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).

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