This special section of China Media Research invites scholars from a broad range of disciplines to submit manuscripts on the theme of “Development in Intercultural Competence Research.” Intercultural competence is one of the key concepts of intercultural communication. It has drawn much scholarly attention since the 1980s. In the past decades, scholars from foreign language education, social psychology, human communication, and business management have examined and assessed intercultural competence from diverse perspectives, which resulted in the abundant literature as well as the deepened understanding on the concept. Nevertheless, despite the progress in intercultural competence research, many problems still need to be addressed. For instances, most of the theories focus more on how effectiveness is achieved but much less on how appropriateness is realized; Western theories dominate intercultural competence research; how Western and non-Western perspectives can be integrated is rarely explored; most of the measuring instruments are self-report scales that measure behavior and knowledge rather than measure emotion and awareness; and reliable and valid scales are limited. This special section aims to further explore these issues.
CMR invites scholars to submit their original manuscripts that consider but are not restricted to the following topics: re/conceptualizing intercultural competence; critiques on Western or non-Western intercultural competence theories; possible ways to integrate Western and non-Western perspectives on intercultural competence; the development of intercultural competence measuring instruments; empirical researches on intercultural competence in the global contexts.
Both qualitative and quantitative approaches examining the development of intercultural competence are welcome. Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. An extended abstract (up to 1,000 words) or a complete paper at the first stage of the reviewing process will be accepted. All the submissions must be received by May 26, 2019. If the extended abstract is accepted, the complete manuscript must be received by August 18, 2019. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA publication manual (6th edition) and should not exceed 8,000 words including tables and references. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed, and the authors will be notified of the final acceptance/rejection decision. CMR is a quarterly journal, which publishes both print and online versions. Send your questions and submissions to the CMR special section guest editor Dr. Xiaodong Dai.