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Texts of Hans Durrer have appeared in:
Die Gazette (Munich), Soundscapes (Groningen), Schreibkraft (Graz), Aurora Magazin (Salzburg), Titel Magazin (Karlsruhe), Morgenwelt (Berlin), Tages-Anzeiger (Zurich), Frankfurter Rundschau, Medienheft (Zurich), Der Freund (Hamburg), Nebelspalter (Horn), The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension (Oxford), Asia Times Online (Hong Kong), Afterimage (Rochester), Vewd (Greensboro), Zone Zero (Mexico-City), Private (Saint-Brisson), F-Stop Magazine (Chicago).

» On Basic Human Conditions
» The malleable mosaic of digitized photography

See also the blog "Across Cultures":

Hans Durrer
WAYS OF PERCEPTION. On Visual and Intercultural Communication
White Lotus Press, Bangkok, 2006, ISBN 974-4800-92-5

There are loads of books on intercultural communication. I would say it's a jungle out there, and you can very easily get lost, waisting your time with going through piles of worthless reading. Durrer's book is much more than it promises. It goes way beyond visual and intercultural communication. And in that it is a beacon in the jungle. The book will shed light on various verbal and non-verbal forms in which communication takes place and thus, will ultimately make you more aware when you communicate across cultures. But be aware - the prize for being a better communicator is high. It is not about learning in terms of expertise of any otherness but rather of involving yourself, self-awareness, and ultimately self-knowledge. The cocktail you get with Durrer's book is rich both in its depth and linguistic versatility. What a pearl - enjoy!
Norbu on (4 June 2011)

This book provides some rich background reading for professionals engaged in rural extension, facilitators and teachers, especially for those who do not have a strong background in theoretical or applied Linguistics. It provides precise and well-founded accounts of the many issues involved in visual perception, culture and communication, and also builds on ethical issues deriving from the main subjects involved in the study. It also challenges many assumptions about what we see and believe across cultures.
Finally, the author's major concern resides in interculturalism. It could be equally important to take some of his conclusions to mainstream cultures - even within the same country - and not necessarily assume homogeneity in nations/cultures, but acknowledge the existence of heterogeneity giving rise to a distinct integrated network of behaviours, beliefs, values, ways of seeing and attitudes within the same culture.
Maria Cristina Plencovich in The Journal of Agricultural Education & Extension (Oct 2011)

Hans Durrer
"Truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names"
An Essay on Eastern and Western Values
ISBN (eBook): 978-3-640-97222-7
ISBN (Book): 978-3-640-97313-2
Grin Verlag;