A gathering of active researchers in the field of 'intercultural studies'
held at Lancaster University on July 8th 2000, in order to
identify and review some of the challenges facing academics from different
backgrounds who were undertaking research in this rapidly developing
interdisciplinary field. It was intended to complement the ground-breaking work
carried out by the Cross-Cultural Capability Conferences at Leeds Metropolitan
University and to discuss the issues created by combining different research
methodologies in new ways in order to address new questions. Researchers
with acknowledged expertise in a given methodology were asked briefly to
introduce the research issues posed by their particular approach and to suggest
how these issues were being resolved. The presentations were intended to
stimulate open-ended debate on the way forward.
A number of pre-selected themes formed the basis of the presentations. These
included: reflections on the relationship between the North American and
European approaches (Alice Tomic), the psychoanalytical perspective (Sylvette
Cormeraie), the techniques and approaches associated with conversational
analysis (Juliane House), discourse analysis issues (Robert Crawshaw),
ethnographic applications (Alison Phipps and Gavin Jacks), quantitative and
qualitative methods (Lies Sercu), interculture and literature (Margaret Parry).
Mike Byram was left with the unenviable job of trying to sum up a very
wide-ranging and disparate day.
Download a report of the day's proceedings as a Word file (approx. 687