Conference 2021, Bogota



Due to the global COVID situation, the 20th IALIC conference in Bogota (from 25 to 27 November 2020) has been postponed until 24-26 November 2021. We welcome you in Bogota then. For those of you who have submitted an abstract for the November 2020 conference in Bogota, Colombia, we will hold your abstract over for the 24-26 November 2021 conference. We will issue a call for abstracts again next February/March. You are welcome to update your abstract at that point. We will review all abstracts after that date.


However, as 2020 is IALIC’s 20th anniversary, the IALIC committee is now planning an online symposium which aims to stimulate reflection and discussion on “Issues, controversies and difficult questions” in the field of intercultural communication. This online symposium will be held in the week of 23 to 27 November 2020. Please see more details here.


The 20th International Conference of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication

Language, culture and interculturality:

Global debates, local challenges



25-27 November 2020

Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia


Keynote speakers

Claire Kramsch, Professor Emerita, Berkeley, University of California, USA

Manuela Guilherme, Researcher, Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Anne-Marie Truscott de Mejía, PhD, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

José Aldemar Álvarez Valencia, PhD., Universidad del Valle, Colombia


Conference Theme

The 20th Conference of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication is the first to be held in South America. We invite speakers to draw on the long and rich tradition of language teaching and critical pedagogy to address topics in language, culture and interculturality, reflecting critically on the impact on local and global pedagogies of scholars such as Augusto Boal, Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux and Boaventura de Sousa Santos. We live in a globalised world of linguistic flows and forced or voluntary migration. We turn to language education to facilitate social and cultural mobilities, while we continue to face inequalities, disempowerment, sustained conflict, political and economic crises and ecological threats. How do we as scholars and educators respond creatively and positively to these issues?



Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

·      Culture and interculturality in education

·      Intercultural language teaching and learning

·      Intercultural language education policies

·      Translanguaging and intercultural communication

·      Curriculum internationalization and intercultural competence

·      The role of the arts in intercultural education

·      Telecollaboration, intercultural competence and the language classroom

·      Cyberspace, cyberculture and intercultural communication

·      Plurilingual education and Global English

·      The Third Space and intercultural dialogue

·      Critical and feminist intercultural pedagogies

·      Hegemonic relations in cultures and languages

·      Intercultural education and migration

·      Intercultural mediation in situations of crisis and conflict

·      Culture shock in educational exchanges and overseas sojourns

·      Language, culture and the postcolonial inheritance

·      Culture and language in diasporic situations

·      The translator and interpreter as intercultural mediator

·      Decolonizing foreign language education

·      Language education and language policy in the Global South


Submission guidelines

The extended deadline for submission is May 31st 2020. Abstracts will be reviewed by the conference scientific committee.

To submit your abstract, you have to complete a form with the following information:

1) Your name, institution and a short bio (max. 150 words)

2) Your email address

3) Session type (select: individual presentation, round table session, poster)

4) Session title

5) Key words (max 5)

6) Session abstract (250-300 words-Check Session types above)

Please follow this link for more details:



Online registration is until 15th October 2020. All payments should be made through the online registration.





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