London Branch Seminar
Researching, advising and studying across international boundaries raises many different ethical and, more widely, political questions. How is one relate to people in different cultural situations, especially when this relationship is characterised by differences in power? Does one, especially if one is in a position of some influence, have the right to be in this place at all? Is one perhaps lending credibility to an authoritarian regime or colluding in the imposition of an ‘internationalising’ agenda (whose?) that rides roughshod over local culture and tradition? These questions extend to the roles of international students returning home to positions of influence.
David Bridges taught at Homerton College Cambridge for 22 years before moving to a Chair at the University of East Anglia, where he later became Pro Vice Chancellor. He subsequently directed the Association of Universities in the East of England, and also the multi-disciplinary Von Hugel Institute at St Edmund's College Cambridge before joining the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education as Professorial Fellow and Director of Research (Kazakhstan and Mongolia). His international work has taken him to many parts of the world including Ethiopia (over 26 years), Iran, Guyana, Vietnam, Mongolia and, for the last six years Kazakhstan.