Intercultural Communication Short Course: Final Seminar
Exploring Cultural Concepts: Key Insights from the International Seminar upskill FISIP Udayana on ‘Intercultural Communication and Globalization’
Cultural diversity is an integral aspect of our globalized world, and understanding and appreciating different cultures is essential for effective communication and cooperation. The International Seminar on 'Intercultural Communication and Multifaceted Globalization,' hosted by David Dalsky, Ph.D. from Kyoto University, provided valuable insights into the significance of cultural concepts in fostering intercultural understanding. This article summarizes the key takeaways from this enlightening event.
The International Seminar on 'Intercultural Communication and Multifaceted Globalization' was a collaborative event between the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Udayana University and the upskill Study Program. This seminar took place at the FISIP Auditorium Hall, situated on the 4th floor of Jl. P.B Sudirman in Denpasar. Notably, the seminar drew participation from 42 students from Udayana's Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, alongside esteemed lecturers from Udayana University such as Sukma Sushanti MA, Putu Titah K.Resen. MA, Richard T. Ginting. M.Hum, Ada Davia Pradipta, Nazrina Zuryani, and representatives from the Upskill Study Program, creating a dynamic and intellectually stimulating gathering.
The Role of Cultural Concepts:
The seminar highlighted the importance of cultural concepts in bridging the gap between different cultures. Cultural concepts are terms or phrases that encapsulate unique cultural ideas, norms, or practices. They serve as windows into the collective mindset of a particular culture. Dalsky emphasized that understanding these concepts is crucial for effective cross-cultural communication.
Examples of Cultural Concepts:
The seminar introduced several intriguing cultural concepts from diverse cultures, shedding light on their meanings and implications. One such concept, "Amai" from Japanese culture, translates to "sweet" and embodies the idea of presumed indulgence, where favors are expected to be granted without explicit communication. Another concept, "Manja" from Indonesian culture, signifies excessive pampering or affection, particularly within romantic relationships, offering valuable insights into relationship dynamics. Additionally, there are several Javanese concepts brought up during the discussion as well, which emphasize several abstract aspects such as the fluidity of time and actions without fixed timeframes, providing a deeper understanding of cultural perspectives. These concepts collectively showcase the richness and nuances embedded in different cultures, highlighting the significance of intercultural understanding.
Teaching and Learning in an Intercultural Context:
Dalsky emphasized the importance of reciprocal learning in intercultural exchanges. Instead of focusing solely on teaching or being taught, he advocated for an approach that centered on mutual learning. This approach promotes a deeper understanding of cultural differences, as everyone involved in the exchange becomes both a learner and a teacher.
Inclusive Practitioner Research:
The seminar encouraged attendees to engage in inclusive practitioner research. This means actively participating in research activities, including interviews, discussions, and reflections, to deepen their understanding of cultural concepts and intercultural communication.
In an increasingly interconnected world, fostering intercultural understanding is paramount. Cultural concepts serve as valuable tools for deciphering the intricate layers of different cultures. Through the International Seminar on 'Intercultural Communication and Multifaceted Globalization,' David Dalsky Ph.D. provided a thought-provoking exploration of these concepts, offering attendees the opportunity to enhance their intercultural competencies. By embracing the principles of inclusive practitioner research and reciprocal learning, individuals and communities can experience greater cultural awareness and collaboration on a global scale.
By Billy Bagus