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New chapter

‘Critical turns in language and intercultural communication pedagogy: The simple-complex continuum (simplexity) as a new perspective’ Fred Dervin

The Critical Turn in Language and Intercultural Communication Pedagogy
Theory, Research and Practice
Edited by Maria Dasli, Adriana Raquel Diaz (2016). Routledge.

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This edited research volume explores the development of what can be described as the ‘critical turn’ in intercultural communication pedagogy, with a particular focus on modern/foreign language education. The main aim is to trace the realisations of this critical turn against a background of unequal power relations, and to illuminate the role that radical culture educators can play in the making of a more democratic and egalitarian social order.

Beautiful video…

by Regis’ students!

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My dearest Regis

20th September 2016

My dearest Regis,

I would have never believed, some months ago, if someone had told me that I would be sitting at my computer in mid-September 2016 writing a speech for your memorial service. But this unbearable and unjust day has come.

I’ll always remember the day you told me about your cancer. I had freshly landed back from China, very eager to speak to you again after a few weeks offline. But then you asked me to sit down and the news came. It was last June. Hell broke loose then. I haven’t been myself since then.

Anu and I were traumatised. “He will be alright,” we thought. “Our Regis is strong,” we kept repeating. You should have been with us in Finland and Sicily for a summer school and an international conference in August. We missed you too much.

The last time I saw you was in April. As always you made me feel happy, strong and cherished. Although you were already suffering a lot and had lost a lot of weight, we continued our discussions and made plans for the future. We also laughed a lot. I felt very comfortable in your and Joseph’s company. You were also happy with your Doudou, a blessing in your life. I am so glad he had you and you had him.

My visits to Malaysia and your trips to Finland were always highlights in this dull, unstimulating and somewhat disgusting academic world. Our phone calls forced me to work harder and to focus. When I was down I knew you would be there to support me. Like Montaigne wrote: “I kn(e)w that the arms of friendship are long enough to reach from the one end of the world to the other”. A good metaphor for the intellectual space that we covered between Finland and Malaysia…

Going through my e-mail archives, I found the very first e-mail we exchanged. It was on the 9th April 2008 for a conference I had organised in Finland. You came with Sep Neo. We were very (too) polite in our first messages. And then something happened. We ‘clicked’. We spoke like brothers. An avalanche of projects also took place: Books, conferences, book series, journals, associations, etc. In the years we have known each other you have been the best scholarly companion one could ever dream on. A rock.

Since you passed away, I have received tens of messages from around the world from colleagues who knew you – and even from some who did not know you. They all note that your death is a big loss to the field of the ‘intercultural’. They were impressed by your sharp sense of criticality, your desire for new ideas and… your sense of humour.

I refuse to think that this is the end though. We still have so much to do together. We still have so much to achieve together. I promise that I will keep ‘fighting’ with and for you. I will continue the dialogues with you and with others.

The world as it is today scares me and I don’t know where this is all going. But I know one thing: through your legacy we will make any tiny change we can to make it a better place for the ‘other’, the migrant, the one who is stereotyped and prejudiced against, the one who experiences sexism, racism and homophobia.

My dear Regis. Salman Rushdie wrote: “Whenever someone who knows you disappears, you lose one version of yourself”. I have lost an important version of myself last Sunday. No one will ever be able to replace the empty spot you left. And it is for the best, for I know you will always be there to guide me, look over me and cherish our friendship.

Take care my great friend and see you again one day.

Fred-Alaing-Ze Grosse



RIP Regis Machart (1968-2016)


“Whenever someone who knows you disappears, you lose one version of yourself. Yourself as you were seen, as you were judged to be. Lover or enemy, mother or friend, those who know us construct us, and their several knowings slant the different facets of our characters like diamond-cutter’s tools. Each such loss is a step leading to the grave, where all versions blend and end”.

Salman Rushdie

“I know that the arms of friendship are long enough to reach from the one end of the world to the other”



The best scholarly companion is gone.

Life will never be the same without Regis.

We still had so much to achieve together. 

Talk in Helsinki – Oppimisfiesta

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We must imagine Sisyphus happy”: Against the hopeless struggle of multicultural education

Check HERE


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“One must imagine Sisyphus happy” – Camus

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Jane Jackson in Helsinki!

The Education for Diversities Research Group has the pleasure to invite you to the following exciting event:

Thursday 8th September 2016, University of Helsinki, 4-6pm

Intercultural communication and immersion abroad: An online intervention

Jane Jackson, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Minerva, room K112, Siltavuorenpenger 5A

Recent investigations of study abroad learning have drawn attention to the need for theory-based, research-driven interventions to optimize and extend sojourn learning. This presentation centers on Intercultural communication and engagement abroad, a fully online, credit-bearing course that has been designed to enhance the language and critical intercultural learning of international exchange students while they are in the host country. As well as digesting readings, powerpoint presentations, and video clips, the participants write reflective essays, exchange ideas online, and carry out fieldwork. After providing an overview of the course, this presentation will highlight key findings and discuss the challenges and benefits of offering a course of this nature. While this intervention was designed for students from a Hong Kong university, the potential implications for other study abroad programs and contexts will be discussed.

Jane Jackson (PhD, Toronto) is Professor in the English Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she teaches courses on language and intercultural communication, and research methods. She is the recipient of the University’s 2013 Education Award. Jane has had teaching and research experience in Canada, the United States, Egypt, Oman, the United Kingdom, Mainland China, and Hong Kong. She serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals in applied linguistics and intercultural communication. Her research centers on education abroad, identity, and language and intercultural communication. As well as numerous articles and book chapters, recent books include Introducing Language and Intercultural Communication (Routledge, 2014), The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication (Routledge, 2012) (Editor), Intercultural Journeys: From Study to Residence Abroad (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010), and Language, Identity, and Study Abroad: Sociocultural Perspectives (Equinox, 2008).


Bergson +++

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Madness about burkinis in France!

“French mayors do not have the right to ban burkinis, the French Council of State ruled Friday, suspending the bans already in place in a number of French cities and towns”.


Some fun cartoons criticising this madness…

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Liberty, Equality… Undress

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Please put your clothes back on


Please take off your clothes…

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Do you mind? There are children here!