The 26th International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS)

The 26th International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS)

Call for Papers

Conference Time: May 28-31, 2020
Conference Venue: Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, Karnataka, India Conference Hosts: MAHE, India, and University of Louisville, USA
Conference Theme: Diversity and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Times

As we move further into the 21st century, issues of diversity and multiculturalism are becoming increasingly complex. The constant flow of persons, cultures, and ideas between and among nations not only intensifies contact and connection among global citizens but also brings to the surface both emergent and perennial issues of difference, identity, and territory. With expansive networks moving at breakthrough speeds and intensities, the very concepts of diversity and multiculturalism are changing, especially as they encounter transglobal forces of nationalism, populism, and hegemony. What does it mean to live in a multicultural society? How does the one and the many create community, resolve conflicts, in complicated religious, linguistic, educational, and cultural contexts? What happens to minorities and indigenous peoples within larger majority cultures? The theme of this conference seeks to address these issues in the context of nations and the larger world.

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 communication issues

  • To synthesize research perspectives and foster interdisciplinary scholarly dialogues for developing integrated approaches to complex problems of communication across cultures

  • To advance the methodology for intercultural communication research and disseminate practical findings to facilitate understanding across cultures

  • To foster global intercultural sensitivity and involve educators, business professionals, students and other stakeholders worldwide in discourses about diversity and transcultural communication issues.

Topic areas are broadly defined as, but not limited to, the following:

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Guidelines for Submissions:


  • Abstract, 100-150 words in English, including positions, affiliations, email addresses and mailing addresses for all authors. Times New Roman 12 point font size, single spaced.

  • Panel proposals reflecting the conference theme or topic areas may be submitted. Panel proposals shall include title of panel, a 100-150 word abstract of each panelist’s paper (as above). Panel proposals must include positions, affiliations, email addresses and mailing addresses for all authors. Times New Roman 12 point font size, single spaced.

Contact: Please send abstracts, panel proposals, to the following email address:

Deadline: Please submit abstracts and panel proposals by December 15,2019 Conference Working Language: English


The International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies consists of scholars from a range of the cultural sciences who are dedicated to doing research on communication across cultures. Its membership is made up of participants from over 32 countries. These participants meet annually at different locations around the world to discuss common research interests. The results of their investigations are published in the journal of the organization, Intercultural Communication Studies (ICS).

Reorganizing Media Asia

Reorganizing Media Asia

November 15, 2019

Reorganizing Media Asia

The peer-reviewed journal Media Asia is transitioning to a new editorial leadership.

Danilo Arao, an associate professor of journalism at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, is currently being phased in as the new editor. He replaces Cherian George, an associate dean of the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).

Aside from teaching journalism at UP Diliman, he is also a special lecturer at the Department of Journalism of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Sta. Mesa, Manila. In the past, he taught courses in political science, journalism and communication at De La Salle University in the Philippines, Hannam University in South Korea and Technisché Universität (TU) Ilmeanau in Germany.

As a practicing journalist, he works as associate editor of the online publication Bulatlat Multimedia and writes a column for another online publication Pinoy Weekly. He is also board secretary of Kodao Productions (a multimedia group) and board treasurer of Alipato Media Center (publisher of Bulatlat Multimedia).

He has authored books in Filipino and English, examples of which are Kuro-kuro [Opinion] (Flipside Publishing, 2015); and The ASEAN guide: A journalist’s handbook to regional integration in Southeast Asia [with M. Löffelholz as co-author] (International Institute for Journalism-GIZ, 2011).

He brings to Media Asia his experience editing the peer-reviewed journals Plaridel, Philippine Journalism Review and Social Science Diliman, as well as reviewing manuscripts for other academic journals and publishing houses. Outside the academe, he worked for seven years as editor-in-chief and research head of IBON Foundation, an independent research think-tank that conducts research on socioeconomic issues.

Under Arao’s editorial leadership, Media Asia aims to publish articles on the practice of the media profession, focusing on trends and patterns that could help make sense of the current environment.

Media Asia thanks Cherian George for his services and welcomes Danilo Arao as its new editor.

Established in 1974, the peer-reviewed journal is published by the Asian Media Information and Communication (AMIC) Centre and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.


Indrajit Banerjee
10 November 1964 – 25 January 2019

Photo from Calcutta de la rue à l’école

The Asian Media Information and Communication Center, Inc.(AMIC) announces with deep regret the death of its former AMIC Secretary General Dr. Indrajit Banerjee. He was Director of the Knowledge Societies Division, Communication & Information Sector at UNESCO (Paris) at the time of his death. Dr. Banerjee passed away on 25 January in Pondicherry, India following a long illness.

AMIC recognizes Dr. Banerjee’s invaluable services to AMIC during his tenure as secretary general. AMIC conveys its deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of Dr. Banerjee.

Tribute to Indrajit Bannerjee

Tribute to Indrajit Bannerjee

ITU Pictures from Geneva, Switzerland [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

“Indrajit was my colleague at the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) when he was Secretary General and I was a Board member. He was one of the most driven and creative Secretaries General since AMIC’s inception in 1971. He found ways to position the Asian organization as a strong player in the global communication landscape. His long and warm arms of friendship embraced numerous scholars and practitioners from around the world and engaged them for the benefit of AMIC. He was exceptionally ambitious for AMIC and found creative ways to make things happen. His programming of AMIC conferences during his tenure was an intellectual treat for many of us who had often struggled to put up decent conference agenda. He had a way with ideas and people. He got things done against many odds. He pleaded, cajoled and, occasionally, ‘threatened’ dear friends into submission. I was looking forward to meeting Indrajit in Paris today at his invitation to attend a UNESCO conference. Fate took him away yesterday. I and many other friends who knew him well were devastated. Fortunately, his work and words remain with us and will inspire me and others to strive for greater heights in what we do, as he did.”

Arun Mahizhnan
26 January 2019

Farewell, Gerry Josue

Dear AMIC officers and members,

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of GERARDO “Gerry” R. JOSUE on 12 August 2018. Gerry was a member of the AMIC Board of Directors and AMIC Country Representative to the Philippines. AMIC recognizes the many contributions of Gerry to the organization especially in institution building and program planning.

AMIC has extended its condolences to the immediate family of Gerry and has co-organized on 15 August a necrological service to honor our dear colleague and supporter. His contemporaries have also expressed their appreciation for Gerry.

“He was a gentleman and a great friend to have. During my stint as AMIC’s SG, Gerry was also a very supportive board member and always a pleasure to work with.” – Sundeep R. Muppidi, Ph.D.

“It is with deep sadness that I learnt about the passing away of our dear friend and AMIC Board member Mr. Gerry Josue. Gerry was an extremely decent and dignified person who was deeply committed to AMIC and provided me with invaluable support during my tenure as AMIC SG.” – Indrajit Banerjee , Ph.D.

We invite our AMIC officers and members to offer prayers for the repose of his soul.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely yours,

Secretary General

AMIC Award for Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, svd

The 2018 AMIC Award for ‘Transformative Leadership” has been accorded to Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, svd at the 26th Annual Conference of the “Asian Media, Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)” on June 8, 2018 at Manipal ‘Academy of Higher Education’ in Karnataka, India “for his outstanding contributions in the field of Church and social communication”. He has “written extensively on human and social communication and developed the concepts of pastoral and evangelizing Communication” which is also reflected in an academic program at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila. His several books in the field are considered as standard in the field, including a 632 page commented edition of all official Vatican documents on Communication from 1936 to 2014 (Logos, Manila).

AMIC is since the 1970s the only professional continental organization for Asian communication scholars and professionals which since 2006 gives only one annual Award to outstanding figures in the field. The last former awardees were Shelton Dhavalasri Guanaratne (2016) who is recognized as proposing a “de-Westernizing” communication theory especially under Buddhist but also Hinduism and Confucianism perspective. The 2017 Awardee Wijayanada Jayaweera was leading the “International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC) at UNESCO in Paris and developed a “human-centric theory of Press freedom” based on Daoist principles.

Original article at St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center, Inc. website.