Intercultural interaction

from my drum set

Everyday life is becoming more "globalized." We, as citizens and consumers, continuously find ourselves more embedded within intercultual networks of known and unknown others as we interact more and more with and through information and communication technologies. I am particularly interested in cultivating cultural awareness in myself and others. Because of this, I work with two study abroad programs and do research on intercultural interaction, specifically as it relates to the lives of students. [Please see my teaching page for information on my study abroad program.] Below are some of my publications related to interculturality and pedagogy.

Current project

I am currently working on a collaborative project with Csilla Weninger, a sociolinguist and discourse analyst, that maps out coputer-mediated interactional patterns among Hungarians and Romanians as they discuss the past/present/future of Transylvania.


[check my CV page for links to many of my publications]

2012. Williams, J. Patrick, and Csilla Weninger. “Applying Goffman’s Assumptions about Communication to a New Media Environment.” In Salvini, A. et al. (Eds), Present and Future of Symbolic Interactionism, vol. 2. Pisa, Italy: University of Pisa Press.

2011. Weninger, Csilla, and J. Patrick Williams. “Hungarians are ‘Mongols’ and Romanians are ‘Gypsies’: Relational processes of identification in an online multi-ethnic discussion forum.” Cross-cultural Pragmatics at a Crossroads II: Linguistic and Cultural Representations across Media. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

2010. J. Patrick Williams. “Music, Symbolic Interaction, and Study Abroad.” Studies in Symbolic Interaction 35:223-240.

2005. Weninger, Csilla, and J. Patrick Williams. "Cultural Representations of Minorities in Hungarian School Textbooks." Pedagogy, Culture and Society 13(2)159-180.

2004. Ryba, Tatiana, and J. Patrick Williams. “Multiculturalism or Assimilation? An Examination of a University International House through a Cultural Studies-as-Praxis Model.” The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 26(2):210-228.

2002. Williams, J. Patrick & Tatiana Ryba. "Doing Service Learning in an International Student Center." Tennessee Education 32(1):47-55.

2002. Williams, J. Patrick. "Review of Becoming Intercultural: An Integrative Theory of Communication and Cross-Cultural Adaptation by Young Yun Kim." Intercultural Education 13(1):99-100.

2001. Williams, Patrick. "Liminality among European Exchange Students." International Education 30(2): 19-40.