Intercultural education in a monocultural context: global and local dimensions of sensitive topics

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Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska
Urszula Markowska-Manista

Abstract

The article critically engages in teaching intercultural education in Poland—a country that is to a great extent homogenous in ethnic or religious terms. It starts with a brief overview of the complicated nature of intercultural education, followed by a case study of how intercultural education is studied and researched in Poland in a top academic journal dedicated to intercultural education. Quantitative content analysis shows that intercultural education is generally approached and unrelated to the local Polish context. The only exception is the borderland type of intercultural education. This leads to a conclusion that teaching intercultural education without a context—i.e. real-life experiences—proves to be a challenge in monocultural schools.

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Górak-Sosnowska, K., & Markowska-Manista, U. (2022). Intercultural education in a monocultural context: global and local dimensions of sensitive topics. Society Register, 6(1), 7-18. https://doi.org/10.14746/sr.2022.6.1.01
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Author Biographies

Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska, SGH Warsaw School of Economics

Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska is an associate professor and head of the Middle East and Central Asia Unit, SGH Warsaw School of Economics. Her research focuses on Muslim communities in Poland and Europe. PI in Let’s Empower, Participate and Teach each other to Hype Empathy. Challenging discourse about Islam and Muslims in Poland (EMPATHY) funded by the European Commission, 2022–2023).

Urszula Markowska-Manista, University of Warsaw

Urszula Markowska-Manista, PhD – is field researcher in education in culturally diversified environments and indigenous childhood and youth studies concerning children’s rights. Since 2016, she has been  the  director  of  and  lecturer  in  the  MA  Childhood  Studies  and  Children’s  Rights  (MACR,  Berlin, Potsdam) and is assistant professor at the University of Warsaw (Faculty of Education).

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