2014 Intercultural Understanding

Country: India

City: Mumbai

Abstr. due: 30.08.2014

Dates: 10.10.14 — 12.10.14

Area Of Sciences: Sociology; Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail: darlenef8@yahoo.co.uk

Organizers: AIE


AIE conferences are built around a number of strands designed to explore aspects of theory and practice which relate to the overall conference theme. Within each strand, presenters have the opportunity to share, with other strand participants, their experience and ideas relating to a topic accepted for inclusion in the strand programme. Presentations should be informative, innovative and challenging, stimulating discussion and debate. Each presentation will last for a maximum of 20 minutes, followed by around 25 minutes of discussion. Participants and presenters are expected to remain in the same strand group for all strand sessions, so that ideas developed through ongoing discussion can lead to recommendations and suggestions for future action.


Proposals are invited which relate to the following categories.

Aspects of teaching and learning for intercultural understanding
Intercultural learning in action –  exemplars of good practice. Encouraging multiple perspectives in classrooms. Teaching and learning for intercultural sensitivity in regions affected by conflict. Teaching and learning for intercultural understanding in monocultural schools. Achieving inclusion: role modelling intercultural awareness and understanding for all students by caring for all. Teaching and learning that promotes advocacy and action on intercultural issues.

Assessing and evaluating the development of intercultural understanding
Assessing the development of individuals’ intercultural understanding and intercultural competence. Evaluating the effectiveness of formal programmes designed to promote intercultural learning. Critiques of current models of assessment of intercultural competence and identity. The implications for international educators in assessing the effectiveness of student learning, of teacher competence, of initial teacher training and professional development of teachers, and of effective leadership and administration in schools.

Intercultural understanding beyond the classroom
Challenges and responsibilities for schools in promoting intercultural understanding through engaging with their local communities and with global systems. Connecting interculturally with the wider world. Intercultural communication – can social media be employed appropriately to effect change? Exemplars of effective practice.

Intercultural understanding and institutional responsibility
How do we create institutional cultures based upon intercultural understanding? What is the relationship between individual cultural identity and the culture of schools/universities/other educational institutions? How can we go about the translation of intercultural understanding from awareness to action through responsibility within formal educational institutions? How responsive are individual schools/universities/other educational institutions to cultural issues in their immediate environment?

Leadership, governance and management in intercultural settings
What are the implications for leadership, management and governance of institutions that are promoting intercultural understanding? What are the relationships between leadership/management styles and the effective promotion of intercultural understanding in an institution? Which forms of institutional governance are compatible with the development of policies effective in supporting intercultural understanding within both individual schools and systems of schools?

The nature of intercultural understanding
How is the concept of intercultural understanding interpreted in different parts of the world and in differing contexts and cultures? Reflection upon the ways in which terms such as globalisation, internationalisation, cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism relate to the concept and the ways in which the changing contexts of the global society will require redefinitions for translation into effective educational practice. Exploring intercultural sensitivity and its limits. Dimensions of sensitivity: culture, race, religion and identity.

The role of language in intercultural understanding
What is the relationship between culture and language? What role does language play in cultural identity and intercultural understanding? What are the implications for formal education? What is the role of language in fostering development of intercultural awareness, sensitivity, understanding and competence?

Conference Web-Site: http://www.intedalliance.org/conferences/2014-intercultural-understanding/call-for-proposals/