I have been thinking a lot about culture ever since we had the first lecture on interculturality. Even as an intercultural communication teacher, there were a lot of things that were eye opening for me and thought provoking. Questions about culture are often complex and debatable even among researchers.
First, i really admired the way the teacher taught and presented the subject. I learned a lot from her methodology. It is not always easy to talk about things like this. I still have questions about the extent to which people who socialize within a particular context may differ from others? In other words, are we different from each other? and what makes us different from one another? Especially considering the fact that human beings come to the world as empty boxes. Should we only consider interpersonal level analysis and forget about group level analysis. Is group level analysis meant for interpersonal evaluations in interaction considering that there is always exceptions to any rule?
It is true that two people are never the same generally speaking or at a macro level because we are all unique in our experiences and interactions. So it could be very detrimental in interpersonal interaction to make assumptions especially in the classroom. I do have a a lot of students in my class from several nations and i do deal with them individually and address their issues and challenges as individuals.
I have been trying to read more about this new fluid approach to interculturality and it is interesting but at the same time, it still has to be well established and defended. If this happens, it implies that it will stand in contradiction to a bulk of previous literature and would have implications for teaching related courses, research process and methodology.
This is such a crucial issue that i think there should be more discussion on this subject among ICC scholars. I think there is very little at the moment. I am trying to find ways of incorporating this perspectives into some of my courses related to culture.
I really enjoyed these sessions on interculturality with Margarethe.