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 Professor Wu Zongjie is Director of Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies at the School of International Studies, Zhejiang University. His work is also associated with the Centre of Contemporary Chinese Discourse Studies, and Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage Studies. He holds a PhD degree from Lancaster University in the area of linguistics. His research in education seeks to promote the cross-cultural understanding of language education through combining historical, ethnographic, philosophical, and linguistic approaches to pedagogical discourse. His commitment to the Chinese heritage studies for cross-cultural interpretation has resulted in fresh and innovative thinking about the way how traditional Chinese culture and knowledge could be properly represented and interpreted in the modern world. A common thread that runs through his work is the philosophical perspective on the relationships of being (life), knowing and naming (representation) in the context of cultural dialogue between the East and West. His grass-rooted ethnographic projects on Dongwushan Heritage Village and Shuitingmen Cultural Heritage and Memory have received great attention from academia, local government, and Chinese media.  He has been invited to lecture both in China and across the world.

He is the author of Teachers' Knowing in Curriculum Change (Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2005), Cultural Diversity of Discourses: Facilitate Coexistence and Harmony (Zhejiang University Press, 2006), and Curriculum and Language Teacher Development (People’s Educational Press, 2005). Recent articles contributions in both Chinese and international journals include “Interpretation, Autonomy and Transformation: Chinese Pedagogical Discourse in a Cross-Cultural Perspective (Journal of Curriculum Studies); Narrative Paradigm of Shiji and the Indigeneity of Ethnography (Journal of Guangxi University for Nationalities) ; “Deconstructing and Reconstructing Metahistorical Discourse”(Journal of Wuhan University);  “Ritual Hermeneutics as an Alternative to Reason”(China Media Research); “Discourse Turn in the Study of Chinese Cultural Anthropology” (Journal of Zhejiang University); “Understanding practitioner research as a form of life: An Eastern interpretation of Exploratory Practice” (Language Teaching Research); “Being, Understanding and Naming” (International Journal of Educational Research); “Cultural Transformation of Educational Discourse in China: Perspectives of Multiculturalism/Interculturalism” (Book chapter, Routledge); “Discourse of Chinese medicine and Westernization” (Book chapter, Hong Kong University Press).

Personal homepage link: http://www.sisins.zju.edu.cn/Discourse/staff/wuz/wuzongjie.htm