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 gmail.com
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 whu.edu.cn
http://www.icchina.org/

Wuhan University 2012

On March 26, 2012, I presented a talk entitled “Interactional resources for the “problem” of intercultural communication” at Wuhan University, in Wuhan, China. Last year when I was in China, I was invited to return in order to visit Wuhan, which I was able to do this year, and I found it a delightful city and campus. I owe great thanks to my host, Prof. SHAN Bo, the Associate Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication, and also Director of the Research Center for Intercultural Communication, at Wuhan University, for the invitation, and for organizing all of the events. Dr. LIU Xue served as my contact for logistics, and was of great help, whatever was needed.

Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Liu Xinya, Prof Shan, Liu Harrison, and Dr. Xin Jing, and Liu Xue (standing)

There were multiple lunches, dinners, and conversations with various combinations of faculty and graduate students over the week I was at Wuhan, as well as an entire afternoon spent sorting out areas of overlapping interests with Prof. Shan. Some of the other faculty members I met are shown below.

Li Jiali, Xiao Jun, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Si Jingxin

I was lucky enough to be in Wuhan for sakura (the cherry blossoms). They are a major tourist attraction, and the campus was full of visitors during that week.

Profs. Shan and Leeds-Hurwitz

I was assigned two graduate student guide/translators, LIU Xinya (Cynthia) and Harrison LIU, pictured below at the Yellow Crane tower which we visited, among other sites. The Hubei provincial museum was also quite impressive.

I look forward to continued connections of several types with Wuhan in the future.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

SHAN Bo Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesSHAN Bo, Ph.D., is Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication and Director of the Center for Studies of Media Development at Wuhan University in Wuhan University, China.

He also serves as Chair of The Chinese Association for History of the Idea of Communication, and Vice Chair of the Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has been guest professor of the Université Michel de Montaigne: Bordeaux 3, in France, and a member of the editorial advisory board of Communication & Society (Hong Kong) and Chinese Journal of Communication (Hong Kong).

Selected Books:

*Shan, Bo, & Xinya Liu (Eds.). (2017). National Image and Intercultural Communication. China Social Sciences Literature Publishing House.
*Shan, Bo, & Jun Xiao (Eds.). (2015). The Cultural Conflict and Intercultural Communication, China Social Sciences Literature Publishing House.
*Shan, Bo, & Clifford Christians. (2015). The Ethics of Intercultural Communication. Peter Lang Press.
*Shan, Bo. (2014). Academic Imagination and Educational Reflection on Journalism and Communication, China Social Sciences Literature Publishing House.
*Shan, Bo. (2011). The Nine Horizons of the Mind: The Spiritual Space of Tang Junyi’s Philosophy. Beijing University Press.
*Shan, Bo. (2010). The Issues and Possibilities of Intercultural Communication. Wuhan University Press.
*Shan, Bo. (2001). Chinese Journalism and Communications in the 20th Century. Fudan University Press.

Selected Journal Articles:

*Shan, Bo. (2018). Constructing the Reflectiveness of Chinese Communication from a New Body-function Perspective. Chinese Journal of Journalism & Communication, 2.
*Shan, Bo, & Xiayu Zhou. (2018). Discoveries and Innovations: A Review of 2015-2017 Western Intercultural Communication Research. Journal of Journalism & Communication Review, 1.
*Shan, Bo, & Yu Hou. (2017). The Shadow of Thoughts: Critical Review of the Ancient Greek Origin of Western Communication. Journalism & Communication,12.
*Shan, Bo. (2017). On the Possibility of Cross-Cultural Turn of National Image. Journal of Lanzhou University (Social Sciences), 5.
*Shan, Bo, & Yuxin Sun. (2017). New Perspectives and New Trends in Intercultural Communication Research. Journal of Nanchang University.
*Shan, Bo. (2016). Sinologists and Different Types of the Construction of “Cultural China”: From an Intercultural Perspective. Studies on Cultural Soft Power, 2.
*Shan, Bo, & Jihai Feng. (2016). How do Western Communication Theories Connect with Marxism?  Journalism Bimonthly, 3.
*Shan, Bo, & Li Lin. (2016). New Trends in Comparative Journalism. Journal of Shanxi University ( Philosophy & Social Science), 4.
*Shan, Bo, & Yuan Wang. (2016). Intercultural Interaction and Foreign Missionaries’ Image Perception of China. Journalism & Communication.
*Shan, Bo. (2016). The Issues of Others in the Perspective of Cross-cultural Communication. Journal of Academic Research.
*Shan, Bo. (2015). The Encounter and Comparison Between China and the West. Global Media Journal, 2.
*Shan, Bo, & Zhenxin Wang. (2015). Journalist’s Privilege: A Historical Review, Modern Communication (Journal of Beijing Broadcasting Institute), 37(12).
*Shan, Bo, & Xinya Liu. (2014). Marginal Experience and Intercultural Communication. Journalism & Communication, 6.
*Shan, Bo, & Jincao Xiao. (2014). The Communicative Wisdom in the analects of Confucius: a Comparative Perspective. Chinese Journal of Journalism & Communication, 6.
*Shan, Bo. (2013). The Problem and Method of Sino-Western Comparative Journalism Study. Journalism & Communication, 9.
*Shan, Bo. (2013). Intercultural Self-contradiction in “Geo-localization” and its Settlement. Journal of Xinjiang Normal University (Social Sciences), 3.
*Shan, Bo. (2011). Basic theoretical propositions of intercultural communication. Journal of Huazhong Normal University (Humanities and Social Sciences), 1.

Wuhan University

Although I was invited to Wuhan University, I was unable to add another city to my itinerary in China in spring 2011. However, they have an active group of intercultural communication scholars, and have taken the time to develop a database of some of the major intercultural scholars across China. Unfortunately for those of us who don’t read Chinese, only the basic description of the establishment of the organization at Wuhan is in English. I’m quoting from the organizational description below:

“Being interested in cultural studies, we stepped into the field of intercultural communication research in 1990s, when Professors Shan Bo, Shi Yinbin, Wang Handong, and Qin Zhixi formed a group and established the research orientation of comparative journalism and intercultural studies. In 2002 Intercultural Studies became one of the six research orientations in the application by School of Journalism and Communication at Wuhan University for the right to award doctoral degree in first rank discipline, which got official approval in 2003. The preparations for a doctoral program for intercultural communication soon followed, which was officially established in 2004, being the only one of its kind under Journalism and Communication as first rank discipline. At the same time Research Center for Intercultural Communication was founded at the university level, the director of which is Professor Shan Bo, who collaborated with Université Michel de Montaigne – Bordeaux 3 of France and inaugurated consecutive “International Conference on Intercultural Communication”, which is held annually.”

For the rest of the information provided in English, see this page. For the main page, with links to descriptions of different scholars in Chinese, see this page.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

UPDATE as of June 9, 2011: Thanks to Shan Bo for adding me to the database of scholars they describe (in English) – see here.