Cosmopolitan Communication for the Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in Shanghai
We just submitted our panel proposal for the 22nd International Conference of The International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS) at the Shanghai International Studies University. SISU is an internationally recognized, prestigious academic institution distinctive for its multidisciplinary and multicultural nature, committed to preparing innovative professionals and future global leaders for a wide range of international expertise to address the critical challenges of our times. A globalized and top-notch university in China, SISU has successfully developed a diverse and distinctive mix of disciplines with language and literature as its pillar. Having established and maintained a high academic stature among universities of its kind, SISU has been funded to offer 10 national featured specialties and 6 Shanghai leading disciplines, adding to our existing 3 national key disciplines and a national undergraduate education platform for western European languages.
To provide scholars, educators and practitioners from different cultural communities with opportunities to interact, network and benefit from each other’s research and expertise related to intercultural communication issues;
To synthesize research perspectives and foster interdisciplinary scholarly dialogues for developing integrated approaches to complex problems of communication across cultures;
To advance the methodology for intercultural communication research and disseminate practical findings to facilitate understanding across cultures;
To foster global intercultural sensitivity and involve educators, business professionals, students and other stakeholders worldwide in the discourse about diversity and transcultural communication issues.
Evolution of communication: Cosmopolitan communication
by Prof. Dr. Kazuma Matoba, Japan/Germany, Dr. Anna Storck, Poland/New Zeeland, Gang Luo, China/USA
“Communication theory and practice have, since the beginnings, helped us to develop and improve our communication skills. Barnett Pearce suggested that we are moving from “ethnocentric” to “modernistic” communications. Educators, trainers and researchers have spent much time and energy developing communicative competence for children, students, business people, and people in conflict areas. However, there is still an overabundance of global issues (i.e., ethnic and religious conflict, business and political tensions, migration, global leadership crisis, the environment, economic tensions, etc.). These problems cannot be solved on the same level of communication which creates these problems. We assume that we need competencies in intrapersonal-/interpersonal-/systemic communication, which help us work with the wholeness of an increasingly complex, globalized world. In this panel, we will attempt to take another step toward the next level of communication and explore what Pearce (1989) called “cosmopolitan communication”.