Intercultural communication is a daily occurrence for most people, as a result of transnational population flows and globalized media. The contributions to this volume propose reconceptualizations of orthodox accounts of intercultural communication based on supposed national cultural characteristics. They approach the subject from a variety of angles, including intercultural communication training, the role of power in intercultural negotiations, the linguistic situation in Europe, and the conflict between nationalist and transnational discourses in literature. The articles consider the need for a revision of the notions of culture and communication given multicultural and multilingual environments such as universities; the use of English as a lingua franca in Europe; how collaborative discourse can reshape power relations; the importance of social intelligence in intercultural communication; cultural and linguistic influences on conceptual metaphors and their translation; and the way Irish and Galician women poets negotiate competing ideologies such as nationalism, feminism, Celticism and Catholicism. This book was published as a special issue of the European Journal of English Studies.
1. Introduction: English Studies and Intercultural Negotiations Ian MacKenzie
2. ‘Culture’ and ‘Communication’ in Intercultural Communication Alan Durant & Ifan Shepherd
3. Social Intelligence: The Key to Intercultural Communication Daniela Wawra
4. Legitimacy, Comprehension and Empathy: The Importance of Recontextualisation in Intercultural Negotiations Tom Bartlett
5. Within and Beyond the Nation: Contemporary Irish and Galician Women Poets Manuela Palacios
6. Intercultural Negotiations in Conceptual Metaphor: Translating the Metaphors We Live By Enrico Monti
7. Negotiating Europe’s Lingua Franca Ian MacKenzie