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Alison Phipps

Alison Phipps is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, and Co-Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNET). She is a member of the Creativity, Culture and Faith group in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow where she teaches languages, religious education, anthropology and intercultural education and education for non-violence. From 2001 – 2006 she was the Director of the Graduate School for Arts and Humanities at Glasgow, with responsibility for 600 postgraduate students. In 2006 she moved to establish the Graduate School in the Faculty of Education, still at Glasgow, was now Associate Dean (Postgraduate) from 2008 – 2010. In 2011 she was voted ‘Best College Teacher’ by the student body and received the Universities ‘Teaching Excellence Award’ for a Career Distinguished by Excellence. In 2012 she received an OBE for Services to Education and Intercultural and Interreligious Relations in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.Her books include Acting Identities (2000), Contemporary German Cultural Studies (ed. 2002), Modern Languages: Learning and Teaching in an Intercultural Field (2004) with Mike Gonzalez, Critical Pedagogy: Political Approaches to Languages and Intercultural Communication (ed. 2004) with Manuela Guilherme and Tourism and Intercultural Exchange (2005) with Gavin Jackand most recently Learning the Arts of Linguistic Survival: Tourism, Languaging, Life (2007). Her first collection of poetry, Through Wood, was published in 2009. She has published widely in the field of modern languages, tourism and intercultural studies and European anthropology as well as in the field of Higher Education Studies. She co-edits the journal and book series Tourism and Cultural Change and the book series Languages, Intercultural Communication and Education and is editor of the journal Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. From 1999 – 2004 She was Chair of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC). She is a senior policy advisor to the British Council and was an advisor to the World Council of Churches’ International Ecumenical Peace Convocation from 2007-2011. She is a member of the Iona Community.

Title of talk: When Learning is placed under Siege: Conflict, Creativity and Compassion in Higher Education