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  • 29 May 2020
  • 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM (PDT)
  • Online (via Zoom)

‘Third Culture Kids’: The History and Future of the Term in Research

Date: Friday, May 29, 2020

Time: 6:00 am PDT / 9:00 am EDT / 3:00 pm Vienna / 9:00 pm Singapore

Location: Online (via Zoom)

Cost: FREE. Open to all. 
‘How do I convince my graduate supervisor that “Third Culture Kids (TCKs)” is a valid research topic?’ ‘What insights can be gained from examining the TCK terminology?’ This virtual seminar aims to address these questions and move the discussion on TCKs forward by encouraging researchers to rigorously consider the analytical usefulness and pitfalls of the concept ‘Third Culture Kid’. It explores the possibility of embracing the value of the concept as founded by Ruth Hill Useem and further developed by David Pollock & Ruth Van Reken, while maintaining a critical view of its usefulness across academic disciplines. It will revisit the analytical lens of the ‘third culture’ used by the sociologist Useem in the 1950s-70s, untangle it from the TCK paradigm used in mainstream public discourses, and bring it up to date with developments in academia that have occurred since. The session will offer strategies to integrate research on TCKs into the broader academic literature and foster dialogue across disciplines to enable more robust analyses of the TCK phenomenon.

The virtual seminar will consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute comments from discussants and a 45-minute discussion.

Hosted by Dr Anastasia Lijadi with speaker Dr Danau Tanu and discussants Dr Gertina J van Schalwyk and Dr Mari Korpela.

Danau Tanu, PhD, is the author of Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.

Gertina J van Schalkwyk, DPhil, is the chief editor of the International Journal of School and Education Psychology, and a former Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Macau. 

Mari Korpela, PhD, is a social anthropologist and an Academy Research Fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Tampere University, Finland. 

Anastasia Aldelina Lijadi, PhD, is a psychologist and a research scholar in the World Population Department at the International Institute of Applied System Analysis in Austria. She is also the Research and Education Director of FIGT.

Please register in advance for this meeting.

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