A Monolithic “Dead End” or a “Hybrid Exit”? Cultural Hybrids Facing National Image Construction & Their Role in the History of Intercultural Communication

Agnieszka Dudek (1)
(1) University of Vienna , Australia


Intercultural communication in the context of national construction is often associated exclusively with our era of globalization. But, in fact, it has been present for over 150 years, in reference to multi-ethnic regions, in particular. Therefore, the paper goes back to the origins of cultural hybridity as a historical and intercultural phenomenon, facing the emergence of national image construction, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of intercultural communication and thus shed new light on our socio-cultural problems, with national and post-national backgrounds. The analysis is on one hand focused on Central European borderland, namely Austrian-Silesia, as a crown land of the Habsburg Monarchy, at the end of 19th century, and on the other, based on theories by Homi Bhabha, Wolfgang Welsch, Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Martin Buber, Benedict Anderson or Miroslav Hroch.[1]

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Agnieszka Dudek, University of Vienna

Agnieszka Dudek is a PhD candidate and researcher at the University of Vienna, Austria. In her PhD project Cultural Communication in the Habsburg Monarchy. The Case: Galicia-Silesia/ Silesia-Galicia (1848-1914) she is dealing with multi-, inter- and trans-cultural phenomena in the Habsburg Monarchy in the context of national movements, with particular reference to everyday cultural hybridity. She received several visiting scholarships resp. internships e.g. at following institutions: Charles University in Prague/CZ, University of Cracow/PL, Herder Institute in Marburg/DE, Franko National University of L`viv/UA, Harvard University/USA, University of St. Andrews /UK. Her main interest fields are: inter-/trans-cultural communication, cultural hybridity, multilingualism, migration, border regions.

Dudek, A. (2017). A Monolithic “Dead End” or a “Hybrid Exit”? Cultural Hybrids Facing National Image Construction & Their Role in the History of Intercultural Communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 17(2), 1–04. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v17i2.738

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