‘Intercultural dialogue’, as a concept and ideology in the European Union, stimulates a rational 21st century society where people can engage in (intercultural) communication on a global scale, and can do so openly and freely in conditions of security and mutual respect. Intercultural dialogue connotes dialogic communication that is peaceful, reconciliatory, and democratic. Yet the term and its accompanying rhetoric belie the intercultural communicative undercurrents and their manifestations that people encounter in their daily lives.
The research-informed chapters in this book, which are situated in international contexts, provide more nuanced understandings, and many even challenge this non-critical ideology by suggesting that the concept of intercultural dialogue is inoperable and problematic under the present conditions of globalisation and migration, where there exists conflict, vulnerability, and instability. The different theoretical perspectives and analyses presented by the authors are a reminder that researchers in the field of intercultural communication require robust and appropriate theories, methods, and pedagogies in order to research these complex conditions and contexts, particularly where different languages and identities are present. The book is also a reminder of how context and power both (re)shape and contest the central tenets of intercultural dialogue—in particular, of who speaks for whom, when, how, and under what circumstances and conditions. This book was originally published as a special issue of Language and Intercultural Communication.
Introduction – Intercultural dialogue: challenges to theory, practice and research Prue Holmes
1. Ethical communication and intercultural responsibility: a philosophical perspective Giuliana Ferri
2. Zones of interculturality and linguistic identity: tales of Ladino by Sephardic Jews in Bulgaria Richard Fay and Leah Davcheva
3. Cultural identities in international, interorganisational meetings: a corpus-informed discourse analysis of indexical we Michael Handford
4. Faithful imitator, legitimate speaker, playful creator and dialogical communicator: shift in English learners’ identity prototypes Yihong Gao
5. Interreligious dialogue in schools: beyond asymmetry and categorisation? Anna-Leena Riitaoja and Fred Dervin
6. Capabilities for intercultural dialogue Veronica Crosbie
7. ‘They are bombing now’: ‘Intercultural Dialogue’ in times of conflict Alison Phipps
8. The application of general education and intercultural communication in a ‘news-listening’ class Tiao Wang
9. How pedagogical blogging helps prepare students for intercultural communication in the global workplace Radhika Jaidev
10. Intercultural education in primary school: a collaborative project Marta Santos, Maria Helena Arújo e Sá and Ana Raquel Simões