Zhu Hua

University College London
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Zhu Hua is professor of language learning and intercultural communication and director of the International Centre for Intercultural Studies at the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL). She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK and chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL). Her research draws from her experience of intercultural living and working in China and the United Kingdom and centers on multilingual and intercultural communication and language development.

Talk Information:

Politics of Cultural Differences
May 27, 2022 | 9:00 AM

In this talk, I am going to reflect on epistemic challenges and the importance of understanding politics of cultural differences in researching language and culture. I will draw on research on ‘culture talks’ and my own experience of working and living in different cultures to explore the questions of who talks about cultural differences, for what purposes, and why it matters.

For further reading:

Zhu Hua, Rodney H. Jones & Sylvia Jaworska (2022) Acts of distinction at times of crisis: an epistemological challenge to intercultural communication research, Language and Intercultural Communication, DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2021.2024563 

Available open access at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14708477.2021.2024563