Call for Papers: 12th Annual Conference of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication
Language and Intercultural Communication in the Workplace: Critical Approaches to Theory and Practice
29 November – 1 December 2013
Lam Woo International Conference Centre
Hong Kong Baptist University

Conference overview:
From language classrooms to outdoor markets, the workplace is fundamental to socialisation. The workplace is not only a site of employment where, for example, money is made and institutional roles are enacted through various forms of discourse; it is also a location where interactants engage in social actions and practices, from befriending or bullying a colleague to complimenting or gossiping about the boss. In other words, the workplace possesses cultural and linguistic norms and conventions for engaging in work and non-work related activities.

Recently, the workplace has begun to attract the attention of scholars because of advances in communication technology, cheaper and greater options for travel, and global migration and immigration. Work is no longer confined to a single space. It now requires people to travel over great geographical distances, communicate with cultural ‘others’ located in different time zones, relocate to different regions or countries, and conduct business in online settings. The workplace is thus changing and evolving, creating new and emerging communicative contexts. Intercultural communication researchers have a long tradition of investigating the language and communication of such activities.

The aim of the conference is to promote greater understanding of workplace cultures, particularly the ways in which working in highly interconnected and multicultural societies shape language and intercultural communication. The conference aims to encourage greater dialogue between researchers studying workplace issues with different theoretical and methodological frameworks, and between researchers and practitioners. Abstracts are welcome in any area related to the workplace, including pedagogical settings. The conference focuses on critical approaches to theory and practice, and we are particularly interested in studies that use practice to shape theory, and studies that question the validity and universality of existing models. Many Asian scholars, for example, have criticised some of the predominant models in intercultural communication for being Eurocentric/Anglocentric, and the conference welcomes papers proposing alternative frameworks for analysing intercultural communication in the workplace.

Please submit your abstract (250-300 words) with a short bio to ialic2013 AT
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 June 2013
Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2013

Hans Ladegaard (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Christopher Jenks (City University of Hong Kong)
Co-Conveners of IALIC2013


CFP Int’l Conf Intercultural Comm Wuhan

Call for Papers:
7th International Conference of Intercultural Communication
15th–17th November, 2013 at Wuhan University, China

The 7th International Conference of Intercultural Communication (2013 ICIC) will address a range of issues on the theme “Cultural Conflict and Intercultural Communication.” With the advance of globalization, more and people are either brought in the context of dialogue and communication or assimilated into a dominant culture, which facilitates individuals’ cultural competence and enables them to witness cultural changes and manage the cultural diversity more effectively. At the same time, globalization is also splitting the world apart with globalization is also splitting world apart with diversity more effectively. At the same time, globalization is also splitting world apart with capital power, political power and cultural power, and the diversity of cultures prevents people recognizing the common humanity, thus, cultural conflict is all around the world. For example, the French policies of ban on veil Muslim women and repatriation of Roma have brought great trouble. The event of burning Koran by the US pastor Terry Jones and the rally of white supremacist groups have caused unquenchable violence. All these events exposed another horrible scene of globalization: more people tend to emphasize the absolute differences to express themselves, and more people are approaching violence under the oppression of power.

In 2010, the annual United Nations World Culture Report focused on diversity of cultures and intercultural dialogues, striving for the New Humanism in the era of globalization. The core proposition of the report was the inclusiveness and interaction in diversity, which presented an idealistic thinking. However, faced with the cultural conflict and helplessness of communication in reality, it’s not enough to reveal the idealistic flag. We have face the conflicts and predicaments in intercultural communication, and seek the social psychological reasons of cultural adaption so as to innovate the way of communication and construct the possibilities of communication.

The theme of this conference is “Cultural Conflict and Intercultural Communication”, which can be divided into 8 main topics:
1. The fundamental communication theories of cultural diversity and conflict
2. The intercultural case studies on the news report of cultural conflict and its public opinions
3. Cultural adaption and survival of immigrants, marginal groups, minorities sub-cultural groups
4. Integration and differentiation of intercultural communication space in arts (intercultural dramas, movies, paintings, music, clothing, etc.)
5. Intercultural Analysis of cultural creative products (movies, comics, ads, art designs, etc.) that triggered cultural conflicts
6. New intercultural communication problems presented in new-media on cultural conflicts
7. The new tendency of intercultural conflicts and management tactics in multinational firms
8. The innovative theories of new humanism and intercultural communication in the era of globalization

The conference is held by School of Journalism and Communication of Wuhan University and Media Development Research Center of Wuhan University, the co-organizer institutions will include: French Consulate, U.S. Intercultural Communication Research Center, Hubei Daily Media Group, School of Journalism and Communication of Xinjiang University, Xinjiang Normal University, Wuhan Textile University, etc.

The abstract of the paper is expected to be submitted by 30th July, 2013 which may contain the abstract and basic information about the author, with less than 500 words in Chinese or 250 words in English. Full submissions are expected by 30th September, 2013.
Please e-mail to: media.whu AT
Languages of Conference: Chinese & English

Convener of 2013 ICIC:
SHAN Bo, Ph.D.
Professor, Vice Dean
School of Journalism and Communication
Wuhan University
shanbo AT

ICA regional conf in China

Extended Deadline for the First Co-Sponsored ICA Regional Conference in the People’s Republic of China

The deadline for submitting papers to ICA’s first Co-Sponsored Regional Conference in the People’s Republic of China [PRC] has been extended to June 1, 2013! Co-hosted by 18 Chinese associations and institutions, the theme of “Communication and Social Transformation” crosses communication contexts and offers specific opportunities for networking and institutional collaborations. This regional conference will be hosted in Shanghai on November 8-10, 2013. Full details about the conference–including free wifi at and the convenient location of the conference hotel to cultural sites, as well as information about submissions and presentations in Chinese or English–are listed here.

The conference hotel, the Pullman Shanghai Skyway hotel, is easily accessible from the Pudong International Airport by Metro or taxi. For first-time visitors to Shanghai who would like to be greeted at the airport, the website offers details about making these arrangements with our hosts.

As noted in the May 2013 ICA Newsletter, officials from our host universities/ associations in China and ICA President Cynthia Stohl will welcome conference participants. Of special interest is the plenary address by the top official of Sina.Com. Seven Chinese scholars from top universities have been invited to present keynote addresses-we are awaiting their responses to our invitations. Keynote speakers who already have accepted include: Bill Dutton (Professor and founding Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, Professorial Fellow of Balliol College), Jan Servaes (UNESCO Chair in Communication for Sustainable Social Change, University of Massachusetts Amherst), Stephen Reese (Jesse H. Jones Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin), and Maureen Taylor (Gaylord Family Chair of Strategic Communication, Oklahoma University). ICA Communication Director John Paul (JP) Gutierrez will discuss impact factors and keys to media exposure.

In discussion sessions, leading faculty from around the globe will talk about the changing nature of (future) communication scholarship and engagement, entrepreneurship education, and the city, among other topics. Conversations will continue during an (optional) tour of an ancient Chinese water village close to Shanghai on the day following the official close of the ICA Regional Conference.

For further information, please contact Qian WANG, assistant professor in The School of Media and Design at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (icashanghai2013 AT or Patrice M. Buzzanell (buzzanel AT, Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University, SJTU Advisory Board member, and ICA Liaison for this regional conference in China.  The Call for Papers is posted on the ICA website for details.

Send papers to: icashanghai2013 AT


Strengthen Civil Society webinar

Strengthening The Voice Of Civil Society – Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion
World Dialogue Foundation is offering a webinar on May 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM AEST.

Next Tuesday, 21st May is World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue & Development.

Without doubt, the mission to increase understanding between people from different cultural and religious backgrounds is one of the most promising movements in the world today.

As part of the “Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion” campaign spearheaded by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, in partnership with UNESCO and many organisations around the world, GDF is running a free online workshop for civil society organisations who would like to strengthen their role and play a bigger game.

Why does civil society matter so much? Building inclusive society has become a major challenge in most countries around the world. Over the past twenty years, globalization, technology, the resurgence of religions and tremendous migration flows have indeed radically changed the fabric of most societies that are increasingly diversified and fragmented. This creates tensions, radicalization and sometimes, the risk of conflict.

The role of leaders, being policy makers, corporate sector, media…is crucial in raising public awareness and encouraging dialogue and understanding among people and communities beyond the cultural divide. But, to achieve this goal, a vibrant and active civil society movement holding leaders responsible is indispensable.

This 60-minute session will give you the opportunity to explore possibilities around becoming a partner in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Civil Society Country Chapter program. You will have the opportunity to share your successes, ask questions, and inspire others.

Register now!


CFP Middle East dialogue

The Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) and the Policy Studies Organization (PSO) are pleased to announce the Middle East Dialogue (MED) and call for papers. The MED2014 will be held at The Whittemore House: Washington DC on Thursday, February 27th, 2014.

The Middle East Dialogue has established an international reputation as a focal point for new research, and a forum for the exchange of opinions and different views about issues of social, political, and economic reforms.  In addition, discussions go on concerning women’s rights and roles in the new Middle East, and ethnic and religious tolerance.

Proposals are sought from individuals or groups on topics relating to the areas mentioned above. Proposals can be configured variously as twenty minute individual presentations, or round table discussions on particular topics. Proposals are encouraged to explore present, past and futuristic approaches to these issues and what if scenarios, as well as conflict resolution, and problem-solving solutions.

Proposals of one to two pages should be sent as email attachments by January 18th, 2014 to Mr. Daniel Gutierrez Sandoval at Policy Studies Organization (PSO) at dgutierrezs AT Proposals submitted before December 20, will receive notice of approval or rejection by December 31, 2013.   A panel of reviewers from DOMES International Editorial Board will recommend select papers for publications in the peer-reviewed journal Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), published by Wiley-Blackwell.

The early conference registration fee for speakers is $200; $250 for conference attendees, due by December 20th. Late registration fee will be $300 (registration fee covers breakfast, lunch and concluding reception) payable and mailed to: PSO: 1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 Tel. (202) 349-9281; Fax (202) 483-2657).

Prof. Mohammed Aman, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, DOMES
Co-Chair, MED2014
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Prof. Paul Rich, PhD
President, Policy Studies Organization
Co-Chair, MED2014
Washington, DC

CFP IAIR conference panel

Call for Papers and Discussants for the 2013 8th biennial IAIR Conference: Reno/Lake Tahoe
Symposium Proposal on IC History Pioneers, Paradigms, and National Developments

For the upcoming June 23-27, 2013 8th biennial conference of the IAIR, we have been notified that there is still space in the schedule and that the deadline for submissions is extended to March 15, 2013.  Please consider if you have content that might contribute to this session proposal (admittedly being expanded rather late) and contact us soon.

Because the theme of this conference is “Pushing the Frontiers of Intercultural Research: Asking Critical Questions,” we propose that one of the important questions to answer concerns evaluation of the
history and status of our diverse intercultural discipline(s). More specifically, it seems critical at this juncture to assess:
(1) What are the enduring contributions of pioneering intercultural trainers, scholars, and practitioners?
(2) How and why have various national/ethnic trajectories in IC expanded, redefined, or repositioned the boundaries and knowledge base of the IC field(s)?
(3) How have the developments of differing paradigms contested and/or contributed to the various expressions now referred to under the “intercultural communication” [IC] rubric?

This is a dialogue that was crystallized in 2010 at two German government sponsored conferences, first at the Berlin “Sino-German Conference on Intercultural Communication” (March 28-April 1) and then
the Shanghai “Chinese IC Disciplinary Development Symposium” (June 11-14). Discussions at those gatherings in part prompted an initiative to document the history of early IC influencers, recently published as the 2012 IJIR Special Issue on “Early American pioneers of intercultural communication“ (Vol. 36(6), which included 14 articles). In compiling that volume, the editors adopted a biographical approach, but acknowledged gaps in both important figures not yet covered as well as the need for developing a more thorough sociology of our IC knowledge (Kulich & Zhang, 2012, pp. 885-901). This session is being organized to continue to address such needs.

Kulich’s opening and concluding articles in the 2012 IJIR issue (available online) suggested the need to cover other important IC pioneers (such as Harry Triandis, Richard Brislin, Mitsuko Saito, David Hoopes, Peggy Pusch, Clifford Clarke, William Howell, William Gudykunst, Young Yun Kim, Stella Ting-Toomey, Mitchell Hammer, Al Wight, Marshall Singer, George Renwick, Stephen Rhinesmith, Robert Moran, Shiela Ramsey, Lynn Tyler, Donald Klopf, Satoshi Ishii, John Berry, Dan Landis, William Starosta, Mary Jane Collier, Geert Hofstede, Alexander Thomas, along with a LONG list of MANY others, and many apologetically NOT yet listed, with influences from and around the world).

One concern, however, is that single scholar/practitioner biographies may not provide as highly-cited journal contributions as work that is more integrative. Seeking to address this, we welcome papers for this session that discuss people, analyze paradigms, organizations, national developments, or other aspects of our shared or divergent history, especially seeking to further a sociology of science for the
IC field(s):
* the analysis of specific intercultural groups/schools of scholars, events, places, programs,
* the interactions/collaboration or divergences of concurrent intercultural pioneeers,
* the history of IC in varied national contexts/ their development landscapes,
* the challenges and contributions of cross-national IC collaborations,
* the framing of contrasting IC paradigms and those who championed them, and/or
* analyzing their effects on the development of IC in different places or persuasions, or
* critical correctives to mainstream IC history, alternative tracks/standpoints/marginalized groups or approaches to studying or doing IC.Discussions are underway for several possible publication outlets for
contributions to this symposium. Some may be selected as articles for another IJIR Special Issue (tentatively possible in 2016), or as key chapters in theme volumes in the Shanghai-based Intercultural Research book series (5 volumes currently published), or as an eventual IJIR “Handbook on the History and Status of Intercultural Communication Research.”

The proposed session is organized by Steve J. Kulich with feedback from a panel composed of Michael Prosser, Jackie Wasilewski, Special Issues Editor Dan Landis, IJIR Editor Colleen Ward and confirmed contributions from Clifford Clarke, Holly Kawakami, and others.

Proposals for contributions for this special conference session should be sent to and also to and should include a 200-500 word abstract detailing the content to be covered or issues to be addressed (before March 15). Responses on inclusion and the tentative design of the symposium session will be sent out before March 18, 2013.

UNESCO conf on Education

UNESCO convened the 16th UNESCO-APEID International Conference, The Heart of Education: Learning to Live Together, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Thailand, the Asian-Pacific Network for International Education and Values (APNIEVE), Pearson Thailand and J.P. Morgan. The Conference was intended to facilitate discussions on leading-edge thinking about learning, reflect on the linkages between learning and social development, explore approaches and tools to enhance learning, and identify enabling policies and instruments to promote learning to live together.

More than 250 participants from 30 countries all over the world attended the Conference that was held in Bangkok from 21 – 23 November. Copies of the papers presented are now available here.


2nd World Forum Intercultural Dialogue

The 2nd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue will be held from May 29 to June 1, 2013 in Baku, Azerbaijan in partnership with UNESCO, UN Alliance of Civilizations, UN World Tourism Organization, Council of Europe, CoE North-South Center and ISESCO. The opening ceremony and the lst East-West Ministerial Conference will take place on May 30, 2013.

The program of the upcoming forum implies several sessions and side events to be prepared and led by partner organizations, including the celebration of “Do one thing for Diversity and Inclusion,” Intercultural Innovation Award ceremony for Central Asia, Black Sea and Mediterranean regions, 1st Alumni Meeting of the “Emerging Leaders Network,” the workshops “Intercultural Dialogue through History Teaching: Best Practices and Challenges,” and “Urban policies for diversity in 21st century: the Intercultural Cities paradigm,” the sessions of “Tourism as a key driver of mutual understanding and tolerance among cultures,” “The New Era of Globalization: Hybridity of cultures in a changing world” and “Capitals of Culture: Trends and roles, intercultural dialogue through faith and science,” etc.

The 1st World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue was held on April 7-9, 2011, also in Baku. More than 500 representatives from 102 countries and many international organizations, NGOs, media representatives, scholars, experts, etc. participated. Details about that event, and this Center’s participation in it, available here.



International and Intercultural Communication Division
National Communication Association
Call for Papers

The International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association is ready to receive submissions relevant to communication in cultural, intercultural, or international contexts. Three kinds of submissions will be considered: (1) individual papers, (2) paper sessions, and (3) panel discussions on international and intercultural communication topics. The theme for the 2013 Annual Convention in Washington, DC is “Connections,” which invites us to explore communication and connections/disconnections of people, ideas, disciplines, units, and institutions that empower and constrain us. Papers, sessions, and panels that address and develop the convention theme as it relates to cultural issues are strongly encouraged. The deadline for submission of all materials is Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST). All submissions must be made via NCA Submission Central, which opens on January 14. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” Instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library.

The following are the specific requirements for each submission category:

1. Individual Papers: Individual paper submissions should include a 100-word abstract and are limited to 25 pages of text. (Appendix, references, and tables are not counted within the 25-page limit.) Longer papers must be edited to meet the 25-page requirement. Only complete papers will be considered for this category. Individual paper submissions should NOT contain identifying information (author name, university affiliation). We follow a blind review process. Please indicate on the electronic submission forms whether you want your individual paper submission to be considered as a student paper selection or for the Scholar-to-Scholar sessions. Student papers should be clearly marked as such to be eligible for top student honors in the division as well as the Donald P. Cushman Award for top student paper in NCA. To be eligible for either award, ALL authors must be students. Only one paper per author will be accepted, with one additional co-authored paper permitted for the division; if two sole-authored papers are submitted, the highest ranking will be accepted. The same paper may not be submitted to more than one division. Submissions should be original work, by the authors named, not previously presented at this or other conferences, and not previously published.

2. Paper Sessions: Submissions must include (a) a session title, (b) presenters, a session chair, and a respondent, (c) a general description of the session theme, (d) a statement of the rationale, and (e) titles and abstracts of the individual papers.

3. Panel Discussions: Submissions must include (a) a panel title, (b) the name and affiliation of each presenter, (c) a session chair, (d) a panel description, (e) a rationale outlining the importance of the submission.

All submitters are encouraged to review the NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Again, all materials must be submitted online through NCA Submission Central. Proposals for special programming (Connections within Communication, Connections to the Community, and DC Connections), GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teaching Students), preconferences, Roundtable on Research in Progress, seminars, and short courses should be submitted directly to program planners for those areas. All submissions MUST list any A/V requirements at the time of submission. No program should consist of members from only one institution. Check your email address listed in NCA Submission Central before or after submission as all correspondence goes there. Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Contact: Yoshitaka Miike, Vice Chair of the NCA IIC Division and division organizer for Washington, DC, Department of Communication, Humanities Division, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, 200 West Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720-4091, Phone: (808) 974-7780, Email: ymiike AT

Gerbner conf on Comm, Conflict, Aggression

Call for Papers

The George Gerbner Conference on Communication, Conflict, and Aggression
June 14-15, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary

Inspired by the life and work of Budapest native and renowned Communication and Media scholar Dr. George Gerbner (1919-2005), the Budapest College of Communication, Business and Arts invites scholars, researchers, practitioners, students, and other interested parties to submit paper and panel proposals for presentation at the George Gerbner Conference on Communication, Conflict, and Aggression. This conference will take place from Friday, June 14 to Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary. The goal of the conference is to bring together individuals with a common interest in aggressive communication and conflict so as to foster international relationships that lead to research collaboration and knowledge exchange. The inaugural Gerbner Conference, held in May 2010, and the second conference, held in June 2012, featured presentations by scholars from eight countries covering three continents.

This international conference will focus on aggressive communication and behavior, conflict, and other types of antisocial communication and behavior across contexts. Specific topics include, but are not limited to: media violence, media coverage of crime and violence, violence in advertising, political violence, workplace violence and aggression, aggression in instructional settings, war rhetoric, peace and conflict communication, verbal aggression, crime, oppression, injustice, incivility, assertiveness, argumentativeness, disagreement, bullying, indirect aggression, psychological abuse, anger, frustration, hostility, deception, child abuse, spousal abuse, domestic violence, youth violence, school violence, gang violence, sexual violence, discrimination, conflict styles, conflict resolution, the origins, causes, and predictors of aggression, and the management and prevention of aggression.

Interested individuals are invited to submit an abstract (in English) of 200 to 500 words describing their individual presentation or panel idea to Rebecca.Chory AT by March 01, 2013. Decisions regarding the acceptance of papers and panels for presentation at the conference will be made by March 18, 2013. Completed papers should be sent to Rebecca.Chory AT by May 13, 2013. With the authors’ permission, top papers will be published in the journal Kommunikáció, Média, Gazdaság (Communication, Media, Economics), which is published by the Budapest College of Communication, Business and Arts or in an edited book. One scholar will also be honored with the Gerbner Award. The conference registration fee is expected to be approximately 50 Euros.

Co-organizers of the conference are Dr. Jolán Róka, Vice Rector for Research and International Relations at the Budapest College of Communication, Business and Arts, and Dr. Rebecca M. Chory, Professor of Communication Studies at West Virginia University and 2009 Fulbright Scholar at the Budapest College of Communication, Business and Arts. For more information, please contact Jolán Róka at jroka AT; Budapest College of Communication,  Business and Arts or Rebecca M. Chory at Rebecca.Chory AT