CFP IALIC 2023 (Cyprus)

ConferencesCall for papers: IALIC: Rethinking intercultural communication beyond verbal language: affect, materiality and embodiment in times of ‘crises,’ European University Cyprus, 1-3 December, 2023. Deadline: 10 June 2023.

The International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) is calling for papers on the topic of Rethinking intercultural communication beyond verbal language: Affect, materiality and embodiment in times of ‘crises.’ Western epistemologies have traditionally valued rationality and the verbal above other aspects of discourse and communication. Verbal language has been primarily seen as the key instrument for developing rationality and the cornerstone of human thought. As a result, these ideas have dominated the field of intercultural communication, often silencing alternative visions of intercultural encounters and their semiotic entanglements, beyond the European male sensorium and a human-centred worldview.

However, recent social and political developments call for new ways of understanding social and political phenomena, including intercultural communication. Indeed, in the last few years, public and academic arenas have been inundated by discourses of ‘crises’ and threats forcing us to rethink both the notion of interculturality, as well as communication itself. Energy crises, ongoing wars and the (so-called) refugee crisis, climate change and ecological crises, financial crises, and of course, health crises, such as the covid19 pandemic – to name just a few – bring to the foreground notions such as precarity, marginality, transition and liminality and raise questions such as:

    • What other ways of communicating (or failing to) do discourses and experiences of threat bring about?
    • How are discourses of crisis and threat semiotically constructed and circulated?
    • What is the role of affect/emotions in times of crises and threats, and what new openings do they create in the study of intercultural communication? (e.g. how are they enregistered as part of crises-discourses and what are their communicative dynamics across and beyond languages and cultures?)
    • What kind of subjectivities do crises and threats produce, and how are these embodied (e.g. the embodiment of fear, the “contaminated” body etc.)?
    • What is the role of technology, and more generally, materiality in intercultural communication in times of crises?

All these call attention to a variety of semiotic repertoires and semiotic resources that are not restricted to language and discourse, and which often require working across disciplines. The affective turn, the material turn, and posthumanism in the social sciences and humanities indicate the ongoing efforts to make sense and theorise social reality and communication beyond verbal language. Besides, the increasing use of the notion of (in)securitisation outside the field of security studies is an example of scholarly attempts to capture the ways in which discourses and experiences of threat permeate everyday spaces and interactions, calling for methodological innovation and interdisciplinarity.

Responding to current challenges, and in line with contemporary discursive and academic developments in the social sciences and humanities, this conference aims to foreground different ways of making sense of cultures, languages, social relations and intercultural communication in an anxious and constantly changing world. At the same time, it calls for a critical examination of the notion of ‘crisis’ and its impact on intercultural communication.

U of the Arts London: Intercultural Communication Trainer (UK)


Intercultural Communication Trainer, University of the Arts, London, UK. Deadline: 8 May 2023.

This is an exciting opportunity within the Language Centre at University of the Arts London to innovate and develop the intercultural and communication training, support and resources provided for staff and students participating in Online at UAL. Around half of UAL’s students join us from outside the UK and the Language Centre provides language and intercultural skills for staff and students across the University, adapting its services in response to changes in the academic portfolio and needs of the community. Online at UAL is a significant current development that will provide courses of study through online only modes. The support will be varied in form, with asynchronous digital resources featuring alongside workshops, consultations and working-party collaborations.

As Intercultural Communication Trainer, you will work alongside course academic teams to create strategies for working with complex, sensitive, or controversial themes with diverse and dispersed cohorts and review and evaluate the effect and impact of support provided. As this is a new role within the existing Intercultural Communication Training Programme, and Online at UAL is in early stages of development, the size, shape and scope of this role will evolve.

Radford U Study Abroad: London & Iceland 2023

Study AbroadStudy Abroad in London and Iceland, School of Communication, Radford University, Radford, VA, USA,  5-27 July 2023. Application deadline: 8 March 2023.

This program, designed for undergraduates is taught by Matthew Turner, Associate Professor of Communication This is a three-week program featuring day trips to Oxford, Dover, and Canterbury. Plus, a 2-day stopover in Iceland. Weekends in Edinburgh, Scotland; Paris, France; and Stonehenge and Cotswolds are included in the program fee. Students will experience the cultures first hand through visits to television studios and movie sets, live performances, guest lectures from professionals, and guided tours of museums, and cultural events.

Students are required to enroll in COMS 335: Media and Society, or COMS 451: Intercultural and International Communication during Summer III 2023. Program fee does NOT include tuition and fees.

Hong Kong Polytechnic: Area Studies & Intercultural Communication (Hong Kong)

“JobResearch Assistant Professor in Area Studies and Intercultural Communication, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Deadline: 28 February 2023.

The Department of English and Communication within the Faculty of Humanities at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has a long history of conducting cutting-edge research in language and communication and producing high quality graduates for the professional workplace. With a team of around 27 full-time academic staff, the focus areas are professional communication and applied language studies, with teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. The Department is now inviting applications for the position of Research Assistant Professor. Priority will be given to applicants whose research expertise and teaching experience are within the Department’s key research areas.

Western Washington U: Intercultural Communication (USA)


Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, USA. Application review begins 7 November 2022, position open until filled.

The Department of Communication Studies at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Intercultural Communication with additional expertise in Health Communication. Applicants must also be qualified to teach an introductory survey of Communication Theory. The successful candidate will teach existing courses at the undergraduate level, including some combination of Intercultural Communication, Health Communication, Communication Theory, Communication Diversity & Controversy, Communication, Identity & Difference, as well as other classes as needed.

ASU: Intercultural Communication (USA)


Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA. Deadline: 11 November 2022.

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor who will be required to teach in-person on the Tempe campus with an anticipated start date of August 2023. They are particularly interested in applicants whose scholarship and teaching focus is in intercultural communication and/or performance studies. Salary will be competitive based on qualifications.

Friedrich Schiller U Jena: Intercultural Communication, Mobility, Diversity (Germany)


Professorship in Intercultural Communication with a Focus on Mobility and Diversity, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany. Deadline: 9 September 2022.

The applicant should have an outstanding, thematically relevant, doctorate in intercultural communication in particular with regard to its social and cultural-scientific reference disciplines (e.g., sociology, political science, social or cultural geography). The candidate should have an outstanding international reputation in one of the following areas in intercultural communication: a) global mobility and migration, b) diversity and processes of integration and inclusion in societal diversification. The candidate should be willing to extend his/her/their research agenda towards the second area, as both areas are fundamental for the tenure track procedure.

He/She/They should display potential for successful international publication activity as well as for high-quality teaching in a Bachelor‘s and Master‘s programs: Intercultural Business Communication (BA), Intercultural Music – and Event Management (BA), Intercultural Human Resource Development and Communication Management (MA), and our international double-degree programs. The language of instruction is mainly German. Candidate is expected to be open towards digital teaching concepts and have experience in intercultural training and learning contexts, international experience and the supervision of students and PhD-students.

U Manchester: Lecturer in Intercultural Communication (UK)

“JobLecturer in Intercultural Communication , The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. Deadline: 20 July 2022.

Applications are invited for the teaching and research post of Lecturer in Intercultural Communication. The post is tenable from 1 September 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter, and offered on an open-ended basis. The appointed person will teach in the MA programme in Intercultural Communication. You must have a PhD (awarded) in a relevant field and demonstrable teaching experience in Intercultural Communication at university level as well as in curriculum/programme development.

You must be able to deliver courses that successfully cover or combine the study of several of the following:

  • Intercultural communication in the context of crisis communication, diplomacy, international development, international migration
  • Intercultural communication in international media production and consumption
  • Intercultural communication in business or institutional contexts
  • Intercultural communication in transnational popular culture
  • Intercultural competence skills training
  • Critical intercultural communication in social identity formation / social movements
  • Postcolonial intercultural communication

Your research may focus on any aspect of Intercultural Communication. Only applicants with high quality publications will be considered. A successful record of grant capture and of PhD supervision would be highly advantageous. Experience with virtual learning environments and in developing online teaching materials is essential. Expertise in translation studies and/or foreign language proficiency would be beneficial. You must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to empathise with students.


Newcastle U: Intercultural Communication (UK)


Lecturer in Intercultural Communication, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK. Deadline: 24 June 2022.

The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences (ECLS) is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Intercultural Communication. The successful applicant will be part of a diverse and collegiate team of academics, researchers and professional support staff delivering high quality teaching and research in the Applied Linguistics & Communication (ALC) subject area. You will have a strong background in Intercultural Communication and will have expertise in international workplaces, virtual exchange, migration and mobility, or minoritised communities.

You will carry out high quality research in the area of Intercultural Communication, contributing to the profile and research culture of the ALC subject area, the School of ECLS, and the relevant research centres and institutes across the University.

You will make a significant contribution to teaching, personal tutoring, and supervision within the ALC subject area, particularly on the suite of MA Cross-Cultural Communication programmes, and also at undergraduate level. Preferably, you will have experience of teaching Sociolinguistics and/or Research Methods at postgraduate level. You will, where appropriate, make a contribution to academic administration within the School.

U Gothenburg: Intercultural Communication (Sweden)


Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Communication, Department of Applied Information Technology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Deadline: 17 May 2022.

Subject area description: The topic of communication focuses on understanding various forms of communication in different contexts. Communication is an interdisciplinary area at the intersection of social sciences, humanities and technology. Intercultural communication explores the influence of culture on communication in different areas of application, ranging from business to cooperation and conflict.

Job assignments: This position of senior lecturer includes teaching and skills development, with the aim that the teaching will be research connected. In this position you are expected to:

  • Teach courses in the international Master’s in Communication programme (which is taught entirely in English).
  • Ensure that your teaching efforts are based on research-related competence.
  • Prepare and deliver entire courses or parts of courses and be able to take on course responsibilities.
  • Grade examination assignments.
  • Supervise master’s theses widely across the field of communication.
  • Other administrative tasks related to the position might be relevant.
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