My curiosity in the ‘global’ stems from my multicultural upbringing. As a teen, I moved from Amsterdam to a small hilltop town in Italy where, besides growing love for fresh tagliatelle and Dante’s Inferno, it soon dawned upon me that language is not the only barrier to overcome when we move across time and space. As I felt the need to extend my exposure to the diversity of human conditions, before and during the pursuit of my BA in International Relations and South Asian studies at SOAS, University of London, I attempted to step outside my European comfort zone through field experiences abroad in Malawi, India, and Lebanon, where I worked as a yoga teacher on the outskirts of Syrian refugee camps. Here I developed an interest in the complex relationship between local needs and Western perceptions, and I began to question the assumptions of a world that hustles headlong forward pushed by the idea of human ‘progress’. In the world of plurality in which we live, where narratives are not singular, not clear cut nor linear, and all issues seem to be intertwined with each other, the channeling of humanity’s wellbeing, multifariousness, and progress can only be discussed in creative spaces beyond conventional thinking habits and narrow cultural, social, and political understandings. This contention guided me to the M.A. in Global Thought.
I am deeply committed to pursuing a career in the humanitarian sector where I aim to bring to light the importance of education in emergency contexts and post-conflict settings, and activate its potential in peace-building efforts and conflict mitigation. I am interested in researching how education programs, financed by foreign aid and/or designed by external actors, may contribute, intentionally or unintentionally, to either continuing conflict or sustainable peace. I aim to understand the complexities we encounter in the promotion of conflict-sensitive education strategies and to explore strategies for the much neglected integration of child refugees in host country educational structures.