Call for Submissions

  • Call for Abstracts

Guidelines for Submissions

Conference Theme:Culture, Communication, and Cosmopolitanism”

Conference Time: July1st -3rd, 2016

Conference Venue: Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai

Conference Goals:

  • To provide scholars, educators and practitioners from different cultural communities with opportunities to interact, network and benefit from each other’s research and expertise related to intercultural communication issues;

  • To synthesize research perspectives and foster interdisciplinary scholarly dialogues for developing integrated approaches to complex problems of communication across cultures;

  • To advance the methodology for intercultural communication research and disseminate practical findings to facilitate understanding across cultures;

  • To foster global intercultural sensitivity and involve educators, business professionals, students and other stakeholders worldwide in the discourse about diversity and transcultural communication issues.

Topic areas are broadly defined as, but not limited to, the following:

Cosmopolitanism in culture

Intercultural communication and cosmopolitanism

Cosmopolitanism in literature

Time and space in culture /   literature

Language and culture

Intercultural communication and   nationality

Language and identity

Comparative culture

Interculturality in literature

Intercultural communication and   interculturality

Media and interculture

Internet intercultural   communication

Multi cultures and interculturality

Intercultural communication   competence

Culture and travel writing

Intercultural education

Crosscultural encounters

Interculture and human resource   management

Comparative poetics

Interculture and public policy

Comparative literature

Transnational enterprises and   intercultural communication


Cultural study theories

Literature and religion

Culture and diplomacy

Literature and film

Language planning and policy

Translation studies

Intercultural pragmatics

Foreign Language Teaching as   Intercultural Communication

Guidelines for Submissions

Categories: Abstract, panel proposals, and workshop proposals may be accepted.

  • Abstract, 150-250 words in English, including positions, affiliations, email addresses and mailing addresses for all authors.

  • Panel proposals reflecting the conference theme may be submitted. All panel proposals should provide a 100-word rationale and a 100-200 word abstract of each panelist's paper; include affiliation and email addresses for each panelist.

  • Workshop proposals relevant to the conference theme may be submitted. Proposals should be 3-5 pages in length, single spaced.

Deadline: Please submit abstracts, panel/workshop proposals, and roundtable discussionsessions by April 15th, 2016.

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Conference Working Languages:English and Chinese

                             Sample Abstract

                         The Development and Validation of the Intercultural Sensitivity Scale

                  Guo-Ming Chen, Ph.D.

                  Department of Communication Studies

                    University of Rhode Island

                     Kingston, RI 02881, USA


The present study developed and assessed reliability and validity of a new instrument, the Intercultural Sensitivity Scale (ISS). Based on a review of the literature, 44 items thought to be important for intercultural sensitivity were generated for the purpose of analyses in this study. A sample of 414 college students rated these items and generated a 24-item final version of the instrument which contains five factors. An assessment of concurrent validity from 162 participants indicated that the ISS was significantly correlated with other related scales, including interaction attentiveness, impression rewarding, self-esteem, self-monitoring, and perspective taking. In addition, the predicted validity test from 174 participants showed that individuals with high ISS scores also scored high in intercultural effectiveness and intercultural communication attitude scales. Potential limitations and future direction for the study in this line of research were discussed as well.