This talk will raise questions about the goals of intercultural education and training. Often, success is talked about in terms of transcendent ideals (raising consciousness) or advanced forms of perceiving (awareness). Brain and mind sciences, on the other hand, suggests that intercultural understanding is not an abstract higher-order form of thinking. Rather, it’s embodied and intuitive—a form of insight and pattern recognition—a view that is similar to the thinking of intercultural pioneer Edward T. Hall. We will discuss these different visions and consider implications for intercultural education and training.

Joseph Shaules (PhD) is an author and educator in the field of language and intercultural education. He is the Director of the Japan Intercultural Institute and is a Specially Appointed Professor at the GIC Center, Keio University, Tokyo. He hosts the Deep Culture Podcast, of which Episode 1 touches on some of the same themes of this talk and will provide you with a first taste of its content. Books include: Language, Culture and the Embodied Mind (Springer); The Intercultural Mind (Intercultural Press), and Deep Culture (Multilingual Matters).