Invited Guest Lectures by Dr Nino Tabeshadze | Cross-cultural communication on International Relations (15-19 April 2024)

Dr. Nino TabeshadzeProfessor at the School of Social Sciences at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), is visiting the Open University of Cyprus, and more specifically the Postgraduate programmes “PNYX: Political History, Theory and Practice and  “Communication and New Journalism, under the Erasmus+ International Mobility Programme for an invited Teaching Assignment. The overall title of her course is "Cross-cultural communication on International Relations".

Dr. Tabeshadze holds a PhD in Culture Studies, focusing on interdisciplinary research, collective trauma, and coping mechanisms. She is professor in the School of Social Sciences at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). Since 2013, she is also Invited Professor at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Faculty of the Social and Political Sciences). She is an honorable member of the World Museum representing Georgia, and she was nominee of the Tsinandali Award 2017 in the category of Best Young Scholar of the Year.

The programme of her open invited lectures is as follows:

  • Monday 15 April 2024 | 18:00 – 19:30 (GMT+3 / EEST)

1st Lecture: Impact of Cross-cultural communication on International Relations

This lecture emphasizes the importance of culture and identity in international relations, and illustrates challenges that arise from cross-cultural communication. The lecture will underscore the significance of recognizing and embracing cultural variety and the need for cultural competence, sensitivity, and awareness of bias in policymaking to creating positive and productive international relationships. The perspective for cultural differences to lead to conflicts is also highlighted, which underscores the importance of cultural competence and sensitivity in communication.

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  • Tuesday 16 April 2024 | 18:00 – 19:30 (GMT+3 / EEST)

2nd Lecture: Development of “Enemy Icon” through speech

The lecture will focus on the language of hatred can be used as a strategic weapon for downgrading the enemy and for building up the desired narrative template followed by whole society. The presentation will focus on the development of enemy icon with the help of the hated language. The grounded research of the lecture is based on the content analysis of the speeches made by Russian policymakers after the war of August 2008 concerning Georgia.

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  • Wednesday 17 April 2024 | 18:00 – 19:30 (GMT+3 / EEST)

3rd Lecture: The role of Message in Communication

The effective communication process is the prerequisite for effective interaction. It is through the communication process that the sharing of a common meaning between the sender (coder) and the receiver (decoder) takes place. Individuals that follow the communication process will have the opportunity to become more productive in every aspect of their occupation. Successful communication leads to understanding.

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  • Thursday 18 April 2024 | 18:00 – 19:30 (GMT+3 / EEST)

4th Lecture: Understanding and Misunderstanding of Message 

In this lecture, we will discuss illustrative examples of (mis)understanding the communication message where it is not clear whether a misunderstanding has occurred, whether communication was successful, and where the participants do not try to negotiate an understanding, even though different interpretations are very probable to exist. By analysing real-life data, we focus on various types of such examples of (mis)understanding, attempt to analyse their source and explain why they are a norm in the process of coming to an understanding

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Detailed information about each Lecture, and the Invited Speaker HERE