Call for Proposals

Intercultural Learning, Global Citizenship and Peacebuilding

The Ninth International Conference on the
Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence

February 22-25, 2024
A Hybrid Event in Tucson, Arizona, and Online

Plenary Speakers
Larisa Kasumagić Kafedžić, University of Sarajevo
Rebecca Oxford, University of Maryland

This Call is now closed. The extended deadline for proposals to be submitted was August 4, 2023.

In 2015, The United Nations (UN) adopted a 2030 agenda, which included peace at its core. Based on this blueprint, the UN member states agreed to…

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Peacebuilding here is focused at the macrolevel of government actors and institutions, including educational organizations; however, work within language and culture education (e.g., Oxford et al, 2020) suggests that individuals, including those in conflict-ridden parts of the world, often cite inner and interpersonal dimensions of peace as central. What roles might intercultural learning play in fostering peace across and between these disparate levels? What might an intercultural education for peacebuilding that is cognizant of disparity and pain look like (see Bigelow, 2016; Porto & Zembylas, 2022)? What kinds of connections between intercultural peace and other dimensions including inner peace and ecological peace can our language curricula and programs help students to explore (see Oxford, 2017)? How can language educators promote respect for all, build a sense of belonging to a common humanity, and help learners become responsible and active global citizens (see UNESCO’s definition of Global Citizenship Education)?

The organizers of ICC 2024 seek presentation proposals that focus upon these questions. Authors will be asked to choose from among the following strands:

  • Theoretical and conceptual approaches
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum design and instructional approaches
  • Materials
  • Technology
  • Policy and institutional initiatives
  • Exchanges (physical and virtual)
  • Service/Community-based learning
  • Professional learning of educators


Proposals are accepted for papers (in-person and virtual), symposia (in-person and virtual), posters (in-person and virtual), and in-person workshops. All proposals must be submitted using the online submission form. Deadline for submission: August 4, 2023.

Types of Contributions

During the submission process, authors will indicate whether they would like to present their work in person or virtually. The conference organizers will contact prospective presenters about the final form of their presentation when acceptance status notifications are sent, by September 29, 2023; the organizers will consider authors’ preferences, but cannot guarantee that they will be honored. Presenters will need to confirm attendance by October 23, 2023.

A. In-person Presentations

Proposals for in-person presentations at the conference may be submitted as one of four types: 1) paper presentation; 2) symposium; 3) poster; 4) 3-hour workshop. Each of these is explained in more detail below.

1. Paper Presentations (25 minutes total: 20 minute presentation plus 5 minutes discussion) are best suited for reports on completed research or scholarly work on a topic related to one of the conference strands. Presenters should not read their papers, but rather present the main points of their work in an engaging manner. Paper sessions will be organized into sessions of four papers by strand. Papers may be presented in Chinese, English, French, German or Spanish. In-person authors also have the option of recording their paper, so that it is fully accessible to virtual attendees.

2. Symposia (2 hours total: 90 minutes for presentations and 30 minutes for discussion) provide a venue for a group of presenters to propose a set of papers (3-5) based on a shared theme or topic related to one of the conference strands. The papers may present complementary aspects or contrasting perspectives. Total presentation time is limited to one hour and thirty minutes. Thirty minutes are allocated at the end to give presenters and symposium participants an opportunity to engage in extended dialogue.

3. Posters (55 minute session) are ideal for presenting preliminary results of work in progress or work that lends itself to visual displays and representations. The maximum area per poster is 4 feet high by 8 feet wide. In these sessions, presenters engage in informal discussion with conference attendees during the assigned period. Multiple posters will share a room. The poster image should be shared with the ICC organizers, so that it is available for virtual attendees as well.

4. Workshop Presentations (3 hours) are best suited for teaching or demonstrating particular procedures or techniques. These sessions should be structured so that some explanatory or introductory information is provided with ample time for audience interaction, participation, and involvement. Please include information about what participants will have achieved upon leaving the workshop, and details about the identity of the target audience.

B. Virtual Presentations

This format is intended for authors who know that they will be unable to attend the conference in person. Upon notification that their abstract for a virtual presentation has been accepted, author(s) will be given a date in later 2022 by which they must submit their recorded presentation to CERCLL (instructions for how to do so will be mailed with their proposal acceptance). For examples of presentations created in this format, see the virtual presentations submitted for the previous Intercultural Competence Conferences (at the past conferences links above) and digital presentations for CERCLL’s L2 Digital Literacies symposium (linked at, and for the L2 Multimodal Literacies Symposium.

1. Virtual Paper Presentations (20 minutes maximum) are similar in content to in-person papers (above). Virtual presentations should consist of a video file with audio, 18-20 minutes long. The video should not be film of the author speaking, but rather a slideshow presentation with recorded voiceover. Multimedia and creative modes of presentation are encouragedPresentations will be submitted to CERCLL in MP4 format, no larger than 80 MB. Further details (including deadline for recording submission) will be provided with acceptance emails.

2. Virtual Symposia consist of a group of recorded presentations, similar to the description of in-person symposia above.

3. Virtual Posters are single image files, with a pre-recorded video (3-5 minutes) of the presenter explaining the topic.


Proposal Restrictions

No more than two proposals per person may be submitted; an author can be a primary presenter on only one proposal. Submitting more than two proposals will eliminate all proposals including that presenter from consideration. Submissions with similar titles and content will also be eliminated from consideration. Each proposal must have one lead presenter, and can have up to three secondary presenters. The only exception is a symposium, which can have two presenters per paper included in the symposium.


Requirements for Submission

All proposals must be submitted using the online form by the extended proposal submission deadline of August 4, 2023. Each proposal will need the following information: strand, title (maximum 75 characters including spaces), summary (maximum 350 characters including spaces) and abstract (maximum 3,000 characters including spaces and citations). For symposia: submitters will be prompted for a title, summary and abstract for the symposium as a whole, as well as a title and summary for each paper included in the symposium (character counts as before). No identifying information should be included in the summaries and abstracts. Citations and references should not be included in the summary; if they are in the abstract, bibliographic information must be provided (included in the character count). The following information is required for each presenter: name, institution, institution location, presenter’s email address, phone number, and professional biography (350 characters maximum).


Dates and Deadlines

The Proposal Submission Deadline was August 4, 2023, 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time).

Acceptance status notifications will be sent via email by September 29, 2023. Presenters will need to confirm their attendance at the conference by October 16, 2023, and must register by a deadline given in their acceptance email.

Questions? Contact CERCLL:

This is the ninth iteration of the ICC conference organized by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), a Title VI Language Resource Center at the University of Arizona.

Works Cited

  • Bigelow, M. (2016), Exploring Social Justice in World Language Education Through the Lens of Pain. The Modern Language Journal, 100: 554-555.
  • Oxford, R.L (2017), Teaching and Researching Language Learning Strategies: Self-Regulation in Context. 2nd Edn. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Oxford, R.L., Olivero, M.M., Harrison, M., and Gregersen, T. (eds.). (2020). Peacebuilding in Language Education. Innovations in Theory and Practice. Multilingual Matters.
  • Porto, M. and Zembylas, M. (2022), Linguistic and Artistic Representations of Trauma: The Contribution of Pedagogies of Discomfort in Language Education. The Modern Language Journal, 106: 328-350.
  • Global citizenship. UN Sustainable Development Goals Project. (n.d.). Retrieved March 3, 2023, from