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 1, 2013: Perspectives on Interculturality||April 26: Cultural Differences in Negotiating, Executing,
and Watching Political Debates
|Cross-Cultural History & the Domestication of Otherness|
The Center for Intercultural Studies Hosts interdisciplinary conference on Interculturality
The intercultural occurs in the space between two or more distinct cultures that encounter each other, an area where they negotiate reciprocal relationship. A better understanding of interactions between different human groups is a major challenge of our time. A half-century of critique of the concept of culture has made significant contributions, including foregrounding ethnocentrism as a source of research bias across disciplines; incorporating power into cultural studies; and expanding scholarship on cultures beyond ethno-linguistically defined groups. Likewise, study of processes that transcend group divisions--globalization, empire, neo-colonialism--has flourished. Meanwhile, understanding mechanisms of interactions between cultures has not kept pace. Intercultural studies are due for reflection and refinement. The conference brings together scholars of diverse disciplines to reflect on the current state of knowledge about these mechanisms, with the goal of assembling a theoretical and methodological toolbox for researching and understanding the intercultural.