IC-SIG Seminar 2012

Intercultural Communication in International Contexts –

training and development, practice and research

(PDF version)

(Programme now available)

 Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th, 2012

 Location: Michael Young Building, Faculty of Business and Law,

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK

This two day event is the third seminar of the SIG in Intercultural Communication (IC).  It will be a purposefully small and focused event bringing educators, trainers and researchers together to explore key questions in IC theory and practice.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers include:

  • Professor Adrian Holliday, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Matthew Hill, Chair of SIETAR UK
  • Professor Min-Sun Kim, University of Hawaii

The principal aim of the event is

  • to facilitate dialogue between researchers and practitioners who have experience and interest in delivering training and teaching in Intercultural Communication and who research in this area.
  • to share insights from research, practice, and experience, identifying shared and contrasting approaches and perspectives, successes and challenges.
  • to consolidate shared awareness of key issues arising from IC research and training.
  • to identify key areas for further investigation, and explore the potential for future collaboration


We are now inviting contributions to the seminar from people with interest and experience in researching and working with intercultural communication (IC) in diverse ways. We are asking all contributors if they can make data-centred contributions, so any discussion of new research you are undertaking would be particularly welcome. We especially encourage presentations which explores key questions in applied IC theory such as: 

  • Is ‘intercultural’ still a useful term?
  • What does it mean to be interculturally competent?
  • Can one teach Intercultural Communication as a skill or a competence?
  • What are the implications of non-western perspectives on human communication for theory and practice of Intercultural Communication?
  • What is the relationship between social justice and intercultural communication in a global context?
  • What are the ethical issues of intercultural training? 

Papers will be allocated 40 minutes (25 minutes plus 15 minutes for questions and discussion). Presenters will talk to and discuss the papers but not read out the papers in their entirety. The language of the seminar is English. Abstracts of no more than 200 words (excluding references) should be sent by email as a Word attachment to baal-sig-icc@open.ac.uk by 1 March 2012.  Please include name, affiliation, email address and paper title in the body of the email.  Abstracts will be reviewed by the seminar organisers, taking account of: relevance to the seminar objectives; an emphasis on sharing evidence, experience and practice; a balance in representation of a range of pedagogic contexts.

Notification of acceptance decisions will be communicated via email by the beginning of April 2012.  Participants, whether presenting or not, are encouraged, but not required, to have BAAL membership.  Send abstracts and requests for further information to baal-sig-icc@open.ac.uk.


Cost: BAAL membership £85.00

Cost: Non BAAL Membership £95.00

Cost: Reduced fee for students/unwaged speaker – £50.00 (2 places available).

To apply for one of these awards please email Uwe Baumann (U.Baumann@open.ac.uk ) and, in no more than 50 words, support your application.

There is no daily rate.


Information about how to register and pay for the seminar, please click the following link: http://www8.open.ac.uk/education-and-languages/main/BAAL-SIG-ICC .

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