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Call for Proposals: Sixth Int'l Conference on Development & Assessment of Intercultural Competence
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In 2018, the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona will host the Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence which will focus on Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical.

2/1/2017 to 5/22/2017
When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Where: University of Arizona
United States

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Call for Proposals:  Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence
Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical

January 25-28, 2018
Tucson, Arizona (and accessible online)

Keynote Presentation
Robert O’Dowd (University of León)
Moving from Intercultural Contact to Intercultural Learning in Virtual Exchange

Plenary Presentations
Alvino Fantini (SIT Graduate Institute)
Exploring Intercultural Communicative Competence:
Concepts, Components and Assessment (A Multinational Perspective)

Chin-Sook Pak (Ball State University)
Stories and Relationships that Awaken Us:
Service/Community-Based Learning for Intercultural Competence

As the opportunity and need to move between physical and virtual spaces has increased, more people experience the world as mobile and interconnected (see e.g. Douglas Fir Group, 2016; Kramsch & Whiteside, 2008). On the one hand, this has enabled participation in dispersed communities and markets; on the other hand, as communication, meaning making, and culture have become deterritorialized, interculturality has revealed itself as more complex than the ability to mediate across cultural differences. At the same time, patterns of mass migration and economic globalization have meant local contexts are also shaped by transnational flows of capital, knowledge, practices, and modes of communication. As a result people in today’s world must develop the capacity to negotiate and navigate dynamic demands.

In 2018, the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona will host the Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence which will focus on Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical. The conference will feature presentations and workshops that consider intercultural competence in connection with global trends of migration, travel, and digitally-enabled mobility. Of particular interest are contributions that address the changing state of intercultural competence in a mobile world.

CERCLL invites proposals for individual papers (in-person and virtual), symposia, roundtables, posters, and workshops (half-day/full-day) with preference given to topics related to the conference theme. Strands will include:
Curriculum design and instruction
Theory and approaches
Telecollaboration
Technology and digital mediation
Study and work abroad/away
Service learning
Teacher training and professional development
Papers may be presented in person or as virtual presentations, and they may be in English, French, German or Spanish. Please see the full CFP for complete details about types of presentations and the submission guidelines.

All proposals must be submitted using the online form, which is on the conference website.

Proposal deadline: 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on May 22nd, 2017. Confirmation of receipt will be sent via email.

Questions? Please contact CERCLL at cercll@email.arizona.edu, (520) 626-8071.

This conference is organized by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) with a grant from the US Department of Education, co-organized by the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program, co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona, College of Humanities, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona; and the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research at Pennsylvania State University; the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota; the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon; the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning at the University of Texas at Austin; and the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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