Introduction: Organised Cultural Encounters

  • Lise Paulsen GalalEmail author
  • Kirsten Hvenegård-Lassen
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


The term “organised cultural encounters” refers to a genre of intervention that, in its broadest definition, works through the organisation of face-to-face encounters between people who are perceived to be culturally different. This genre of intervention is directed towards a wide variety of social relations that are deemed to be in need of support, reparation, or transformation. The chapter outlines our analytical approach, which is informed by Mary Louise Pratt’s concept of “the contact zone” and the concept of the “encounter”. The book is based on five empirical studies, all related to Denmark (interfaith dialogue work, a youth diversity project, diversity management training, volunteer tourism, and a community dance project). The introduction expands upon how we work across these different fields by analytically moving “sideways”.


Contact zone Cultural difference Encounter Immigration Intervention Organised cultural encounters Social practice Transformation 


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  • Lise Paulsen Galal
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kirsten Hvenegård-Lassen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Communication and ArtsRoskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark

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