Joseph Shaules : Culture, Cognition and the Intercultural Mind

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20/02/2018   19:30 - 22:30
Seats2Meet, Utrecht Centraal Station

We are proud to announce that Joseph Shaules (PhD) is coming to SIETAR NL! He will talk about new research in cognitive neuroscience that is revolutionizing our understanding of culture and mind. Paradigms are shifting. What challenges ánd opportunities does this create for intercultural trainers and educators? What happens in our brains while being in an intercultural situation? The outcomes of brain research force us to develop new perspectives on questions like: What is culture shock and how does it affect us? Can cultural differences be measured? Why are we blind to our own cultural conditioning?

In his talk, Joseph Shaules will introduce new insights and will address questions like:

  • What is happening in the field where neuroscience and culture come together and how does this provide radically new perspectives?
  • What are its consequences for our (traditional) understanding of culture and identity?
  • What does this mean in practice for our work as intercultural trainers and educators?

We will re-examine basic concepts from this new perspective: how to look at culture, identity, and cultural difference. We will learn how these new approaches can inform our own work in intercultural training and education: we will see both the challenges and the opportunities.

This talk will be a mixture of theory and practice, with plenty of room for discussion and interaction. Meeting in English 

19.00 – 19.30: Welcome with coffee and tea
19.30 – 20.40: Talk Joseph Shaules, more theory oriented
20.40 – 21.00: Break
21.00 – 22.00: Talk Joseph Shaules, more discussion and application oriented

Joseph Shaules (PhD), an American living in Tokyo, has worked in intercultural education for more than 25 years. He is a specialist and pioneer on the connection between neuroscience and culture. He is a professor at Juntendo University in Tokyo and director of the Japan Intercultural Institute. Besides he is a Japan specialist for Intercultures, a German training company. He is proficient in English, Japanese, French, Spanish and Indonesian.

He wrote a pioneering book: The Intercultural Mind: Connecting Culture, Cognition and Global Living. In his book he presents exciting new research from cultural psychology and neuroscience. He sheds light on the hidden influence of culture the unconscious mind. Previously he wrote: Deep Culture: The Hidden Challenges of Global Living.


Date: February 20, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM (doors open 7:00)
Location: Seats2Meet, Utrecht
Costs: members € 20,- (costs); non-members € 40,-
Register closed: fully booked!