Dominic Busch is a Professor of Intercultural Communication and Conflict Research at Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany. He received his doctorate in 2005 at Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. From 2006 to 2011 he was a Junior Professor in Intercultural Communication at Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder).
His research approaches to intercultural communication are based in discourse theory and critical discourse analysis. From this perspective, not only social but also academic discourse on intercultural communication contribute to a continuing construction and a perpetuation of notions of this subject. Individuals’ participation in social discourse shaped from power structures and hegemonious makes them accept predominant notions of culture and its effects. In his recent book, Dominic Busch has outlined how intercultural research and social discourse on intercultural communication can be seen through the lens of Foucault’s dispositive theory.
At the example of conflict mediation practice and research on settings that are considered as intercultural, Dominic Busch has exemplified how pre-existing notions of culture and its effects from academia and social discourse significantly determine practitioners’ evaluations of chances and challenges in conflict resolution. Even more, depending on what theory or assumption is taken as a basis, the outcome on evaluating practical options may differ dramatically.
Instead of leaving social practice alone with these deconstructions from the side of academia, Dominic Busch encourages to search for positive implementations of these insights into practice. For the example of conflict mediation in intercultural settings, this may encourage practitioners to become aware of constraints that actually do not exist but in theory and discourse. Similarly, on a more general level, a better consciousness of the constructivist nature of notions of culture and its effects on social interaction may help individuals to widen their scopes of action in practice.
Even more, the insight into the constructivist character of notions of cultures may open the opportunity (and the responsibility) to encourage forms of intercultural dialogue on a local and on a global level to discuss and to define notions of how positive (intercultural) coexistence may be designed. In these respects, Dominic Busch explores the potential of concepts like intercultural sustainability as well as contributions from cosmopolitanism to intercultural dialogue.
For more detailed information as well as a list of German language publications please visit Dominic Busch’s website.
Selected publications in English:
Busch, Dominic (2015): “Culture is leaving conversation analysis, but is it really gone? The analysis of culturalist performances in conversation.” In: Journal of Intercultural Communication (will appear in issue 39 (November 2015)).
Busch, Dominic (2015): “Mediation.” In: Bennett, Janet M. (Ed.): The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence. Thousand Oaks: Sage: 608-611.
Busch, Dominic (2012): “Cultural theory and conflict management in organizations: How does theory shape our notion of the problem and its solutions?” International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management 12 (1):9-24. DOI:10.1177/1470595811413106
Busch, Dominic (2010): “Shopping in hospitality: situational constructions of customer-vendor relationships among shopping tourists at a bazaar on the German-Polish border.” Language and Intercultural Communication 10 (1):72-89. DOI:10.1080/14708470903452614
Busch, Dominic (2009): “What kind of intercultural competence will contribute to students’ future job employability?” Intercultural Education 20 (5):429-438. DOI:10.1080/14675980903371290