6月21日讲座:The State of Intercultural Communication as A Discipline

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英语学院学术论坛系列
SEIS Academic Forum Series
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Forum on Intercultural Studies
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The State of Intercultural Communication as A Discipline
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Speaker: Professor Stephen Croucher
Time: 15:00-16:30
Date: June 21st, 2018 (Thursday)
Venue: The lecture hall at the fifth floor of the BFSU library

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Introduction
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When considering the term “intercultural”, it is impossible to deny its complexity. Intercultural communication has typically been defined as communication between individuals from different national cultures. However, the field has grown considerably since its early beginnings. In the first systematic review of intercultural communication theories the International and Intercultural Communication Annual, a group of researchers theorized about the interpersonal communication between people from different cultures. These initial theories were followed up in 1988 in a follow-up publication by empirical support and research on communication between people from different cultures. This early intercultural communication theory building, supported by works by Hall, Trager, and others, laid the groundwork for the discipline. However, the discipline has changed. Today intercultural communication includes more theories than ever before, an increasing focus on studying the intercultural, and an increasing debate as to what is “intercultural”. To this end, today I would like to present an overview of the state of the discipline. The purpose of this discussion is three-fold: first, I will review where we have been; second I will discuss where we are going, and third I will identify key issues, challenges, and opportunities in intercultural communication. Throughout my talk today, I will focus my attention on the internationalization of intercultural communication.
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About the Speaker
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Dr. Stephen M Croucher (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2006) is the Professor and Head of the School of Communication, Journalism, and Marketing at Massey University. He researches immigrant cultural adaptation, religion and communication, statistics, and conflict. Dr. Croucher has authored more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, authored/co-edited 10 books, and given keynote addresses in more than 20 nations. He serves on the editorial boards of more than 10 journals, and served as the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (2010-2019). He has/held/holds various leaderships positions in the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, and the World Communication.

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