Art matters in languages and intercultural citizenship education

Ana Gonçalves Matos, Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer

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This introductory paper briefly discusses the pressing need for intercultural citizenship education in a human world made small, currently shut down due to a pandemic. We further argue for a renewed relationship between the arts and intercultural citizenship education that explores sustained imagined worlds; stimulates empathy; promotes the critical development of languages towards dialogue; inspires social, cultural, and political action; and demands transformation. Lastly, we present the six papers that comprise this issue and document, illustrate, and examine art matters in languages and intercultural citizenship education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-299
Number of pages11
JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2020


  • arts
  • Citizenship education
  • intercultural dialogue
  • interculturality
  • literature
  • poetry


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