ReDICo Conferences

A number of ReDICo conferences will take place during the project. The goals here are both strategic and academic, as the conferences seek to create sustainable national and international links, while also looking to advance perspectives on Digital Interculturality from a theoretical and empirical perspective.

Conference “Cosmopolitanism in a Postdigital, Postmigrant Europe, and Beyond” (online, June 26 – July 7, 2023)

The idea of cosmopolitanism remains multifaceted and fit for purpose. It may be seen, for example, as a philosophical concept, or viewed as a theoretical and empirical tool used to describe and
understand contemporary society, culture and interculturality. But cultural theory and empirical research have not remained stagnant, and a number of recent ideas have been proffered as further
theoretical and empirical tools. These include the concepts of postdigitality and postmigrancy. The “post” in these terms does not denote an end (of digitality or migration), but the transformation of a society indissolubly interwoven with digitality and migration. Cramer (2014:13, 17) sees the “post” in postdigital as denoting a “continuation” rather than a rupture, as indicative of the “messy state of media, art and design after their digitization”, eradicating the distinction between old and new media. Similarly, the term postmigration implies that the structures of society have been
fundamentally altered by migratory processes (Foroutan 2019); supposedly clear dichotomies of “migrant”/“native” or “assimilated”/“segregated” become dissolved, while established distributions
of resources and power structures have increasingly been called into question and become renegotiated. Indeed, the mere fact of continuously shaping a (post)migrant society and of being
immersed in super-diversity with cultural and linguistic implications (Blommaert/Rampton 2011) needs to be accepted (Foroutan 2019). Thus, the new theoretical and empirical postmigrant and
postdigital realities call for new perspectives on the concept of cosmopolitanism and adjoining concepts, such as Europeanism. These ideas, though very applicable to European societies and lifeworlds, are not limited to Europe but are found and may be investigated in a variety of contexts.

In our upcoming conference, we will engage with the undeniable fact that migration and digitalization are deeply intertwined with our daily reality and have greatly left their mark on society. This also, of course, changes our thoughts and perspectives on cosmopolitanism. We are looking forward to a lively discussion. Among others Prof. emer. Gerard Delanty (University of Sussex) and Prof. Naika Foroutan (DeZIM Berlin) have confirmed their participation.

The online conference will take place from June 26 to July 7, 2023. Participation is free of charge. Further information about the program and registration will follow.

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Conference “Lifewide Learning: Transformations and New Connections in Postdigital Societies” (Jena/online/hybrid, June 29 – July 1, 2022)

Digitalization has rapidly transformed the planet. Technological developments continuously open up a myriad of new possibilities in daily human experience. Indeed, the Internet has penetrated material reality to such an extent that it is now, often, impossible in many contexts to disentangle the material from the virtual. In this “postdigital” (Cramer 2014; Knox 2019) scenario, the digital and the material intertwine and the intersubjectivity of lifeworlds develop, thus, relatively freely in a hybrid space. The encounter with ‘newness’ becomes indeed potentially accessible at the touch of a button 24/7, and learning becomes a lifewide experience, covering a myriad of new digital and potentially global contexts, beyond the local. New connections with other people and their artifacts are continuously occurring. These new connections foster learning processes which lead to personal and cultural transformations; the ground upon which new connections develop.

The conference took place over three days:

29 June 2022: online
30 June 2022: hybrid (online & in presence at the ‘Dornburger Castles’, near Jena, Germany)
1 July 2022: in presence, at the ‘Dornburger Castles’, near Jena, Germany.


Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Friday, 01 July 2022

Drawings: Akemi Paz, CC-BY-NC


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Introductory Symposium on "Interkulturalität in (post-)digitalen Kontexten“ (Jena/online September 20, 2021)

In this symposium on September, 20, 2021, we introduced our ReDICo project, and reflected upon the state of the art within Intercultural Communications scholarship, Internet Studies and how they may be combined.

Interkulturelle Sommerakademie, Online, 20. September 2021

ReDICo-Symposium „Interkulturalität in (post-)digitalen Kontexten“

9:30 Begrüßung und Vorstellung der wissenschaftlichen und strategischen Zielen des BMBF- Forschungsverbundes ReDICo (Researching Digital Interculturality Co-operatively) (Watch presentation on YouTube)

9:45 Inwieweit kann Post-Digitalität als „lebensweltliche Hybridität“ verstanden werden? Workshop – Moderation: Dr. Luisa Conti, PD Dr. Fergal Lenehan, Dr. Roman Lietz

11:15 Pause

11:30 Interkulturelle Studien und Internet Studien – Nebeneinander oder Miteinander? Vortrag + Diskussion – PD Dr. Fergal Lenehan & Dr. Roman Lietz (Watch presentation on YouTube or download paper)

12:15 Mittagspause

13:15 Scimification. Affektive Einstiege in ganzheitliche virtuelle Lernprozesse Vortrag + Diskussion – Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bolten (Watch presentation on YouTube or download paper Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3)

14:00 Pause

14:15 Internationale virtuelle Zusammenarbeit. Wie entsteht ein echtes Miteinander? Vortrag + Diskussion – Dr. Luisa Conti, Dr. Milene Mendes de Oliveira & Barbara Nietzel, M.A. (Watch presentation on YouTube or download paper)

15:00 Pause 15:15 Digitale Tools zur Datenerhebung und Auswertung in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften Workshop – Dr. Elisa Hofmann (Watch presentation on YouTube or download paper)

16:45 Pause 17:00 „Online-Seminare interaktiv gestalten“ Interaktiver Vortrag – Sabine Vana-Ströhla und Tommy Schmidt

18:30 Informeller Austausch zum Tagesabschluss

Panel on Intercultural Online Communication at GAL Conference (Würzburg/online September 15-17, 2021)

ReDICo organised a panel about Digital Intercultural Communication for the Section of Intercultural Communication and Multilingual Discourse at the annual GAL (Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik) conference in Würzburg (15-17 September 2021). You can download the full program here.

You will find all presentations held by ReDICo members at the Digital Intercultural Communication panel here:

GAL Sektionentagung 2021, Online, 15. September 2021

ReDICo-Symposium „Digitale Interkulturelle Kommunikation in Wirtschaft und Kollaboration“ und “Digitale Interkulturelle Kommunikation in Lehre und Lernen”

15:05 Business English as a lingua franca in intercultural simulation games via Zoom: a case study Vortrag + Diskussion: Dr. Milene Mendes de Oliveira, Universität Potsdam (Download paper)

17:10 Language and power: reflexions around dynamics of exclusion and self-exclusion in online role-playing games Vortrag + Diskussion: Dr. Luisa Conti, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena & Dr. Milene Mendes de Oliveira, Universität Potsdam (Download paper)

GAL Sektionentagung 2021, Online, 16. September 2021

ReDICo-Symposium „Digitale Interkulturelle Kommunikation als Verbindung von Linguistik und Kulturstudien“

09:00 Diskursive Herstellung von Identität und Sozialer Kohäsion im virtuellen Raum Vortrag + Diskussion: Dr. Roman Lietz, Universität Mainz (Download paper)

09:30 Heimat wird Netzwerk. Reflexionen über Diaspora-Gemeinschaften im postdigitalen Zeitalter Vortrag + Diskussion: Dr. Luisa Conti, Universität Jena (Download paper)

10:00 Intercultural Communications and Internet Studies: A Parallel Academic History, and the Need to Unite? Vortrag + Diskussion: Dr. Fergal Lenehan, Universität Jena (Download paper)

16:00 WeltCafé: Zustand und Zukunft der Digitalen Interkulturellen Kommunikation Moderatoren: Dr. Milene Mendes de Oliveira, Universität Potsdam & Dr. Roman Lietz, Universität Mainz