Theme and Call for Papers
International Academy for Intercultural Research
July 23 to 27, 2023
Theme for the 2023 conference:
Intercultural. Climate. Change.
We hope you will consider how your work contributes to conversations about changing intercultural climates, the effects of climate change on intercultural relations and relationships, and how intercultural relationships, identities, communication, research, practice, and so on are changing in this time of changing social and political climates around the globe. We also welcome papers and symposia proposals on all intercultural topics.
Begin planning now to submit symposia proposals and papers to the 2023 IAIR conference in Philadelphia, and please share this information with your colleagues and students.
Here are the upcoming deadlines:
November 15, 2022: First Call for Proposals (Symposia submissions are especially encouraged during this first round)
December 15, 2022: Second Call for Symposia, Paper, and Poster Submissions
February 1, 2023: Final Call for Symposia, Papers and Poster Submissions
Questions about submissions? Contact Ken Cushner at
Questions about the conference? Contact Deborah Cai at
Fellows Day 2023:
Envisioning and Actualizing a New Generation of Acculturation Research
July 23rd, 2023
Calls for new approaches to acculturation research have been growing; in fact, some contend that we are now on the cusp of a third generation of acculturation research that is incorporating new theoretical models and methods to capture the increasing complexity of intercultural interactions (Sam & Ward, 2021). Debates have promulgated about the ontology and epistemology surrounding acculturation (Komisarof & Hua, 2016) such as what constitutes culture, which has implications for conceiving and measuring the nature of cultural change that is at the heart of the acculturation process. For instance, traditional concepts of interculturality and multiculturality based on the assumption of inherent differences between national cultures are challenged by the notion of transculturality (Skrefsrud, 2021). Moreover, in our increasingly interconnected digital world, virtual acculturation has become an area of active research—leading us to reconceive the communication mediums through which acculturation occurs (Ferguson et al., 2018). These controversies and new developments in the field underscore the exigency of conceiving new approaches to respond to the dialectic forces of homogenization and fragmentation of cultures, people, and practices in the context of an interconnected global community. Thus, the need for acculturation scholars to envision and actualize a new generation of acculturation research is more significant than ever before.
Fellows Day 2023 at IAIR’s 13th Biennial Conference in Philadelphia aims to explore new approaches to acculturation research—particularly those that challenge longstanding assumptions—and encourage dialogue about integrating contemporary and longstanding methods that complement each other to meet current and future acculturation research needs. Facilitated presentations of novel approaches to acculturation research will be shared to address the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of our global society characterized by a hybrid of face-to-face and virtual communication. The goal of this Fellows Day is to answer the call for a new generation of acculturation research by addressing such issues as majority group acculturation, cultural appropriation, virtual acculturation, and many more.
We see this as ideally accomplished not by ignoring past research, but rather bringing together Fellows who represent both entirely novel approaches to acculturation in their work with those who have done seminal studies that have brought us to our current point of understanding of acculturation. By engaging in dialogue with each other, we hope to create conditions in which acculturation researchers can utilize the knowledge gained in the past, remain informed by it, and leap into the future in novel ways that address our increasingly complex world of intercultural interactions and identities.
The speakers are scheduled to be:
David Sam, "The third generation of acculturation research: Progress and challenges"
Colleen Ward, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants or Re-inventing the Wheel? Reflections on the Way forward for Acculturation Theory and Research”
Jonas Kunst, “Majority-group acculturation: Genuine change or cultural appropriation?”
Gail Ferguson, “Integrating remote and proximal acculturation: Expanded framework and applications”
Valery Cherkov, "The Theory of Sociocultural Models and Mechanisms of Acculturation: Philosophical, Conceptual, and Applied Issues"
Pawel Boski, "Becoming a bicultural person: A cultural psychology approach"
Chan-Hoong Leong, “Geography, intercultural contact, and acculturation”
Seth Schwartz, "Micro-level perspective on acculturation"
Dina Birman, “The Many Meanings of ‘Acculturation”
As has been the practice at the previous two Fellows Days in Shanghai and Rapperswil, speakers in each session will be divided into two parallel streams. Participants may choose to attend either stream within each session during the same time block. Each speaker will have 20 minutes to present their ideas, followed by 25 minutes of group discussion within each stream. In the last session, as a composite group, participants will also share insights from the day’s earlier discussions in order to build plans for state-of-the-art acculturation research in the future.
Tentative Program Schedule
9.00 Greetings (Adam Komisarof) and Introduction (David Sam: The third generation of acculturation research: Progress and challenges)
9.30 Session 1
Stream A: Jonas Kunst
Majority-group acculturation: Genuine change or cultural appropriation?
Stream B: Chan-Hoong Leong
Geography, intercultural contact, and acculturation
10.45 Coffee break
10.45 Session 2
Stream C: Gail Ferguson
Integrating remote and proximal acculturation: Expanded framework and applications
Stream D: Seth Schwartz
Micro-level perspective on acculturation
11.30 Session 3
Stream E: Valery Cherkov
The theory of sociocultural models and mechanisms of acculturation: Philosophical, conceptual, and applied issues
Stream F: Dina Berman
The many meanings of acculturation
13.15 Session 4
Stream G: Pawel Boski
Becoming a bicultural person: A cultural psychology approach
Stream H: Colleen Ward
Standing on the shoulders of giants or re-inventing the wheel? Reflections on the way forward for acculturation theory and research
14.00 Coffee break
14.30 Session 5 (joint session facilitated by Shuang Liu and Adam Komisarof)
Where to go from here? Reports from streams and identification of next steps and potential research collaborations
16.00 End of workshop
IAIR PhD workshop 2023
The popular IAIR PhD school will be returning again in 2023. The PhD workshop will run the weekend immediately before the IAIR conference.
The PhD workshop is aimed at current post-graduate research students (PhD students). Space permitting, we also welcome MA/MSc students and/or post-doctoral researchers.
Dates & Location
The PhD workshop will run as a face-to-face event on the campus of Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). The workshop will run over 2 days, starting at 9am on Saturday 22nd of July and finishing at 5pm on Sunday 23rd of July. This is the weekend immediately preceding the IAIR conference (Monday 24 to Thursday 27 July 2023).
Across the 2 days, there will be a mixture of teacher led activities (such as talks and training) and student led activities (student presentations, round table discussions). Specifically, you will engage with methods, participate in discussions with other participants and listen to state-of-the-art lectures, all delivered by experts in acculturation and intercultural communications.
WELCOME to PHILADELPHIA!
I am so excited to welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love, the birthplace of American Democracy, and the home of the Phillies, Union, Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers. Welcome also to Temple University, a wonderfully diverse and lovely campus, and perfect setting for the 2023 Biennial Conference of the International Academy for Intercultural Research.
The program looks amazing! You are coming from all around the world to present your research and talk about your practice of intercultural work. Personally, I find that intercultural scholars and practitioners are some of the best people to get to know, because we share the desire to work well with other people who come from all types of backgrounds and experiences.
Our conference will take place at Temple University, just north of the heart of Philadelphia. The City of Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States and the fourth largest media market in the country. It was influenced greatly by several great scholars of the 1700s, including Benjamin Franklin and William Penn (founders of University of Pennsylvania), for whom many sites around the city are named. Philadelphia has a Quaker heritage, which values a quiet life, so you’ll find many parks and open spaces throughout the city.
Philadelphia is known for its food (wonderful), sports—and sports fans (they can get pretty wild), museums (quite impressive), and history, where cobblestone streets harken back to the start of our nation.
Philly (as locals refer to it) is the first World Heritage City in the United States, which puts it up there with cities such as Vienna, Quebec, Prague, Paris, Singapore, and Macao, Timbuktu, and Zanzibar, as well as Cairo, Rio de Janeiro, Quito, and Mexico City, and many others across the world. So it is fitting to hold the IAIR conference here.
I’m delighted to serve as your host here in Philadelphia, and I look forward to welcoming you here in person in just over a month!
Welcome to Philadelphia!
Deborah A. Cai
Professor & Senior Associate Dean of the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University
And your host for the 2023 Biennial Conference of the International Academy for Intercultural Research
Other Information will be available soon...
Many of you have expressed interest in going to the Philadelphia Phillies (vs. Baltimore Orioles) baseball game on Monday evening (July 24).
Tickets are $20 each. You can sign up here by June 7.
Friends or family members are welcome to come, too! Once you’ve filled out the form, we will set up payment on the conference registration site and then send you a note to confirm.
In addition to the list of housing options, there are many Airbnb possibilities around Philadelphia. Look for locations in “Center City.”
Registration fees (in US Dollars)
Fellows Day (July 23)
Ph.D. student workshop
Click here for information about how to apply for membership in IAIR. Application for membership must be reviewed by the Membership Committee, which may take two to three weeks. Approval for membership is not guaranteed, so if not approved, non-member rates will apply.
If you need a letter of invitation to apply for a visa, or if you have any questions about the conference, please contact Deborah Cai at
IAIR Poster Presentation Guidelines
The poster sessions will consist of wall space, freestanding display boards, and easels, on which presenters can display their research. Posters should be displayed horizontally (or landscape) format. The general display space is about 4 feet (1219mm) high and 4 feet (1219mm) wide. We will provide pins or tape or other means of fastening your poster to the display area.
We hope you will consider carefully the design of your presentation. PowerPoint, for example, provides a useful format for creating research posters. Displaying the title and authors of the paper using 1- to 2-inch letters will help to provide a clear and prominent label for your poster. Your poster should highlight the key points of your presentation; do not try to cover your whole paper on the poster.
Poster sessions will be held during lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Look up the day and time of your poster presentation. If possible, arrive in the Atrium (where we will have lunch each day) about 15 minutes early to set-up.
About the host city
Note that the conference will be held mostly at the Klein College of Media and Communication in Annenberg Hall on Temple University’s main campus, which is on the north end of campus. Klein College is located at 2020 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA. On-campus housing will be in the Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall, which is on the south end of campus.
Things to do
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