“You Don’t Build Bridges to Safe and Familiar Territories”: Study Abroad Practice Based in Reconciliation as Falling Apart
Keywords:reconciliation, higher education internationalisation, in-betweenness, experiential learning
This three-part article series aims to relate a new understanding of reconciliation with higher education internationalization practice, particularly study abroad, drawing on Anzaldua’s (2002, p. 3) imagination of bridging as “the work of opening the gate to the stranger, within and without”. Part I discussed some of the challenges that reconciliation as a modality of transitional justice shares with higher education internationalisation. Prominent critiques of standard practices deployed to achieve post-conflict reconciliation point to the need for embracing in-between-ness as the liminal space between discord and harmony, rather than an effort to arrive at standardised narratives in service of moving on, while leaving unexamined the dominant paradigms and systems linked to conflict. Part II will draw out specific interventions that stem from positing reconciliation as in-betweenness and study abroad as building bridges back to ourselves.
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