Sommier, Roiha & Lahti: Implementing Critical Approaches to Interculturality in Higher Education

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Implementing Critical Approaches to Interculturality in Higher Education.
Guest post by Mélodine Sommier, Anssi Roiha & Malgorzata Lahti.

Critical approaches to interculturality have gained visibility over the years, both within and outside of academia. And yet, the increasing drive across European hHigher eEducation institutions to implement internationalization strategies is often articulated around assuming traditional notions of culture, diversity, and intercultural communication. This gap between critical research in interculturality and concrete implementation of intercultural education is what drove us to ask colleagues how they put critical approaches to interculturality into practice.

Indeed, inviting critical interculturality into classrooms is a holistic process that takes time since it asks teachers to familiarize themselves with that approach as well as to depart from the limitations of traditional pedagogical frameworks.

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Key Concept 107: Interculturality

Key Concepts in ICDThe next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. This is KC107: Interculturality by Mélodine Sommier & Malgorzata Lahti. As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download.Lists organized chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

KC107 InterculturalitySommier, M., & Lahti, M. (2023). Interculturality. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 107. Available from: https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/kc107-interculturality.pdf

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes a series of short briefs describing Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue. Different people, working in different countries and disciplines, use different vocabulary to describe their interests, yet these terms overlap. Our goal is to provide some of the assumptions and history attached to each concept for those unfamiliar with it. As there are other concepts you would like to see included, send an email. If there are concepts you would like to prepare, provide a brief explanation of why you think the concept is central to the study of intercultural dialogue, and why you are the obvious person to write up that concept.


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Malgorzata Lahti Profile

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Malgorzata  Lahti,  Ph.D., works  as  Senior  Lecturer  in  Communication  at  the  Department  of Language  and  Communication  Studies,  University  of  Jyväskylä,  Finland.

Malgorzata Lahti

She currently teaches courses on small group and team interaction with a focus on professional settings. She has extensive experience designing and running courses in  intercultural  communication,  and  she has  co-run international  master’s programmes (Intercultural Communication; Language, Globalisation and Intercultural  Communication)  offered  by  the  department.  Lahti is a member of the teaching and research network European Masters in Intercultural Communication (EMICC), and she offers a course on diversity in workplace interactions as part of the annual EMICC exchange program Eurocampus. She is also a member of the board of the Nordic Network for Intercultural Communication.

Lahti’s 2015 doctoral dissertation, Communicating Interculturality in the Workplace, won the Best Dissertation of the Year Award at the University of Jyväskylä. Her research interests  include interculturality  and  multilingualism  in  professional  and  academic  contexts,  critical  approaches  to intercultural communication, as well as face-to-face and technology-mediated team interaction. In her ongoing research projects she is exploring knowledge construction in interactions of a cleaning team. She also applies the perspective of interculturality to the study of interprofessional teamwork in health care.  Together with Mélodine Sommier and Anssi Roiha, Lahti recently co-edited a special issue in the Journal of Praxis in Higher Education and a book with Routledge on the topic of teaching critical interculturality in higher education.

Selected publications:

Lahti, M., & Valo, M. (2017). Intercultural workplace communication. In          M. C. Green & K. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Oxford research encyclopedia of communication. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Lahti, M. (2020). Diversity and social interaction at work. In L. Mikkola & M. Valo (Eds.), Workplace communication (pp. 110-122). New York: Routledge.

Lahti, M., Olbertz-Siitonen, M., & Laitinen, K. (Hosts). (2021, November 23). Communicating interculturality (No. 3) [Audio podcast]. In Vuorotellen. Prologos.fi.

Sommier, M., Lahti, M., & Roiha, A. (Eds.). (2021). From ‘intercultural-washing’ to meaningful intercultural education: Revisiting higher education practice (Special Issue). Journal of Praxis in Higher Education3(2).

Shirahata, M., & Lahti, M. (2022). Language ideological landscapes for students in university language policies: Inclusion, exclusion, or hierarchy. Current Issues in Language Planning, 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/14664208.2022.2088165.

Sommier, M., Roiha, A., & Lahti, M. (Eds.). (2023). Interculturality in higher education: Putting critical approaches into practice. London: Routledge.


Work for CID:
Malgorzata Lahti is the co-author of KC107: Interculturality and of a Guest Post on Implementing Critical Approaches to Interculturality in Higher Education.

CFP From ‘Intercultural-Washing’ to Meaningful Intercultural Education

“PublicationCall for Papers: From ‘intercultural-washing’ to meaningful intercultural education: Revisiting teaching practices in tertiary education. Deadline for abstracts: 30 June 2020.

Guest editors: Mélodine Sommier (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands), Anssi Roiha (HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands) and Malgorzata Lahti (University of Jyväskylä, Finland).

This special issue in the Journal of Praxis in Higher Education intends to provide a forum in which to address the difficulties and opportunities that arise in tertiary education when revisiting intercultural teaching practices. It therefore calls for papers that provide theoretical as well as practical insights into the implementation of critical approaches to intercultural communication.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
· Incorporating critical approaches to intercultural communication in teaching materials and/or ICT;
· Learners’ experiences of intercultural education and/or expectations of intercultural communication;
· Difficulties faced by teachers in developing new understandings of intercultural communication;
·  Critical approaches to intercultural communication in specific subjects;
·  Tertiary education policies and ‘intercultural-washing’ approaches; and
·  Intercultural education in supervision and mentoring.

Please note that the editors also welcome book reviews on the topic of critical intercultural education at tertiary level.

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