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The Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University is dedicated to sponsoring and publicizing systematic research on the interactions between different cultures.
Understanding the nature of these relationships is rapidly becoming one of the central issues of our times. Research in this multifaceted field has immense implications for policy, law, engagement with global diversity, and internationalizing education, as well as for academic scholarship in a wide spectrum of disciplines. Exploring intercultural relationships such as difference, dialogue, coexistence, hybridity, pluralism, and cultural transfers, enables us to discover the common humanity of peoples and groups in their very differences, instead of seeking it in imagined or imposed homogeneity. Looking at ourselves in the mirror of the Stranger not only allows us to become aware of how our own culture shapes the meaning of reality for us, but also awakens our capacity to deal with otherness.
The Center brings together scholars with expertise in interculturality, and serves as a hub for exchanging local, national, and global resources in this field. To further its goals, it sponsors publications, research teams, international conferences, post-doctoral fellowships, visiting scholars, distinguished speakers, lecture series, colloquia and workshops. It also collaborates 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||August 27-29: The Sacred Art of Sand Mandala
||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.
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