C10 Intercultural issues was hosted at HiOA 22-26 May 2017. The 15 participants included 6 incoming students and 3 teachers plus on the Norwegian host side 5 students (including 1 German and 1 Spanish exchange student) and 1 teacher. The task was to develop intercultural guidelines for on-campus working relationships among the main 5 EMCC participants: contributors, tutors, moderators, proofers and editors. In preparation for the workshop, an organization committee composed of Maylin Skjærmoen Kristiansen (left) and Margret Stray-Pedersen (right) plus Robert Vaagan had asked participants to prepare material on Geert Hofstedes cultural dimensions for their respective country. This proved useful in sensitising participants to the workshop theme.
On day 1 Clyde Moerlie, HvA and Robert Vaagan, HiOA shared their scientific article “Diversity and Media in the Netherlands and Norway”. Nazan Haydari, Bilgi University explained the media system in Turkey while Christine Ritz, HdM, presented insightful cases on intercultural communication. On day 2 Marianne Mikkelsen from the Norwegian State Broadcasting Corporation and 2 scholarship holders in NRK´s multicultural recruitment program shared experiences with intercultural journalistic work in Norway. Then 3 groups were created: one student group worked on theory, another student group on practical visualisation and a third teacher group discussed possible cooperation on the article and other material.
On day 3 the students groups did interviews in the centre of Oslo relating to intercultural communication and the EMCC. Work progressed on theory and practical visualisation, students agreed that the guidelines should apply equally to all EMCC communication irrespective of roles. On day 4 group work intensified and the two students groups developed their final product. On day 5 students presented their work, feedback was provided by teachers and all students, certificates of attendance were distributed and it was time to conclude the workshop. An evaluation survey was sent to all participants, and work on the final report was started. A group picture had been taken on day 3 in front of the Royal Palace. Thanks to everyone for wonderful work in Oslo!