5. Cultures in Context: How Environments Influence Culture and Communication

March 12-14, 2019

Any idea of ‘culture’ is inseparable from its contexts— the environments (natural, constructed, spiritual, psychological, historical) in which communities form and communication takes place. Our workshop meets in a special land where place, spirituality, and community form an organic whole for the Pueblo people, as they do for indigenous communities everywhere. When the Spanish arrived here in the 16th Century they brought different beliefs, values, tools, and structures, and imposed these cultural patterns on the land and its people. Further changes and disruptions were wrought by the ‘American’ westward expansion of the 19th Century and again by today’s powerful forces of gentrification and tourism. Theoretical approaches will be reinforced by site visits, as we explore these cultural layers in the architecture, landscape, food, names, and symbols here, connecting and applying our findings to the situations and contexts in which each participant lives and works. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and discuss their own senses of place, and consider how the workshop themes may be applied in other settings. A photo ethnography on CD Rom of one of the sites visited will be given to participants, along with a resource list including further readings and videos.

John "Jack" Condon explain intercultural communication

Dr. John (Jack) Condon is emeritus professor at the University of New Mexico where he has lived since 1980. Previously he lived and taught for two decades in Latin America, East Africa, and Japan. Regarded as a founder of the field of intercultural communication and one of the original faculty members of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC), Jack is an award-winning author and educator, and currently director of the Jemez Institute which offers workshops and culture-sensitive field trips in New Mexico. He and Richard offered seminars on place and space in New Mexico for many years, a happy collaboration that continues each summer with new workshops at the Summer Institute (SIIC) in Portland.

Richard Harris need for intercultural communication

Dr. Richard Harris was born in London, U.K., but has lived in Japan since 1980, apart from two wonderful years in New Mexico where he completed his Ph.D. Richard has an enduring love of travel, and is fascinated by the variety of ways in which human beings adapt to their environment in different cultures. He has explored this theme in many papers and in workshops conducted with Jack Condon at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC), the University of New Mexico, and at SIETAR conferences.