Key dates

Abstract Submission Opens
December 27, 2016
Deadline of Abstract Submission
February 19, 2017
Registration Opens
March 6, 2017
End of Early Bird registration
April 6, 2017
End of Standard registration
May 31, 2017
On-site Registration
June 1, 2017 onwards

Keynote Speakers





Speaker: Prof. Sun Youzhong, Vice President of Beijing Foreign Studies University, Chair of China Association for Intercultural Communication (CAFIC)

Speech Title: IC Teacher Development: A Case Study



Eli Hinkel


Speaker: Prof. Eli Hinkel, Seattle University (USA), renowned scholar in Second Language Acquisition and English Language Teaching

Speech Title: Teaching and Learning Intercultural Communication: Socio-Cultural Values and Pragmatics in Interaction

Bio: Eli Hinkel teaches applied linguistics and TESOL at Seattle Pacific University.  She has taught ESL and applied linguistics, as well as trained teachers, for more than thirty five years.  She has published books and numerous articles on learning second culture, and second language grammar, writing, curriculum development, and pragmatics in such journals as TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, Journal of Pragmatics, and Language Teaching Research.  Her books include Culture in Second Language Teaching and Learning, New Perspectives on Grammar Teaching, Second Language Writers' Text, Teaching Academic ESL Writing, Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 (2005, 2011, 2017), Effective Curriculum for Teaching Second Language Writing, and Teaching English Grammar to Speakers of Other Languages, as well as several student textbooks.  She is also the editor of ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series of books and textbooks for teachers and graduate students, published by Routledge.





Speaker: Dr. Prue Holmes, Durham University/Victoria University (NZ), the current chairperson of the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication

Speech Title: Languages under Pressure and Pain: Implications for Languages and Intercultural Education

Bio: Prue Holmes is Reader in the School of Education, Durham University, United Kingdom. She is Co-investigator on the AHRC-funded “Researching multilingually at the borders of language, the body, law and the state” ( (AH/L006936/1), establishing a methodology for how researchers draw on their linguistic resources in their research. She is also Co-investigator on the EU-funded project “Intercultural resources for Erasmus students and their teachers” (IEREST) ( Prue has published extensively in the areas of language, intercultural communication and education, and student mobility. She chairs the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC).



Speaker: Prof. Hiro Tanaka, Meisei University (Tokyo), specializing in intercultural business communication research and training 

Speech Title: Linguistic leadership in Multi-Cultural Meetings

Bio: Hiro Tanaka is a professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Meisei University, in Tokyo, Japan. He teaches research methodology courses to graduate students, and also conducts intercultural project-based courses. He advocates a socio-cultural theory of education which assumes that learning takes place through social interaction. Hiro has published 86 articles and books on business discourse and human resource development. As a consultant, Hiro has been involved in a number of human resource development systems designs for Japanese and Non-Japanese companies. His current research interest is in the development and measurement of the abilities needed for working on multi-cultural teams.



Shan Bo


Speaker: Prof. Shan Bo, Wuhan University, specializing in media and intercultural communication

Speech Title: Sinologists and Different Types of the Construction of “Cultural China”: An intercultural perspective

Bio: Bo Shan, Professor of School of Journalism & Communication, Director of Center for Media Development Research, Wuhan University, China. Major research areas are intercultural communication and comparative journalism. Major works include The Problems and possibilities of intercultural communication, The Mental Space of Tang Junyi's Philosophy, Chinese Journalism and Communication in 20th Century, Academic Imaginary and Educational Reflection of Journalism and Communcation. E-mail:



An Ran


Speaker: Prof. AN Ran, South China University of Technology, specializing in multicultural education and intercultural communication.

Speech Title: A Study of Intercultural Teaching Competence of Volunteer Chinese Teachers in Confucius Institutes

Bio: AN Ran (The University of Reading, UK, 1999) is Professor and Dean in the School of International Education at South China University of Technology. After the completion of Ph.D. in multicultural education, she was a lecturer at the National Centre for Language and Literacy at The University of Reading. She has been the Dean of the School of International Education at South China University of Technology since 2004. Professor AN serves as the Director of Confucius Institute at the South China University of Technology. She helped to establish three Confucius Institutes in the United States, Great Britain and Germany respectively. Her main research interests are multicultural education and intercultural communication. Currently, she is the principal investigator (首席专家) of Key Project of National Social Science Foundation, China (国家社科基金重大项目) on the intercultural adaptation and management of Confucius Institutes. She has published more than 70 papers and (co)authored and (co)edited 15 books.