now be changing, with a greater interest, at least among researchers, in internationalisation as a lingua-cultural educational phenomenon. This talk will explore the extent to which this change is actually happening, and the role that intercultural perspectives – broadly defined, and often contested - are playing in exploring it.


Piller, I. and Cho, J. (2013). Neoliberalism as Language Policy. Language in Society, 42(1), 23-44.

Young, T.J., Handford, M. and Schartner, A. (Eds.) (2017). The Internationalising University: An Intercultural Endeavour? Special Issue of the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. Forthcoming.


Speaker information

Dr Tony Young, Newcastle University. My research interests focus on critical perspectives on intercultural, intergroup and interpersonal communication and the social psychology of language and communication. My recent work has focused on:- Communication and disability, especially dementia - Interactional and intercultural competence among professionals (teachers, health care providers, medical trainers) - The 'International' student experience and the internationalisation of Higher Education worldwide.

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