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

·      Research into the maintenance and teaching of indigenous and minority languages

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

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