IC-SIG Seminar 2015

Seminar Title:

Intercultural communicative competence – impact, influence and theoretical developments

Dates:  Thursday May 14th and Friday May 15th, 2015

Location:  University of Sheffield, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Fee:  BAAL Members £95, non-members £110.  (No daily rates)  Two postgraduate scholarships will be available.

Registration open now:

You can register for the seminar via the online store:


Programme (PDF)

Invited speakers:

  • Prue Holmes, University of Durham
  • Manuela Guilherme, Universidade de Coimbra

Call for Contributions (PDF, closed)

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

Recent years have seen an unprecedented rise in the use of the terms Intercultural Communication and Intercultural communicative Competence (ICC) in a range of spheres including Applied Linguistics. While there has been a wide range of (largely ‘Western’) research and publications which come under the umbrella of intercultural communication (competence), the influence of these terms within Applied Linguistics merits greater discussion and reflection.  The seminar will be purposefully small, to facilitate exchange.  We will be exploring questions such as:

–      What impact and influence has ICC had on research and practice in Applied Linguistics and related areas?

–      What theoretical developments have affected the study of ICC, and how have theoretical developments in Applied Linguistics affected studies of ICC?

We invite you to submit an abstract for a paper of no more than 200 words via the google form link below, by March 30th 2015.  Papers will be 20-30 minutes long with time for questions.

Please note: We welcome in particular ‘Work in Progress’ papers which stimulate debate and discussion, contributing to the seminar themes.

Further information about registration for the seminar will be available at a later date. If you would like further details on the seminar, registration, fees etc. to be sent directly to you, please register your interest on the google form below:

Submit an abstract/register your interest here:


Should you have difficulty with the google form, you can send your submission/register of interest by email (subject header BAAL SIG in IC) to J.woodin@sheffield.ac.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.



BAALICSIG Executive Committee

Donna Humphrey, Nottingham Trent University

Wang Liang, Queen’s University, Belfast

Jane Woodin, University of Sheffield

Uwe Baumann, The Open University

Tony Young, Newcastle University



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