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Lecture on “Reconstructing Internationalisation: How Does Expo Nurture Global Citizens?”

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Set against a historical backdrop, this lecture will illustrate how expositions and world fairs reflect the political, social, creative and technological changes of their time. They present an unique mirror image, captured in time, of national and international identities, ambitions and development. Often described as the cultural and economic equivalent of the Olympic Games, expositions have historically enabled countries from all over the world to gather together for a set period of time to share ideas and developments. In essence, they are about ‘showing off’. In an ever-connected world, expositions appear to still have relevance and play their part in internationalisation and education. An ambition of most participants is to positively influence the beliefs, understanding and behaviour of visitors towards the nations themselves and in more recent years, the themes of the event. This lecture will explore the notion of internationalisation and the nurturing of global citizens for the 21st century in the context of Expo.

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