The 25th International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS) July 12–15, 2019 Brno, Czech Republic
Call for Papers
Theme: East/West: New Divisions, New Connections in a Populist Political Reality
The rise of populism in the US and in Europe has been linked to a number of socio
cultural and political phenomena. Divisive migration policies and political discourses
have resulted in an increase in racially motivated crime and racist attitudes and overall
in less tolerance for difference, which applies to a broad range of countries from the US
to the United Kingdom, and from Hungary to Austria. Far right and populist parties have
enjoyed electoral success in some liberal democracies and the Hungarian Prime Minister
Viktor Orbán openly declared his goal of building an illiberal democracy.
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with many of the central
European countries that once formed part of the Soviet Bloc now being members of the
European Union and NATO. However, the tensions surrounding deeply held attitudes
that exist between the new "Eastern" and the old "Western" members keep re-surfacing,
most recently in relation to the so-called refugee crisis that peaked in 2015.
The relationship between Russia and the European Union is at a critical low point, with
some referring to the return of the Cold War era realpolitik. The US has declared a trade
war on China as well as the EU, President Trump withdrew the country from the Paris
Agreement and the UN Human Rights Council.
Concerns about the crushing of freedom of speech and stricter censorship have been
raised in relation to a number of countries, including Egypt, Russia and Turkey.
Conference Time: July 12–15, 2019
Conference Venue: Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
We seek proposals that aim to consider the following questions (though others that
extend beyond what follows yet contribute meaningfully to our general call will also be
• How do cultural and communication scholars understand the shifting discourses
around the “West” and its “Others”?
• How have - fictional and non-fictional - representations of the relationship
between the "West" and "Others" evolved?
• How have the centre and the periphery been re-defined, re-imagined and re
• What is the role of communication technologies in building
connections/divisions in the current climate?
• How have major policy interventions – such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative –
affected intercultural divisions/connections?
• How relevant are theories of communication/cultural integration developed in
Western liberal democracies for understanding current developments?
• What are the most challenging issues that scholars of intercultural
communication face at the moment?
• Are there historical lessons that can inform our understanding of the impact of
technological change on intercultural communication and interaction?
Please send proposal abstracts for individual papers and posters (of no more than 500
words), clearly indicating whether the submission is for an individual paper or a poster
and panels (of no more than 1,000 words) to the following email address:
Any questions can also be sent to the same email address, the organizing committee can,
however, also be reached by sending an email to Lenka Waschkova Cisarova:
For more about the conference please see iaics2019.fss.muni.cz
15. 11. 2018: Deadline for proposals
7. 1. 2019: Decisions on acceptance will be communicated
15. 1. 2019: Registration opens
15. 6. 2019: Registration for the conference closes
12.–15. 7. 2019: Conference
The International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies consists of
scholars from a range of the cultural sciences who are dedicated to doing research on
communication across cultures. Its membership is made up of participants from over 32
countries. These participants meet annually at different locations around the world to
discuss common research interests. The results of their investigations are published in
the journal of the organization, Intercultural Communication Studies (ICS). For more
about the organization please see https://web.uri.edu/iaics/