Center for Intercultural Studies
Welcome to the Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University!
The Center is dedicated to systematic research on the interactions between different cultures. It supports interdisciplinary inquiry that reexamines established theoretical frameworks, and sponsors national and international collaboration on intercultural issues. It will provide education in intercultural leadership and promote improved relations between the various cultures of the world.
The study of interculturality is a pioneering field that seeks to respond to the challenges posed by globalization. It aspires to better understand and interpret cultural difference, and thereby holds a promise of creating new knowledge that changes our outlook on the world. In its theoretical and conceptual framework, the study of interculturality draws on many disciplines, including: history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, communication, linguistics, literature, art, philosophy, and political science. As such, it lays a firm foundation for the successful pursuit of many careers, including: foreign service, international business, international education, journalism, public policy, and academia.
The Center for Intercultural Studies will serve as a disciplinary home for Saint Louis University faculty with expertise in interculturality, as well as a hub for exchanging local, national, and global intercultural resources. To further its goals, the Center will sponsor research teams, graduate degree programs, post-doctoral fellowships, visiting scholars, publications, conferences, distinguished speakers, lecture series, and workshops. It will also collaborate with academic and cultural institutions of the St. Louis region.
I invite scholars and students to join us in contributing to this exciting endeavor.
Michal Jan Rozbicki
|March 28 - March 29: Translating Culture, Negotiating Differences||November 20: Building Multicultural Bridges & Influencing Social Change Through the Arts
||Cross-Cultural History & the Domestication of Otherness|
The Center for Intercultural Studies Hosts interdisciplinary conference
"Translating Culture, Negotiating Difference:
Religion, Law, and Business"
Conference sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Studies
Saint Louis University
March 28 - March 29, 2014The concept of cultural translation, popularized by anthropologists Bronislaw Malinowski and Edward Evans-Pritchard, intimates that negotiating cultural difference is analogous to learning a foreign language. The metaphor retains its usefulness today in that it points to the possibility, but also the problems, of communication in an increasingly interconnected world: assumptions, miscommunication, and the incommensurability of epistemological categories. The conference seeks to put a magnifying glass to them by focusing on three areas of international activity that involve cultural translation: religion, law, and business. Our hope is that a comparative perspective on their distinctive ways of resolving these issues would offer new insights.
The Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University invites proposals for papers that take an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to explore the practice of cultural translation in these three fields. A paper would ideally include a specific case study illustrating a distinctive problem and its theoretical underpinnings. Submissions should include: a one-page abstract of the paper, with a title and name of the author; the author's brief curriculum vitae; postal address; email address; and phone number. Complete proposals should be emailed as attachments in Microsoft Word to: email@example.com. with a subject line "Translating Culture Proposal." The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2013.
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.