COVIDISM invites scholars to share new and ongoing research activities, published articles, and field notes on international student mobility and higher education in the current pandemic. This sharing will take the form of “research spotlights”. The aim is to gather, disseminate and widen the reach of this important corpus of research in a timely manner and, in doing so, bring your research to the attention of interested colleagues. Viewing the current pandemic as an opportunity to drive research and collaboration in novel directions, COVIDISM hopes to provide a platform to catalyse knowledge-building on international student mobilities and higher education.

Call for Spotlights

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Başak Bilecen reflects on the pandemic’s impacts on quality and funding of higher education, and the pressing need for an expansive approach towards social protection for international students.

Xiong Weiyan, Mok Ka Ho, Ke Guoguo & Joyce Oi share survey findings on Mainland China and Hong Kong student preferences shifting towards East Asian destinations, and universities to pay further attention to inequalities and health safety concerns in navigating beyond pandemic time.

Jenna Mittelmeier & Heather Cockayne found shifting public perceptions of international students on Twitter during the pandemic, from wealthy kids to disease carriers and subsequently as a group in need of empathy, underlining how global issues impact upon perceptions of international students.

Hannah Tessler, Meera Choi, & Grace Kao examine how nonwhite bodies become coded as foreign and regarded with suspicion as potential spreaders of disease, and reflect on COVID-19 may shift how international students relate to race on American college campuses.

Shanton Chang & Catherine Gomes share their new edited volume on the heterogeneous experiences of students navigating digital environments, challenging the assumption that international students are a monolithic group of ‘digital natives’.

Heidi Østbø Haugen & Angela Lehmann reflect on how the concept of “adverse articulation” captures the way third countries experience negative impacts when “unwittingly drawn” into existing value chains for educational services.