I got the news this weekend that my proposal was accepted for the up and coming FIGT conference in Amsterdam! I’m sharing a panel with two other very talented practitioner/researchers, which is such a privilege. I’m really excited as FIGT do some very exciting work encouraging Third Culture and Cross Cultural research, and a conference such as this will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about what is going on the sector, but also to be able to contribute to it in a small way.
The conference theme this year is:
Moving Across Cultures:
Bringing Empathy and Expertise to the Evolving Global Family
You can read more about the conference here.
I’ve copied my working proposal below, and would love any feedback! Given the title, do contact me and let me know if there are any issues you would especially like to see raised at this conference… One of the delights of research is the privilege of hearing stories and having the opportunity to represent them.
This session explores how the globally mobile family engages with place and belonging, and the ways in which roots and a settled sense of self may be nurtured within and despite high mobility. Doctoral findings will especially focus on the ways in which TCK identity construction is impacted by their expatriate communities and sending organisations, and the ways in which Place is a resource for settledness in adult TCK life. Place is the geography that grounds, through language, culture and landscape, the social worlds travelled by TCKs. In this way, the local, as well as the global, becomes a site of social meaning, though it is at times under-utilized by sending organisations and families to the detriment of adult settledness of self. This session will finish by making practical applications of research findings presented, and offers insights for families seeking to nurture robust ‘selves’ for themselves and for their children.