Intercultural Communication in the European Context
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Intercultural Communication in the European Context

Lodz Academy of International Studies - WSSM £ód¼ (Poland)

6th - 8th June 2009

Subtopics:

  1. Minority discourses
  2. European diversity and European integration
  3. Communication between the European countries and the United States of America
  4. Europe and other cultures and languages
  5. Acquisition and teaching of cross-cultural competence
  1. Ad 1)This section focuses upon the discourses involving cultural and linguistic minorities, their positioning in the mainstream discourse and the evolution of national cultures and styles of communication under the influence of cultural diversity within national borders.

  2. Ad 2)As the process of European integration proceeds towards its declared goal of coordinated standards of social, judicial and ethic policies, differences of cultural backgrounds as well as institutional and linguistic practices come into view. International business relations and border-crossing developments in arts and mass media, as well as communication in foreign languages, with English as the most important platform of international exchange, are part of the pan-European cultural and linguistic landscape. The use of a lingua franca has its merits, but it also involves a number of problems, such as disadvantages due to lack of language proficiency and the different meaning structures of various languages. The questions to be addressed are among other things problems caused by the diversity and homogenization of Europe's cultures, the role of English, and the enrichment of individual and social repertoires of interaction practices brought about by intercultural encounters.

  3. Ad 3)The USA are one of Europe's most important partners in politics and economy. The influence of US culture, economy and politics forms a clearly visible aspect of globalization. On the other hand, the differences between Europe and the USA in historical development, social and institutional backgrounds and cultural assumptions lead to different discursive practices and may result in diverging approaches to a number of issues, including among other things global safety, ecology, medical ethics and institutional interventionism in economy and business. The issues to be addressed are intercultural discourses in any area illustrating successful communication, mutual or one-sided influences on discursive practices and obstacles to the achievement of mutual understanding.

  4. Ad 4)This subtopic addresses interests of scholars writing on encounters with Europe from other non-European perspectives.

  5. Ad 5)Contributions discussing the acquisition and teaching of cross-cultural competence will provide a link between the results of research in any of the above listed areas and their emergent and future practical implementations.

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