IAICS 2017 (China)

IAICS 2017In today’s world, globalization erases boundaries and leads to increased contact among various languages and cultures. While human contact and migration have always been present throughout history, e.g., on the Silk Road, today’s media and transport capacities facilitate contact and communication to an exponentially greater extent than ever before. As a consequence, the phenomena of diversity, interculturality and hybridity are intensified. Juxtaposed to increased contact ensuing from globalization are both the positive and negative aspects of the protectionist efforts of localism. The theme of this conference seeks to examine the context of these problems within the spheres of education, language, culture, and society.

Preregistration due February 28, 2017.



CFP ESTIDIA 2017: Dialogues Without Borders (Bulgaria)

Call for Papers
European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue
4th ESTIDIA Conference
Dialogues without Borders: Strategies of Interpersonal and Inter-group Communication
29-30 September 2017

Faculty of Philosophy
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”
Sofia, Bulgaria

in partnership with

Institute of Rhetoric and Communications, Sofia
Centre for New Media and Transdisciplinary Dialogue, Constanţa

The 4th ESTIDIA conference, to be held on 29-30 September, 2017, is hosted by Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, the oldest higher education institution in Bulgaria, founded in 1888, which has been consistently ranked as the top university in the country according to national and international rankings. The conference serves as a discussion forum for researchers and practitioners to showcase their dialogue-oriented work on current societal and community-related issues, and on methodological approaches to dialogue and strategies of interpersonal and inter-group Communication. The aim is to bring together senior and junior scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and professional orientations to critically explore, through dialogue, different perspectives on human thinking, communication strategies, interpersonal relations, socio-cultural traditions, political processes and business interactions by means of theory-based and practice-driven investigations.

Conference Theme

Most of the world’s population – and Europe is a case in point – lives in contexts that are becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural. Travel across national boundaries is becoming an everyday activity for many, and new technologies allow individuals to communicate easily and cheaply across such boundaries, even if they stay at home. Meanwhile, hostilities between ethnic, national, religious, and other groups do not seem to be decreasing, but on the contrary, are being kindled by extremist groups and totalitarian leaders. To oppose, prevent and do away with such negative and dangerous developments in the 21st century, it is more important than ever to acquire an in-depth and nuanced understanding of how individuals communicate based on group or community memberships, and how communication allows or encourages group segregation and isolationist tendencies. It is languages – verbal language, sign language, body language – that constitute the basic channels of communication through which group stereotypes can be tolerated, changed, and/or resisted.

While the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup relations has been a recurrent topic in several disciplines, such as psychology, social psychology (Tajfel 1978, 1982; Haslam et al 1998; Bar-Tal 2000) and political science (Sherif 1966; Pennebaker et al. 1997; Sidanius & Pratto 2001), research on communication and miscommunication in interpersonal and intergroup interaction has been conducted primarily within the fields of linguistics, sociolinguistics anthropology, rhetoric and communication studies (Hymes 1964; Gumperz 1971; Gudykunst 1998; Gudykunst & Mody 2002; Giles 2012; Berger 2014). A major advantage of these research strands lies in their intergroup perspective that considers people not only as individuals, but also as members of social groups (in terms of e.g., gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, region), and investigates the ways in which various social group memberships relate to the way that we communicate with each other.

A major goal of this conference is to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines who are interested in sharing their expertise and in discussing and comparing their extensive empirical and theoretical findings, so as to achieve a synergy and a cross-fertilisation of perspectives and approaches that highlight the role of communication practices in dealing with challenging situations emerging in interpersonal and intergroup encounters in 21st century societies.


CFP Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action (South Africa)

Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action
July 10 – 12, 2017 in Johannesburg, S. Africa

The Taos Instiute is partnering with the Institute for Transdisciplinary Development in S. Africa for a conference that aims to create the context for both large and small group dialogue with the intent to harvest new learnings about how people – together – across disciplines and in participation with local knowledges – can co-create innovative practices to address complex challenges successfully.

Much has been researched and said about Africa’s problems and complexities and what should be done. This conference’s focus will be on what has been done – successfully. We will bring African projects, from small to mega, from all contexts and disciplines, in the focus. These success stories are going to be unpacked to establish how collaborative, transdisciplinary relationships have enabled success.

Come witness the stories, from the African continent, of collaborative, relational practices and transdisciplinary approaches as creative and innovative responses to solving complex challenges.

This conference will offer you the opportunity to engage in both large and small group dialogue with the intent to harvest new learnings about how people together – across disciplines and in participation with local knowledges – can co-create innovative practices to address complex challenges successfully.

Call for Proposals Open Until March 15, 2017

Contribute and participate in this conference by submitting your presentation proposal illustrating how collaborative, relational and transdisciplinary practices have enabled you and/or your team to achieve transformative and sustainable success in a small or large scale project within one of the following critical focus areas:

  • Education (focus areas including among others primary education)
  • Infrastructure (focus areas including among others; water; electricity; science and technology that are environmentally sustainable)
  • Health (focus areas including among others combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases)
  • Economy (focus areas including among others SME development; entrepreneurial development; sustainable agriculture, high performing organisations)
  • Government (focus areas including among others good governance, stakeholder economic development, infrastructure development, poverty alleviation, education, sport etc.)
  • Culture (focus areas including among others fundamentalism and its effects on conflict and relationships; religion, race; gender)

Pre-Conference Workshops, July 8, 2017

Morning workshop: Social Construction, Relational Theory and Change Practices
Afternoon workshop: Stepping into a Transdisciplinary world

World Conference on Pluricentric Languages (Germany)

5th World conference on pluricentric languages and their non-dominant varieties
Mainz, Germany
July 13-16th 2017

The conference is organised by the Working Group on non-dominant varieties of pluricentric languages (WGDV).

The general theme of the conference is “Models of pluricentricity: Nation, space and language“.

This time the conference will try to focus on the influence of geographic aspects on the modelling of dominant and non-dominant varieties to further advance the understanding of whether geographically contiguous varieties follow the same pathways in their affirmation as own varieties as do geographically separated ones (e.g. European and Brazilian Portuguese).

You find all necessary information on the website of the conference.
All scholars working in this field are invited to submit proposals for papers/workshops by 28 February 2017

CFP Education Theory and Practices in Challenging Times (France)

Call for Papers:
Education theory and practices in challenging times: Cultivating an ethos of social justice, respect and diversity

Angers, France
13 to 16th of June 2017
Organizers: International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) and Université catholique de l’Ouest (UCO)

The focus of this bilingual (ENG-FRE) conference is the dynamic interplay between various societal actors at a time when social and political developments across the globe challenge the very fabric of today’s multicultural societies. The conference aims to create an active and open forum for all who are connected to intercultural education and related fields, including theorists, practitioners, and students. The forum is organized under a series of strands:
Diversity in Education
Diversity in the Workplace
Migration & Mobility: Policies & Practices
Diversity in the Media & Arts
Social Justice in Health, Education & the Workplace
Religious Diversity & Extremisms

All abstracts should be submitted by March 15, 2017.

ICA Message for International Participants

ICA is one of the members of the Council of Communication Associations, the parent organization of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. They sent out the following announcement on January 30, 2017.

Message from the Executive Committee of the International Communication Association (ICA) regarding the Executive Order issued by the US President on 27 January 2017

President Donald Trump’s January 27 executive order bars Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days, and blocks citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), refugees or otherwise, from entering the US for 90 days. This order has raised serious concerns for many members of the ICA community, particularly those intending to participate in the upcoming annual conference in San Diego. These changes run counter to ICA’s commitment to ensure full and equal participation of all members of our organization and participants in our global academic community.

Over the past 48 hours, the ICA leadership has closely monitored this evolving situation, and will continue to assess the policy’s impact on members and attendees. We recognize members’ concerns regarding the uncertain and changing situation, appreciate your feedback and perspectives, and will remain in dialogue with our entire academic community as this situation evolves.

In the meantime, our immediate response includes the following actions, which aim to preserve our right as scholars to freely present our work and to collaborate with our peers:

• ICA has retained legal counsel specializing in visa issues to advise any member seeking to visit the US for the San Diego conference, including assistance in interpreting the new federal policy and applying for entry. This service is offered at no charge to ICA members and other potential attendees. E-mail Laura Sawyer, Executive Director, to be connected with counsel.

• The ICA office, as always, remains ready to assist members in procuring visas to attend ICA conferences and events. Standard invitation letters for visa purposes are available, as always, via the submission website. If you have a special circumstance and need additional help or special wording in your letter, please contact Julie Randolph, ICA Senior Manager of Member Services & Governance, for assistance.

• The ICA San Diego 2017 conference will support reliable teleconferencing and/or prerecorded presentation for those of you who cannot attend the conference in San Diego but would like to preserve your ability to present your work. If you are on the program and wish to have your session scheduled into one of our dedicated landline-internet rooms for guaranteed ability to teleconference in to present your work, please e-mail Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, before Monday, 6 February, so that she can note this request and designate your session to be scheduled in one of these rooms. She will then provide further instructions to you and your session moderator/chair regarding teleconferencing.

• If you are personally affected by this policy, have already registered, and wish to cancel your registration, please e-mail Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director. The cancellation fee will be waived for those unable to attend because of this ban.

At the San Diego 2017 annual conference, we have spearheaded special panels directly associated with this policy, recognizing that rigorous dialogue is essential at this moment. Our opening plenary features scholars discussing the issue of the “border” in San Diego, across ethnicity, religious and national identity, gender, and beyond. Another includes international members discussing current global populist movements and cultures. Several preconferences, Blue Sky workshops, numerous sessions, and a special exhibit on propaganda also address the current environment for academics internationally. At these events, we invite members to dialogue regarding concerns including recent policy actions in the US and elsewhere.

We reiterate ICA’s dedication to a global and diverse exchange of knowledge and perspectives and our mission– to protect the free exchange of diverse ideas among our members and attendees. We reaffirm our belief that scholarship is expanded and enhanced by our differences. Indeed, we cherish the ideals of inclusion and diversity and we celebrate difference; we do not tolerate speech or behavior that threatens the safety of—or discriminates in any way—against any person or group. Our leadership and our staff are committed to preserving these ideals. We reiterate our commitment to working to ensure that ICA as a whole, and our San Diego 2017 annual conference in particular, are physically safe, inclusive, and welcoming environments for the exchange of knowledge and for the enhancement of scholarship and community.

The Executive Committee of the International Communication Association
• PengHwa Ang, President (Nanyang Technological U, SINGAPORE)
• Paula Gardner, President-Elect & Conference Planner (McMaster U, CANADA)
• Francois Heinderyckx, Finance Chair (U Libre de Bruxelles, BELGIUM)
• Amy Jordan, Immediate Past President (U of Pennsylvania, USA)
• Patricia Moy, President-Elect Select (U of Washington, USA)
• Laura Sawyer, Executive Director (ICA Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA)
• Peter Vorderer, Past President (U of Mannheim, GERMANY)

CFP Myth of the ‘Enemy’ (Italy)

Call for Papers
The Myth of the ‘Enemy’: The mutable faces of the Other and the construction of European identities
Bologna (Italy), June 8 – 09, 2017
Deadline: Mar 6, 2017
International Studies Conference
Department of the Arts, Aula Magna di S. Cristina (piazzetta G. Morandi, 2).

The conference is organised by: Irene Graziani, Maria Vittoria Spissu
The scientific committee is formed by: Lilla Maria Crisafulli, Keir Douglas Elam, Vera Fortunati, Irene Graziani, Renato Mazzolini, Giuseppe Olmi, Fulvio Pezzarossa, Giovanni Ricci, Alessandra Russo, Maria Vittoria Spissu.

Organised by: Dipartimento delle Arti
In collaboration with: Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne, Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà – Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna.

The conference’s main focus is on ‘Otherness and the construction of identities’ (be they geographical, ethnic, political, religious, cultural, or social), while the underlying theme requested of the papers is ‘the perception and representation of the enemy’. Contact with the Other, as well as the fear of difference, are highly topical subjects of reflection: the distorting visions they express have, for too long, greatly affected peoples’ civil life and their individual and collective imaginary.

Three sessions are planned, in keeping with the conference’s multi-disciplinary approach: the first session encompasses the Histories of Art, Cinema and Photography; the second concerns History; the third Literature. The papers may be related to the Middle, Modern, or Contemporary ages.

The aim of the conference is to investigate the origin, the circulation and the consolidation of cultural discourses that generated stereotypes and ideas concerning otherness – often aberrant and discriminatory ones – and thus we invite submissions of papers related to the analysis of figures who have been subjected to exclusion and depersonalisation, perceived as belonging to ‘Other Worlds’ to be denigrated, colonised, converted, and/or obliterated: Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Eastern Christians, Dissenters, Turks, Blacks, savages, foreigners, ‘enemies’, ‘infidels’.

Papers that may shed light on the perception of Europeans in texts and images produced by non-European cultures will also be accepted.

Satire and the various forms of violence perpetrated at the expense of other and different cultures, express – as the obverse sides of the same coin – the anxiety but also the fascination and myths created regarding places and peoples that were/are unfamiliar or ‘remote’.

Particular consideration will be given to contributions focusing on mutual influences and on different forms of contamination and hybridization: appropriations of stylistic features and models of the other within the cultures of origin, as well as the diffusion (or imposition) of values, paradigms of knowledge, practices of representation from the hegemonic cultural centre outwards.

The conference also intends to investigate and deconstruct what is hidden behind the labels of ‘enemy’ or the Other, and encourages the adoption of innovative and cross-cultural research perspectives, privileging, when possible, less explored areas and connections.

Paper topics might include:
America, Africa, Asia in the European imaginary and vice versa;
European identities, political contrasts and internal religious polemics;
Otherness as fascination;
Otherness as terror;
Otherness as joke, caricature, satire;
Otherness and propaganda;
Otherness as falsification;
Contaminations of attributes;
Explorations, voyages and contacts – real or imaginary – with unfamiliar civilisations and other Worlds;
Myth of the enemy: archetypes, poetics, pathosformeln;
Migrations of models;
Appropriation of foreign conceptions and types;
Production of hybrid objects;
Otherness and fiction;
Otherness and artistic/literary genres.

How to apply:
If you wish to submit a proposal, please send name(s), email address and affiliation, as well as title, five keywords, abstract (max. 300 words) outlining a 20-minute paper, together with a brief bio (including main research interests and publications – no more than five references), and (if so desired) a provisional bibliography concerning your paper. Please indicate, immediately before or immediately after the title of the abstract, your session of reference: history of art, history or literature (this also applies to multi-disciplinary papers).

Deadline for proposals: by 6th March 2017.
Confirmation of participation will be on 15th April 2017.
Proposals should be sent to: irene.graziani AT unibo.it and mariavittoria.spissu AT unibo.it.
Working languages: English, Italian.

Selected articles of each session/field of research will be published as a volume of conference proceedings, following a double-blind peer review process. The publication will provide (limited) space for (black-and-white) illustrations.
Deadline for paper submission (for publication in conference proceedings): 3 months after conference.

CFP Children, Youth & Media in MENA & Gulf Conflict Zones

Call for Panelists for the upcoming Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., November 18-21, 2017

Children, Youth, and Media in Middle Eastern, North African, and Gulf Conflict Zones. This panel seeks to carve out new pathways into the subject of children, youth and media.

Abstracts are sought that critically interpret how Middle Eastern, North African, and Persian/Arabian Gulf children and youth use, play with, produce, interpret and/or are influenced by media in conflict zones. Abstracts should come from or be framed from the “voice”, or perspective of children and youth and connect how their respective media uses and practices impinge on the development of their culture, constructions of civic and national identity, intergroup attitudes, political opinions, and/or peace and conflict related practices and behaviors. To that effect, papers might examine the media uses and associated daily lives — past and/or present — of among others, Algerian, Iranian, Iraqi, Israeli, Lebanese, Libyan, Palestinian, Syrian, Tuareg, Yemini or Yezedi girls and boys. Papers that explore these areas as they relate to the lives of those among them who have been (forcibly-) migrated, are borderlands children, have been born due to the uses of rape as a weapon of war, and/or whom, through them, have become child mothers, are particularly encouraged.

Abstracts, and so papers, may conceptualize children/childhood or youth from a biological, legal, constructed, and/or subaltern perspective. They may either be modern or historical in focus. Field-based research from a variety of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives are encouraged. Research from communication, children and youth/childhood studies, anthropology, political science, sociology, psychology, history and related disciplines are all welcome. To that effect, media analogous analyses of non-formal education, arts, music, dance, and leisure practices and spaces are invited. The goal of the panel will be to foster a critical transdisciplinary merger of these varied disciplinary approaches.

If interested, and for any questions, please email Yael Warshel at ywarshel AT gmail.com
The following information should be emailed by Feb 8, 2017:
1) your name, affiliation, and contact details.
2) a 300-400 word abstract fitting the above panel theme and MESA’s criteria for evaluating abstracts, including being, “scholarly”, and possessing “a strong, focused statement of thesis or significance, clear goals and methodology, well-organized research data, specified sources, and convincing, coherent conclusions.”

CFP Visualizing (in) the New Media (Switzerland)

Call for Papers: Visualizing (in) the New Media

In November 2017, the Universities of Neuchâtel, Zurich and Bern in Switzerland will host the first international conference to focus specifically on visual communication in/about new media. In this regard, we invite the submission of abstracts for scholarly presentations in any of four overlapping thematic areas.

  1. Social interaction

Here, we envisage presentations that focus on the communicative uses of visual resources in the context of new media; for example: orthography and typography, graphematic design, the use of emojis (pictograms, emoticons, smilies), and/or the social-interactional uses of video, GIFs and non-moving images.

  1. Meta-discourse

Here, we envisage presentations that focus on people’s talk or writing about visual practices; for example: journalistic commentary about visual practices in new media (the use of emojis, for instance) or communicators’ discussions about their own or others’ visual practices in new media spaces.

  1. Visual ideologies

Here, we envisage presentations that focus on the visual depiction of new media in, for example, the context of commercial advertising, print or broadcast news, cinema and television narratives and/or public policy and educational settings.

  1. Industrial design

Here, we envisage presentations that focus on perspectives related to, for example, the visual-material design of technologies and apps, as well as the look or layout of screen interfaces, especially insofar as they concern the communicative (as opposed to technical) affordances of new media.

In selecting presentations, the conference team will privilege those adopting a multimodal approach to visual communication; in other words, studies that focus on visuality but attend to its interaction with other communicative modes – especially linguistic ones. We take a broad and critical approach to labels like “new”, “digital” and “mobile” as they are applied to communication technologies; we are nonetheless principally interested in more current, social, interactive media spaces such as micro-blogging, messaging, forums, gaming, video- and photo-sharing, and social networking.

The principal language of the conference will be English; however, the conference team welcome presentations and posters presented in German, French, and Italian (ideally, with slides or handouts offered in English). In such an interdisciplinary field, we also invite presenters to use their preferred style of delivery, whether it’s a read paper, an unscripted slideshow or some combination of the two.

Titles, abstracts and basic biographical information should be submitted using our online submission system available here: https://www.conftool.net/vinm2017/ . Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words and written in the same language as the presentation or poster. If the abstract is in a language other than English, please provide a list of five keywords in English. We ask that you also indicate which of our four thematic areas (above) your paper addresses as well as if it is a presentation or a poster. The deadline for proposals is February 28th 2017 with an anticipated decision date of April 30th 2017.


CFP IAICS: Languages and Cultures in a Globalizing World (Macau)

The 23rd International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS) Call for Papers
June 6-8, 2017
Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao
Conference Theme: “Languages and Cultures in a Globalizing World: Diversity, Interculturality, Hybridity”

In today’s world, globalization erases boundaries and leads to increased contact among various languages and cultures. While human contact and migration have always been present throughout history, e.g., on the Silk Road, today’s media and transport capacities facilitate contact and communication to an exponentially greater extent than ever before. As a consequence, the phenomena of diversity, interculturality and hybridity are intensified. Juxtaposed to increased contact ensuing from globalization are both the positive and negative aspects of the protectionist efforts of localism. The theme of this conference seeks to examine the context of these problems within the spheres of education, language, culture, and society.

Conference Goals:
* To provide scholars, educators and practitioners from different cultural communities with opportunities to interact, network and benefit from each other’s research and expertise related to intercultural communication issues;
* To synthesize research perspectives and foster interdisciplinary scholarly dialogues for developing integrated approaches to complex problems of communication across cultures;
* To advance the methodology for intercultural communication research and disseminate practical findings to facilitate understanding across cultures;
* To foster global intercultural sensitivity and involve educators, business professionals, students and other stakeholders worldwide in the discourse about diversity and transcultural communication issues.

Topic areas are broadly defined as, but not limited to, the following:
Cosmopolitanism in culture
Intercultural communication and cosmopolitanism
Cosmopolitanism in literature
Time and space in culture/literature
Language and culture
Intercultural communication and nationality
Language and identity
Comparative culture
Cultural identity
Cultural hybridity
Interculturality in literature
Intercultural communication and interculturality
Diversity studies
Language teaching as intercultural communication
Media and interculture Internet intercultural communication
Multi cultures and interculturality
Intercultural communication competence
Culture and travel writing
Intercultural education
Cross-cultural encounters
Interculture and human resource management
Comparative poetics
Interculture and public policy
Comparative literature
Transnational enterprises and intercultural communication
Cultural study theories
Literature and religion
Culture and diplomacy
Literature and film
Language planning and policy
Translation studies
Intercultural pragmatics

Guidelines for Submissions
* Abstract, 100-150 words in English, including positions, affiliations, email addresses and mailing addresses for all authors. Times New Roman 12 pt font size, single spaced.
* Panel proposals reflecting the conference theme may be submitted. Panel proposals should include a 100-150 word abstract of each panelist’s paper (as above) and panelists must each individually complete the registration process (as below).
* The submissions will be evaluated by peer-review. There is a cap of 300 participants in the joint conference (see “Joint Conference” and registration information below).

Deadline: Please submit abstracts and panel proposals by 28th February, 2017.

Conference Working Language: English

Joint Conference: The 23rd IAICS Conference is held in conjunction with the 6th International Conference on English, Discourse, and Intercultural Communication (EDIC), Part I (Macao), June 6th-8th, 2017, followed by 6th EDIC Part II (Xinjiang), June 9th-11th, 2017. For information on EDIC Part II (Xinjiang), please contact the Xinjiang conference organizers.

Submission to: For correct registration, please follow this two-step procedure:
(1) Register and submit abstract online at http://edic.ipm.edu.mo, then
(2) Forward the computer-generated email you receive from the online registration with your registration number to ics@stu.edu.cn

Registration Fee: Waived. However, participants should arrange their own accommodation.

Online Information: http://www.uri.edu/iaics/ ; http://edic.ipm.edu.mo/

Sample Abstract
The Development and Validation of the Intercultural Sensitivity Scale
Guo-Ming CHEN, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881, USA
Email: gmchen@uri.edu

The present study developed and assessed reliability and validity of a new instrument, the Intercultural Sensitivity Scale (ISS). Based on a review of the literature, 44 items thought to be important for intercultural sensitivity were generated for the purpose of analyses in this study. A sample of 414 college students rated these items and generated a 24-item final version of the instrument which contains five factors. An assessment of concurrent validity from 162 participants indicated that the ISS was significantly correlated with other related scales, including interaction attentiveness, impression rewarding, self-esteem, self-monitoring, and perspective taking. In addition, the predicted validity test from 174 participants showed that individuals with high ISS scores also scored high in intercultural effectiveness and intercultural communication attitude scales.