Study Abroad: Intercultural Communication in France/Spain

Study AbroadIntercultural Communication: Jan. 2018 Faculty-Led Travel Course in France and Spain. December 31, 2017 – January 13, 2018 (Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and Madrid). Admission is competitive, deadline for registration is Oct. 1, 2017.

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The department of communication studies at Kansas State University is offering a two-week, faculty-led, travel course in France and Spain for undergraduates and graduate students in all majors interested in an academic and intercultural experience in a foreign culture.

The course, directed by Professor Soumia Bardhan, may be taken as COMM 480: Intercultural/International Communication, three credits, or COMM 799: Problems in Intercultural/International Communication, three to six credits, independent study. The program kicks off with a welcome reception in Paris on Jan. 1, 2018, and concludes in Madrid on Jan. 13, 2018. It features field trips to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille in southern France, and Granada, Seville and Cordoba in southern Spain.

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Soumia Bardhan Researcher Profile

Soumia BardhanSoumia Bardhan (Ph.D., University of New Mexico) is director of Global Communications Initiatives and assistant professor of Communication Studies at Kansas State University, where she also holds an affiliate appointment in the department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Professor Bardhan’s research focuses on the interactional dynamics of Western and Arab Islamic rhetorical traditions; the multivocal discourses and discursive practices within Islam; the rhetoric of Muslim minority groups; and the role of new media/social media in the cultural-political transformation of Arab societies in the Middle East-North Africa region.

She has conducted grant-funded fieldwork in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and India; presented her research at numerous national and international conferences (NCA, MESA, ICA); and her work has appeared in the peer-reviewed Digest of Middle East Studies, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Contemporary Islam, and as peer-reviewed chapters in books published by top university presses. A commitment to promoting intercultural empathy, civic engagement, and social justice drives Bardhan’s research. For an overview of current projects, visit

Dr. Bardhan teaches courses related to: Intercultural/Critical Intercultural Communication; Intercultural Rhetoric; Religion, Culture, and Communication; Communication Theories; Gender, Politics, and Islam; and directs travel seminars focusing on Islam and Intercultural Dialogue in Spain, France, Morocco, and India. As a certified mediator, she also teaches mediation. Soumia’s teaching philosophy is informed by critical pedagogy and intercultural praxis.

Professor Bardhan serves on the National Communication Association’s Task Force on Fostering International Collaborations in research, teaching, and service. She is exploring NCA’s research internationalization and is working to organize an NCA summer conference in India in 2018.

Selected Publications

Bardhan, S. (2014). Egypt, Islamists, and the Internet: The Muslim Brotherhood and its rhetoric of dialectics in “Ikhwanweb”. Digest of Middle East Studies, 23(2), 235-261.

Bardhan, S. (2014). Anonymous and the Arab Spring. In K. Harvey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, 1, 57-60. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Bardhan, S. (2014). Iran, social media, and unrest. In K. Harvey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, 9, 732-735. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Bardhan, S. (2014). Evolution of social media and the Arab Spring. In K. Harvey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, 5, 482-487. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Bardhan, S. & Foss, K. (forthcoming). Revolutionary Graffiti and Cairene Women: Performing Agency through Gaze Aversion. In Charrad, M & R. Stephan (Eds.), Women Rising: Resistance, Revolution, and Reform in the Arab Spring and Beyond. New York University Press.

Bardhan, S. & Wood, R. (2015). The role of culture in civil society promotion in the Middle East: A case study approach with technology for social networking. Digest of Middle East Studies, 24(1), 111-138.

Gonzalez, A. & Bardhan, S. (forthcoming). Intercultural Rhetoric. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. Wiley Publications.

Oetzel, J. G., Dhar, S., & Kirschbaum, K. (2007). Intercultural conflict from a multilevel perspective: Trends, possibilities, and future directions. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 36(3), 183-204.

For access to publications and CV, visit