The 2019 Shanghai Conference: Summary & Highlights
The 2019 IAIR-CAFIC Joint Conference was organized by members of both associations and hosted by the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) Intercultural Institute (SII) (warm thanks to SII's small but incredibly capable team and the amazing group of cheerful SISU volunteers!).
This was the first IAIR conference held in collaboration with another association (the Chinese Association for Intercultural Communication, CAFIC). Via the registration portals of both organizations (IAIR 100+, CAFIC 140+ and additional local participation), it was an active conference with 280 registered participants from over 25 countries and regions!
Pre-conference activities on Saturday July 6 included meetings of the IAIR Executive Committee, the ad-hoc committee for IAIR By-laws revisions, both David Sam’s outgoing and Steve Kulich’s incoming IAIR Boards, and on Sunday July 7 (information is provided under the respective tabs the Fellows’ Day (attended by 20), the first-ever PhD workshop (attended by 35 with about half from abroad and half from China). Reports appear in the IAIR Newsletter Vol. 5 No. 1. Each of these helped lay important collaborative foundations for the conference that followed.
With the theme of Advancing Intercultural Research and Dialogue: Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges, the conference was marked by the high quality of research reports, wide variety of topics and approaches, extensive international exchanges and in-depth intercultural interaction. The extensive 3-day Joint-Conference program (Monday-Wednesday, July 8-10) included 8 Keynotes, 26 themed symposium and workshop/panels, 26 parallel paper sessions (190 session papers), and 2 poster sessions involving 25 presenters, with an additional 5 honorary award presentations (for a total of 220 academic presentations in all)!
Even though those three days featured presentations in multiple theme tracks from morning until late afternoon, many noted that interest was high throughout, the rooms were filled, and each session’s audience was actively engaged. Participants also noted how the 2019 Shanghai at SISU conference brought diverse streams of intercultural research together across methodological, disciplinary, and national boundaries toward the further development of the intercultural research.
Please click on the accompanying tabs for downloads of conference program materials including video and photos, and other highlights from specific aspects of the 2019 conference in Shanghai.
The organizers express their gratitude to IAIR fellows, members, and leaders for the strong support shown for the Shanghai conference, the engaged interactions across cultures, the impetus that this landmark joint-conference brought for stimulating further development of the field in China, and for the ongoing collaborative links that are being built. We look forward to seeing you all and others again for the 12th biennial conference with Stefan Kammhuber in Zurich in 2021!
Sincerely, Steve Kulich for the SISU Intercultural Institute,
and the SISU organizing team and boards of both associations
SH Program Downloads
Resources for Your Review of the 2019 Conference
The conference in Shanghai was both a momentous and memorable event (one of our larger conferences due to the linking up of IAIR with CAFIC and over 280 attending, and also one offering many presentation sessions in multiple parallel theme tracks). For recalling or reviewing aspects of the July 2019 conference, the organizers have prepared each of the following materials for your convenient viewing or download.
Whether you were there with us or not, we recommend you start by enjoying the short video capturing special moments of those full and eventful days together, then continue with the other academic or visual resources:
Conference Picture Links
(for most international locations)
(from within China)
Keynote Addresses (July 8-10 Mornings)
We are privileged to have a wonderful slate of notable speakers who work at the boundaries of theory and practice to help launch each day of our academic program.
DAY 1 (Monday July 8) following the Opening Ceremony, our invited speakers, Director General of UNESCO (2009-2017) Madame Irina Bokova, and Editor-in-Chief of the China Daily Mr. Zhou Shuchun, will address some of the intercultural issues related to global communication, international relations, and multi-national collaboration.
We then look forward to hearing addresses from our 2019 joint-conference organization presidents IAIR President David Sam and CAFIC President Sun Youzhong.
DAY 2 (Tuesday July 9) we have the opportunity to be updated on the intersections of psychology, culture, and society from both international and indigenous perspectives from two of the most-cited scholars in their respective areas of psychology, Prof. Hazel Rose Markus and Prof. Peng Kaiping.
DAY 3 (Wednesday July 10) will focus on the state of intercultural research and practice in education, exchange, training, and foreign language teaching contexts. We welcome Prof. Helen Spencer-Oatey and Prof. Zhang Hongling to summarize their perspectives and research on topics like global fitness and intercultural competence development.
Fellows‘ Day Workshop: Intercultural Competence
The purpose of this workshop is to wrestle with pertinent questions in intercultural competence research. The intended outcomes are the identification of directions for future research and potential collaborations for such research. Each session will have two facilitators, and two of them will have two streams so that attendees can pursue individual interests and interact in smaller numbers. After these split sessions, the whole group will come together for a debrief and reporting session before the next session. The streams are meant largely to be roundtable discussions, but each will be prefaced by a presentation done by one or both of the facilitators for the first 15-20 minutes in order to provide a foundation for the discussion.
9:00-9:15 Greetings and brief introduction of workshops goals and structure by Adam Komisarof and Lily Arasaratnam-Smith
9:15-10:15 Session 1
Stream A: Theory Development
Goal: Discuss necessary next steps in intercultural competence theory development: Where are the gaps?
Facilitators: Young Kim and Steve Kulich
Stream B: Methodology
Goal: Consider whether current methodologies in intercultural competence research are adequate
Facilitators: Colleen Ward & Dharm Bhawuk
10:15-10:45 Break: Coffee, snacks, and shmoozing
10:45-11:45 Session 2
Reports from Streams A and B & Discussion of Implications
Facilitators: Jenny Mahon & Ripley Smith
13:30-14:30 Session 3
Stream A: Practice in Education
Goal: Discuss international education initiatives for developing intercultural competence, and identify best practices as well as gaps in most programs
Facilitators: Jane Jackson & Ken Cushner
Stream B: Practice in Business and Governmental Consulting
Goal: Consider necessary next steps in intercutural competence business training as well as consulting for governments or other organizations
Facilitators: Milton Bennett and Ida Castiglioni
14:30-15:00 Break: Coffee, snacks, and shmoozing (The Sequel)
15:00-16:00 Session 4
Segueing to the Future: Where to go from here? Reports from streams A and B and clarification of next steps and potential research collaborations
Facilitators: Adam Komisarof and Lily Arasaratnam-Smith
16.00 End of workshop
IAIR Fellows' Day Workshop Proposals
IAIR Fellows’ Day Workshop Proposals
Fellows’ Day Workshop Proposals Due: September 30, 2018
The Scientific Committee for the 11th International Congress of the International Academy for Intercultural Research invites Academy Fellows to submit proposals for the Fellows’ Day Workshop to be held at the biennial conference in Shanghai next summer.
The Fellows’ Day Workshop will be held in the morning and afternoon of July 7, 2019. The idea behind the Fellows’ Day Workshop is to give Fellows of the Academy the opportunity to come together for a day-long interactive workshop (from 9:00am – 4:00pm) and delve deeply into a topic of mutual interest together. The workshop is not meant simply as a series of presentations, but rather to encourage an exchange of ideas between the presenters and the participants—hence the word, “workshop,” in the program’s name.
It is the decision of the Board that the Workshop should be organized by, and for, Fellows, but that an individual Fellow might indicate in their proposal that they welcome participation by interested full, non-student members. Although it would be good to have a Workshop that is closely related to the conference theme, “Advancing Intercultural Research and Dialogue: Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges,” any topic on intercultural relations is eligible for consideration.
The abstract should include:
- A title, a brief description of the topic, and the rationale for the Workshop
- Specifics of the Workshop:
a) The name, affiliation, and complete contact information for the organizer;
b) Participants’ roles (e.g., chair, presenter, discussant, ), their names, affiliations, and email addresses;
c) For presenters, include presentation titles and short abstracts;
d) Format: A specific plan regarding how the day will be organized (e.g., allocating each two- hour segment for a paper presentation, followed by a panel discussion, followed by an open discussion involving audience participation)
For questions, contact:
International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR)
Inaugural Pre-Conference PhD Workshop
The 2019 IAIR conference in Shanghai, China will feature the organization’s first ever pre-conference PhD Workshop. The goal of the Workshop is to bring together graduate students and senior scholars from around the world to discuss theory, methods, and practice in the advanced study of intercultural relations. The one-day Workshop will take place on July 7, 2019. The Workshop is an enriching opportunity for PhD graduate student applicants to attend small group sessions led by senior scholars and actively workshop their dissertation research ideas with fellow interculturalists.
Qualifications for Participation
The strongest candidates for participation in the PhD Workshop will be doctoral students who have not yet finalized a dissertation plan. Students who have not yet formally begun dissertating stand to gain the most from workshopping their ideas with other doctoral students and senior scholars doing research in their areas of intercultural interest. Nevertheless, applicants at other stages in their doctoral work—i.e., those just beginning a PhD program as well as those with an approved prospectus or who are currently dissertating—are also welcome to apply.
In addition to attending the pre-conference workshop, participants will have the unique opportunity to present their research-in-progress, or project proposal, on a dedicated rapid-fire PhD Workshop panel at the IAIR conference (July 8-10), where panelists can share their ideas and receive feedback from senior scholars of intercultural relations.
Call for Submissions
Graduate student applicants should submit a paper that is preparatory for the dissertation, or they may submit an edited version of the prospectus for their dissertation. Students not at this stage in their doctoral work may send a paper that is on a topic central to their interests in intercultural research. The sample work must not exceed 20 pages in length. The Workshop planners are also interested in knowing if the paper has been submitted for presentation or publication. If so, please indicate where it has been submitted and the outcome of that submission. In addition, a letter of nomination from your dissertation advisor (or someone on your dissertation committee), your up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV), and the application cover sheet must accompany your submission.
- This completed cover sheet
- Your curriculum vitae (CV)
- Sample of your work, not exceeding 20 pages in length
- A letter (English language) from your dissertation advisor, or someone on your dissertation committee, nominating you for participation in the IAIR pre-conference PhD Workshop
SH Conference Details
Dear Members of IAIR and CAFIC, Delegates, and Colleagues,
On behalf of the Organizing and the Scientific Committees, we are delighted to invite you to consider attending the 11th IAIR Biennial Conference and the 15th CAFIC Annual Conference in the city of Shanghai in 2019.
Hosting this joint IAIR-CAFIC Conference to report on cross- and intercultural research is a great honor for us and our partners at this important time of cultural fusion, indigenous reaffirmation, and global cooperation. Therefore, we hope you will join us to discuss the overarching theme of Advancing Intercultural Research and Dialogue: Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges and learn more about Chinese cultural contexts in the process.
As one of China’s premier foreign language, culture, and area studies universities, SISU and the Organizers aim to offer a unique platform for global scholars to come together, exchange ideas, and collaborate on research.
The conference venue is the city (Hongkou District) campus of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), about 6 km north of the famous Shanghai Bund downtown area. The campus is conveniently reachable via Metro Lines 3 and 8 and the Inner Ring highway. It borders the historic Lushun Park, Hongkou Football Stadium, Duolun Lu Culture Street, and Sichuan Road shopping area, and offers various hotels in the area (see details in the Shanghai and Hotels section).
The conference opens with an optional day of seminars on July 7 (the Fellows Day and for the first time, a PhD/Young Scholars Workshop). Along with your involvement in the three full days (July 8-10, 2019) of conference keynotes, symposia, papers, and poster presentations, we hope you can also explore the pulsating metropolis of Shanghai (population of 25 million): from its historic corners to hypermodern financial, recreational, and commercial centers.
A truly intercultural adventure awaits you, so we hope you’ll consider proposing a symposium, paper, or poster to join us (submissions due Nov 30, 2018).
We look forward to welcoming you at SISU in Shanghai in July!
Dear IAIR Fellows and Members, Greetings from Shanghai!
Updates and Conference News for the July 8-10, 2019 Shanghai Joint-Conference are regularly posted on this page. Please check for the latest (or review past posts below):
Shanghai Joint-Conference News and Update 4 posted May 8, 2019
See you in 60 days!
We’re just two months away from the start of our joint-conference!
THANKS to all who have registered already! We look forward to hosting you soon!
Some noted difficulty registering without a “middle name” on the IAIR registration site. That glitch has now been fixed (though if you encounter a field that asks for information not applicable to you, we suggest you just enter a comma or period/full stop).
Chinese participants can register and pay in RMB via the links at: http://chinacafic.heep.cn/2016/notice/458852.shtml
Hotels Filling Up!
“Early-Bird” hotel requests were submitted today. Requests for the SISU Guesthouse have all been filled (no more availability).
However, for those who want to book a room close to the conference site through us, we recommend the nearby Bosi Wisdom Hotel (a 10 to 15-minute walk to SISU). Availability is still on a first-come-first-served basis. Therefore, we recommend you let us know of your requested booking BEFORE May 30. If you have not registered, please click on the $80 Deposit.
If you have already registered but did not note your need of a room, please email us with this request (providing the information asked for at the bottom of the registration page when you click “YES” on the request for “booking a room”).
Confirmation letters for the SISU Guesthouse will be sent out soon to all who are booked there (just as a notification, and for the visa application process if you are an international scholar).
Confirmation letters for the Wisdom Hotel will be sent out after May 30 (unless you directly request one via email).
If you have any other queries or needs, please contact us!
Steve J. Kulich for the Joint-Conference Organizing Committee
Shanghai Joint-Conference News and Update 3 posted April 28, 2019
Shanghai Joint-Conference News and Update 3 posted April 28, 2019
As conference preparations continue, we’re pleased that many have already registered (Thanks for planning to join us!).
Even if you have already registered, please read this update.
Discounted “Early Bird” Registration Rate ends April 30
If you have yet to register, please note that early-bird registration ends this week (and there is no guarantee on nearby hotel rooms after that).
Please register as soon as possible at these websites:
* International participants at
* Chinese participants at CAFIC webpage:
International Participants should click “yes” for the option to receive an automated “letter of invitation” because it is required for a Chinese Visa. After completing registration, you should receive a confirmation email with our logos and stamped seal image. We have been informed that mail may not always be generated. If that has happened to you, please promptly email us at the addresses listed and provided the recommended information.
For those who inquired about a “hotel confirmation” for the Visa process, please understand the earliest we can send an official room booking out is early May (if you request it).
For Academy Fellows, please look at the “Fellows Day” tab and consider joining us for this year’s program (thanks to Adam and his team)! The PhD Workshop still has several openings, so these are the last days you could send your materials for that (supervisor letter waived).
We also have a wonderful group of Speakers now confirmed (watch for details to be posted soon), including former UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova, China Daily Editor-in-Chief Zhou Shuchun, Dr. Hazel Rose Markus of Stanford University, Dr. Kaiping Peng of Tsinghua University/UC Berkley, Dr. Helen Spencer-Oatey of Warwick University, leaders of each hosting organization, and award winners. We’re looking forward to our three full days of presentations and interaction together!
If you have any further questions, please contact us at the emails listed below.
With best regards,
Steve J. Kulich for the Joint-Conference Organizing Committee
Shanghai Joint-Conference News and Update 2 posted March 12, 2019
HOTEL Info and ROOM Selection in REGISTRATION now added!
Registrations have started coming in! We’re happy to announce that hotel arrangements for those who would like our assistance are now finalized. See the newly updated HOTEL Tab to get make decisions on which option best fits you!
The REGISTRATION page has now also been updated to include those options (for an $80 deposit fee). We warmly welcome you to register for joining us in July!
Each Association’s Pre-Conference Board Meetings
IAIR will hold its Board Meetings on Saturday, July 6 afternoon and evening and CAFIC will hold its Board Meeting on Sunday, July 7 evening (both near the Wisdom Hotel).
Conference Dates and General Schedule
Registration will open for most conferees all day Sunday July 7 with an informal welcoming buffet that evening in the SISU Guest House.
The Conference sessions will be held in the SISU Conference Center (Hongkou Campus) with an Opening Ceremony Monday morning July 8 (Keynotes each morning, parallel and poster sessions each afternoon) and conclude Wednesday evening July 10 with a group cultural activity (details coming). A day-tour option is being negotiated for July 11.
More details on the Fellows Day, PhD Workshop, Keynote speakers, and program will follow in the next weeks. This is the page to check for updates. Thanks for your interest in the 2019 IAIR-CAFIC Shanghai joint conference!
Shanghai Joint-Conference News and Update 1 posted January 29, 2019
Dear IAIR Fellows and Members, Greetings from Shanghai!
Our team on the ground here at SISU along with the IAIR-CAFIC scientific committee are enthused by the strong interest shown in the upcoming joint-conference July 8-10! Over 200 abstracts were submitted from 30 countries and regions! The range of topics, perspectives, and research approaches proposed are impressive, so we are eager to welcome your coming to interact together!
Review Decisions on Proposals Sent
Applicants by now have all received a notification letter from Ken Cushner on behalf of the Scientific Committee (our deep gratitude to all reviewers!). Hopefully, that provides adequate confirmation to begin applying for university approval and a visa.
Please check with the Chinese embassy/consulate in your country for their visa requirements and processing time. We recommend that you apply for a tourist visa (single- or multiple-entry L-visa). More details are provided under the conference webpage Visa tab. For situations where more formal documents are needed, please contact our conference office (emails below).
For your advance planning, please check the “Program” tab page. For incoming/outgoing travel please be reminded that:
- l IAIR board members should plan to arrive sometime July 5 by noon July 6 for late afternoon and evening Board meetings on July 6.
- l Those registering for the Sunday July 7 Fellows Day or the inaugural PhD Workshop should plan to arrive on Saturday July 6.
- l The actual conference sessions start on Monday morning, July 8 and continue for three full days to the evening of July 10 (aim for arrival on July 7)
Some participants will be in transit to other conferences immediately following ours, so we’ll try to arrange presentations accordingly. Otherwise, it is best to plan ongoing travel on or after Thursday, July 11. Due to many different schedules, no official group tour is planned. Optional recommendations for tours to experience Shanghai, the region, or China will be posted for your consideration.
The Call for Papers had stated registration would begin January 15, but it has taken longer to build that into our new webpage (Thanks to Anand and Ripley for all their efforts!). Please check those conference pages for updates https://www.intercultural-academy.net/conferences/iair2019.html
The new Registration tab lists fee options and the link for international participants paying in US Dollars (via PayPal). A Chinese language portal will be posted through our public wechat account (sisuic) to accept fees for those paying in Renminbi (taking local university payment/project reimbursement guidelines into consideration). “Early-Bird” Registration rates continue until April 30, when Regular Regulation commences.
Recommended hotels within walking distance of the campus conference have allocated rooms and blocked out our dates. But they can ONLY take discounted hotel bookings after registrant information has been provided – any individual online booking NOW is at full-price (no reduction possible after booking is made). We will soon post updates on the Hotel tab with a “Room Booking Selection Form”.
PhD Workshop Applications Extended
Some excellent doctoral proposals have been submitted for our inaugural PhD Workshop! To enhance the opportunity for more to attend from various regions (with the goal of between 20-30 participants), we have extended the “preparatory paper” submission deadline (with a recommendation from your doctoral advisor) to March 15. Please see the PhD Workshop tab for details.
Due to the extended Chinese Spring Festival holiday (Feb 5 starts the Lunar New Year here) some details may not be confirmed until the end of February, so check then for further updates.
Rest assured that we are also monitoring certain bilateral challenges and advisory notices related to trade, technology, and security, hoping for affirmative outcomes from coming negotiations. At such a time, our conference theme is critically relevant: Advancing Intercultural Research and Dialogue: Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges.
We hope that our mutual understanding and solidarity as scholars might help overcome some real and perceptual barriers!
Once again, thank you for considering this joint-conference.
We look forward to all that awaits us together in Shanghai in July,
Steve J Kulich for the 2019 Conference Organizing Team
Hotel Booking Information
We are hoping that in addition to participating in our joint-conference, you can enjoy your stay in Shanghai! There are a variety of hotels near the SISU Hongkou Campus that offer good rates (area landmarks include the Hongkou Football Stadium and Lu Shun Park). Conferees who prefer to have their booking settled can do so directly via various hotel portals.
Some conference participants have asked for assistance, so we have secured discounted rates (about 20% off) on blocks of rooms with three hotels and offer these choices now on the Registration page (those who have already registered will be contacted by email for their hotel selection).
If you indicate you want us to book your room, you are asked to add an 80 USD deposit (regardless of hotel and room type) so that we can secure it in advance. This deposit will be deducted from your overall hotel stay in Shanghai.
The following table hopefully helps you consider what best meets your needs or your budget. Please note that there is limited room availability, so bookings will be made on a “first-come-first-served” basis.
As of June 1, the SISU Guesthouse and Wisdom Hotel are fully occupied, so please choose the Orange Select Hotel.
For those desiring to stay in one of these locations, please go to the Registration page, click on the $80 deposit and make your choices (subject to availability and exchange rates).
Updated by the Shanghai Organizers, 7 May, 2019
Registration Rates for the 2019 IAIR-CAFIC Joint Conference
7-10 July 2019 at Shanghai International Studies University, China
International USD Registration through IAIR (++ Chinese registration noted below)
Early Bird (in $) Registration until
Regular/Onsite (in $)
Retired IAIR Fellow
*Developing Country/Low Income Member
Additional AddOn Options
Add to Early fee
Add to Regular fee
+Fellows Day (Sun, Jun 7)
+PhD Workshop (Sun, Jun 7)
++CAFIC members or attendees based in China (paying with Renminbi according to standard rates) can register through our SISU Chinese portal
(to be notified via posts on our official WeChat account: sisuic).
* If you are currently not an IAIR member, we welcome you to join the Academy! Please pay IAIR membership fees prior to registering (information via this link):
Registration Fees include: Registration for attending sessions, Coffee/Tea breaks, Lunches during the conference, and each of the evening meals. Please specify which you evening meals you plan to partake in, from the Arrival Welcome Evening Buffet (Sun, July 7), Opening Evening Buffet (Mon, July 8), the Conference Banquet (Tue, July 9), Closing Evening Buffet (Wed, July 10) and/or the Closing Evening Cultural Activity.
Spouse/Partner Fee includes: Opening Ceremony, lunches, and Banquet
Please Note: Registration fees are charged in US Dollars through PayPal. If you are unable to work out a way to remit funds via this PayPal portal, please contact us for Bank Transfer Information and documentation needed to confirm your registration.
Hotel/Hostel room selection will be made via an additional Housing Selection Form. Discount rates are available for conference attendees. Payments will be made directly to the hotel at a later date after booking is confirmed. (see “Hotels” tab).
Once each symposium, paper, and poster proposals has been reviewed, we will issue invitation letters as needed for accepted presentations for you to begin the application process for a visa. Visas can be applied for at the Embassy or nearest Consulate in your area (please consult their webpages for your country, as policies and procedures vary widely).
Be sure to have six months still valid on your passport and at least four blank pages in your passport to facilitate visa approval.
Airports/Ongoing Travel Links:
Most overseas travellers will arrive at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) about 45 km east of the campus (1-hour taxi ride). Some flights to/from Asian countries do land at the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA), about 20 km west of the campus (40-minute taxi ride). Both offer Metro connections via Line 2 but take about 2 hours and 1 hour respectively.
Chinese Yuan, also called Renminbi (RMB) is readily exchanged at fair prices at airport bank windows.
For estimating costs, current exchange rates average
1 USD to 7 RMB,
1 EURO to 8 RMB,
1 Pound to 9 RMB.
International credit cards are only accepted in some shops, whereas Chinese Alipay/Wechat payments are accepted broadly
Greetings from Shanghai!
The 2019 Conference Organizing Committee at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) is actively underway in planning this joint IAIR and CAFIC conference on the SISU campus in Shanghai (coinciding with the 70th anniversary of SISU)!
As we prepare to both warmly welcome and host you next year, we hope that the information on dates and activities below might help facilitate your planning.
“Planning Ahead Information"
Date and Activity Details for the July 7-10, 2019 Shanghai IAIR-CAFIC Conference
Fri July 5 Arrival day for some Board Members
Sat July 6 Before noon arrival of other Board Members
Afternoon Outgoing Board: 4-6 pm
Combined IAIR Board Dinner 6-7:30 pm
Evening Incoming Board: 7:30-9:30 pm
Arrival day for Fellows Day, PhD Workshop participants
Sun July 7 All-day sessions for Fellows Day and the parallel PhD Workshop
Arrival day and registration for IAIR-CAFIC Conference participants
Mon-Wed (July 8-10) Three full days of conference proceedings (July 8-10).
Mon July 8 Morning Conference Opening followed by presentation sessions
Tue July 9 Evening Conference Banquet (since some are flying on to other conferences)
Wed July 10 Late afternoon Conference Closing Ceremony
Closing evening Cultural Event
Thur July 11 Tour day options (Shanghai, Local region, or China trips) or onward travel day
With both our best wishes and hope to see you in Shanghai,
Steve Kulich, Conference Organizer (IAIR President-Elect) and the SISU Intercultural Institute (SII) team
Shanghai is one of the four municipalities under the direct administration of the central government of China, the largest city in China by population, and the second most populous city proper in the world, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2017. It is a global financial centre and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, it sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the East China coast. The municipality borders the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the north, south and west, and is bounded to the east by the East China Sea.
Facts about China/Shanghai
1. Shanghai is one of the world’s largest cities with a population of just under 25 million people. It contains the world’s busiest container port which ships items all around the world.
2. The direct meaning for Shanghai is “Above/Upon the Sea,” which alludes to the city’s location along the Yangtze River Delta near the South China Sea.
3. In 1986, the Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress passed a resolution adopting the white magnolia as the city flower.
4. Food from Shanghai is typically sweeter than food from other parts of China.
5. Millions of travelers enjoy Shanghai's top sights each year.
6. Shanghai is located in the time-zone called China Standard Time. The city is eight hours ahead of London, and 13 hours ahead of the east coast of the US.
7. The main language of the city is Shanghainese, which is one of the many (roughly 250) dialects of Chinese spoken around the world.
Things to do
The Bund, also called Waitan, is a famous waterfront on the west bank of Huangpu River and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai. The most classic route to explore the Bund is either to wander from the north end to the south or the contrary way. Along the way, you will see the most famous and attractive sight in the Bund, namely 26 colonial-era buildings of different western architectural styles. On the opposite bank, you could see the Pudong Area. At night, when the lights of buildings on both banks of the Huangpu River are illuminated, the Bund displays its most fantastic side.
The Bund Facts
Location: on the west bank of Huangpu River, in Puxi Area, Shanghai
Length: 1,500 meters (0.93 miles) stretching from the Waibaidu Bridge to East Jinling Road
Highlights: best night view in Shanghai, sightseeing waterfront, western-style building clusters
Light Opening Hours: 19:00-23:00 from May to October, 18:00-21:00 from November to April
Time Needed for a Visit: 1 - 2 hours; No entrance fee
How to get the Bund:
By Metro: Take Line 8 at Quyang Road Station and get off at Siping Road Station, and then transfer to Line 10 to East Nanjing Road Station. Then walk along East Nanjing Road for about 10 minutes. It will take about 45 minutes altogether and cost CNY 3.
- Take bus 100 from Ouyang Road South Dalian Road Station to Wusong Road Tiantong Road Station. It will take about 40 minutes and cost CNY 2.
- Take bus 21 from North Zhongshan First Road Station to East Beijing Road Middle Jiangxi Road Station. It will take about 50 minutes and cost CNY 2.
Yuyuan Garden has a history of over 400 years and was originally built by Pan Yunduan, a government officer of the Ming Dynasty, for his parents to enjoy their old age. Yuyuan covers many different sceneries, including pavilions, halls and ponds. There are six main scenic areas here: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and the Inner Garden. The true treasure of Yuyuan is the Exquisite Jade Rock. Located across from Yuhua Hall, it is one of the three famous rocks in the southern region of the Yangtze River. Near the garden is the Old City God Temple, one of the best shopping street areas for tourists in Shanghai.
Location: No. 137, Anren Street, Huangpu District
History: over 400 years
Area: 20,000 square meters (about five acres)
Opening hours: 8: 45 am-16: 15 pm.
Entrance Fee: April-June & Sep.-Nov.: CNY 40 per person; July & Aug. & Dec.-Mar.: CNY 30 per person. Free for children under 1.3m (4.3ft)
Time Needed for a Visit: 1-3 hours
How to get the Yuyuan Garden:
By Metro: Take Line 8 at Quyang Road Station and get off at Siping Road Station, and then transfer to Line 10 to Yuyuan Station. Leave from Exit 3. It will take about 45 minutes and cost CNY 4.
By Bus: Take bus 576 at Quyang Road Yutian Road Station and get off at East Zhongshan Second Road North Jinling Road. It will take about one hour and costs CNY 2.
Night Cruise along the Huangpu River
For the best way to enjoy the scenery along Huangpu River, night cruises are a top choice. When cruising at night, you can enjoy the most extraordinary sights. Ships offer a range of Chinese food, western cuisines and buffets. You can enjoy a delicious meal while cruising down the river. At present, travelers have a choice of two routes that sail along the river. There is the regular route and the route of Shanghai Expo. The regular route is chosen by most travelers. You can board the cruise ship from different stations.
Opening hours: The regular route starts from 11: 00 am to 21:30 pm. At night, the cruise ships run every 15 minutes and tourists can buy tickets on site. Please keep in mind that the Shanghai Expo Route schedule is flexible, visitors must check the times online and book tickets in advance.
Costs: The regular route takes about 50 min. (meal not included) or 90 min. (meal included) and costs about CNY 120 per person (meal not included) and CNY 128-188 per person (meal included).
The Shanghai Expo route only offers included meals, and takes about 90 min. and costs CNY 128-188 per person.
Children under 1.3 m (4.3 ft) can travel free.
Please arrive at the wharf 10 minutes prior to the ships’ departure time.
Shopping on Nanjing Road
As a famous commercial street in Shanghai, Nanjing Road has become a must-see place. It will exhibit Shanghai’s aliveness and prosperity thorough different shops presenting the widest variety of goods. You can also feel Shanghai’s past by classic architecture such as Paramount Hall, Park Hotel, and Peace Hotel, etc. No entrance fee is needed here.
Located in Pudong District, Shanghai Disney Resort has attracted thousands of visitors each day. This Chinese based Disney consists of one theme park, two theme hotels, a shopping, dining and entertainment district and the Wishing Star Park. You can experience programs like Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure, Tron Light-Cycle Power Run Vehicle and Soaring Over the Horizon, etc. The park costs CNY 399 on ordinary days and CNY 575 during most vacations and weekends. It takes an hour and 45 minutes from Hongkou campus to Shanghai Disney by subway. You can take line 8 and transfer to line 11.
CFP Background Info
Welcome to the 11th IAIR Biennial Conference and the 15th CAFIC Annual Conference
at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), Shanghai, P.R. China,
Advancing Intercultural Research and Dialogue:
Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges
7-10 July 2019
(Fellows Day and the1st Pre-Conference Ph.D. Workshop will be held on Sunday, 7 July)
Our Shared Aims: Being hosted in China for the first time, our Academy has a unique opportunity to collaborate with the Chinese Association for Intercultural Communication (CAFIC) so that both organizations can contribute to and learn from each other! Historically, each IAIR and CAFIC conference seeks to bring research-oriented theorists and practitioners together to present their work and discuss ways to bridge cultural barriers and boundaries.
This 2019 joint-conference aims to attract scholars from varied streams of intercultural and cross-cultural work, leverage the disciplinary strengths of our respective approaches, address perceived and actual cultural differences, and dialogue to build greater global understanding and cooperation.
Along with the leadership of IAIR and CAFIC, our conference team at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) is looking forward to hosting you! Together with our partners and the Scientific Committees/Review Board of both organizations we are working hard to make arrangements and develop an inviting Conference Program and intercultural experience in Shanghai. Therefore, we invite your compelling group symposia, individual paper, and poster proposal abstracts and hope to see you in Shanghai in July 2019!
Together in Shanghai: Situated at the confluence of historic conceptions of East and West, diverse patterns of North and South, the variance between coastal and inland regions, shifts in rural and urban migration, the metropolis of Shanghai provides an interesting multicultural site for this conference. The location can also bring Chinese and Asian cultural/regional initiatives and collaborations into focus.
Primary Organizers and Host:
IAIR: Formed in 1997, the International Academy for Intercultural Research is an association of about 250 scholarly Fellows and Members focused on cross-cultural research in varied disciplines worldwide. IAIR’s mission is to encourage the highest quality empirical research and practice aimed at understanding the ways in which cultures interact, primarily through biennial meetings and publications, like its flagship International Journal of Intercultural Research (IJIR).
CAFIC: Founded in 1995, the China Association for Intercultural Communication has pioneered intercultural studies in China, attracting 200-400+ Chinese and international participants at its annual conferences. Focusing on the intersection between language and culture, CAFIC encourages and embraces all interdisciplinary endeavors and engagements in constructing intercultural dialogue in our global human community.
SISU: Established in 1949, Shanghai International Studies University (http://global.shisu.edu.cn; http://en.shisu.edu.cn) is one of China’s top language, culture, and area studies institutions. SISU has been steadily seeking to build a strong (inter) disciplinary base for intercultural studies, especially through efforts of the SISU Intercultural Institute (established in 2006).
Call for Submissions: (please visit the “Conference Themes” tab): Original studies are solicited that address the themes of crossing cultural lines, facilitating intercultural and cross-boundary interactions, or creating environments that promote dialogue, reconciliation, and peace-building, especially related to the broader areas of (1) Culture and Psychology, (2) Intercultural Education, Training, and Consulting, (3) Intercultural Interaction, Migration, and Adaptation, and (4) Global, Diplomatic, Mass, or Business Communication.
Innovative contributions are welcomed from comparative or cross-cultural expressions of all fields that deal with the complex conflicts and challenges facing our societies.
Each IAIR and CAFIC conference aims to bring theory-oriented researchers and practitioners together to present and discuss ways to bridge cultural barriers and boundaries. The next 11th IAIR Biennial Conference and 15th CAFIC Annual Joint-Conference will be held 7-10 July 2019 at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). We invite intercultural and cross-cultural scholars to address areas and issues related to this year’s theme:
Advancing Intercultural Research and Dialogue:
Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges
and focus track themes especially related to:
Culture and Psychology:
Cross and intercultural inquiry into the interrelationships of languages and cultures, values, identities, cultural heritage, histories, ethnographies, indigenous patterns.
Applications or interventions toward fostering diversity/global awareness and intercultural competence through curricula and training designs, foreign language teaching, consulting, or leadership training.
Dynamic intercultural and intergroup processes manifested in pragmatics, discourse, interpersonal communication, migration, adaptation, acculturation, conflict, negotiation, mediation, counselling, peacemaking.
Public, mass, or macro-level intercultural communication affecting national image, culture stories, stereotypes, cross-cultural management, international business, branding/advertising, translation, intercultural relations, soft power, area studies.
Continuing Call for Submissions
First-round submissions of symposia and papers were invited by October 30, 2018
- Decision on early submissions notified by November 20, 2018
November 30, 2018: Submission deadline for final panel, paper, or poster abstracts.
- Decision on all submissions notified by December 30, 2018
Registration portal will open on January 15, 2019
Upload all submissions on the conference portal. No email submissions will be accepted. Full papers are not required
Symposia Submissions (including invited symposia)
We especially welcome the submission of symposia (theme panels, group paper reports) or workshop proposals that fit 90-minute time blocks, organized around a relevant theme.
A symposium is defined as a cohesive cluster of research presentations and theoretical perspectives. To attain cohesion, the symposium should focus on a specific topic and emphasize conceptual issues and the integration of findings.
Requirements for this format include:
- A symposium must have representation from at least two different institutions.
- 1 chair, at least 3 (and maximum 4) paper presentations and 1 discussant
- Total time allotted to a session: 90 minutes (at least 15 minutes MUST be set aside for discussion with the audience as part of the symposium)
If your symposium involves more than 4 presenters, you may create symposia for two sessions with up to 8 presenters. Submit as Symposium I and Symposium II
Individuals may submit proposals for up to two presentation roles for the entire conference. Presenting roles are defined as:
- First author of a symposium or paper
- The roles of Chair and Discussant do not count as presenting roles
- A chair of a symposium making a presentation counts as an author.
- Any role in the Invited Program does not count as a presenting role
Submission Instructions for Symposia (including invited symposia)
Enter a full name and affiliation for each author of your paper. Please keep in mind that:
- Symposia must be organized and submitted as a group of presentations.
- A chair and a discussant are required.
- Symposia must have representation from at least two different institutions.
- While inviting people to participate in your Symposium, please clearly communicate to them that they are not part of the official IAIR Invited Program and that IAIR will not reimburse their expenses.
- Chair (required): A Chair enters all information for the symposium. The Chair also organizes and directs the symposium session, introduces the presenters during the oral portion of the session, and ensures that time limits are strictly observed. The Chair should be prepared to lead, stimulate, and coordinate the open discussion with the audience. The chair may also present a paper.
- Discussant (optional): The role of a discussant is to comment on the papers included in the symposium, drawing on their own expertise.
- Author 1 - 4: Paper presenters
Integrative Statement and Abstract:
- Prepare an integrative statement that summarizes the nature and significance of the proposed topic. The integrative statement should not be more than 500 words long. Add the name of the discussant in the Abstract section.
- Prepare an abstract for each paper to be presented, maximum 500 words each
All conference submissions will be received via the conference portal (no email submissions will be accepted) beginning September 1, 2018
Individual Paper and Poster Presentations
Individually submitted abstracts for paper presentations will be reviewed for scientific merit and a decision will be made to accept or reject it based on independent ratings by two reviewers. Highly rated individual papers will be considered by the Scientific Committee for presentation in a 90 minute Paper Session composed of up to 4 Individual Paper Presentations that are thematically related, each presented for 15 minutes. Individual papers that are highly rated but cannot be accepted for a Paper Session (either because there are not 4 related papers on the topic or the maximum number of paper sessions has been reached) will become Individual Poster Presentations if submitters have indicated that they would like to present the research as a poster if it cannot be presented as an oral paper.
Posters are individual, free-standing research presentations. They are the appropriate format when material can be explained briefly, is suited for graphic or visual presentation, and/or the presenter would benefit from high levels of interaction and discussion.
Individuals may submit proposals for up to two presentation roles. Presenting roles are defined as:
- First author of a symposium paper
- First author of an individual poster or paper
- The roles of Chair and Discussant do not count as presenting roles
- A chair of a symposium making a presentation counts as an author.
- Any role in the Invited Program does not count as a presenting role
Submission Instructions for Individual Papers and/or Poster Presentations
- A title for your submission with no more than 60 words.
- Enter a full name and affiliation for each author of your paper.
- An abstract with a maximum of 500 words.
- Use standard reference citations (last name, year) and do not include a reference list.
- Indicate whether this is a poster or an individual paper presentation.
- if you will be willing to present an individual paper as a poster if your submission is not accepted as a paper.
To ensure consistency in formatting, all proposals are to be submitted via the online abstract submission form. The maximum length for abstracts is 500 words.
Deadlines to be noted are:
October 15, 2018: Early submission of group symposia/panel/workshop abstracts
(priority will be given to well-developed research report sets [usually 4 papers] or workshop plans that fit 90-minute time blocks, organized around a relevant theme; see submission details on following pages)
November 30, 2018: Submission of further panel, individual paper or poster abstracts.
January 10, 2019: Decisions announced
Conference size will be limited by the Scientific Committee to around 200 participants, aiming to select quality symposia/papers that advance our science and practice to expand the reach of our fields toward more effectively enhancing intercultural relations across global boundaries.
Please direct inquiries to