Editorial: Qualitative Research and Intercultural Communication


  • Matthias Otten Fachhochschule Köln
  • Jens Allwood Göteborg University
  • Maria Assumpta Aneas Universitat de Barcelona
  • Dominic Busch Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
  • David M. Hoffman University of Jyväskylä
  • Michele Schweisfurth University of Birmingham




intercultural communication, qualitative cultural research, intercultural research, cross-cultural comparison, ethnocentrism, migration, education, media


This article introduces to the thematic scope and the articles of this special issue and it explains some important terminological distinctions of the intercultural research field. The overall aim of this issue is to explore the manifold ways to apply and to reflect upon qualitative research methods in the context of intercultural communication. This implies both a discussion of genuine characteristics of intercultural qualitative research as well as attempts to identify common features and linkages of this special area with more general interpretative research traditions under the "umbrella" of qualitative social research. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0901342


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Author Biographies

Matthias Otten, Fachhochschule Köln

Matthias Otten, Dr. phil, is a sociologist and researcher at the Department of Intercultural Education, University of Koblenz-Landau (Campus Landau) in Germany. His research interests include intercultural communication theory, the development of intercultural competence, internationalisation of higher education institutions and migration research. He has edited several thematic issues of international journals (Journal of Studies in International Education; Intercultural Education) and he is co-editor of the publication series Beiträge zur interkulturellen Zusammenarbeit for SIETAR Deutschland (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research).

Jens Allwood, Göteborg University

Jens ALLWOOD is a professor at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Göteborg (Sweden). His research mainly comprises research in the areas of semantics and pragmatics. Mostly this research has been focused on interaction in spoken language including psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic aspects. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Intercultural Communication.

Maria Assumpta Aneas, Universitat de Barcelona

Maria Assumpta ANEAS, Dr., is a member of the research group GREDI (Grupo de Investigación en Educación Intercultural) at Barcelona University. She is a professor in the Department MEDI (Mètodes d'Investigació i Diangòstic en Educació). Her principal research area is that of intercultural competences, qualitative research methodologies and the integration of the migration. She is member of the International Academy of Intercultural Research (IAIR), and currently president of SIETAR Spain (Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research).

Dominic Busch, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

Dominic BUSCH, Prof. Dr., is Junior Professor in Intercultural Communication at European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. His main fields of interest and research include intercultural mediation, discourse analytic approaches to constructions of culture and interculturality as well as border research and employability of students from study programmes on intercultural communication. His recent publications include Intercultural Mediation (Interkulturelle Mediation, Peter Lang Publishers) and Intercultural Competence and Employability (Interkulturelle Kompetenz und Employability), a special edition of Interculture Journal, 2/2007.

David M. Hoffman, University of Jyväskylä

David HOFFMAN, Dr., is a researcher at the Institute of Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His interests include international comparative higher education, international migration and ethnic relations and intercultural communication. He teaches research methods and intercultural communication in Finland, France and Canada.

Michele Schweisfurth, University of Birmingham

Michele SCHWEISFURTH, Dr., is Director of the Centre for International Education and Research, and Reader in Comparative and International Education at the University of Birmingham, UK. She has over 20 years of experience of teaching and researching education in more than 10 countries. Her research interests include: the intercultural experiences of international students at UK universities; global citizenship education; democratic and child-centred learning; and education for development. Her recent publications include Comparative and International Education: An introduction to theory, method and practice (Routledge, with David PHILLIPS) and the article Learning to Live Together: A Review of UNESCO's Associated Schools Project Network (International Review of Education 2005).



How to Cite

Otten, M., Allwood, J., Aneas, M. A., Busch, D., Hoffman, D. M., & Schweisfurth, M. (2009). Editorial: Qualitative Research and Intercultural Communication. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-10.1.1248

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