In Dialogue: CID Occasional Papers, 1: ICD as the Elephant in the Room

Key Concepts in ICDIn Dialogue: CID Occasional Papers, 1: Intercultural Dialogue as the Elephant in the Room: Moving from Assumptions to Research Investigations by Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz.

In Dialogue

This is the first issue of a new publication series, In Dialogue: CID Occasional Papers. The goal of this first occasional paper is to synthesize the many publications using the term “intercultural dialogue” explicitly, summarize what has been learned, and outline what remains to be studied.

Intercultural dialogue might be called the elephant in the room, a metaphor referring to something obvious which is nonetheless ignored. Most often, practitioners and diplomats use the term intercultural dialogue, but they rarely define it, and conduct little to no research in order to discover how it works, but only hold it up as a desired end. Academics, who certainly conduct research, rarely use this term, thus have rarely studied it, although some research by other names sheds light on how it works.

Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2020). Intercultural dialogue as the elephant in the room: Moving from assumptions to research investigations. In Dialogue: CID Occasional Papers, 1. Retrieved from:

As with prior publications, these will are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. As with prior publications, the Occasional Papers may be downloaded, printed, and shared as is, without changes, without cost, so long as there is acknowledgment of the source.

If you are  interested in publishing in this series, contact the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. If you are new to CID, please provide a brief resume.

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