impEct No. 8 / 2016

A bit later than originally planned the edition of impEct, No. 8 is published. In the first place, this issue deals with the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the preparation of intercultural understanding. Follow three contributions addressing actual issues of Europe from different perspectives, especially one of them is about the relationship between Europe and Russia. Further on comes the reproduction of a presentation about the relationship between languages and intercultural practice. Then, the reader will find a Dortmund Bachelor Thesis concerning Fair Trade Practices in Latin America. Finally, some bibliographical information is attached.

Mariella Olivos Rossini, ESAN Lima (PE), presents her PhD thesis she has recently defended at Tilburg University (NL): “About the ‘link class model’”. The author evaluates her “Link Class”-model including the cooperation of experts, students from 12 different nations and locations, and ex-alumni of post-graduate study programs. Different to expensive mobility programs mostly ran by industrialized countries, the emerging nations have to use the Information and Communication Technologies for intercultural learning. On the other hand, the acquisition of media competence is becoming to be in Europe, too, an essential part of high education goals. (Forthcoming)

Vlad Mureşan, PhD, Associate Professor of philosophy and coordinator of the course „International Relations and German Studies“ at Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj (RO) gives an insight into “The Russian Contradiction. A Critique of the Eurasian Idea" – a subject of high relevance in the present days and indispensible to understand Russian politics. The author points out the Russian messianism being in contradiction with the political evolution of the Russian Eurasian Empire.

Mihály Bak, graduate of Double Master Course in Political Sciences of Grande École Sciences Po Lille (F) and Szeged University (HU) presents a study about « L’efficacité de la politique de cohésion de l’Union européenne au travers de l’exemple des régions de convergence et des régions de transition ». He analyses in detail the relative success of EU coherence policy in the concerned regions.

Motivated by his Review of Ulrike Guérot’s book: Warum Europa eine Republik werden muss! Eine politische Utopie, in Zeitschrift für Politik 2016, Werner Müller-Pelzer deepens his criticism of the mentioned book in the article “Warum leben wir zusammen, und wie wollen wir zusammenleben? Mit einem Exkurs zu Heimatliebe, Patriotismus und Kosmopolitismus. The text puts Guérot’s self-negation into the literary and philosophical context of European self-doubt. Against this, the author presents his view about living together in Europe – an interpretation influenced by New Phenomenology.

The followig document is a PPT presentation concerning Müller-Pelzer’s speech at the 44th Congress of UPLEGESS (Association of foreign language teachers at French universities and Grandes Écoles) with the title : «‘Adopter une langue comme on adopte un enfant’ – Contre l’interculturel utilitariste». From a phenomenological perspective the author argues that the affective base of foreign language learning is crucial when addressing intercultural understanding.

The next document is the Bachelor thesis of Roberto Portillo Tijerina (MX), a Dortmund graduate of the International Business course at Business Faculty, entitled: „El comercio justo: ¿Una alternativa justa de desarrollo? Ejemplo de la colaboración entre la GEPA mbH y las cooperativas de café orgánico en Chiapas, México”. The author provides not only the state of the art of Fair Trade but also relies on his questioning of a number of responsibles in Mexican cooperatives. Thus, he is able to forster a better understanding of the producers’ needs.

Finally, the editor refers to some of his recent publications:

„Interkulturelle Kompetenz – Welche praktischen Konsequenzen hat die anthropologische Wende?“, in: Hiller, Gundula Gwenn / Lüsebrink, Hans-Jürgen / Oster-Stierle, Patricia / Vatter, Christoph (Hg.): Interkulturelle Kompetenz in deutsch-französischen Studiengängen: didaktische Konzepte, Methoden, Materialien. Wiesbaden: Springer, 2017, 87-102. ISBN 978-3-658-1479-1

„Le Manifeste convivialiste dans une perspective phénoménologique », in : Paun, Nicolae / Schirmann, Sylvain (Hg.): Identities, Communities: The Road to Reconciliation and Partnership in Central and Eastern Europe. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2016 (Veröffentlichungen der Historiker-Verbindungsgruppe bei der Europäischen Kommission, Bd. 18), 389-409. ISBN 978-3-8487-3323-1

„Die leiblichen Grundlagen von interkultureller Lebenserfahrung und Fremdsprachenerwerb“, in: Mäder, Marie-Therese/Metzger, Chantal/Neubert, Stefanie/Oulukpona-Yinnon, Adjaï Paulin/ Schellenberg, Louise (Hg.): Bücken bauen, Festschrift zum 65. Geburtstag von Dorothee Röseberg, Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Bielefeld, Transcript, 2016, 123-144. ISBN 978-3-8376-3360-3

In impEct No. 9, Pilar Sánchez, lecturer of Behavioural Economics, Consumer Economics and Business Administration at ESIC Marketing & Business School Madrid (E), will present the book edited by her: "Etica, Marketing y Finanzas Islámicas. El Consumidor Musulmán". She prepares a doctoral thesis in this area.