Concluding remarks on intercultural communication pedagogy and the question of the other

Ashley Simpson*, Maria Dasli

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This paper constitutes the concluding remarks paper to the special issue of Pedagogy, Culture & Society, titled ‘Intercultural Communication Pedagogy and the Question of the Other’. The paper presents our own reflections of the broader implications and possible conclusions that can be drawn from contributing papers. Here, we argue that there is one notion, which has been overlooked in the field of Intercultural Communication Pedagogy, namely, the political. In this paper, we argue that the political should not be negated, or relegated, at the expense of the ethical–instead, the political should be included in addressing and redressing the ethics of Intercultural Communication Pedagogy. We reject the liberal doxa that Intercultural Communication Pedagogy should be conceptualised along the lines of non-conflict with the other, e.g., through understanding the other or having a dialogue with the other. Instead, we propose conceptualising the self and other relation in Intercultural Communication Pedagogy as a permanent antagonism, a permanent crisis, without resolution. In outlining our argument, we discuss some conceptual issues surrounding some postpositivist approaches and offer a way forward for Intercultural Communication Pedagogy through an engagement with the political.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-337
Number of pages13
JournalPedagogy, Culture and Society
Volume31
Issue number2
Early online date3 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • intercultural communication pedagogy
  • postpositivism
  • the political
  • reflexivity
  • ethics
  • self and other

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