The word ‘intercultural’ means everything and nothing at the same time. It is often used as if it was obvious, often just referring to the encounters between people from different countries or cultures (the two words are often used synonymously). HSI believes that it does not make sense any more and that the notion should be complexified.
People interested in joining HSI should share some of the ideas below:
•Putting an end to differentialist biases – similarities often matter more;
•Moving away from individualist biases – both interlocutors are responsible for what is happening. Intercultural competence relies on a relationship not on an individual;
•Exhausting results is impossible – not everything can be explained and that is OK;
•We are interested in looking at exceptions, instabilities and processes rather than mere structures and ‘culture’;
•Taking into account the importance of intersectionality of various identities and positionings;
•Placing a renewed and critical idea of Justice at the center of intercultural communication and education;
•Being reflexive and self-critical.
(Dervin & Tournebise, 2013)
What are members expected to do?
FIND OUT more about the views shared by HSI members by reading these documents:
The following keywords should be an important part of members’ work:
•Simplexity (simplicity + complexity)