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Researching interculturally

Researching interculturally:
Conceptual and methodological issues

This training is now closed for registration

Friday 24 November | October Gallery, Central London (map)

Research is very often an intercultural encounter. For students and scholars of Arts and Humanities subjects, researching interculturally requires a critical and creative understanding of the contested concept of culture, the ‘inter-’ aspects of cultural encounters and researchers’ own positions.  This workshop will focus on the core conceptual and methodological issues of researching interculturally and is designed to create a space for thinking through and about interculturality both critically and creatively. It will explore the following key questions: 

•    What does researching interculturally mean for various fields or disciplines? Does different terminology (for example,  ‘hybridity’ vs. ‘cultural difference’ in literature, ‘transnational’ or ‘cross-cultural’ in history, social sciences and modern languages) represent different paradigms and analytical approaches?

•     What new and creative possibilities does researching interculturally generate? 

•      What challenges does researching interculturally bring?

•      How to research interculturally in practical terms?

In preparation for the workshop, participants will be expected to read around the notion of interculturality, using the reading list provided by the workshop organisers as well as material of their choice. They will be asked to bring examples from their reading and their projects to the workshop. Examples could be an extract of field notes, transcript of interactions, a visual image, or reading from novels.

 The workshop consists of four parts:

·         Thinking interculturally through art;

·         A conversation with a panel of speakers from a range of fields such as sociology, art education, applied linguistics, language and intercultural studies and literature and culture; 

·         Group discussion;

·         Discussion and summary.

The workshop is coordinated by Professor Zhu Hua (Birkbeck College, University of London),  Dr Bojana Petric (Birkbeck College, University of London), Dr Alessia Cogo (Goldsmiths College, University of London) and  Professor Maria Roth-Lauret (University of Sussex). 

Funding for this event is provided by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE).

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis through the online booking form and must be received by 6:00pm, Friday 20 October 2017. Confirmation of a place and further information on the workshop will be circulated by 27 October 2017.