Perspectives on Interculturality: The Construction of Meaning in Relationships of Difference, edited by Michal Jan Rozbicki (History and the Center for Intercultural Studies) has been published in April 2015. The intercultural occurs in the space between two or more distinct cultures that encounter each other, an area where meaning is translated and difference is negotiated. A systemic understanding of this highly complex process calls for interdisciplinary approaches, but scholars are often constrained by conventionalized conceptual languages of their disciplines, and by the incommensurability of frameworks of knowledge. This volume brings together international scholars from diverse disciplines to reflect on the phenomenon of interculturality and to share methods of interpreting it.
This excellent volume covers the latest scholarship on the study and practice of interculturality from a number of related fields. It offers in-depth treatments of the complex and evolving notions of culture and interculturality. It stands out among other books in that it applies these concepts in a number of academic and professional settings, including translation studies, language teaching, and intercultural communication in healthcare, across geographic boundaries. This book is highly recommended to students and scholars of intercultural communication across disciplines, including applied linguistics, TESOL, and intercultural rhetoric, for its up-to-date scholarship and its thoughtful treatment of potential applications.
-Ulla M. Connor, Chancellor's Professor of English, Barbara E. and Karl R. Zimmer Chair in Intercultural Communication, and Director, International Center for Intercultural Communication
IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University--Purdue University Indianapolis
There have always been individual and collective intercultural encounters, but they seem to be intensifying and more conspicuous today due to such things as globalization, feminism, and increasingly ethnicity-based politics. Thus the emergence of Intercultural Studies is understandable. With some emphasis on East Asians and Latino/as along with North Americans, this volume fascinatingly works to advance this young discipline by shedding distinctive light on interculturality in healthcare, tourism, immigration, citizenship, history, religion, humor and much else along the way.
-Lester E. Embree, Professor, Department of Philosophy, past holder of William F. Dietrich Eminent Scholar in Philosophy chair
Florida Atlantic University
A meaningful encounter between cultures takes place only in an intercultural space, which resides in the self-reflexive dimension of all cultural encounters. The major contribution of this volume lies in its rendering accessible this intercultural space to all who aspire to learn from their experiences of the culturally different other.
-Dr. Louise Sundararajan, forensic psychologist, past president of Society for Humanistic Psychology, and current chair of its Task Force on Indigenous Psychology, author of over fifty publications.
Cross-Cultural History and the Domestication of Otherness (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), edited by SLU faculty members Michal Jan Rozbicki and George O. Ndege (History and the Center for Intercultural Studies) was publishedin January 2012. Through case studies spanning Europe, America, Africa, and Asia, the volume illuminates our understanding of what happens when different cultures meet. Twelve cultural historians explore the mechanism and inner dynamic of such encounters, and demonstrate that while they often occur on the wave of global forces and influences, they only acquire meaning locally, where culture inherently resides. The authors shine a light into the nature of this process by showing that traditional, macro-scale frameworks of interpretation are too abstract and general to capture change caused by cross-cultural contacts, and that such change can come about only at the grassroots level because that is where the domestication of otherness takes place.
"If cross-cultural history is difficult to write, it has become imperative in the modern world. As many of the chapters in this fine book suggest, it is even more imperative for the history of Christianity where cross-cultural communication has existed from the earliest centuries ‘A.D.' and where that communication has multiplied exponentially in the last century and a half. This solid group of well-researched essays uses sophisticated categories like ‘agency,' ‘identity,' ‘conversion,' and ‘the other' well. Its case studies of intercultural communication among Western nations and between Western and Eastern regions offer unusual riches for historians, missiologists, theologians, anthropologists, and perhaps even diplomats."
-Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History
University of Notre Dame
"This study probes a question central to contemporary historiography: What occurs when differing cultures meet? These case studies-drawing on early modern European, American, Asian, and African history-offer illuminating answers, especially about the hot topic of cross-cultural religious encounter."
-Gerald McKevitt, SJ, Ellacuria Professor of History
Santa Clara University
"Cross-Cultural History and the Domestication of Otherness charts new scholarly territory. With chapters on Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America slicing across the centuries from the sixteenth to the twentieth, the book provides an alternative paradigm than domination/subjugation and object/subject categories to explain what happens at the interstices when two cultures meet and multi-level alterations take place to deal with the interaction (domestication of the other). Even the most seasoned scholars will find the theoretical introductory and concluding chapters constructive and inspiring to rethink their focus of study with new insights."
-Angelyn Dries, professor of Theological Studies
Danforth Chair in the Humanities, Saint Louis University