Call for Papers: Intercultural Communication Studies

1 Feb 2014

Communication Studies

The 20th IAICS International Conference Call for Submissions

Theme: Enhancing Global Community, Resilience and Sustainability Through Intercultural Communication

July 31-August 3, 2014, University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI, USA


Deadline for Abstracts: Feb. 15, 2014

Panel Submission Extended Deadline: March 1, 2014

Focus of the Conference. People around the world are interconnected, interdependent and mobile. Scholars and practitioners are more aware of the necessity to develop strong intercultural relations, based on mutual understanding in the context of intercultural interaction. Intercultural Communication has become a dominant paradigm connecting a range of disciplines. Globalization and increased diversity heighten the risk of communication failures and misunderstandings due to ethnocentrism, prejudice, sexism and environmental, social, and technological issues. They include Climate Change; Pollution and Resource Depletion; Global Food and Water Supply; Impact of Information Technology and Social Media; Political Oppression, Conflict and War; Poverty; Societal Security and Personal Safety. Global communication plays a key role in solving these problems. Increasingly we must learn to rely on each other, build resilience, resolve conflicts peacefully, and strive for social equity by enhancing intercultural communication. The conference theme focuses on aspects of interpersonal, inter-group and international communication. We must address both theoretical and empirical studies, as well as develop new conceptual and methodological approaches to affirm the centrality of the discipline. Collaborative research needs to stress communication and embrace synergies by joining efforts with other disciplines, including environmental and health sciences, business, engineering and information systems.

Topic areas. Topics are broadly defined as, but not limited to, the following:

– Advertising and marketing
– Business communication
– Climate change and pollution
– Conflict, mediation and negotiation
– Corporate culture and management
– Communication failures
– Communication pedagogy
– Crisis/risk communication
– Critical cultural awareness
– Cross-cultural adaptation
– Cultural identity
– Culture and diplomacy
– Diversity of languages and cultures
– Ethnocentrism and stereotypes
– Environmental communication
– Ethnic studies
– Gender issues
– Global community
– Global food and water supply
– Group/Organizational communication
– Health communication
– Immigration and mobility
– Intercultural communication competence
– Intercultural communication in global context
– Intercultural communication and politics
– Intercultural conflict
– Intercultural education practices
– Intercultural interaction in science
– International journalism
– Interpersonal communication and relations
– Linguistics and intercultural communication
– Localization and globalization
– Media and social research
– Multiple cultures and interculturality
– New media and visual communication
– Philosophy and human behavior patterns
– Poverty
– Power in intercultural communication
– Psychological communication studies
– Public opinions and public policy
– Public relations
– Racial discrimination and ethnic relations
– Resource depletion
– Religion/spiritual communication
– Resilience among cultures
– Rhetorical communication
– Social equity
– Stereotypes and stereotyping
– Sustainability and globalization
– Translation studies
– Understanding across cultures
– Verbal and nonverbal communication

Guidelines for Submissions. Abstracts of papers, panel proposals, and workshop proposals may be accepted.

  • Abstract, 150-250 words in English, including positions, affiliations, email addresses and mailing addresses for all authors. See the sample format of the abstract below.
  • Panel proposals reflecting the conference theme may be submitted. All panel proposals should provide a 100-word rationale and a 100-200 word abstract of each panelist’s paper; include affiliation and email addresses for each panelist.
  • Workshop proposals relevant to the conference theme may be submitted. Proposals should be 3-5 pages in length, single spaced.

Deadline: Please submit abstracts by Feb. 15, 2014 and complete panel proposals by March 1, 2014. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.
Submit to Professor Guo-Ming Chen at

Conference hosts: International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies and the Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island.
Conference language: English