Constructing interculturality through intercultural dialogues and autoethnography: building relations, nurturing preparedness and rejecting boundaries

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This paper explores the role of a series of intercultural dialogues deployed as an intercultural intervention in scaffolding the development of interculturality of Chinese international students and Belgian undergraduates. The data highlight the fundamentally dynamic dialogic nature and process of intercultural engagement whereby the individuals actively seek to relate and construct meanings collaboratively. Drawing on a constructivist approach to interculturality and employing ethnographic methods, we contend that the efforts to connect play a pivotal role in mediating the process of developing the knowledge of cultural practices and that of becoming willing and prepared to challenge the self and familiar tropes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2022
Pages (from-to)567-582
Number of pages16
JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
Issue number5
Early online date6 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2022

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The authors are grateful to the students for their participation in the research and they also thank the reviewers and the guest editors for their very helpful comments and suggestions.

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  • Intercultural intervention, interculturality, relation building, reflexivity, study abroad experiences of Chinese students
  • interculturality
  • study abroad experiences of Chinese students
  • relation building
  • reflexivity

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