1st Edition

Interculturality Online Ideological Constructions and Considerations for Higher Education

Edited By Fred Dervin, Jun Peng, Virginie Trémion Copyright 2025
    190 Pages 8 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The contested and polysemic concept of ideology has been used only marginally in research on intercultural communication education. This edited volume focuses on the ideological dimensions of online interculturality in higher education, encompassing areas such as telecollaboration, virtual classrooms and online teacher professional development.

    The chapter authors explore the intercultural engagements, perceptions and experiences of students, teachers and researchers in different parts of the world, including Australia, China, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and the USA. In doing so, they aim to contribute to the current critical and reflexive turn in research and teaching that is examining global socio-economic, political and linguistic inequalities and imbalances of power. Using concrete examples from their own practices, the chapter authors critically and reflexively problematise 'doing' interculturality in higher education by identifying, engaging with, reflecting on and revising ideologies of online interculturality. By intersecting interculturality, technology and ideology, this book also makes a critical contribution to the literature on the internationalisation of higher education and its digitalisation.

    Written in a globally friendly and engaging style, the book will appeal to academics and students of intercultural communication education in online environments.

    Chapter 1 Introduction: Online Interculturality and the Ideological in Education

    Fred Dervin and Jun Peng

    Part I – Identifying ideologies of online interculturality

    Chapter 2 An Ethic of Discomfort and Intercultural Otherness: Seeking Unstable Ground in the Virtual Classroom

    Samara Madrid Akpovo, Sonja Arndt, Marek Tesar, Marta Cabral, Alex Tucker, Feifei Huang and Mandeep Singh Brar

    Chapter 3 Unlocking Transcultural Understanding with Key Indigenous Concepts “Liberated” by English as a Lingua Franca: A Decade of Virtual Intercultural Exchanges

    David Dalsky, Jueyun Su, Cahya Widiyanto, Trisna Aryanata, Albertus Harimurti, Ruprecht Mattig and Fan Yang

    Chapter 4 From Cultures-of-Use to Critical Cultures-of-Use in Virtual Exchange

    Marco Cappellini

    Part II – Dealing with ideologies of online interculturality

    Chapter 5 Focusing on Interpersonal Relationships and Building Trust Within Intercultural Virtual Exchanges in Higher Education

    Lotta Kokkonen and Romée Jager

    Chapter 6 Questioning in Online Intercultural Exchanges: A Critical Reflection

    Josep M. Cots and Montserrat Mir

    Part III – Educators/researchers reflecting on and revising ideologies of online interculturality

    Chapter 7 Missed Opportunities and Lessons Learned: A Collaboration with Future Teachers in the U.S.A. and Ukraine

    Sarah E. Dietrich

    Chapter 8 Teacher Educators Following the Steps of Transnational Students: Virtual Exchanges in Teacher Education Programs between Mexico and the US

    Theresa Catalano, Edmund T. Hamann and Víctor Zúñiga

    Chapter 9 Conclusion: Working with the Electric Rhymes of Interculturality in Education

    Fred Dervin


    Fred Dervin is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Prof. Dervin specializes in intercultural communication education, the sociology of multiculturalism, and student and academic mobility. He has widely published in different languages (over 200 articles and 80 books). His latest books with Routledge include Communicating around Interculturality in Research and Education (2023) and The Routledge Handbook of Critical Interculturality (2024). Over a career of 25 years, Dervin has made substantial contributions to scholarship on interculturality in both communication and education around the world.    

    Jun Peng is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research focuses on interculturality in education, online intercultural interactions and foreign language education. She has conducted some research on virtual exchange projects between universities in Africa, Asia and Europe. She has taught Chinese and English at universities in China and Finland.

    Virginie Trémion is Associate Professor at the Institute of Pedagogy (IFP), Catholic University, Lille, France. Her fields of interest include virtual exchange, intercultural education and teacher education.