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Submissions/Introduction to Low Context and High Context: Communicate Effectively Between Cultures

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2017.

Submission no. 7032 - TU
Title of the submission

Introduction to Low Context and High Context: Communicate Effectively Between Cultures

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)


Author of the submission

Delphine Ménard

Language of presentation

English (with muchas altre langues !)

E-mail address



notafish / Delphine (WMF)

Country of origin

France / Germany

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimedia Foundation

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

The workshop's goal is to make people understand how easily misunderstandings happen in an intercultural context and give some keys as to what one should be looking for when communicating in an intercultural context to avoid these misunderstandings. There are many models about intercultural communication, and here I want the audience to explore Edward T. Hall's model that explains the differences between low context and high context cultures. The workshop will have a part about explaining that concept and will have some quick exercises that allow to better understand the concept and put the workshop learnings into practice. The Low Context and High Context model can be used in intercultural communication, but also is extremey relevant to online communication, gendered communication and communication altogether. Understanding how other communicate is essential to avoid or deescalate conflict, a skill that anyone who needs to interact with others may find useful.

What will attendees take away from this session?

Through a series of little exercises and a bit of theory, the participants will learn to recognize when they have a tendency to communicate in low or high context mode and how this affects their relationships with others. Takeaways are a better understanding of how much context matters in various exchanges and a heightened sense of where misunderstandings may stem from, which is one of the first steps towards conflict resolution.

Theme of presentation
  • WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
  • Everyone
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
55 minutes (or 2x55 even better :))
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Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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  1. ZMcCune (WMF) (talk) 22:44, 11 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]