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 Conference on Chinese Media and Chinese Civilization (Wuhan)

Call for Submissions
The Ninth International Conference on Chinese Media and Chinese Civilization:
The Image of China & Chinese Communication
August 2015, Wuhan, China

With intensified global communication and cultural exchange, China is paying more and more attention to having a voice in the world arena as it grows to become a world power. While China is molding its own image, it is making greater efforts in building its soft power and expanding its communication capacity.  Such efforts can be seen from the  national image video shown at Times Square, the internationally acclaimed TV documentary “A Bite of China”, and various platforms built by China’s Xinhua News Agency, CCTV and other national media. Considering the imbalances in global communication, China’s efforts to expand its capacity for international communication will contribute to building a more equitable and healthy new information and communication order in the world. To build a world with diversified voices, Chinese media professionals and communication scholars in and outside of China should not only closely monitor China’s process in building and communicating its image from historical, theoretical and practical perspectives, but also offer meaningful analysis and reflections of such a process within the context of globalization.

It is against such a backdrop that the Association of Journalism History (China), the School of Journalism and Communication of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China), and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information of Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) will jointly hold the Ninth Conference on Chinese Media and Chinese Civilization. Since its launch in 1995, this conference series has been held eight times in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, receiving wide support from communication scholars and students in and outside of China. To mark the 20th anniversary of this conference series, the ninth conference will be hosted again by the School of Journalism and Communication of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, which was a co-founder of this conference series and the host of its first conference in 1995. We hereby invite communication scholars and media professionals from China and abroad to attend the conference to share your research findings and views about the theme of this conference.

Submissions should be relevant but not limited to the following topics:
1.       China’s national image building as a rising power
2.       History, theory and practice of China’s international communication
3.       Public diplomacy and national public relations
4.       Cultural industry and China’s national image communication
5.       Overseas Chinese media and China’s national image building
6.       Mainstream media and China’s national image communication
7.       Media system, ethnics, laws and China’s national image communication
8.       History and reality of Chinese Civilization
9.       Chinese communication and the Chinese identity
10.    Culture and politics of China’s national image communication
11.    New media and China’s national image communication
12.    and other topics related to the conference theme.

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Registration: 19 August, 2015
Conference: 20-21 August, 2015

Conference Fee:
600 RMB for registration (exempted for students)

Deadlines and Important Dates
Application reply deadline: 20 April, 2015
Abstract submission deadline: 30 April, 2015
Full paper submission deadline:  30 May, 2015

Paper acceptance notification and invitation letter to be issued  20 June, 2015

Submission of Full Papers
The length of full papers must not exceed 10,000 Chinese characters.
The paper can be written in either Chinese or English. Conference presentation should be in Chinese.
All papers should be in Word format.
All submissions should include author’s name, affiliation, and contact information.

Contact Information
Submissions should be emailed to the following contacts before deadline.
For submissions from China:
Xiuqing Yang
School of Journalism and Communication
Huazhong University of Science and Technology

For submissions from overseas:
Xiaodong Yang
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University

For queries:
Haijiang Tang
School of Journalism and Communication
Huazhong University of Science and Technology

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

Central China Normal University

On March 28, 2012, I presented a talk entitled “From Generation to Generation: Maintaining Cultural Identity over Time” to the School of Foreign Languages, part of the Central China Normal University, in Wuhan, China.

My thanks to Zongping Xiang (Eudora), a faculty member in the Department of English, who invited me and made all of the arrangements, including dinner with several of the faculty afterwards. My thanks to Prof. Hua Xianfa, Chair of the Department of English, who was able to attend, and my apologies that we did not think to take the photograph until after he had left.

Profs Shu Baimei and Leeds-Hurwitz, Ms. Yu Bo and Zongping Xiang

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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

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