International Academic Mobility in a (Post) COVID‑19 World. Spanish and German Perspectives

Jun 17
17. Juni 2021 09:00 Uhr bis 17:30 Uhr

International Academic Mobility in a (Post) COVID-19 World. Spanish and German Perspectives.
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany), and University of Lleida (Spain) invite contributions for the conference „International Academic Mobility in a (Post) COVID-19 World. Spanish and German Perspectives.“, held as a two-day online event on June 17-18, 2021. Paper presentations, workshops and panel sessions will be held and informal, interactive discussion spaces will be provided, bringing together researchers, practitioners and students whose work revolves around different forms of current international academic mobility with a focus on Spanish and German higher education.
International academic mobility in its traditional way of physical cross-border exchange of students and staff is currently challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Digital formats to foster internationalization, notably in the realm of teaching and learning, have been on the rise prior to 2020 – e.g. virtual exchange, virtual mobility, collaborative online international learning – but their full potential had not yet been exploited. With the unprecedented move to “digital” and “online” being the ways of realizing academic collaboration, organizing conferences and supporting student and staff exchange, new practices and conceptualizations of mobility are in the making. Whilst increased technology is not the sole answer to how international academic mobility will take shape in the future, it provides an impetus on rethinking how mobility can be carried out and how physical and digital mobility can potentially merge.
The conference “International Academic Mobility in a (Post) COVID-19 World. Spanish and German Perspectives.” picks up on this emerging field of practice and research. Integrating the views of (early career) researchers, practitioners and students who either are located within Spanish or German higher education or have these two countries as a focal area of their work, the two-day online event provides a space for discussion, scholarly and applied exchange of ideas and opportunities to network.
Participation is free of charge and open to anyone interested in the topic.
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Call for Papers: „International Academic Mobility in a (Post) COVID-19 World. Spanish and German Perspectives“

If your research and/or professional practice revolves around internationalisation and/or digitalisation (instructor, researcher, instructor, administrator, student), we welcome your theoretical, empirical and reflective contribution on the impulses of COVID-19 for future digital-based international mobilities in Spain and Germany on three levels. The Spanish and/or German higher education perspective is part of your contribution addressing the following exemplary questions:

Macro level: Does the meaning of international mobility shift in the digital space? What role does data protection assume in Spain and Germany? How does digital international mobility relate to questions of sustainability? How do inner-country digital divides impede mobility?

Meso level: How does supervision and support of international students occur currently? How can institutions collaborate digitally based? What institutional support is necessary to enable mobility for different stakeholders?

Micro level: What teaching concepts for the online international classroom can be derived and sustained? How does student (virtual) exchange occur now? What is the students’ view on digital international mobility? How are equity and social inclusion addressed? Can a digitally-based exchange foster intercultural competence?

Publication of conference proceedings is intended as a volume in the Series Innovative University: digital – international – transformative (

Presentation formats

Paper: 20 min. (+ 10 min. discussion)

Workshop: 90 min.

Panel session: 60 min.

Open format: depending on topic and scope, e.g. case examples

Important dates

Deadline for submission of extended summaries: April 30, 2021

Notification of Acceptance: May 20, 2021

Submission requirements

For papers

A title of up to 100 characters (including spaces)

An extended summary of 800 – 1,000 words

For workshops, panel sessions, open formats

A title of up to 100 characters (including spaces)

Description of goals, leading questions and structure (500 words)

Please submit your contribution to