Anastacia Kurylo, Ph.D. (Rutgers University) is an assistant professor in the Communication Studies Department at St. Joseph’s College in New York.
Her research focuses on stereotypes communicated in interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and new media contexts. Specifically, she explores the ways in which stereotypes are constructed through interpersonal communication and how this interactional and collaborative process facilitates stereotype maintenance within a cultural knowledge base.
Dr. Kurylo has written over 25 publications including authoring The Communicated Stereotype: From Celebrity Vilification to Everyday Talk and editing Inter/Cultural Communication: Representation and Construction of Culture. Most recently she has worked on two projects related to new media. First, she has co-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies titled Intercultural New Media Research for the 21st Century. Second, she has co-edited a new book titled Social Networking: Redefining Communication in the Digital Age. Both projects advance this vibrant area of research in which new media is viewed as integral to exploring communication practices, their outcomes, and their implications. As assistant director of the Center for Intercultural New Media Research, Dr. Kurylo focuses on facilitating collaborative research opportunities for those interested in new media in the context of intercultural communication specifically.
Professor Kurylo is President of the New York State Communication Association and organized their 73rd annual conference last October. She is also the chair of the Board of Trustees of The Quad Preparatory School, and former president of the New York Chapter of the Tri-State Diversity Council. She has served as a reviewer for several journals and is an Associate Editor of the Atlantic Journal of Communication.
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Anastacia Kurylo wrote KC55: Stereotypes.
The next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. This is KC55: Stereotypes by Anastacia Kurylo. As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists organized chronologically by publication date and number, alphabetically 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.
Kurylo, A. (2015). Stereotypes. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 55. Available from:
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 to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. 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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An interesting approach to applied intercultural dialogue is a program called the Human Library. Here’s the basic description from the organization’s website:
“The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding.The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach. In its initial form the Human Library is a mobile library set up as a space for dialogue and interaction. Visitors to a Human Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with “people on loan”; this latter group being extremely varied in age, sex and cultural background. The Human Library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner. It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and understanding. It is a “keep it simple”, “no-nonsense” contribution to social cohesion in multicultural societies.”
Some basics of the group’s history (the complete story can be found here):
It started in Denmark in 2000, developed by an NGO, Stop the Violence, based in Copenhagen. Supported by the Council of Europe, and public libraries around the world, the Human Library has spread rapidly. Australia is the first country to establish a permanent Human Library; and an Australian prepared an academic study of the project. In 2013 Canada became the first country to create a National Human Library Day. Programs around the world have received a variety of awards.