LINGUIST List 25.4122

Fri Oct 17 2014

Calls: Discourse Analysis, General Ling, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Malaysia

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>


Date: 16-Oct-2014
From: Regis Machart <rmacharthotmail.com>
Subject: Intercultural Competence in Communication and Education
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Full Title: Intercultural Competence in Communication and Education
Short Title: ICCEd2015

Date: 08-Apr-2015 - 09-Apr-2015
Location: Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Contact Person: Dr. Eriko Yamato Chong Yin Lai
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.icced2015.com

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2014

Meeting Description:

Contradictorily the concept of intercultural competence is both polysemic and empty at the same time. Researchers, practitioners but also decision makers use it almost mechanically without always worrying about its meaning(s), the ideologies it represents, the impact(s) it has on those who are embedded in its discussions and the injustice it can (too easily) lead to such as neo-racism. A few ‘usual suspects’ – mostly derived from English-speaking researchers/practitioners who enjoy prestige thanks to the symbolic violence of English as a World Language and/or prestigious supranational support – whose work is systematically (and uncritically) mentioned have often managed volens nolens to keep mainstream global understandings of intercultural competence simplified, fuzzy, idealistic and/or unrealistic. For example the ‘faulty’ keywords of culture, tolerance and respect are still present in discussions of intercultural competence.

Call for Papers:

This call for papers is interested in new, critical and original discussions and approaches to intercultural competence that go beyond these problematic ‘macdonaldised’ models and ‘reinventing the wheel’ perspectives. The conference is interdisciplinary and covers the ‘broad’ fields of communication and education.

The organisers are looking for contributions which are questioning the most ‘influential’ models of intercultural competence and/or who have attempted (un)successfully to develop new understandings and models of intercultural competence. The organisers wish to promote the idea that failure is also inherent to intercultural competence. The question of assessment can be touched upon but the idea that intercultural competence can be summatively assessed should be abandoned. The organisers consider intercultural competence to be synonymous with multicultural competence, cross-cultural competence, global competence, etc. as these labels are also unstable and have many different meanings.

The organisers are especially interested in fresh perspectives from all parts of the world. Historical/diachronic papers ‘denouncing’ reinventing the wheel approaches as well as alternative methods and approaches are very welcome (e.g. use of bodily experiences).



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