Cultural identity and alterity is a controversial issue.The way someone experiences and arranges encounters with foreigners is influenced by how he approaches this issue: as cultural exchange, as cultural clash or as a situation that should be refused and ignored. The notion “interculturality” that recently entered the general discourse suggest the creation of a space for mutual understanding and communication.
Within this panel discussion, young cultural scientist debated questions on cultural identity and developments in cultural exchange. For them, successful cultural exchange is not only about the willingness to understand and communicate with each other, it also includes coexistence and conflict, rejection and dismay, isolation, empathy and assimilation.
Organized in collaboration with IZKT –International Center for Culture and Technology Research, University Stuttgart.
Teresa Pinheiro (geb. 1972 Lissabon, Portugal) ist Juniorprofessorin für „Kultureller und sozialer Wandel unter den Bedingungen von Globalisierung und transnationaler Integration“ an der TU Chemnitz.
Jens Badura (geb. 1972 Österreich) arbeitet am Max-Weber-Kolleg der Universität Erfurt im Forschungsprojekt Kontingenz und Moderne.