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A research trajectory for difficult times: decentring language and intercultural communication

Holmes, P. and Peña Dix, B. (2022) 'A research trajectory for difficult times: decentring language and intercultural communication.', Language and Intercultural Communication, 22 (3). pp. 337-353.


This study investigates how critical intercultural pedagogy, creative arts methods, inspired by new materialism, can support new forms of language and intercultural learning in contexts of conflict. Columbian university scholarship recipients in pre-service English language education from disadvantaged backgrounds, co-research alongside the researcher/educator to develop drama games for language and intercultural learning directed at teachers and learners in the students' home communities. The transformative, collaborative research approach, drawing on critical pedagogy and ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’, aims to decentre language and intercultural communication education, and promote a social activist stance among students in the face of local and global uncertainties.

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Publisher statement:© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date deposited:24 June 2022
Date of first online publication:26 May 2022
Date first made open access:24 June 2022

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