25.4122, Calls: Discourse Analysis, General Ling, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Malaysia

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Subject: 25.4122, Calls: Discourse Analysis, General Ling, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Malaysia

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Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:00:46
From: Regis Machart [rmachart at hotmail.com]
Subject: Intercultural Competence in Communication and Education

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Full Title: Intercultural Competence in Communication and Education 
Short Title: ICCEd2015 

Date: 08-Apr-2015 - 09-Apr-2015
Location: Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia 
Contact Person: Dr. Eriko Yamato Chong Yin Lai
Meeting Email: icced2015 at gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.icced2015.com 

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2014 

Meeting Description:

Contradictorily the concept of intercultural competence is both polysemic and
empty at the same time. Researchers, practitioners but also decision makers
use it almost mechanically without always worrying about its meaning(s), the
ideologies it represents, the impact(s) it has on those who are embedded in
its discussions and the injustice it can (too easily) lead to such as
neo-racism. A few ‘usual suspects’ – mostly derived from English-speaking
researchers/practitioners who enjoy prestige thanks to the symbolic violence
of English as a World Language and/or prestigious supranational support –
whose work is systematically (and uncritically) mentioned have often managed
volens nolens to keep mainstream global understandings of intercultural
competence simplified, fuzzy, idealistic and/or unrealistic. For example the
‘faulty’ keywords of culture, tolerance and respect are still present in
discussions of intercultural competence.


Call for Papers:

This call for papers is interested in new, critical and original discussions and approaches to intercultural competence that go beyond these problematic ‘macdonaldised’ models and ‘reinventing the wheel’ perspectives. The conference is interdisciplinary and covers the ‘broad’ fields of communication and education.

The organisers are looking for contributions which are questioning the most ‘influential’ models of intercultural competence and/or who have attempted (un)successfully to develop new understandings and models of intercultural competence. The organisers wish to promote the idea that failure is also inherent to intercultural competence. The question of assessment can be touched upon but the idea that intercultural competence can be summatively assessed should be abandoned. The organisers consider intercultural competence to be synonymous with multicultural competence, cross-cultural competence, global competence, etc. as these labels are also unstable and have many different meanings.

The organisers are especially interested in fresh perspectives from all parts of the world. Historical/diachronic papers ‘denouncing’ reinventing the wheel approaches as well as alternative methods and approaches are very welcome (e.g. use of bodily experiences).







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