Cross-cultural Pragmatics at a Crossroads

Making a Difference In Intercultural Communication

Cross-Cultural Pragmatics at a Crossroads: Pitfalls and Possibilities (3-4 November 2006)

The conference at UEA - Speech Frames and Cultural Perceptions in 2006 formed the structure for the future with it's huge success as an interdisciplinary event that brought together, under the umbrella of cross-cultural pragmatics, researchers from domains which are particularly sensitive to cross-cultural issues, to promote the cross-fertilization of practises, ideas and theoretical approaches, and explore key concerns associated with communication across language and culture boundaries, in practice and theory.

Cross-Cultural Pragmatics at a Crossroads II: Linguistic and Cultural Representations across Media (29 June - 1 July 2011)

About the Conference

The "Cross-cultural Pragmatics at a Crossroads II: Linguistic and Cultural Representations across Media" conference fostered the interdisciplinarity of research into the complex negotiations at cultural and media interfaces, by bringing together scholars at the cutting edge of domains of enquiry with shared concerns but hitherto limited interaction: inter/cross-cultural pragmatics, translation studies, communication studies.

Proceeding focused on issues of representation across languages and cultures in a range of contexts (eg the press, television, computer games, cinema, the theatre, museums, the internet), and a range of activities central to the sharing of information and knowledge in a global context: news transfer, multimedia/ screen translation, stage translation/adaptation and the provision of multilingual information generally.

Speakers

  • Juliane House (Hamburg University, Germany)

  • Gunther Kress (University of London, UK)

  • Michel Marcoccia (Tech-CICO, ICD, Troyes University of Technology, France)

  • Jeremy Munday (University of Leeds, UK)

  • Luis Pérez-González (University of Manchester, UK)

  • Miranda Stewart (Hellenic American University, Athens, Greece)

The end of conference Public Roundtable was chaired by Peter Trudgill (Honorary Professor of Sociolinguistics, UEA)

The roundtable will mark the close of the international CCPII Cross-cultural Pragmatics Conference organised by the School of Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia 29 June - 1 July 2011 on the theme of Cross-cultural Pragmatics: Linguistic and Cultural Representations across Media.

Let's Talk will celebrate the partnership between the UEA, its local host community, and communities beyond by bringing together representatives of all parties to share their perspectives on the challenges of communication across and between languages and cultures.

It will mark the launch of a programme of activities on the same theme run by the School of Language and Communication studies and culminating in Spring 2012 with a ‘Norwich – City of Interculture' interactive event at the Forum in Norwich.

Let's Talk is open to the public and will involve local political figures and representatives from local providers of education, community and cultural services, invited to contribute to the debate about issues central to community relations in our world today. The media (BBC, ITV, local newspapers) will also be invited, both to play an active part in the roundtable and to help us disseminate it.

Let's Talk will be chaired by the eminent locally born sociolinguist Professor Peter Trudgill and set in motion with contributions by the six guest speakers at the CCPII conference. Each will briefly outline the benefits of their work for society before discussion is shared with the audience.

Recordings of the roundtable will be posted on our website and disseminated by various other means, including other ‘Norwich - City of Interculture' events organised by the School of Language and Communication Studies over the coming months.

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Principal Organisers:

Dr Marie-Noëlle Guillot (m.guillot@uea.ac.uk)
Dr Roger Baines (r.w.baines@uea.ac.uk)

School of Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, NR4 7TJ

Cross-Cultural Pragmatics at a Crossroads III: Impact – Making a Difference in Intercultural Communication (26-28 June 2013)

About The Conference

Making a difference, the impact theme of this third meeting, tapped into, and confronted, two closely related spheres of research activity in intercultural communication: 

  • Research in its value and contribution to wider society, i.e. the pursuit of research that makes a difference and ways of making it applicable and available to those for whom it can make a difference 
  • Research in its investigation of factors that impede or promote communication, understanding and respect for otherness in multicultural/globalised settings 

Speakers

Plenary 1 Istvan Kecskes (University at Albany, USA)
Plenary 2 Mona Baker (University of Manchester, UK)
Plenary 3 Lynda Yates (Macquarie University, Sydney, AUS)
Plenary 4 Minako O'Hagan (Dublin City University, Ireland) 
Plenary 5 Patricia von Münchow (Université Paris Descartes, France)
Plenary 6 Ana Rojo (Universidad de Murcia, Spain)
 

The roundtable will mark the close of the international CCP III  Cross-cultural Pragmatics at a Crossroads Conference  organised by the School of Language and Communication  Studies at the University of East Anglia ( 26-28 June 2013) on  the theme of Impact – Making a Difference in Intercultural  Communication.

 The event will celebrate the partnership between the UEA, its  local host community, and communities beyond by bringing together representatives of all parties to share their perspectives on the challenges of communication across and between languages and cultures.

It is one of a recurrent set of activities on the same theme run by the School of Language and Communication Studies in the context of its Norwich City of Interculture public engagement programme, including the first Let's Talk Public Roundtable in 2011 and our interactive events at the Norwich Forum in February 2012 and May 2013.

Let's Talk is open to the public and will involve representatives from local providers of education, community, cultural and other services, invited to contribute to the debate about issues central to community relations in our world today. The media will also be invited, both to play an active part in the roundtable and to help us disseminate it.

Let's Talk will be chaired by the eminent locally born sociolinguist and UEA Honorary Professor Peter Trudgill and set in motion with contributions by seven panel guests, all with a close interest in intercultural communication:

Recordings of the roundtable will be posted on our Website and disseminated by various other means, including other ‘Norwich: City of Interculture' events organised by the School of Language and Communication Studies over the coming months.

When and Where - Friday 28 June, 12.30-14.00 followed by refreshments, Thomas Paine Study Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Intercultural Communication and Cross-cultural Communication 

This is a discipline in which researchers seek to understand how people from different countries and cultures act, communicate and perceive the world around them. Our research at UEA particularly focuses on different areas of interaction between people from different backgrounds (intercultural end), including in the media, and on comparing communication across languages and cultures (cross-cultural end).

Language is naturally our central preoccupation, but research must also focus on the social attributes, thought patterns, and cultures of different groups of people.

Work on inter and cross-cultural communication plays a role in anthropology, communication studies, cultural studies, linguistics and psychology. It also plays an increasingly important part in research into the management and operation of international businesses.

The principles of inter- and cross-cultural communication seek to extend our understanding of communication across cultural boundaries in a way that preserves mutual respect and minimises antagonism and conflict.

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Publication Outlets

There is a good range of peer-reviewed research journals suitable for submitting papers arising out of CCP III, and several have, over the years, expressed an interest in receiving submissions from CCP events. A (non-exhaustive) list is appended here.

Organisers: Marie-Noëlle Guillot (m.guillot@uea.ac.uk) with Roger Baines (r.w.baines@uea.ac.uk), Jo Drugan (J.Drugan@uea.ac.uk), Luna Filipovìc (l.filipovic@uea.ac.uk), Alberto Hijazo-Gascon (A.Hijazo-Gascon@uea.ac.uk), Clive Matthews (clive.matthews@uea.ac.uk), Andreas Musolff (a.musolff@uea.ac.uk), Carlos de Pablos-Ortega (c.de-pablos@uea.ac.uk), Giulio Pagani (g.pagani@uea.ac.uk), Gabrina Pounds (g.pounds@uea.ac.uk), Nana Sato-Rossberg (N.Sato-Rossberg@uea.ac.uk), Alain Wolf (a.wolf@uea.ac.uk).

Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7TJ

Videos

Istvan Kecskes

 

Lynda Yates

 

Minako O'Hagan

 

Patricia von Münchow

 

Ana Rojo

 

Makiko Mizuno

 

Mona Baker

 

Phil Wood

 

Roundtable Discussion