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[Commlist] CFP: NIC2019 - How should we live in cultural diversity? Building sustainable communities in times of fear

Tue Oct 15 13:44:45 GMT 2019

Title of the Conference: "How should we live in cultural diversity?
Building sustainable communities in times of fear", The 26th Nordic
Intercultural Communication (NIC) Conference

Time: November 28 - 30, 2019

Venue: Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia, [1]

Deadline: October 20, 2019

While reminding about the upcoming conference's final submission deadline
in October 20, the NIC 2019 organizing team is proud to announce our three

"Intercultural Sustainability: In Search for Ethical Foundations in
Intercultural Communication Research" by Professor Dr. Dominic Busch from
Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany;

"Struggling with Diversity: Tracing Encounters with Difference" by
Associate Professor, cand. psych., PhD Linda Lapiņa from Roskilde
University in Denmark; and

"Beyond Diversity as Commodity: Neoliberal Multiculturalism,
Anti-Oppression Pedagogy, and Inclusive Communication" by Professor Dr.
Srivi Ramasubramanian from Texas A&M University, United States.

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 Riga. 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: [2].

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 * Cultural diversity in relation to education and pedagogy, training and management
* 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 [3].

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 [4].
Submission deadline is extended till October 20, 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]


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