“Nested Interculturality”: Dispositions and Practices for Navigating Tensions in Immersion Experiences



This chapter explores the model of “nested interculturality” (Avineri, 2015), a collective of dispositions and practices for ethical intercultural engagement that can be used to navigate tensions often experienced in cultural and linguistic immersion experiences. The conceptualization of “nests” foregrounds an ecological and dynamic view of interculturality in which both cultivation/growth and precariousness/risk are negotiated simultaneously in partnership with others. The chapter explores interculturality as an individual-in-context learning process and an “oppositional practice” (Kramsch & Nolden, 1994) negotiated through interactions across spaces, temporalities, and narratives. Ultimately, this chapter is both theoretical and model-building as well as pedagogical and practice-oriented, highlighting how interculturally-minded and relationally-oriented educators can mobilize their professional practice for societal change.


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