Intercultural Literacy, Communication, and Competence in the Context of Multiculturalism
Nov 16-18, 2012, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, China
The Foreign Languages School of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL) and the Publisher of the journal Foreign Languages and Their Teaching are pleased to announce the forthcoming first conference on Research and Applications of Intercultural Communication to be held on Nov 16-18, 2012 in Wuhan, China, hosted by The Foreign Languages School of ZUEL. We now invite the submission of high-quality papers for the conference.
Intercultural communication is a widespread and longstanding phenomenon among communities, nations, and organizations: the scientific and systematic study of intercultural communication is now widely recognized as a significant field. It combines and applies the theories and methods of anthropology, psychology, linguistics, sociology and related disciplines to understand the dynamic processes of intercultural communication, explore its essential qualities and regular patterns, and enhance ways of effective intercultural communication in multicultural contexts. With deepening globalization and its international role, China experiences unprecedented levels of scale and depth in its exchanges with other countries and people. Increasing cross-border cooperation and transnational employment patterns in the fields of education, health care, business, international affairs, tourism, sports and cultural activities, besides transnational migration and marriage, intercultural mass communication and online communication, have awaked many Chinese people to the need for developing improved intercultural communication skills. There is a great need for further research and, more specifically, to apply recent research to these areas in China. Complementing this, there is a need to develop Chinese theories and research applications in intercultural communication which are relevant to diverse social and cultural communities within China, and to Chinese communities overseas, and the numerous institutions and organizations around the world which have personal and professional encounters with China.
Hence the theme of this conference is “intercultural literacy, communication, and competence in the context of multiculturalism”, with a focus on the application of intercultural communication research in China’s contacts with the world. The conference aims to broaden the horizon of intercultural communication studies with Chinese theoretical and empirical studies and to provide guidelines for the increasingly frequent intercultural activities of Chinese people.
Invited Keynote Speakers
- Ingrid Piller, Macquarie University, Australia
- Lixian Jin, De Montfort University, UK
- Martin Cortazzi, The University of Warwick, UK
- Tim Greer, Kobe University, Japan
- Kimie Takahashi, Assumption University, Thailand
Chen Xinren, Nanjing University
Jia Yuxin, President of China Association for Intercultural Communication Studies
Song Li, Harbin Institute of Technology, President of IAICS