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Imaginaries to support anti-democracy!

My own Finnish nightmare…

“Attending the Brussels summit of EU leaders gathering to consider a way forward following the Brexit vote, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä reiterated that there would be no Finnish referendum on EU membership.

“For me the answer has been clear that it [a referendum] won’t be organised. We have voted on it once and we Finns believe in one time,” Sipilä said.”


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For those who still believe that Finland is a country of equality/equity and all that stuff – think twice.

Aalto University is organising a summer course entitled DIPLOMA IN INNOVATION IN EDUCATION. A one-week course is over 6000e!

Who can afford this course? Why would they join this course? What are the real objectives of the course? Innovation?

The usual propaganda about Finnish education is used to ‘sell’ this course: Experiencing the Finnish way of learning (there is none!), Visiting a leading school in innovation (wonder which one), etc. Slogan: Make your school flourish! Learn how the PISA success was built in Finland. : (

Simply shocking… Stop the madness…

Check HERE

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Do you speak any English?

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CERA 2016

A ‘Golden Era’ for China & UK Educational Relations

CERA 2016 conference website


Tinghe, Fred, Anu and Haiqin, all members of CERG


Interculturality in Education: A Theoretical and Methodological Toolbox
Dervin, Fred
2016, Palgrave Macmillan

This book explores the decades-long use of the notion of interculturality in education and other fields, arguing that it is now time to move beyond certain assumptions towards a richer and more realistic understanding of the ‘intercultural’. Many concepts such as culture, identity and intercultural competence are discussed and revised. Myths about interculturality are also unpacked and dispelled. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field, this book proposes a very useful framework to address theoretical and methodological issues related to interculturality. This somewhat provocative book will be of interest to anyone who wrestles with this knotty but central notion of our times.

Click HERE

Table of contents

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The end of the EU machine around the corner?

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Glorious day!

The realm of self-congratulation…

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To be published by Routledge in 2017-8



This comprehensive volume provides a state-of-the-art overview of the key issues and developments in study abroad research and practice with a specific focus on the intercultural and language learning dimensions of the study abroad experience. Rather than looking at individual studies, the book seeks to capture the full complexity of the language learning and intercultural dynamics of study abroad by exploring a wide range of topics of particular interest to study abroad researchers, including the role of individual differences, identity reconstruction and interculturality, the challenges of assessing learning outcomes, and various recent interventions designed to enhance and extend language learning and engagement in these contexts. The volume also takes a step back to look at future directions for study abroad research and offer innovative interventions in study abroad programming that emphasize its intercultural elements. This book is an authoritative resource for study abroad scholars and researchers in such fields as intercultural communication, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and language education.


Interculturality, Language, and Study Abroad: An Introduction

Researching Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad Contexts

Adjustment and Second Language Socialization

Identity, Interculturality, and Study Abroad

Individual Differences and Contextual Elements that Impact Intercultural Learning

Assessment and Evaluation of Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad Contexts

Fostering Intercultural Competence through Study Abroad Programming

Future Directions, Implications and Concerns




Jane Jackson is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the English Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she teaches language and intercultural communication/transitions courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her previous publications include Introducing Language and Intercultural Communication (2014) and The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication (2011).

Fred Dervin is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and holds several professorships in Canada, Luxembourg, and Malaysia. His previous publications include Researching Identity and Interculturality, with Karen Risager (2014) and Reflexivity in Language and Intercultural Education, with Julie S. Byrd Clark (2014).

Kaisa Hahl’s viva voce



Credit Markus Juvonen Photography

Read her work HERE


Abstract Announcement for International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education (IJBIDE) 1(2)
Volume 1, Issue 2, July – December 2016
Published: Semi-Annually in Print and Electronically
ISSN: 2379-7363; EISSN: 2379-7355;
Published by IGI Global Publishing, Hershey, USA
Editor-in-Chief: Fred Dervin (University of Helsinki, Finland), Regis Machart (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia) and Julie Byrd Clark (Western University, Canada)

Read introduction