Material Interculturality: making sense with everyday objects

Ros i Sole, Cristina. 2024. Material Interculturality: making sense with everyday objects. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781003049913 [Book] (In Press)

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This book shows how objects can create new linguistic and cultural orders, spotlighting the ways in which everyday collections help make the world anew by rearranging its materiality and multilingual speakers make meanings without words.

Adopting an innovative approach to intercultural research drawing on work from visual and multisensorial ethnography, Ros i Solé critically reflects on what we know as interculturality by going beyond the verbal and the more-than-human to understand languages and cultures. This book expands the meaning of interculturality by seeing it as the result of the relations between people, places, and materiality. Using everyday multilingual artefacts such as clothes, cookie-cutters, LPs, books, and pens, it presents a new semiotic multilingual landscape where the intercultural is closely connected to the ground, and it is felt, rehearsed, and re-enacted through the stories and the memories contained in multilingual objects.

This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars in intercultural communication, multilingualism, language education, and applied linguistics.


Chapter 1: Living Interculturality with Objects

Chapter 2: The Vibrancy of Language

Chapter 3: Material Semiotic Repertoires

Chapter 4: Intercultural Orders

Chapter 5: Sensing The Intercultural

Chapter 6: A Doing of Language Without Words

Chapter 7: Thinking Culture Through Affect

Chapter 8: Travelling Memories

Chapter 9: Where Is the Intercultural?

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