Intercultural research and social activism

Hans J. Ladegaard, Alison Phipps

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In this introductory paper, we argue for a stronger link between language and intercultural communication research, theory development, and social/political action. We aim to reignite the debate about our role as public transformative intellectuals and to let advocacy and empowerment be embedded in our work. This calls for a shift in focus from the elite groups who have dominated the intercultural narrative to disenfranchised groups like refugees and (forced) migrant workers. We also reflect on our multi-positionality as scholars, and we present a dialectics of language, intercultural communication and social activism. Finally, we introduce the 12 papers that comprise the Special Issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-80
Number of pages14
JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2020


  • advocacy and empowerment
  • disenfranchised groups
  • Intercultural research
  • public intellectuals
  • social activism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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