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Call For Papers


The 24th International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies

Theme: Communication and Dialogue: Integrating Global Communities
Dates: July 5-8, 2018
Conference Venue:
  DePaul University, Chicago, IL USA      
IAICS Website:  web.uri.edu/iaics
Call for Papers 2018 With Sample Abstract.pdf

There are two opposing perspectives that have resulted from today’s globalized world: One that promotes diversity, interconnectedness, and interdependence through open borders and intercultural collaboration as the antidote to the global problems of inequality, terrorism, and climate change. But not all subscribe to this notion, as another, more harmful view is characterized by ethnocentrism, prejudice, xenophobia, and implicit biases, which cause fear, exclusion, alienation, divisiveness, and violence. As intercultural communication scholars, it is our ethical responsibility to identify, analyze, and provide strategies and solutions to these problems and to create inclusive and integrated global communities through engaging intercultural and international dialogues. Integration of communities requires humanity to come together through compassion, empathy, shared values, common interests, and full participation of all people while acknowledging and respecting cultural differences. By sharing research from diverse interdisciplinary perspectives on intercultural and international issues, we can generate new ideas, new ways of thinking, and collective wisdom toward a brighter future.

Conference Goals:

  • To provide scholars, educators and practitioners from different cultural communities with opportunities to interact, network and benefit from each other’s research and expertise related to intercultural and international issues;
  • To synthesize research perspectives and foster interdisciplinary scholarly dialogues for developing integrated approaches to complex problems of communication in global contexts;
  • To advance modes of inquiry for intercultural communication research and disseminate practical findings to facilitate understanding among cultures;
  • To foster global intercultural sensitivity and integration in discussing and addressing challenging issues facing humanity.


IAICS Is soliciting submissions that reflect diverse theoretical perspectives and empirical research in both quantitative and qualitative approaches.  Topics are broadly defined, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Studies on globalization
  • Culture and community building
  • Cosmopolitanism in culture
  • Language and culture
  • Discourse analysis and global implications
  • Nonverbal communication in intercultural contexts
  • Cultural identity
  • International conflict
  • Comparative literature and poetics
  • Cultural hybridity
  • Language teaching in intercultural communication
  •  Media and film studies across cultures
  •  Journalism and globalization
  •  Global communication and technology
  •  Public relations and advertising in global contexts
  •  Intercultural communication competency
  •  Intercultural and public policy
  •  Cultural studies
  •  Environmental studies
  •  Rhetorical studies
  •  Translation studies

Guidelines for Submission:

  • Abstract, 100-150 words in English, including positions, affiliations, email addresses and mailing addresses for all authors. Times New Roman 12pt font size, single-spaced.
  • Panel proposals reflecting the conference theme may be submitted. Panel proposals should include a 100-150 words abstract of each panelist’s paper (as above) and panelists must each individually complete the registration process (as above).
  • Submission will be evaluated by a peer-review committee.  The conference working language is English.

Submission Deadline:  EXTENDED - November 15, 2017.              

Notification Letters:   February 15, 2018.

Send Submissions to:   Xing Lu, Ph.D., 2018 Conference Chair,  at IAICS2018@depaul.edu

Conference Information:  For information on conference fees and accommodations visit Registration and Hotel Information.