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[Commlist] CFP: Nordic Network for Intercultural Communication Conference - "How should we live in cultural diversity? Building sustainable communities in times of fear"
Thu Sep 12 12:16:39 GMT 2019
Title of the Conference: "How should we live in cultural diversity?
communities in times of fear", The 26th Nordic Intercultural Communication
Time: November 28 - 30, 2019
Venue: Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia,
Deadline: October 7, 2019
Along with the extension of submission deadline till October 7, the NIC
2019 Organizing team has an honour to announce the conference's first
key-note speaker Prof. Dr. Dominic Busch -- a Professor of Intercultural
Communication and Conflict Research at Bundeswehr University Munich,
Germany. The title of his keynote at the NIC 2019 will be "Intercultural
Sustainability: In Search for Ethical Foundations in Intercultural
In his studies, Dominic Busch explores how ethical orientations of society
are reflected in the academic research of intercultural communication.
Following a discourse approach, notions of intercultural communication in
research and practice is seen as discursive constructions. Building on
these insights, Dominic Busch argues for a stronger reflection of differing
ethical orientations, which influence intercultural research. More
information about his work can be obtained from
The 26th Nordic Intercultural Communication conference will be held in
Valmiera - a more than 700 years old Hanseatic town located about 100km
North-East of the capital Rīga. The conference language is English.
This time the overarching theme of the conference is centred on exploring
cultural diversity and intercultural sustainability. The conference
predominantly but not exclusively addresses the intercultural communication
challenges and opportunities as illuminated, for instance, by international
migration and diversity. Unfortunate by-products of these processes often
are anger, fear, and societal division. The conference seeks to foreground
the understanding of ways in which communities could be both diverse and
integrated. The specific emphasis is on the notion of joint living in
instead of merely with diversity in a variety of realms, including the
practices of everyday interaction, education, policymaking, language and
communication training, media, and so forth. Contributions from seasoned
scholars as well as from students and practitioners interested in the
various aspects of culture and communication are encouraged.
The potential forms of participation include individual presentations of
either fully developed papers or work in progress, as well as panels and
workshops. The participants are encouraged to submit their conference
papers to the Journal of Intercultural Communication. This peer-reviewed
publication is an outgrowth of the activities of the NIC:
This call for papers is addressed to scholars and practitioners focusing on
but not limited to the following themes:
* Culture, communication and civic participation
* Building trust in societies
* Methods and practices of communicating, cultivating, and negotiating
* Cultural diversity in relation to education and pedagogy, training and
* Intercultural aspects of migration and diasporic life
* Language training and cultural diversity
* Personal relationships across culturally diverse contexts
* Media, cultural diversity, and sustainable communities
* Social policy responses to the turbulence of the modern world - values,
action, and communication
During the conference, the 3rd ESPAnet Baltics annual meeting will take
place. More about the organization itself can be found at
Individual paper proposals should follow the abstract format of
approximately 500 words (including the title and reference information).
Panel proposals should also be approximately 500 words, including
rationale, a list of proposed participants as well as their individual
The submission system is available at http://va.lv/en/nic-conference .
Submission deadline is extended till October 7, 2019. We look forward to
seeing you in Valmiera!
The 26th NIC conference is organized by the Faculty of Society and Science
at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with Valmiera
City Municipality and the Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation
(LAPAS). For further inquiry, you are welcome to contact the chair of the
organizing committee Liene Ločmele at liene.locmele[at]va.lv.
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