8th Conference on Intercultural Communication (Wuhan, China)

Professor SHAN Bo graciously invited me to participate in the 8th Conference on Intercultural Communication, held at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, November 20-22, 2015. Since I was unable to get to China this fall, I videotaped my paper, and sent that instead. The title is “The Influence of National Character Studies on Intercultural Communication: Moving Beyond Past Assumptions to Current Complexities.” For others who did not get to Wuhan, I’ve uploaded it to the Center for Intercultural Dialogue’s YouTube site.

My thanks to Xinya Liu, the Conference secretary, for all of her help with logistics, to Dave Adams at Royal Roads University for recording the video, and to Jingya Yang, one of my graduate students while I was at Royal Roads University, for uploading the video to a site accessible within China.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CFP 8th International Conference on Intercultural Communication (Wuhan, China)

Call for papers
8th International Conference on Intercultural Communication
November 20-22 (Friday-Sunday), 2015, Wuhan University, China

Conference Goals
In the construction of cultural soft power at the age of globalization, the “national image” has become the focus of attention. The stand points of the thinking are roughly the following four:Information Capital (the result produced by a range of information input and output between countries), Psychological Perception (cognitive and emotional interaction between in-group and out-group), Brand Marketing (brand equity at the national level) and International Communication(image mutual-construction at media level). Those four points further demonstrate the technical tendency of “national image” study, including commercial brand strategy, one-dimensional public-opinion management, and dominant image perception. However, from the actual situation, the technical definition cannot deal with real problems in national image construction. That is to say,while technicism was pursuing perfect performance of national image, it ignored the pluralistic,open and interactive context, and simply treated the positive and negative, deviation and misread,making both in-group and out-group feel tired and resisted with national image. From the angle of intercultural communication, the definition of “national image” needs to break through single technicism route and turns to inter-subjectivity and interculturality, trying to create a national imagefull of self-renewing vitality in a multiple interactive environment. In the era of media convergence,cultural integration has become a development trend. Inter-subjectivity plays a groundbreaking role in the construction and dissemination process of national image. The communication between ethnic groups breaks the single utterance of national image and injects diverse contents into it. Those diverse contents, in turn, are able to introspect the meanings and problems of ethnic group communication. Therefore, we are eager to discuss “ethnic communication, national image and intercultural communication” in the era of globalization, rethinking the manifestations of cultural centrism,unilateralism, and cultural hegemony as cultural soft power, and looking for reciprocal, creative cultural force to deliver us from the plight of soft power with the intercultural, inter-subjectivity and equal rights as the foundation of ethnic group communication and national image construction.

Conference Topics: Ethnic communication, National Image and Intercultural Communication

Topics include, but are not limited to:
1) Intercultural Communication Foundation of Ethnic Communication and National Image Construction
2) Possibility of Ethnic Communication and Reciprocal Understanding
3) National Image Construction Deviation under the Context of Soft Power
4) Mutual Construction of Traditional Media and National Image
5) Mutual Construction of Social Media and National Image
6) Brand Marketing and National Image Construction
7) Cultural Psychological Problems in National Image Construction
8) Cultural Communication and National Image Construction
9) Comparison between Tourism Promotional Video and National Image Construction

Conference Venue + Cooperating Organizations
Conference Venue: School of Journalism and Communication, Wuhan University, China
Center for Studies of Media Development, WHU, China
Cooperating Organizations: The Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Communication, China
China Association for Intercultural Communication, China
National Image Research Center, Tsinghua University, China

Abstract: 500 words in Chinese or 150 – 250 words in English, including positions, affiliations, email addresses, mailing addresses and the general introduction of your paper. Please submit abstracts by June, 30, 2015 via email.

Full paper: The accepted authors will receive a formal invitation letter by the organizing
committee before July, 10, 2015, and the deadline for full paper is Oct. 10, 2015.

Conference languages:
Bilingual: Chinese and English
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Ph.D., Professor

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

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

LIU Xue Profile

ProfilesLIU Xue, Ph.D., is assistant professor of the School of Journalism and Communication in Wuhan University, China.


Shan, Bo, Yibin Shi & Xue Liu. (Eds.). (2011). The intercultural turn of journalism and communication. Shanghai Jiaotong University Press.

Journal Articles:

Liu, Xue & Zongping Xiang (2011). The democratic concern in America’s media criticism and its problem. Commentary on China’s Media Development and Media Research (Zhongguo Meiti Fazhan Yanjiu Baogao).

Shan, Bo & Xue Liu (2011). A study of intercultural events in 2011. Commentary on China’s Media Development and Media Research (Zhongguo Meiti Fazhan Yanjiu Baogao).

Liu, Xue (2010). Pursuing the media ethic for intercultural communication. Social Sciences Abroad (Guowai Shehui Kexue), 3, 155-158.

Shan, Bo & Xue Liu (2009). Discourse bias & face-negotiation: Intercultural analysis on coverage of Wenchuan earthquake. Communication & Society (Chuanbo Yu Shehui Xuekan), 10, 135-156.

Liu, Xue & Zongping Xiang (2008). Civic media reform movement in the U.S.A: 1920s-2007. Mass Communication Research (Xinwenxue Yanjiu), 97, 179-229.

Shan, Bo & Xue Liu (2007). The democratic implications, inherent nature and problems of the American media reform movement. China Media Reports (Zhongguo Chuanmei Baogao), 23(3), 4-17.

Liu, Xue (2007). The transition of American media in recent thirty years. Hubei Social Sciences (Hubei Shehui Kexue), 10, 188-190.

SHAN Bo Profile

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.

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