Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language & Literacy
2018 Intercultural Competence Conference

Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, January 25-28, 2018, Tucson, Arizona (and aspects online) Keynote Presentation: Robert O’Dowd (University of León), "Moving from Intercultural Contact to Intercultural Learning in Virtual Exchange" Plenary Presentations Alvino Fantini (SIT Graduate Institute), "Exploring Intercultural Communicative Competence: Concepts, Components and Assessment (A Multinational Perspective)" Chin-Sook Pak (Ball State University), "Stories and Relationships that Awaken Us: Service/Community-Based Learning for Intercultural Competence" As the opportunity and need to move between physical and virtual spaces has increased, more people experience the world as mobile and interconnected (see e.g. Douglas Fir Group, 2016; Kramsch & Whiteside, 2008). On the one hand, this has enabled participation in dispersed communities and markets; on the other hand, as communication, meaning making, and culture have become deterritorialized, interculturality has revealed itself as more complex than the ability to mediate across cultural differences. At the same time, patterns of mass migration and economic globalization have meant local contexts are also shaped by transnational flows of capital, knowledge, practices, and modes of communication. As a result people in today’s world must develop the capacity to negotiate and navigate dynamic demands. In 2018, CERCLL will host the Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence which will focus on Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical. The conference will feature presentations and workshops that consider intercultural competence in connection with global trends of migration, travel, and digitally-enabled mobility. Of particular interest are contributions that address the changing state of intercultural competence in a mobile world. CERCLL invites proposals for individual papers, symposia, roundtables, posters, and workshops (half-day/full-day) with preference given to topics related to the conference theme of "Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical." Submission deadline: May 22, 2017.
Jan 25 - Jan 28, 2018
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