Research

MITN brings together researchers from around the world to produce collaborative and innovative research on a wide range of subjects.

Below are details of current projects by MITN collaborators.

Youth in the City: One Place Many Cultures

Researchers: Rita Wilson,  Francesco Ricatti, Matteo Dutto
Funding body: National Geographic Society

Current rates of migration to Europe have generated complex challenges related to the social inclusion of migrants and the social cohesion of the communities in which they settle. Through a series of collaborative workshops based upon the format of hackathons, the project will produce an open source, multilayered and interactive digital mapping of Prato, which will provide an original interpretation of the city from the many perspectives of its youth, through geo-localised stories, photographs, artefacts and testimonies produced directly by school students. This project is a pilot study for a broader study looking at collaborating with culturally diverse communities to develop successful tools for digital storytelling and visualisation, as an effective and affective alternative to the xenophobic content that easily spread on social media and public discourse.


‘MyCQ for Study Abroad’ with Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) and Monash Business School (BusEco)

Researchers: Nadine Normand-Marconnet, Lee Murray
Funding body: Portfolio of the DVC & Vice President (Education)

This project will assess effectiveness of ‘MyCQ for Study Abroad’, a new e-learning course covering individual cultural intelligence capabilities and personal preferences in ten different cultural value dimensions as an online pre-departure ICC training for students participating in study abroad experiences.

Two study abroad cohorts will undertake the CQ assessment test before and after their study abroad experience. One cohort will serve as the control group, compared to the second one in which students will complete an additional training programme (13 pre-departure modules including actual experiences, stories, and guidance from past study abroad students; 1 post-travel module including reflection content, discussion of changes in Cultural Intelligence scores, and guidelines for writing a meaningful reflection paper (equivalent to 2 hours of e-learning content).

This project will provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis of collected data to determine the effectiveness of the proposed intervention on the development of intercultural competence skills of students participating in study abroad experiences, and its potential for scalability.


Internationalisation of the student learning experience: a state of the art approach to teaching and learning

Researchers: Nadine Normand-Marconnet, Sarah McDonald, Kirsten McLean, Nell Kimberley, Felix Nobis
Funding body: Monash/Warwick Alliance Education Fund

This project aims to support the implementation of the internationalisation agenda in Warwick and Monash by way of developing a hub support the internationalisation of the curriculum with the aim to enhance participation and harness multiple global perspectives in the classroom. The project looks to map best practice in the sector and the two institutions and to collect case studies that will showcase the state of the art in Warwick and Monash. We also seek to establish a community, across institutions, through two events, hosted by Warwick and Monash respectively, for dissemination and cross fertilisation of ideas between academic staff and professional services. This will lead to the launch of a dedicated online space to support ongoing cross-institutional dialogue, review of activities and new of practice.


Showcasing Australian Literature in China through Translation

Researchers: Dr Leah Gerber
Funding body: Australia China Council (DFAT)

This project examines Australian literary texts circulating in mainland China via translation. It identifies the trends, norms and perceptions pertaining to Australia’s literary contributions in mainland China. The analysis will address why certain authors/genres/themes/translators are favoured, and whether the dissemination cultural exports via events such as Australian Writers' Week in China influence the formation of attitudes towards Australia in the Chinese market. Interviews with key figures such as translators and publishers will help to ascertain whether any situational factors, such as author/translator agency, have a role to play.The outcomes will assist in an enhanced understanding of (a) how to promote Australian literature to Chinese publishers and Chinese readers, and in turn (b) how Australian publishers can market their texts for translation into Chinese.