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#Focus ICAS12 | Rethinking Interculturality to Build an Inclusive and Global Future: A Critical Case Study of Videos Made by French People Living in South Korea

#Focus ICAS12 | Rethinking Interculturality to Build an Inclusive and Global Future: A Critical Case Study of Videos Made by French People Living in South Korea

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Du 24 au 28 août prochain, l’Université Kyoto Seika accueillera la douzième édition de l'International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS). Cet été, le GIS Asie, partenaire de l'événement, vous propose de découvrir une sélection de communications qui seront présentées lors de l’événement.

Melanie Le Forestier présentera une communication intitulée "Rethinking Interculturality to Build an Inclusive and Global Future: A Critical Case Study of Videos Made by French People Living in South Korea"
 
The contemporary world goes through a fundamental change with the “acceleration of processes and events”, which has had an impact on the “manner of our being-in-the-world” (Rosa 2013). Even if it has become easier to travel abroad, to meet and interact with people globally (through new technologies and modes of transport), our recent times have also seen tensions and prejudices growing within social and cultural in-groups and between out-groups.

In this context, this paper aims to emphasize the importance of intercultural communication in crafting a global future. Too often in the literature about interculturality, the experience of living abroad is presented as an “interculturalizing” experience by itself. However, this research, based on a critical approach to interculturality (Abdallah-Pretceille 2003), highlights the fact that international mobility is important but not sufficient to develop intercultural competences.

Drawing on research on transnational cultural practices and global cultural connectivity (Iwabuchi 2010, Chin 2016), this paper will present the results of a qualitative case study on French people living in South Korea, who produce videos on Youtube where they broadcast themselves but also frequently introduce South Korean-related topics to their French audience. Using both a cognitive psychological approach on implicit biases and a critical media discourse analysis, I analyze how these French Youtubers “express, negotiate and co-construct their cultures and identities” (Dervin 2014) through their experiences of living abroad. The study shows that despite trying to engage in an intercultural perspective on their host country, their videos contribute, even implicitly, to reinforce several cultural stereotypes.
 
Melanie Le Forestier recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Intercultural Communication for the IDEFI DEFI Diversité, a national-funded project co-managed by several Engineering Schools from Toulouse. Her research interest lies at the intersection of critical intercultural communication and media studies, with a particular focus on the development of a decentering approach and understanding to our relationship to the world.
#Focus ICAS12 |Rethinking Interculturality to Build an Inclusive and Global Future: A Critical Case Study of Videos Made by French People Living in South Korea