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How should we live in cultural diversity? Building sustainable communities in times of fear

12.09.2019 14:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The 26th Nordic Intercultural Communication (NIC) Conference

November 28 - 30, 2019

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia

Deadline: October 7, 2019 [1]

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 Communication Research."

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 [2].

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: [3].

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[4].

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 contribution.

The submission system is available at [5].

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]










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