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International Conference | Advancing Intercultural Research and Dialogue


The 11th IAIR Biennial Conference and the 15th CAFIC Annual Conference

Advancing Intercultural Research and Dialogue: 

Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), Shanghai, P.R. China

 7-10 July 2019

(Fellows Day and the 1st Pre-Conference Workshop start on Sunday, 7 July)


Our Shared Aims: Each IAIR and CAFIC conference seeks to bring research-oriented theorists and practitioners together to present and discuss ways to bridge cultural barriers and boundaries. This 2019 joint conference aims to attract scholars from varied streams of intercultural and cross-cultural work, leverage the disciplinary strengths of our respective approaches, address perceived and actual cultural differences, and dialogue to build greater global understanding and cooperation.

Together in Shanghai: Situated at the confluence of historic conceptions of East and West, diverse patterns of North and South, variance between coastal and inland regions, shifts in rural and urban migration, the metropolis of Shanghai provides an interesting multicultural site for this conference. The location can also bring Chinese and Asian cultural/regional initiatives and collaborations into focus.

Primary Organizers and Host:

IAIR: Formed in 1997, the International Academy for Intercultural Research is an association of about 250 scholarly Fellows and Members focused on cross cultural research in varied disciplines worldwide. IAIR’s mission is to encourage the highest quality empirical research and practice aimed at understanding the ways in which cultures interact, primarily through biennial meetings and publications, like its flagship International Journal of Intercultural Research (IJIR).

Keep current with our Academy at http://www.intercultural-academy.net (Consider joining!)

CAFIC: Founded in 1995, the China Association for Intercultural Communication has pioneered intercultural studies in China, attracting over 200 Chinese and international participants at each annual conference. Focusing on the intersection between language and culture, CAFIC encourages and embraces all interdisciplinary endeavors and engagements in constructing intercultural dialogue in our global human community

SISU: Established in 1949, Shanghai International Studies University is one of China’s top language, culture, and area studies institutions. SISU has been steadily seeking to build a strong (inter)disciplinary base for intercultural studies, especially through efforts of the SISU Intercultural Institute (established in 2006). We welcome you!


Call for Submissions

Original studies are solicited that address the themes of crossing cultural lines, facilitating intercultural and cross-boundary interactions, or creating environments that promote dialogue, reconciliation, and peace-building, especially related to areas like:

1. Culture and Psychology

Intercultural inquiry into languages, values, identities, histories, patterns via indigenous ethnographic and cultural psychological explorations, comparisons/contrasts.

2. Intercultural Education

Applications or interventions toward diversity/global awareness and intercultural competence in intercultural education, training, foreign language teaching.

3. Intercultural Interaction

Dynamic intercultural processes manifested in pragmatics, discourse, interpersonal communication, adaptation/acculturation.

4. Global Communication

Public, mass, or macro-level intercultural communication affecting national image, culture stories, stereotypes, branding/advertising, intercultural relations, area studies.

Innovative contributions are welcomed from comparative or cross-cultural expressions of all fields that deal with the complex conflicts and challenges facing our societies.


Call for Papers

Types, Dates, Selection: Submissions are welcomed in the form of symposia, panels, independent papers, and poster presentations. Dates to be noted are:

October 30, 2018: Early submission of group symposia/panel/workshop abstracts (priority will be given to well-developed panel/research report sets [usually 4 papers] or workshop plans that fit 90-minute time blocks, organized around a relevant theme)

    *Decision on early abstract submissions notified by November 20, 2018

November 30, 2018: Last submission of further panel, individual paper, or poster abstracts.

    *Decision on late abstract submissions notified by December 30, 2018

Please upload submissions to the conference portal:



Conference size will be limited by the Scientific Committee to around 200 participants, aiming to select the earliest quality symposium/papers on the themes that advance our science and practice.


Details on Submitting Symposia

We especially welcome the submission of symposia (theme panels, group paper reports) or workshop proposals that fit 90-minute time blocks, organized around a relevant theme.

A symposium is defined as a cohesive cluster of research presentations and theoretical perspectives.

To attain cohesion, the symposium should focus on a specific topic and emphasize conceptual issues and the integration of findings (with representation from at least two different institutions).

Requirements include: 1 chair, at least 3 (and maximum 4) paper presentations and 1 discussant. Total time allotted to a session: 90 minutes (at least 15 minutes MUST be set aside for discussion with the audience as part of the symposium.

If your symposium involves more than 4 presenters, you may create symposia for two sessions with up to 8 presenters.

Submit as Symposium I and Symposium II.


Symposium Submission Guidelines

Enter a full name and affiliation for each author of your paper. Please keep in mind that:

  1. Symposia must be organized and submitted as a group of presentations.
  2. A chair and a discussant are required.
  3. Symposia must have representation from at least two different institutions. 
  4. While inviting people to participate in your Symposium, please inform them that they are not part of the official CAFIC or IAIR Invited Program and that neither association will reimburse their expenses.  

Role Descriptions

Chair (required): A Chair enters all information for the symposium. The Chair also organizes and directs the symposium session, introduces the presenters during the oral portion of the session, and ensures that time limits are strictly observed. The Chair should be prepared to lead, stimulate, and coordinate the open discussion with the audience. The chair may also present a paper.

Discussant (optional): The role of a discussant is to comment on the papers included in the symposium, drawing on their own expertise.

Author 1 - 4: Paper presenters


Integrative Statement and Abstract

Prepare an integrative statement that summarizes the nature and significance of the proposed topic. This statement should not be more than 500 words long. Add the name of the discussant in the Abstract section.

Prepare an abstract for each paper to be presented, maximum 500 words each.

Upload all submissions on the portal: 


No email submissions will be accepted


Individuals may submit proposals for up to two presentation roles for the entire conference.

Presenting roles are defined as:

  1. First author of a symposium or paper.
  2. The roles of Chair and Discussant do not count as presenting roles.
  3. A chair of a symposium making a presentation counts as an author. 
  4. Any role in the Invited Program does not count as a presenting role.  


Please direct further inquiries to: 

IAIR2019@shisu.edu.cn or 



SISU Intercultural Institute


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