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Call for Papers Intercultural Communication between China and the World:Interpersona
2014-02-19 16:47:00

International Conference on 
Intercultural Communication between China and the World: 
Interpersonal, Organizational and Mediated Perspectives
June 11-14, 2009, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China

China Association for Intercultural Communication (CAFIC), International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS) and Association for Chinese Communication Studies (ACCS) are pleased to announce the forthcoming annual conference on “Intercultural Communication between China and the World: Interpersonal, Organizational and Mediated Perspectives”. The conference is to be held on June 11-14, 2009 in Beijing, China, hosted by the Intercultural Studies Center of the School of English and International Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) and Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, Beijing, China. High-quality papers for the conference are now invited for submission: 

In the context of deepening globalization, China has increasingly involved itself in full-scale cooperation with the outside world and has now emerged as a member of the international community with growing national power and a rising international influence. Frequent contact and communication with the world is crucial to China’s development, and will surely encourage the intercultural dialogue. However, cultural differences and discrepancies in socio-economic development are now identified as major obstacles to China’s communication with the world, and the West in particular. Misunderstanding and stereotyping often give rise to conflict and hostility. Such a failure in communication, which permeates interpersonal, organizational as well as mass-mediated communication between China and the world, is a growing concern among researchers of intercultural communication and mass communication. Today China sees unprecedented levels of scale and depth in its exchanges with the world, with increasing cross-border cooperation carried out in the fields of tourism, business, education, sports and cultural activities, traditional mass communication and online communication, etc. Such a large variety of intercultural activities provide abundant opportunities for research into intercultural communication/mass communication. Hence the focus of this conference is on the intercultural communication issues between China and the world observed from interpersonal, organizational and mediated perspectives. The conference aims to encourage a meeting of theoretical and historical studies with empirical research, to broaden the horizon of intercultural communication studies and to contribute to the construction of a harmonious world. 

Suggested Topics

Intercultural Communication:

• Intercultural communication theory 
• Cross-cultural adaptation 
• Intercultural communication accommodation 
• Intercultural communication competence 
• Human resource management in intercultural communication 
• Intercultural/multicultural communication and diversity management 
• Conflict and negotiation 
• Intercultural semiotics 
• Intercultural semantics 
• Intercultural pragmatics 
• Intercultural rhetoric 
• Intercultural psychology 
• Intercultural sociology 
• Intercultural online communication 
• Language and culture 
• Language and media 
• Language and society 
• Language attitude 
• Language policy 
• Culture and identity 
• Culture and language diversity 
• Culture and translation studies 
• Ethnic minorities and intercultural communication 
• Intercultural communication between patients and health-care providers 
• Business communication across cultures 
• Organizational communication and management across cultures 
• Negotiation and mediation across cultures 
• Intercultural development strategy of transnational corporations 
• Intercultural non-verbal communication 
• Intercultural communication ethics 
• Intercultural communication teaching 
• Intercultural communication and foreign language/college English teaching 
• Intercultural communication and language acquisition 
• Intercultural communication and teaching Chinese as a foreign language 
• Intercultural communication research methodology 
• Intercultural communication: discipline-building

Intercultural Mass Communication

• Intercultural mass communication theory 
• History of intercultural mass communication 
• Intercultural journalistic communication 
• Intercultural mass communication: film and television 
• Intercultural mass communication: internet 
• Intercultural political communication 
• Intercultural religious communication 
• Intercultural advising 
• Intercultural mass communication: content analysis 
• Intercultural mass communication organization studies 
• Intercultural mass communication: audience/reception/effect analysis 
• Intercultural mass communication strategies 
• Intercultural communication of Hollywood films 
• Intercultural communication of popular culture 
• China’s international image 
• China’s international communication 
• Chinese culture abroad: dissemination, reception and effect 
• Foreign cultures in China: dissemination, reception and effect 
• Risk management and communication across cultures 
• Intercultural education and training 
• Intercultural communication and identity construction 
• Intercultural communication, globalization, cultural diversity and the world cultural ecology 
• Intercultural communication, ethnocentricism and cultural imperialism 
• The global and the local 
• Intercultural communication and world harmony 
• Intercultural communication and globalization 
• Intercultural communication and migration 
• Intercultural communication and gender studies 
• Intercultural communication and sociology 
• Intercultural communication and tourism 
• Media literacy 
• Intercultural mass communication ethics 
• Intercultural mass communication research methodology

Cross-Cultural Studies

• Cultural studies 
• Comparison of values: China and the world 
• Comparison of religions: China and the world 
• Comparison of life styles: China and the world 
• Comparison of customs: China and the world 
• Comparison of taboos: China and the world 
• Comparative literature 
• Tradition and transformation in China 
• Characteristics and evolution of contemporary Chinese culture 
• Cultural identity in the age of globalization

Conference Formats 

The conference will include keynote speeches, panel sessions and workshops. Papers for keynote speecheswill be recommended by the conference paper-review committee. Panel sessions are either suggested by the conference paper-review committee and the organizing committee based on the papers submitted to the conference, or proposed by participants to the conference organizing committee and paper-review committee in advance of the conference. The proposal should include both the theme of the session and the list of attendants (You are encouraged to involve researchers from different disciplines with different educational backgrounds).The session is 45 minutes of paper presentations and the seating should be limited to 6, including the session coordinator, the commentator, and 4 speakers. Conference workshops are prepared speeches and in-depth discussions, with the subject (concerning original ideas and recent progress of the field) and attendants (5 to 10 attendants for each) proposed by the coordinator and approved by the conference organizing committee and paper-review committee. 

Submission Requirements

• Conference paper abstract: an abstract (around 200 words); an academic bio (around 300 words), including personal contact information (telephone and email address). 
• Panel session proposal: a proposal (around 300 words); academic bios of the session coordinator, commentator and speakers (300 words for each, including personal contact information); paper abstracts (200 words for each). All the listed documents should be submitted by the coordinator. Individual participants do NOT need to submit the paper abstract and academic bio again. 
• Workshop proposal: a proposal (around 800 words); academic bios of the workshop coordinator and attendants (300 words for each) including contact information of each participant. 
• All the required documents should be submitted at the conference registration website ( as MS Word attachments by January 1, 2009. The complete paper should be received by May 1, 2009. (For any question, please contact ZHANG Chunbo at 
• Papers recommended by the conference paper-review committee will be compiled into a collection and published by the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. 
• Working Languages: English and Chinese. Papers and speeches are encouraged to be written and delivered in English while those in Chinese are also welcomed. The organizing committee will plan for different sessions delivered in different languages. All keynote speeches should be given in English. 

Conference Registration Fee

• Please get registered for the conference at . 
• The registration fee is 950 RMB (around US$ 140) for each general participant and US$ 80 for each international student and each company of the general participant. 
• Payment of the registration fee covers the cost to attend the main conference and the panel/workshop sessions, coffee breaks, conference reception and banquet. In addition, each registrant will receive the conference souvenir and a copy of the Conference Proceedings. Notice that this registration fee does NOT cover the expenditure of transportation, accommodation, meals, and after conference city tour. 

• For further information about conference registration and proceeding, please visit the conference website at

You can EITHER make the payment by cheque payable to the following account: 
(Account No.) : 0200007609026402172 
(NOTE: Please note that it is intended for BFSU-CAFIC-LiuChen.) 

Or, pay in cash (RMB only) on the day of registration. 


•The conference will be located at the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press International Convention Center. Group rate offered by the Hotel connected to the Convention Center is 280 RMB yuan per day (around US$ 40) for a double room, and 100 RMB yuan per day (around US$ 15) for a single room in a suite. The cost of three meals a day in the hotel is 120 RMB per day (around US$ 17)

Conference Chairs

Professor JIA Yuxin: Director of the IAICS; President of CAFIC, Harbin Institute of Technology 
Professor SUN Youzhong: Vice President of CAFIC; Dean of the School of English and 
International Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University 
Professor CHEN Guoming: Executive Director of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies, University of Rhode Island

Conference Paper Review Committee Chair

Professor HU Wenzhong: Honorary President of CAFIC 

Conference Organizing Committee

President: SUN Youzhong,XU Jianzhong (Vice President of Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press 
Vice Presidents: LIU Chen (Associate Professor, Vice Director of the Center of International Communication, BFSU) 
Conference secretariat: 
ZHANG Chunbo (BFSU) 
DUAN Changcheng (Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press) 

Conference Organizer, Sponsors and Hosts 

Organizer: China Association for Intercultural Communication 
Sponsors: International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies; Association for Chinese Communication Studies 
Center of Intercultural Studies, the School of English and International Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China 
Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, Beijing, China

Contact Information 

ZHANG Chunbo (Judy) 
Tel: 086-010- 8881 6986 Fax: 086-010-8881 6791 
School of English and International Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University 
Xi San Huan Bei Lu, No. 2, Haidian, Beijing, China 100089

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