Interculturality in education: Latest trends

The field of education has had a special relationship with the idea of interculturality. For many decades already, many scholars and practitioners have promoted interculturality in teaching-learning. For the last ten years, there has been tremendous change in the way the notion is problematized and used. What is more, postcolonial approaches have urged the ‘periphery’ to be more critical towards ideas about the intercultural emerging from the ‘West’. In this talk, I will summarize these critiques. The Beijing-Helsinki model that is currently being developed by Li & Dervin (2018) will also be introduced to illustrate how one can take current critiques into account.

Fred Dervin is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki (Finland). He is Director of the TENSION research group (diversities and interculturality in education) and Vice-Director of the SEDUCE doctoral school at Helsinki (Society, culture and education). Dervin also holds several professorships in Australia, Canada, China, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Sweden. Prof. Dervin specializes in intercultural education, the sociology of multiculturalism and student and academic mobility. He has widely published in international journals on identity, the 'intercultural' and mobility/migration (see list of publications: Dervin is one of the most influential scholars on intercultural communication education in Europe.
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