Call for papers

The third keynote speaker of the 26th Nordic Intercultural Communication (NIC) Conference “How should we live in cultural diversity? Building sustainable communities in times of fear” is announced

While reminding about the upcoming conference’s absolutely final submission deadline in October 20, the NIC 2019 Organizing team has an honour to announce our third key-note speaker — Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian, who is a Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University, USA. The title of her keynote at the NIC 2019 will be “Beyond Diversity as Commodity: Neoliberal Multiculturalism, Anti-Oppression Pedagogy, and Inclusive Communication”.

In her keynote, Dr. Ramasubramanian will discuss the importance of making spaces for marginalized groups and the need to go beyond neoliberal multiculturalism and commodification of difference. She will also discuss ways to design theory-driven initiatives for effective dialogues on difficult topics such as race and religion and helpful strategies to consider for inclusive communication in intercultural contexts. Dr. Ramasubramanian draws on a variety of influences that enrichen her perspective. Among them are her lived experiences as an immigrant bicultural Indian-American woman faculty of color; her research on critical media effects relating to stereotypes and (de)stigmatization processes; her teaching experiences at a historically white institution; her community-based advocacy work; as well as and her campus diversity leadership. Dr. Ramasubramanian’s keynote will reflect on the challenges and opportunities for working toward greater inclusion and social justice at the interpersonal, organizational, and community levels.

Besides her work as a Professor at the Department of Communication of Texas A&M University, Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian (Ph.D., Penn State University) is also an Affiliated Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and former Associate Dean for Climate & Inclusion at Texas A&M University. Her research work focuses on diversity, inclusion, critical media effects, identity (race, ethnicity, gender, and religion), media psychology, prejudice reduction, media literacy, intergroup communication, and dialogue. She has founded several diversity initiatives, among which are the Difficult Dialogues on Campus Race Relations, Communicating Diversity student conference, campus-wide Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop Series, FIG program for first-gen freshmen, Media Rise (a nonprofit for meaningful media), and the Brazos Valley Shanti Choir.

The organizers of the conference already have announced two keynote speakers. The first is Professor Dr. Dominic Busch, whose talk will be titled “Intercultural Sustainability: In Search for Ethical Foundations in Intercultural Communication Research”, and the second keynote speaker is Associate Professor, cand. psych., PhD Linda Lapiņa, who will give a talk titled “Struggling with Diversity: Tracing Encounters with Difference.” Additional information about the keynote speakers can be found here.

The 26th Nordic Intercultural Communication conference will be held in Valmiera — a more than 700 years old Hanseatic town located about 100km North-East of the capital Rīga. The conference language is English.

This time the overarching theme of the conference is centred on exploring cultural diversity and intercultural sustainability.[i] The conference predominantly but not exclusively addresses the intercultural communication challenges and opportunities as illuminated, for instance, by international migration and diversity. Unfortunate by-products of these processes often are anger, fear, and societal division. The conference seeks to foreground the understanding of ways in which communities could be both diverse and integrated. The specific emphasis is on the notion of joint living in instead of merely with diversity[ii] in a variety of realms, including the practices of everyday interaction, education, policymaking, language and communication training, media, and so forth. Contributions from seasoned scholars as well as from students and practitioners interested in the various aspects of culture and communication are encouraged.

The potential forms of participation include individual presentations of either fully developed papers or work in progress, as well as panels and workshops. The participants are encouraged to submit their conference papers to the Journal of Intercultural Communication. This peer-reviewed publication is an outgrowth of the activities of the NIC:

This call for papers is addressed to scholars and practitioners focusing on but not limited to the following themes:

  • Culture, communication and civic participation
  • Building trust in societies
  • Methods and practices of communicating, cultivating, and negotiating cultural diversity
  • Cultural diversity in relation to education and pedagogy, training and management
  • Intercultural aspects of migration and diasporic life
  • Language training and cultural diversity
  • Personal relationships across culturally diverse contexts
  • Media, cultural diversity, and sustainable communities
  • Social policy responses to the turbulence of the modern world – values, action, and communication

During the conference, the 3rd ESPAnet Baltics annual meeting will take place. More about the organization itself can be found at

Individual paper proposals should follow the abstract format of approximately 500 words (including the title and reference information). Panel proposals should also be approximately 500 words, including rationale, a list of proposed participants as well as their individual contribution.

The submission system is available at Submission deadline is extended till October 20, 2019. We look forward to seeing you in Valmiera!

The 26th NIC conference is organized by the Faculty of Society and Science at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with Valmiera City Municipality  and  The Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS). For further inquiry, you are welcome to contact the chair of the organizing committee Liene Ločmele at liene.locmele[at]








[i] Busch, D. (2016). What is intercultural sustainability? A first exploration of linkages between culture and sustainability in intercultural research. Journal of Sustainable Development, 9 (1), p. 63-76.

[ii] Antonsich, M. (2016). Interculturalism versus multiculturalism — the Cantle-Modood debate. Ethnicities, 16 (3), p. 470-493.