Peter Praxmarer (Docteur ès sciences politiques, Institut des hautes études internationales, Geneva, 1984) was Executive Director of EMICC (European Masters in Intercultural Communication) from 2005 to 2017, and Lecturer at USI (Università della Svizzera italiana), Lugano, Switzerland.
Besides his academic work, he also was a consultant for UNITAR and the United Nations University and has worked in the private sector. After the wars in ex-Yugoslavia, he served as Field and Training Coordinator with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo from 1999-2001, for which he has also developed training programs in the field of democratization and good governance.
His main research focus is on epistemological issues. His teaching is mainly on conceptualizations of “The Other”, as well as on intercultural communication in international organizations, in post-conflict contexts and peace communication. During the past ten years, he has taught and lectured at many universities in Europe and elsewhere. He also gives workshops and training courses in intercultural communication for different publics.
For the Center of Intercultural Dialogue he has written, since 2014, Otherness and the Other, compiled a reader with study materials on Intercultural Communication Competence – and a poem, Languages of Peace, as well as a reflection on Charlie Hebdo and Intercultural Dialogue. His Paris, Friday November 13, 2015: Modest Thoughts of an Interculturalist has been published in The International Communication Gazette, 2016 Special Issue “The Unbearable Lightness of Communication Research”.