DepositInterculturality, Internationalization and Intercomprehension: what is the relation?

This paper paper reviews the concepts of interculturality and internationalization of higher education, discussing the relationship between them and additional languages, drawing on some considerations on the use of an approach for the teaching-learning-use of additional languages, known as the intercomprehension approach. The review offered here concludes that interculturality, internationalization and intercomprehension are related insomuch as the intercomprehension approach and interculturality can help to mitigate negative efects of internationalization, such as the strengthening of the hegemony of English as the academic lingua franca.

DepositThe Limits Of Multiculturalism In Japan: In Defense Of Interculturalism And Nomadic Assemblage

As part of a global trend, Japan seems to begin embracing the discourse of multiculturalism in what could be taken as a departure from the ideology of homogeneity. However, looking closer at the Japanese case, we can see the waysit has promoted the same hegemonic ideology of homogeneity with a post-modern veil of tolerance. Thus, what could serve as a subversion to the rigid and essentialized notion of national identity in Japan isneutralized under the discourse of tolerance without any need for anti-immigration policies, as Japan seems to move from a disciplinary society to a society of control characteristic of the neo-liberal countries. Throughout this article it is argued that the symbolic misery instituted through the schools’ curriculums, together with a culture of tolerance, acts in ways to prevent any creative interaction with difference, further solidifying rigid notions of Japaneseness and neutralizing possible nomadic assemblages to take place.