We welcome you to join us this July 12-13, 2021 for a (free) virtual meeting on

“Researching Intercultural Perspectives, Problems, and Relationships beyond the Pandemic”

Click here for the 4 Sessions Program

Since the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR) Conference in Rapperswil, Switzerland is postponed to 2022 (Preconference 23-24 July, IAIR Conference 25-28 July), we have planned an online program that aims to keep Academy Fellows and Members connected and informed us on important developments in cross- and intercultural research. Each of the 4 Webinar Sessions starts with a Keynote, including video presentations followed by Q&A from these prominent scholars:

  • Shinobu Kitayama (University of Michigan, current President of APS)
    “Culture and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Multiple Processes and Policy Implications”
  • Richard Shweder (University of Chicago, past President of SPA)
    “The Values in Cultural Anthropology: An Example of Raising Doubts on Prosecution”
  • Patricia Greenfield (UCLA, recent President of IACCP)
    “Pandemic Culture: Adaptation to Survival Threat”
  • Ying-Yi Hong (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
    “How does national identification matter for the fight against COVID-19?”

IAIR 2019-2021 Award winners will present their work, along with the President’s Address and several “rapid-fire” “cutting edge” Discussion Panels with IAIR Fellows sharing short synopses of current research:

  • Collen Ward and Jan-Pieter van Oudenhoven (Lifetime Achievement Awards)

  • Ágnes Szabó and Jonas Kunst (2019 and 2021 Early Career Awards)

  • Miriam Schwarzenthal (Gudykusnt Outstanding Dissertation Award)

  • Dan Landis and Dharm Bhawuk (Best Book Award for the Cambridge Handbook of Intercultural Training (4th ed), 2020)

  • In addition, Presidential Addresses and a “Rapid-Fire Research Panel” of 5 scholars reporting some of their recent research.   

Click here for Webinar Speaker Bios


Organized by Dr. Steve Kulich at the SISU Intercultural Institute, Shanghai and hosted by Dr. Ripley Smith on Zoom from Bethel University, Minneapolis, the four sessions launch on Monday July 12th (into Tuesday 13th for some time zones). We hope that this inaugural IAIR Webinar serves and informs as many as possible.

Click here for complete schedule and detailed information for the 4 sessions