1st Edition

Material Interculturality Making Sense with Everyday Objects

By Cristina Ros i Solé Copyright 2025
    176 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book shows how objects can create new linguistic and cultural orders, spotlighting the ways in which everyday collections help make the world anew by rearranging its materiality and multilingual speakers make meanings without words.


    Adopting an innovative approach to intercultural research drawing on work from visual and multisensorial ethnography, Ros i Solé critically reflects on what we know as interculturality by going beyond the verbal and the more-than-human to understand languages and cultures. This book expands the meaning of interculturality by seeing it as the result of the relations between people, places, and materiality. Using everyday multilingual artefacts such as clothes, cookie-cutters, LPs, books, and pens, it presents a new semiotic multilingual landscape where the intercultural is closely connected to the ground, and it is felt, rehearsed, and re-enacted through the stories and the memories contained in multilingual objects.


    This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars in intercultural communication, multilingualism, language education, and applied linguistics.


    List of Figures

    List of Tables                                                             


    Chapter 1: Living Interculturality with Objects                                                        

    Chapter 2: The Vibrancy of Language                                                                      

    Chapter 3: Material Semiotic Repertoires                                                     

    Chapter 4: Intercultural Orders                                                                      

    Chapter 5: Sensing The Intercultural                                                             

    Chapter 6: A Doing of Language Without Words                                                      

    Chapter 7: Thinking Culture Through Affect                                                

    Chapter 8: Travelling Memories                                                                                

    Chapter 9: Where Is the Intercultural?                       




    Cristina Ros i Solé is Lecturer in Language, Culture and Learning in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.