The Intercultural Competence Conference is for K-16 educators and students in fields related to Foreign Languages, Social Sciences/Studies and Humanities, featuring experts in Intercultural Competence and Communication from across the U.S. as well as University of Arizona faculty.

Intercultural competence is [the ability] “to see relationships between different cultures – both internal and external to a society – and to mediate, that is interpret each in terms of the other, either for themselves or for other people.” It also encompasses the ability to critically or analytically understand that one’s “own and other cultures’” perspective is culturally determined rather than natural.

– Byram, M.


Sixth International Conference on the
Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence

Intercultural Competence and Mobility: Virtual and Physical

January 25-28, 2018
Tucson, Arizona, and Online

Keynote Presentation
Robert O’Dowd (University of León)
Moving from Intercultural Contact to Intercultural Learning in Virtual Exchange

Plenary Presentations
Alvino Fantini (SIT Graduate Institute)
Exploring Intercultural Communicative Competence: Concepts, Components and Assessment (A Multinational Perspective)

Chin-Sook Pak (Ball State University)
Stories and Relationships that Awaken Us: Service/Community-Based Learning for Intercultural Competence

As the opportunity and need to move between physical and virtual spaces has increased, more people experience the world as mobile and interconnected (see e.g. Douglas Fir Group, 2016; Kramsch & Whiteside, 2008). On the one hand, this has enabled participation in dispersed communities and markets; on the other hand, as communication, meaning making, and culture have become deterritorialized, interculturality has revealed itself as more complex than the ability to mediate across cultural differences. At the same time, patterns of mass migration and economic globalization have meant local contexts are also shaped by transnational flows of capital, knowledge, practices, and modes of communication. As a result people in today’s world must develop the capacity to negotiate and navigate dynamic demands. Hosted by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona, the Sixth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence will focus on these themes, featuring presentations and workshops that consider intercultural competence in connection with global trends of migration, travel, and digitally-enabled mobility.

See the CFP (submission period closed June 26, 2017; for reference purposes only)

Archive of previous Intercultural Competence conferences, including links to presentations