Intercultural Communication Conference

By March 22, 2012News
ZUEL, Wuhan

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

Overseas Scholars:

Domestic Scholars:

  • Chen Xinren, Nanjing University
  • Jia Yuxin, President of China Association for Intercultural Communication Studies
  • Song Li, Harbin Institute of Technology, President of IAICS

Click here for the Call for Papers and here for the Conference Flier. For further information send an e-mail to the conference address.


Author Zhang Jie 张洁

Zhang Jie 张洁 (aka Jenny) is a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, where she just completed her thesis entitled “Language Policy and Planning for The 2008 Beijing Olympics: An Investigation of the Discursive Construction of An Olympic City and A Global Population”. She is also a lecturer and supervisor for master candidates in the English Department, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China. Under the supervision of, and with tremendous support from, Ingrid and Kimie, she is steadily developing into a sociolinguist who has passion for life and research.

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  • Nasser Rashidi

    Please send me more information on the conference.

  • You might want to download the call for papers and conference flier available at the end of the post.

  • Jenny Zhang

    The conference will include:
    • The Pre-conference Postgraduate Workshop on “New Approaches to Intercultural Communication” will be chaired by Prof. Ingrid Piller (Macquarie University) on Nov 15, 2012.
    • Papers for keynote speeches will be recommended by the conference paper-review committee and the organizing committee.
    • Panel sessions of 90 minutes should allow for participation by the session coordinator, the commentator, and papers by 4 speakers. Each individual paper should be no more than 15 minutes in length with 5 minutes of time for questions. The conference paper-review and organizing committees will make arrangement of panel sessions according to the themes of individual papers.
    • Conference workshops are prepared speeches and in-depth discussions, with workshop tasks or activities (concerning original ideas and recent progress of the field)

    Important Dates
    30 August2012:Deadlineforsubmittingabstract,proposaland academic bios
    30 September 2012: Deadline for final submission of papers
    20 October 2012: Notification of acceptance/rejection
    16-18 November 2012: Dates of the conference

    Please check Conference website ( for detailed information

    Contact Information
    YUAN Yuan: PhD, English Language and Literature Department, ZUEL
    ZHANG Jie (Jenny): PhD, English Language and Literature Department, ZUEL
    E-mail: [email protected]

  • Jenny Zhang

    Topic areas are broadly defined as, but not limited to, the following in,
    Intercultural communication…
    • Approaches and theories and building relevant disciplines, e.g.: discourse analysis, psychology, sociology,
    • Cross-cultural communication research, adaptation • Intercultural rhetoric, semiotics, semantics, pragmatics • Competence, accommodation, identification and training

    Research and application of intercultural communication in…
    • Work contexts, e.g. in business, management and organizations, tourism, human resources, risk management
    • Social contexts, e.g. migration, gender issues, diversity and social exclusion, ethnic minority issues, non-verbal communication
    • Local and personal contexts, e.g. identity construction, conflict and negotiation, romance and transnational marriage
    • Global contexts, e.g. globalisation and transnationalism, ethno-centricism and cultural imperialism, cultural ecologies
    • Mass communication e.g. the media, national image, online communication, advertising,
    • Education and training in intercultural communication, teaching Chinese or English as a foreign language, language issues, e.g. related to translation, multilingualism, cultures, cognition, the media, language attitudes and policies.