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CES Research Seminar Series

In the 2017-18 Academic Year, the CES Seminar Series and the CES Post-Graduate Seminar Series will merge to create a unified Education Research Seminar Programme.

Seminars will be held on Wednesdays during term time, at lunchtime in room C1.11 (unless otherwise stated) and will include internal or external speakers or presentations by one of our Post Graduate students or an associate. All members of the university community are very welcome to attend the seminars.

The working schedule of talks for 2017-18 is available here with the next event advertised below with full details. In the meantime, should you have any questions please direct them to Helen Knight, Research Development Officer via h dot j dot knight at warwick dot ac dot uk

Forthcoming Seminars

Wednesday 15th November, 1-2.30pm Room C1.11
'Beyond student immobility: complicating a limiting discourse'
Josef Ploner (University of Hull) & Holly Henderson (University of Birmingham)

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“The non-linear mobilities of international students to UK Higher Education – resilience, moorings and academic hospitality” Josef Ploner, University of Hull

International student mobilities to and through UK higher education have been widely described as linear journeys undertaken by a new class of ambitious individuals who emanate from privileged socio-economic backgrounds in emerging industrialising countries. Together with assertions that international higher education is both an agent and by-product of neoliberal globalisation, elitism and power flows, little attention has been drawn to ‘international’ students who do not necessarily fit into this category, and whose biographies are characterised by power struggles, precariousness, physical and social immobility, or stressful experiences linked to migration and diaspora.

In this presentation, I share findings from biographical research undertaken with seemingly ‘non-mainstream’ international students, so as to trace their often non-linear, troublesome, and fragmented educational journeys to UK higher education. Conceptually, the paper draws on the notion of ‘resilience’, (understood as a set of qualities enabling mastery and defiance in adversity), as well as the idea of ‘mooring’ (John Urry’s ‘stable’ antidote to mobilities and states of flux). Finally, and if time allows, the presentation touches on more recent research I have undertaken around ‘academic hospitality’ – an idea through which I seek to examine the role of universities as meaningful ‘moorings’ for diverse international student communities.

About Josef Ploner:

Josef Ploner has an interdisciplinary background, including Anthropology, Tourism & Heritage Studies, and is now a Lecturer in International Education at Hull. Josef’s expertise lies in the field of international students and transnational higher education. He has been involved in a number of different research projects, including research on internationalisation, internationalisation and equality and diversity, intercultural learning in Higher Education. Josef has published a number of articles and reports of note, including a recent article in Mobilities on international student mobility, and research reports published with the HEA and the ECU.


“Moving beyond immobility: Local students’ narratives of undergraduate mobility”
Holly Henderson, University of Birmingham

In the English Higher Education (HE) context, ‘going to’ university is commonly associated with leaving the familial home at the age of eighteen and moving to a new city. This presentation sets out to problematise dominant narratives of student mobilities, by focusing on the everyday and imagined mobilities of ‘local’ students, who stay in place for their degree education. The presentation is based on data from interviews with undergraduate students at two Further Education Colleges in England. Situated in areas of the country with a relative lack of university provision, the colleges are already part of a narrative of (im)mobility, offering HE to students who are unlikely to leave the area. Within this overarching narrative, the presentation focuses on three challenges to the binary opposition between student mobilities and immobilities. First, the simple association between immobility, disadvantage and deficit is challenged. The second challenge draws out the complex mobilities of the local or ‘commuter’ student, who is often assumed to be immobile. In the final part of the presentation, the imagined ‘other lives’ of local students challenge their characterisation as unable or unwilling to imagine student mobility. Overall, the presentation both highlights and seeks to resist powerful popular understandings of mobilities and undergraduate education.

About Holly Henderson:
Holly Henderson is an ESRC-funded doctoral researcher at the School of Education, University of Birmingham. Her PhD project is exploring student experiences of college-based Higher Education (HE) in England, conceptualising college-based HE student futures in terms of place, space and (im)mobilities. She is particularly interested in theorising subjectivities in relation to space, time and narrative, and the methodological challenges related to these theorisations. Her previous research focused on the construction of teacher professional identities with relation to sexualities and gender.