Intercultural Communication Education (ICE) in Chinese Higher Education: Renewing Interculturality or going around in circles?

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Intercultural communication education (ICE) is occurring in different departments and faculties of higher education globally. Yet, there is a lack of research on how this complex field is perceived by both teachers and students. The same goes for the perceptions of the ideal teacher of the subject. This keynote presentation proposes to fill these gaps by problematizing current discussions about ICE. First, I present an overview of the field and shows how polysemic, ideologically and politically oriented ICE is. ICE is multifaceted in Chinese higher education and I am not claiming to generalize for the field as a whole in this presentation. Secondly, based on a dialogical discourse analysis of data collected from a university in Shanghai, I argue that there is not a uniform and coherent way of representing intercultural communication in higher education. The issues addressed in this keynote presentation are especially pertinent given the fact that most of the world is still living through the Coronavirus pandemic which will have longstanding implications for the teaching and research of ICE in higher education. At the end of the keynote presentation I problematise a set of recommendations and practices in order to rethink and reconceptualise ICE within the context of Chinese higher education, and for higher education globally.
Period28 Oct 2021
Held atXi'an University of Architecture and Technology, China
Degree of RecognitionInternational