Developing Cosmopolitanism Through Intercultural Mediation Activities: An After-School Digital Storytelling Project in Catalonia

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https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ikala.352092

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digital storytelling, funds of knowledge, cosmopolitanism, intercultural mediation

Abstract

This article analyzes interaction taking place in an after-school digital storytelling project, involving a group of teenagers in Catalonia, Spain, with different lingua-cultural backgrounds. It focuses on intercultural mediation activities carried out in one of the early project sessions in which a young girl of Ghanaian origin mobilizes her previous life experience to mediate, for her local peers in Catalonia, understanding of a video produced by Ugandan youth. The data is transcribed and analyzed using a multimodal conversation analytic perspective. Drawing on the theoretical concepts of intercultural mediation, cosmopolitanism, and funds of knowledge, this article investigates the following: (a) how the girl mobilizes her funds of knowledge to mediate the content of the video and the other audience members and, (b) how cosmopolitanism is developed in intercultural mediation. The article also touches on how intercultural mediation is collaboratively constructed across modes, languages, and material objects. The findings indicate that the young participants’ cosmopolitan stances are enacted and enabled in intercultural mediation, as the youngsters can make sense of cultural concepts that they can not tackle as well on their own. The findings further help to reconceptualize the competences, knowledge, and resources of youth in the superdiverse and interconnected world.

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Miaomiao Zhang, Autonomous University of Barcelona

PhD Candidate, Department of Language, Literature and Social Science Education, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain.

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Published

2023-09-13

How to Cite

Zhang, M. (2023). Developing Cosmopolitanism Through Intercultural Mediation Activities: An After-School Digital Storytelling Project in Catalonia. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 28(3), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ikala.352092

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