Doctoral Days – Intercultural Citizenship led by prof. Michael Byram

In the context of his invitation to the Université de Haute-Alsace (UHA) Chair in Interculturalies, Prof. M. Byram offers to PhD students from partner universities (Eucor – The european Campus, EPICUR, University of Lorraine, etc.) an online workshop on the theme of intercultural citizenship.

This 3-hour workshop will take place on 15 June 2022 from 9:30 to 12:30. It will consist of two parts with a lecture followed by a reflective workshop led by Prof. Byram. (See programme Below).

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Participation is limited to 40 PhD students

Pr. Michael ByramProf. Michael Byram

Michael Byram is Professor Emeritus at Durham University (UK) and Guest Research Professor at the “St Kliment Ohridski” University of Sofia (Bulgaria).

After teaching French and German at secondary school level, Prof. Michael Byram carried out research into the education of linguistic minorities, foreign language education and student residence abroad since the 1980s. His research interests include intercultural studies, comparative education and bilingual education. He has published numerous books and scientific articles, especially on the development and assessment of intercultural communicative competence and intercultural citizenship.


Latest authored books:

  • Jia, Y., Byram, M., Xuerni, S. & Xualai, J. (2019). Experiencing Global Intercultural
  • Communication. Preparing for a Community of Shared Future for Mankind and Global Citizenship. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.
  • Wagner, M., Cardetti, F. & Byram, M. (2019). Teaching Intercultural Citizenship Across the Curriculum. ACTFL American Council on the Teaching of Fereign Languages.
  • Byram, M. (2021) Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence – Revisited. Bristol: Multilingual Matters

More information and publications: click HERE

Programme – 15 June 2022

09:30-10:45: Keynote lecture by Prof. Michael Byram

Intercultural Citizenship – origins and futures
In the first part of his lecture, Prof. Michael Byram will outline what he means by “intercultural citizenship” and explain how he combines the concepts of “intercultural competence” and “citizenship education”.
He will present an international project at undergraduate level, that illustrates these concepts and their application in language courses.
In the second part, he will present “pedagogies of discomfort”, illustrated by a project that helps students to better understand the current pandemic and their own reactions.

11:00-12:30: Workshop by Prof. Michael Byram

Implications of teaching intercultural citizenship for teachers
Those who teach intercultural competence are often teachers of history, literature or modern languages. Their educational background has led them to acquire a professional identity mainly
oriented towards the transmission of knowledge and not towards the teaching of skills and attitudes.
We will hence start by a reflection on related identity issues. Citizenship education – whether national or intercultural – as described by Prof. Michael Byram in his lecture, leads teachers to encourage or even request action from learners in the society. According to Prof. Michael Byram, some responsibilities are less recognised by educational systems and teachers. Consequently, he will open a discussion about the options and decisions that everyone has to take.