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Call for Proposals
Fourth Biennial International Conference of the
International Academy for Intercultural Research
May 4 7, 2005
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio USA
The conference will coincide with the 35th anniversary
of the shootings that occurred on the campus of
Kent State University on May 4, 1970
General Theme: Conflict, Negotiation and Mediation across Cultures
General Theme, Objective, and Program and Open Invitation:
This biennial conference of the Academy provides an international forum
for scholars and practitioners of intercultural relations and related
fields to engage in broad and meaningful dialogues on the central theme
of conflict, negotiation and mediation across cultures. In particular,
the Conference will target the systematic analysis and integration of
various theories, strategies, and practices in addressing interactive
issues between diverse groups both within as well as those that
transcend national boundaries.
All theoretical, empirical and applied works without respect to
discipline are solicited. Preference will be given to those proposals
which embody an interdisciplinary approach to the themes, objectives,
and goals of the conference. However, participants are welcome to
address any cross-culturally comparative issues that are relevant to
intercultural research and relations. These can range anywhere from the
family and local community to international relations.
The Conference will feature keynote speakers, paper presentations,
topical panels/symposia, workshops, posters, and other formal and
informal exchanges of ideas and experiences. Please check the Academy
website for updates on keynote speakers (www.interculturalacademy.org).
Kent State University s Gerald H. Read Center for International and
Intercultural Education is pleased to co-sponsor this international
Conference Theme and Objectives:
Under the central theme of conflict, negotiation and mediation across
cultures, the concept of culture includes both subjective and objective
aspects. These aspects can be at any level of human endeavor:
individual, family, community, business, school, society, and
The Conference's ultimate goal is to enhance the dialogue around
characteristics associated with conflict in its broadest form, from that
which is unique to a group/culture (emic) to those which seem to be
common between cultures (etic). The following list is meant to be
suggestive only. Those submitting proposals are free to suggest
presentations that focus on any aspect related to the conference themes.
Intercultural Dimensions of Conflict both domestic and international,
and across a range of contexts, including (but not limited to) religion,
gender, race, nationality and ethnicity.
Negotiation and Mediation Across Cultures both domestic and
international, and across a variety of contexts, including (but not
limited to) family, community, business, societal and international.
Crisis Intervention, Management and Response both domestic and
international with particular focus on the role of negotiation,
mediation and crisis intervention under conditions of violence and
intense negative emotions (e.g., hostage negotiations, trauma and
conflict resolution, survival strategies of disadvantaged groups, women,
minorities, and other people suffering from daily humiliation
New Research in Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding and Development.
focuses on the role of conflict resolution in various international
development contexts, and community peacebuilding (e.g. humanitarian
agencies working in conflict zones, reconstruction after conflict).
Cutting Edge, Theory-Based Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
Programs and Practices.
Intercultural Dialogue and Education for Peace - with an emphasis on
youth programming, K-12 and university education.
Indigenous Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation.
Research and Theory-Based Intercultural Training in Negotiation that
Makes a Difference.
Proposals are invited without regard to discipline or location of
proposer. Proposals may fall in one of five categories: papers, panels,
symposia, workshops, or posters (symposia that lead to dialogue among
presenters and participants are especially encouraged). The Program
Committee will accept proposals through December 1, 2004. Authors will
be informed of the committee's decision within 60 days of the receipt of
Three submission methods:
Proposals (papers and posters only) may be submitted on-line through the
Academy website by clicking on the following link: On-line Proposal
Submission. Note, in using this method, please use only English
characters (no diacritical marks).
2. As an E-mail attachment: Authors should submit their proposals
simultaneously to all four members of the Program Committee (see
addresses at the bottom of this page). Attachments should be in WORD or
Rich Text Format.
3. Hard-copy submission: Authors should send four copies of their
proposal to Dr. Cushner.
What to submit (e-mail and hard-copy submissions):
a. For Workshop, panel, and symposium proposals, the organizer should
submit a 500-word summary describing the rationale for the proposal, the
target audience, presentation format(s), anticipated learning outcomes,
and mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed program.
b. For all paper, panel, symposium, and poster presentations, each
individual should submit a 500-word abstract that briefly describes the
study purposes, issues, theoretical foundations, methodological
approaches, major results, and conclusions.
c. All abstracts must include the names of all presenters, along with
their physical and e-mail addresses. A statement of intention to attend
the conference and to present the paper also needs to be enclosed.
Dr. Kenneth Cushner
306 White Hall
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
Dr. Janet Bennett
Director, Intercultural Communication Institute
8835 SW Canyon Lane, Suite 238
Portland, OR 97225
Dr. Dan Landis
President, International Academy for Intercultural Research
Affiliate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Hawai'i at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St
Hilo, HI 96720
Dr. Dharm P. S. Bhawuk
Professor of Management and
Culture and Community Psychology
College of Business Administration
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2404 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
The International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR) was founded
in 1997 as a result of deliberations by the Organizing Forum for an
Intercultural Academy. These deliberations were co-sponsored by the
Intercultural Communications Institute and the International Journal of
Intercultural Relations. The aim of the Academy is to provide a forum
where senior intercultural researchers, academics, and trainers can
exchange ideas, theories, research and successful training approaches.
In this way, the Academy fosters high level research and scholarship on
intercultural issues. All disciplines are welcome in the Academy.
Additional information available at the Academy website:
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