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Internationalisation and Elite Education – Changing Configurations?

Claire Maxwell, University College London

In this talk, Maxwell examines whether new understandings about internationalisation practices within education are altering our conceptions of what is elite. Drawing on various studies, she highlights four critical juxtapositions in the interpretation and implementation of internationalisation across various education spaces. Drawing on geographer Thrift’s (2009) work on four spaces she considers how internationalisation practices and claims to elite-ness within education are made, received and being re- articulated.

Social Aesthetics

“Inclusivity,” Mobility, and a Culture of Success: Social Aesthetics of Kongens International School (Denmark)

Isabel Friedman ‘18

This visual essay analyzes 20 photographs of KIS. With accompanying text informed by historical, cultural, political, and theoretical contexts, these analyses will help understand what these images say about privilege and elite reproduction within KIS.

Divisions: A Look into the Social Aesthetics of Australia’s Elite

Julia Kostro ‘20

Julia will talk about the social aesthetics of one of Australia’s most elite private schools. She will focus mainly on the topics of privilege, exclusion, and elite’s roles in perpetuating inequality.

Reciprocal Relationships: Elite Schooling in Jordan

Wallace Tucker ‘21

Wallace will discuss the relationships between the students at Olive Grove and their surrounding environment. The focus on the presentation will be on the reciprocal nature of this relationship, and how it reproduces and reinforces elitism. The discussion will also include how this concept relates to Colby, its student body, and its surrounding environment.

Evaluating the Researcher through Contemporary Mediums

Love and Basketball: Possibilities for Social Justice

Pat Dickert ‘18

No matter where or with whom, love liberates. This upcoming documentary introduces new possibilities for social justice through radically-democratic collaboration with the Colby Men’s Basketball team.

The Limitations of Self-Understandings: In Comics

Alex Dorion ‘20

This series of comics examines the limitations of social justice research on changing the understandings of researchers and explores some of the reasons for those limitations.

Globally Elite: The Inspiration and the Process

Weston Muench ‘18

 In a 30-minute podcast, Weston interviews many of the principal actors in Adam’s project to frame the origins and the results of his project. Featured in the podcast are students who traveled with Adam as well as Jane Kenway and Claire Maxwell.

Music as Inquiry

Xavier Proctor ‘20

In this presentation, Xavier uses music from the six countries to explore some of the major themes of this research project.

Institutional Practices

The Four R’s of Developing Critical Consciousness: Transforming Privileged Students’ Self-Understandings

Sam Jefferson ’20 and Ronan Schwarz ‘20

Sam and Ronan discuss the keys to developing critical consciousness in elite students at the Takau English School (TES) in Taiwan, and beyond. This presentation outlines an educational approach aimed at transforming practices and understandings that reinforce privileged ways of knowing and doing. The underlying tenets that shape and give meaning to this approach are presented: responsibility, relevance, relationships, and reflections.

Parallels: Gender Dynamics in an Elite Context

Aanavi Patodia ’19 and Kayla Freeman ‘19

The Parallel Education Model is foundational to the culture at Everdeen School in Australia. Aanavi and Kayla discuss the parallels that are not only seen with single gender classrooms, but also with other aspects of the school such as race, academics, social class, and community service. They will also consider the parallels that are seen between Everdeen and the fictional school in Chris Lilley’s TV show Ja’ime King: Private School Girl.

In this presentation, Xavier uses music from the six countries to explore some of the major themes of this research project.

The Four Domains of Global Citizenship

Pat Stewart ‘16

Former research associate and current educator Pat Stewart discusses his experience with the globally elite project through the lens of the four domains of global citizenship: cultural, emotional, relational, and material.