Vivien Xiaowei Zhou

vivien xiaowei zhou

Dr Vivien Xiaowei Zhou

Lecturer in Intercultural Communication

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Intercultural Communication and Deputy Programme Leader for MSc Intercultural Business Communication. I lead postgraduate modules in intercultural communication and intercultural competence at Edinburgh Napier Business School. I also teach undergraduate modules in similar subjects, including two modules with a focus on Mandarin Chinese (for beginners).

My research interests are broadly summarised as: thematically - intercultural communication (in education, the workplace, and the wider community), dialogue in interpersonal communication, cultural identity, the liminality of transitional experiences; methodologically - qualitative research, with a particular interest in narrative inquiry and researching multilingually. I have recently edited (with Nick Pilcher) a special issue entitled "Interrogating the 'Third Space': Negotiating meaning and performing 'culture'" for the journal Language and Intercultural Communication.

I hold a BA and an MA in English Language and Literature from Peking University, China. My PhD is in Intercultural Communication from the University of Manchester, UK (thesis entitled ‘A narrative exploration of the UK academic acculturation experiences of students from mainland China’). I have been the Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) between 2014 and 2018. I am currently the books reviews editor of the journal Language and Intercultural Communication

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Conference organiser: for IALIC 2017 "Interrogating the 'Third Space': Negotiating meaning and performing 'culture'" https://staff.napier.ac.uk/ialic2017

 

Editorial Activity

  • Book reviews editor of the journal Language and Intercultural Communication
  • Guest Editor (Language and Intercultural Communication, Special Issue 19.1)

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Invited Speaker

  • 'But students don't interact - what do they learn?' Negotiating interculturality in internationalising higher education, presented at the 'Interculturality in a Precarious Future: Multiple Contexts, Multiple Voices' symposium (October 2018), University of Leeds

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • Ed.D. external examiner (Durham University, School of Education, 2019)
  • Ph.D. external examiner (Durham University, School of Education, 2018)
  • Ed.D. external examiner (Durham University, School of Education, 2016)
  • Ph.D. external examiner (UCL Institute of Education, 2015)

 

Reviewing

  • Journal reviewer for the Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education
  • Journal reviewer for Language and Intercultural Communication

 

Date


12 results

Intercultural business education: The role of critical theory and experiential learning

Book Chapter
Holmes, P., & Zhou, V. X. (in press)
Intercultural business education: The role of critical theory and experiential learning. In Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication. Taylor & Francis (Routledge
Workplaces, both locally and globally, are increasingly characterised by complexity, ambiguity, and diversity, but also by individual distinctiveness and local relations. Peop...

Revisiting the ‘third space’ in language and intercultural studies

Journal Article
Xiaowei Zhou, V., & Pilcher, N. (2019)
Revisiting the ‘third space’ in language and intercultural studies. Language and Intercultural Communication, 19(1), 1-8. doi:10.1080/14708477.2018.1553363
No abstract available.

Tapping the thirdness in the intercultural space of dialogue.

Journal Article
Zhou, V. X., & Pilcher, N. (2018)
Tapping the thirdness in the intercultural space of dialogue. Language and Intercultural Communication, 19(1), 23-37. https://doi.org/10.1080/14708477.2018.1545025
In this paper, we explore intercultural communication as dialogue occurring in a third space. Through seven students' reflective essays on group-based intercultural learning, ...

‘Intercultural competence’ as an intersubjective process: a reply to ‘essentialism’

Journal Article
Zhou, V. X., & Pilcher, N. (2018)
‘Intercultural competence’ as an intersubjective process: a reply to ‘essentialism’. Language and Intercultural Communication, 18(1), 125-143. https://doi.org/10.1080/14708477.2017.1400510
In this paper, we problematise a competence-oriented reflective approach to intercultural education by drawing on four students’ reflective essays about their experiential lea...

A 'third space' perspective on intercultural dialogue

Presentation / Conference
Zhou, V. X., & Pilcher, N. (2017, June)
A 'third space' perspective on intercultural dialogue. Paper presented at 17th International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) annual conference - Interrogating the 'Third Space': Negotiating meaning and performing 'culture', Edinburgh Napier University
No abstract available.

Interdisciplinary methodologies in different cultures of learning: Apples and Pears?

Conference Proceeding
Macdonald, I., Firth, R., Foster, M., & Zhou, V. (2014)
Interdisciplinary methodologies in different cultures of learning: Apples and Pears?
This paper explores the reception and analysis of different methodologies in an inter-disciplinary pedagogical collaboration involving Design and Business academics and their ...

Re-constructing “culture of learning” – international student experiences in China and the UK.

Conference Proceeding
Foster, M., Macdonald, I., Firth, R., & Zhou, V. (2014)
Re-constructing “culture of learning” – international student experiences in China and the UK
Following previous Teaching Fellows funding to undertake a joint research project between Business School and the School of Arts & Creative Industries we would like to present...

Multiple perspectives in re-constructing ‘culture of learning’ – international student experience in China and the UK.

Presentation / Conference
Foster, M., & Zhou, V. (2014, January)
Multiple perspectives in re-constructing ‘culture of learning’ – international student experience in China and the UK

Developing intentionality and researching multilingually: An ecological and methodological perspective

Journal Article
Stelma, J., Fay, R., & Zhou, X. (2013)
Developing intentionality and researching multilingually: An ecological and methodological perspective. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 23(3), 300-315. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijal.12040
This paper uses an ecological perspective to understand a researcher's developing intentionality vis-à-vis her multilingual engagement with research processes, namely, ‘resear...

Acculturation as storied cultural learning experience

Presentation / Conference
Zhou, V. X. (2012, May)
Acculturation as storied cultural learning experience. Paper presented at Narrative Matters 2012 – Life and Narrative, Paris
In intercultural communication studies, acculturation is a popular topic that addresses the process through which individuals acquire new cultural patterns through intercultur...

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