World citizen 2012

by Alexandra den Heijer

I am writing this post in Sweden – today I gave my last lecture of 2012 here. My Scottish colleague/friend and I received a warm welcome from Linköping University ( The white campus felt like ‘a white Christmas’ at this time of year.

Kåkenhus building of Linköping University's campus in Norrköping

Kåkenhus building of Linköping University’s campus in Norrköping, Sweden

Linköping University has 3 campuses: two in Linköping and one in Norrköping (40 km to the North-East). We were invited to speak about campus strategies, because our hosts were in our audience in Seoul, Korea this year. In 2012 the song “world citizen” (David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto) went through my mind frequently – not only because of the lyrics, but also because it is part of the affecting soundtrack of the beautiful film Babel that connects storylines in four different countries. I certainly have felt connected this year (see TOUR) and I am sure that 2013 will not beat 2012 in terms of inspiration from all these cultures. I truly feel blessed to have been welcomed in so many different countries.

It is time to reflect again. I will make sure to publish many conclusions of the ‘world tour’ (with a focus on Europe) of the past 20 months. In January I will post new research (results and ambitions). For 2012 I have only one flight to go – “Flying home for Christmas”, to stay there for a while.

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