From Culture to Power: Introduction to Transcultural Communication

Michaela Krenčeyová
Art Sciences and Art Education, Transcultural Studies
2023S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04381

Description

Humans are cultural beings. Our “cultural background” influences our perspective of the world, our relations with others, our strategies in dealing with conflict. But what is “culture” and how should we (re-)conceptualize it to perceive its many dimensions and its contested nature? How can we acknowledge the complexity of identity and the pervasive influence of power relations when we think about inter-/transculturality or interact “across cultural difference”? Linking theory and practice, this course will provide you with a conceptual background for understanding (notions of) culture in relation to debates on inter- and transculturality, diversity, and equality. Drawing on approaches to “cultural proficiency” and “cultural humility”, we will examine the process of developing “intercultural competence” from a critical point of view, challenging simplistic and stereotypical cultural models. Broadening your understanding of “cultural difference” and sharpening your awareness of your own cultural embeddedness as (multi)cultural human beings, the course will support you in developing strategies for inter-/transcultural interactions – including their challenges and contradictions. We will read and discuss selected texts, work with a variety of material and methods (audio-visual media, case studies, exercises, reflection prompts, etc.) and include space for discussing your experiences, examples, and contexts.

Examination Modalities

Homeworks, group work.

Dates

24 March 2023, 10:00–17:00 Seminar Room 26
21 April 2023, 10:00–17:00 Seminar Room 26
19 May 2023, 10:00–17:00 Seminar Room 26
16 June 2023, 10:00–13:00 Seminar Room 27

Course Enrolment

From 27 February 2023, 19:38 to 20 March 2023, 19:00
Via online registration

Expanded Museum Studies (Master): Electives: Transcultural Studies 537/080.16

Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management (joint programme) (Master): Transcultural Conservation Teaching Workshop: Introduction into Transcultural Communication and Collaboration (Angewandte) 572/021.21

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible