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December 3-4 2004.
International Conference "Paradigms of Teaching Intercultural Communication at Russian Universities"
Agenda: "Contemporary Approaches to the Teaching of Intercultural Communication"; "Theoretical Issues of Intercultural Communication", and Round Table "The Teaching of Intercultural Communication Today: Exchange of Experience."
Program of the Conference
May 19-21, 2004.
Seminar "Development of Intercultural Competence: Methods and Models of Intercultural
The seminar was conducted by Dr. Juliana Roth, Associate Professor of the Intercultural
Communication Institute of Munich University. Dr. Galina Kopteltseva (Germany) also
shared her experience with the Russian participants, who were introduced to elements of
intercultural training, accompanied by the discussion of methodological and didactical
principles of their implementation. The second part of the seminar was devoted to a
scholarly discussion of approaches to Intercultural Communication theory in Western
Europe, Russia, and the U. S. The issues of special interest included:
- approaches to the definition of culture, its broad and narrow understanding;
consequences of different definitions of culture for the research and teaching of
Intercultural Communication (IC);
- the universal and nationally specific components of IC;
- political correctness and the limits, which it imposes on the research of
IC; "open" and "tabooed" themes;
- forms of teaching IC at universities:
The participants of the seminar discussed the prospects of further cooperation,
including the international conference, which will take place at VSPU in December, 2004.
- lectures on IC theory;
- seminars – applied aspects of IC;
- formation of intercultural competence in foreign language teaching;
- intercultural competence in action: project activities.
April 16, 2004. Seminar "Lying in Communication"
The program of the seminar included the presentation (text; in Russian)
by Dr. Nadezhda Panchenko, Associate Professor of the Linguistics Department,
demonstration of videofilms and a scholarly discussion of the following issues:
- Lying and deception: philosophical and ethical aspects.
- Verbal and nonverbal characteristics of lying.
- Is it possible to communicate without lying?
- Social lies: where to set the limits.
- Means of revealing lies in communication.
March 29-31, 2004. Seminar conducted by Professor
John Parrish-Sprowl, Chair of Communication Department, Indiana-Purdue University,
Parrish-Sprowl made a presentation on the topic "Discourse Globalization:
World Transformation from a Communication Perspective" and conducted a seminar for
post-graduate students devoted to the discussion of modern trends in Communication
Theory. His visit also included a consultation for post-graduate students on
Organizational Communication and a class for the students of the American Studies
Center. The visit resulted in the development of the Memorandum of Understanding
between VSPU and Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis aimed at the cooperation
between the two educational institutions.
February 28, 2004.
International U.S.-Russian Mini-Conference "Intercultural Communication in the World of
The conference for teachers of secondary schools
of the South of Russia was organized by joint efforts of the Volgograd ACTR department
and the Center for Communication Studies. The program included the presentation of the
VSPU American Studies Centre and a master class on Intercultural Communication with the
use of the textbook "Russians and Americans: Introduction to Intercultural Communication"
by Professor O. Leontovich, episodes from video films, audio materials, etc.
February 24-26, 2004.
International Seminar "Teaching Intercultural Communication at Universities: Problems
and Perspectives" conducted by Dr. Juliana Roth
The participants of the project were the faculty members
of Volgograd State Pedagogical University and Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University.
The program of the seminar included the dicsussion of the following issues:
The long-term program of cooperation with our Munich colleagues envisages the
development of courses of Intercultural Communication, organization of joint
conferences, seminars and internship for VSPU faculty at the Intercultural
Communication Institute of Munich University.
- Concepts of culture in communication research.
- Forms and methods of teaching IC.
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