Forums will each be one hour long and take place on each day of the week prior to the conference weekend. Targeting specific audiences within the FIGT Community, Forums are a unique session type that encourages the building of professional networks. The longer 60-minute format allows for multiple presenters and plenty of discussion.
Monday, March 8, 2021 | 12:00 UTCMany people dream of a location-independent life. But what is it really like? Who is it for and how do we make it work? What is like to have no home (or two)? To never settle? How do we find clients? How do we market our businesses internationally? This Morning Forum will discuss the ins and outs of being a digital nomad and the location-independent lifestyle from four very different perspectives. Sonia has been a full-time digital nomad for more than five years. Vivian has two home bases she frequently moves between. Dominika, who considers herself a part-time digital nomad or flexpat, recently discovered that nomadic life might not be as easy as expected. Which is something that Daniela also discovered while taking her location-independent business on the road this summer.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 01:00 UTC
This session will develop on topics surrounding cross-cultural identity development, both within childhood and adulthood. The forum will provide a space for Scholars to discuss and process their impressions of FIGT and where they see the cross-sectional international field grow within the FIGT community. They will provide answers to questions regarding the socio-emotional impact of the expat community during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as questions brought forth from FIGT members.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 13:00 UTCJoin other international school educators for FIGT’s first-ever meeting of the International Education Affiliate. This special interest group is open to anyone working within or with international school communities. This annual meeting will be a facilitated conversation among the educators present to discuss the further direction and needs of members of this affiliate, including brainstorming ideas/topics for three online meetings in the coming year.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 19:30 UTC
Janneke and Monika will start with research results on how early cross-cultural experiences facilitate the building of positive diversity beliefs through intercultural competences that contribute to effectiveness in organizations and society, then stressing diversity beliefs and intercultural competences in education, moving into practice and discussion with a short questionnaire.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 03:00 UTC
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 09:00 UTC
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 13:00 UTC
Learn about the struggles and lessons one counseling center is discovering as they move beyond their expat walls into Thai clinical and community services. The reality and richness of differences require commitment, humility, and grace. The session invites you to hear their ongoing journey of seeking unity in diversity, celebrating the unique parts that make up the whole, and pursuing their vision as a multicultural team. In addition, learn about a research-validated assessment tool that is helping the team develop cultural awareness and competence. Lastly, discover the meaning behind the famous Thai colloquial phrase, “Same Same But Different”!
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 14:00 UTC (Note: this session will run for 90 minutes)
In this forum hosted by the FIGT Research Network, the audience will be guided and empowered to create impact through their research. Our speakers will be providing insights and tips on how to reach a wider audience with your research and to prepare your data for publication. We will also create opportunities for attendees to network and share insights and tips with each other, as well as to discuss and shape the Research Network’s future agenda to better serve researchers and consumers of research. All are welcome to join.
The Well-Being of the TCK and the Continuum of Care
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 15:30 UTC
A high mobility lifestyle instigates grief and many losses which are habitually suppressed; a defence mechanism that is often detected among expatriate families to protect each family member. This lack of an emotional outlet - within and outside the family - accumulates as unnecessary stress, leading to individual and family maladaptation. Psychological disorders in children and adolescents are particularly concerning as they may disrupt and interfere with healthy interpersonal relationships, academic achievement, and transitioning into the workforce. Which of the psychotherapy interventions are proven to be effective to sustain the well-being of the Third Culture Kids and their families? How should we assist adolescent TCKs to form liaisons with their peer group? Is repatriation exaggerated as the anti-climax of expatriation?