Welcome to Our Blog

The British Association for Applied Linguistics, with a special interest in Intercultural Communication Research and Pedagogy (IC-SIG)

The  BAAL SIG (Special Interest Group) in IC provides a forum for applied linguists, business trainers, language teachers and the wider public to engage in debate about the nature and potential application of key concepts in the field.

Our revised blog page has links to up-to-date information and activities in the field of  intercultural communication and applied linguistics and pedagogy. This includes links to materials, books and articles, links to other relevant organisations, seminars and conferences. In the future, we will set up a networking link so our members, with permission, can contact each other regarding research and pedagogy. We aim to make the SIG more interactive and participatory for all.


Screen Shot 2018-11-12 at 10.56.47

A one day seminar to encourage multi- and inter-disciplinary exchanges on the phenomenon of intercultural communication (competence) and its relationship with and within Applied Linguistics.

Call for Contributions

Seminar Title: Intersectionality in Intercultural Encounters

Dates:  Friday, May 17th, 2019

Location:  University of Sheffield, Humanities Research Institute

Most researchers in the fields of social and human sciences now maintain that solid forms of culture  e.g. the typical habits, attitudes and behaviours of a group do not exist as such. Instead culture is the result of co-construction, negotiation, constant interplay and exchange. This perspective acknowledges that each individual can occupy a multiplicity of subject positions, social and civic identities and forms of belonging.

What is the role of intersectionality (Crenshaw, 1989) in intercultural encounters, whether in the classroom, in work or in the community? How can an understanding of  multiple systems of social categorization (e.g., gender and sexuality, race/ethnicity, social class, and place) and the multiple forms of oppression and privilege each individual faces assist us in equalising  intercultural approaches?


The seminar seeks to address the purpose and role of intercultural communication theory, applied linguistics and language teaching to address the following questions:

  1. What is power and dominance, privilege and systemic advantage in intercultural relationships and discourse? How are they manifested in intercultural encounters?


  1. When people are in unequal relations, how do they resist, contest and claim alternative identities and roles? What does this look like in reality and what is the process of recognising and equalising intercultural encounters?


  1. What materials and practices can we adopt which recognise culture as complex, transformative dynamic, fluid, ever changing, contested and ambiguous. How can we teach this perspective in our language classroom?

Please submit abstracts (100 – 200 words), indicating  whether your proposal fits into 1, 2 or 3 (a combination is acceptable)



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.