Since 2007, the Centre for Intercultural Studies (CEI) of the Polytechnic of Porto has developed applied and fundamental research, co-operating with other national and international institutions in scientific, technical and cultural projects.
CEI’s designation and goals comprehend the whole interdisciplinary field generated by the research, exchange opportunities, scientific events, and editorial projects the team has created along the years within CEI’s main research lines: intercultural theories and practices, intercultural communication, and intercultural business.
The CEI team is composed of over 50 researchers and lecturers from ISCAP-P.PORTO and other national and international institutions, and has the support of a renowned advisory board. CEI hosts and supervises masterclasses, conferences, seminars, a Post Graduate Course on Cultural Resources for Business, and two MA programs – in Intercultural Studies for Business (DD with the Université d’Artois) and in Specialized Translation and Interpreting – with the help of a specialized library and several open access databases.
From the onset, CEI has taken part in countless national and international conferences and publications, funded research projects, and published more than a dozen books for worldwide distribution, in the vast field of intercultural studies. Every year, CEI grants awards to MA dissertations in intercultural studies, offers grants and internships for junior researchers, and publishes E-REI: E–Journal of Intercultural Studies.
CEI is a research associate of the Institute for the Study of Literature and Tradition (IELT) of Lisbon’s New University (FCSH-UNL), and collaborates formally with Universities in Spain, France, Germany, Romania, Brazil, Poland, Latvia, Macao, Mozambique, Russia, Macedonia, USA, Algeria, Sri Lanka, and India, as well as with Unyleya, Portuguese Association of Women Entrepreneurs, High Commission for Migrations, Luso-Turkish Association, Google Arts&Culture, and CIJE – University of Porto’s Law School. CEI belongs to RESMI (Higher Education Network for Intercultural Mediation), RIESDM (Network of Higher Education Institutions for the Protection of the Mediterranean Diet), the World Network of Magellan Universities, and is a founding member of ECREA Women’s Network. CEI is a member of COST actions and of the projects ICCAGe (ReCLes), EnDent, Atlas of Portuguese Literary Landscapes, Augmented Assessment, and TheRoute. CEI maintains specific PhD protocols with the Universities of Vigo, Santiago de Compostela and Salamanca.
At CEI, intercultural studies are synonymous with movement, communication, dynamics, and encounters between cultures. Our purpose is to discuss their pragmatic consequences in academia and society. The contemporary intercultural travel is a global journey, a circumnavigation powered by the speed of new technologies and this concept of interculturality underwrites all the comings and goings, the transmission and reception of information implicit in the communication, in the diversity and in the transit that intercultural suggests. This is why we propose to examine the motivations, characteristics and representations of cultural interactions in their perpetual movement, devoid of spatial and temporal borders, in a risky but stimulating indefinition of limits.