ICA-IALSP Pre-conference a success!

’Multilingual & Multicultural Communication’ Day at SOAS (Univ of London) -17/6/13


On the 17th June, 2013, a (rare) sunny and warm London day, over 80 practitioners, researchers, students and others from different parts of the world, working across disciplines, discussed wide ranging issues under the theme of ‘Multilingual & Multicultural Communication’ (M&MC) at the Vernon Sq Campus of SOAS (University of London).  A rather early beginning (8.15 registration, but with coffee & biscuits…) and a warm welcome was followed by an introduction by the co-organisers, Howard Giles (UCSB, USA) & Itesh Sachdev (SOAS, UK), who expressed concern at the parlous attention to M&MC in many areas of academic enquiry including communication studies, interpersonal and social psychology and linguistics.  Lid King (TLC, UK) and Dina Mehmedbegovic (IoE, UK) began the main proceedings by presenting on urban diversity with a special focus on London (UK).  Reinier Salverda and Cor van Der Meer (Mercator, Fryslan, The Netherlands) then discussed the import of regional and minority languages with data on trilingual education in Fryslan as well opportunities using new media. Francois Grin (Geneva, Switzerland) provided a critical economic analysis of lingue franche, while emotions were stirred, and expressed, multilingually by Jean Marc Dewaele’s (Birkbeck, UK) presentation  (he even showed us this – may be offensive to some… : http://www.japansubculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Image.jpg).  Following a delicious vegetarian lunch (according to feedback & provided by a SOAS Students Union team), the afternoon’s proceedings shifted to M&MC across time and space with Li Wei (Birkbeck, UK) focussing on the import of the diaspora, while Anne Pauwels (SOAS, UK) explored cyber-space.  Rupert Brown (Sussex, UK), while sidestepping issues of language, provided an important intergroup perspective on acculturation (relevant for modelling M&MC).  The task of modelling M&MC was taken on in the final session by the co-organisers, and Howard Giles dynamically presented a wide range of models that culminated in arguing for the importance of integrating notions of cosmopolitanism in current theorising and future research.  The final panel discussion proved to be lively and stimulating enough for most of the participants to continue their deliberations more informally at a convivial reception at SOAS (some even stayed long enough for spicy vegetarian Ethiopian fare nearby in London!).  Sarah Cartwright (merci!) was the unofficial photographer, while Imke Djouadj, Ellen Foote & Nadia Sarkhoh made easy work of the administrative aspects (danke shan, eskerre-kasko & shukran also!).

A full program from the day can be found here: pre ica programme and abstracts june 2013

Itesh Sachdev, SOAS (Univ. of London) 25/06/2013.


Thanks to sponsors:  The International Association of Language & Social Psychology (IALSP); The International Communication Association (ICA) & its ‘Intergroup Communication’ chapter – as part of ICA London pre-conference; MERCATOR, Fryske Akademy (the Netherlands); Faculty of Language & Culture, SOAS, University of London.      

Job Announcement: University of California, Santa Barbara (2 of 2)



Job #CMST13


The Department of Communication invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of interpersonal communication. The search is at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2014. Candidates should be ABD (with a degree expected by June 2014) or have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field, have a strong social science background, and a record of publishing innovative scientific research. Applicants with research and teaching expertise in traditional or new areas of interpersonal communication are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will complement one or more of the Department’s  cross-cutting emphases in communication and technology, media neuroscience, evolution, globalization, family, group, health, political, legal, or intercultural communication. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting qualifications, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three letters of recommendation, and three publications to the appropriate sections of the job search website: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu. Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Scott Reid, at scottreid@comm.ucsb.edu or at 805-893-7847.

Department review of materials will begin on November 1, 2013.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. UCSB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Job Announcement: University of California, Santa Barbara (1 of 2)


OPEN AREA COMMUNICATION                                                                                

Job #CMST14 


The Department of Communication invites applications for a tenured senior Associate or Full Professor faculty position, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2014.  The successful candidate will complement one or more of the Department’s core areas in interpersonal/intergroup communication, media communication, and organizational communication, and any of our cross-cutting emphases in communication and technology, media neuroscience, globalization, family, group, health, political, legal, or intercultural communication.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Communication or related discipline and an exceptional record of scholarship.   The successful candidate will be expected to assume the role of Chair for a 3-year term beginning July, 2016.  Thus, administrative experience is highly desirable.

Applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting qualifications, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence and administrative effectiveness, three publications, and a list of 3 references along with contact information to the appropriate sections of the job search website: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu.  Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Howie Giles, at giles@comm.ucsb.edu or at 805-893-2055. The search committee will begin screening completed applications on November 1, 2013, and all materials need to be submitted before this date.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.  UCSB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 

Postdoc required for intergroup health communication project

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job No.: 494583
Area: Faculty Of Health Sciences
Salary (FTE): Academic Research Level A1 ($57,330.21 – $77,764.39)
Work type: Full Time – Fixed Term
Location: Herston

School of Medicine

The School of Medicine is a leading provider of medical education and medical research in Queensland, with the country’s largest medical degree program. The program includes graduate entry and school-leaver entry streams, and is integrated, case-based/problem based learning program. The School is a diverse enterprise operating over multiple sites, with Queensland Health and private health service providers in major partners. Geographically, the School extends throughout Queensland with major sites in Brisbane, the outer metropolitan areas, and a number of rural and remote area facilities throughout the rest of the state. The UQ medical degree is also delivered on the UQ Ipswich campus to the west of Brisbane.

The role

The School of Medicine is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Fellow in intergroup health communication. The successful appointee with be assisting a team of health services and health communication researchers perform research with a focus on intergroup dynamics and communication in the health care context. Publications in international peer reviewed journals, submission of grant applications, and presentations at conferences are important expectations of the position. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team at the School of Medicine (Herston Campus) and the School of Psychology (St. Lucia Campus).

The person

Applicants must possess a PhD in the field of language and social psychology. The appointee must have experience in conducting, presenting and publishing research using quantitative and qualitative designs, as demonstrated by publications in high impact journals. Knowledge of social science theory and methodology, including communication, the ability to develop ideas by reviewing literature on new subjects with the skills to supervise honours and masters students in the field of psychology within this specific program of research are all important expectations of the position.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years at Academic Level A. The remuneration package for Academic Level A will be in the range of $57,330.21 to $77,764.39 per annum, plus employer superannuation contributions of 17% (total package will be in the range $67,076 – $90,984 p.a.).


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor David Hewett, on +61 7 3365 5016 ord.hewett@uq.edu.au  

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Position description:
Application closing date:
21 May 2013 11:55pm E. Australia Standard Time

ICA London Preconference Event

Registration details have now been added

International Association of Language & Social Psychology (IALSP)


Multilingual and Multicultural Communication


The last 50 years or so has seen a variety of interdependent processes associated with globalization, including greater geographical, demographic, social and information exchange and mobility, leading to an exponential increase in contacts and communication between cultures and languages. As a result many more people, especially in large urban areas are affected daily by intercultural and multilingual contacts. This is particularly the case in large urban environments around the world where the presence of speakers of hundreds of languages is not unusual. For example, a recent article in The Economist (10/9/2011) claimed that New York City had nearly as many languages (800) as Papua New Guinea, the country often regarded as home to the highest number of languages (according to Ethnologue, around 830). London is reputedly home to several hundred languages.

Recent research, including that by MERCATOR (The Fryske Akademy, The Netherlands) an independent…

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ICALSP14 in Hawai`i!

14th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP14)

19-22 June, 2014

The International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP) aims to ensure the continuity and development of biennial international conferences (ICLASPs) that serve important functions of: exchange of ideas; establishing and extending contacts; facilitating collaborative research projects; sharing experiences among colleagues from a variety of disciplines and professions from around the world. The diversity of perspectives focusing on the intersection of language and social behavior and experience has been one of the most exciting and rewarding features of the earlier conferences (in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, USA, UK & the Netherlands).

The next conference, ICLASP 14, will be held between 19th-22nd June, 2014, in the paradise that is Honolulu, Hawai`i. Local host the Department of Communicology of the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, and President of IALSP, Bernadette Watson, are working collaboratively to program a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and intercultural conference.

The 21st century will see the emergence of the global citizen, that citizen whose network of interpersonal connections spans the entire planet, and whose awareness of global events is motivated by those connections. Honolulu is the birthplace of the global citizen. It has one of the largest populations of pluriethnic individuals on the planet, people who trace their personal ethnic heritages to Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Holding ICLASP14 in Honolulu will allow us to stand in the present moment and look the future in the face.

In keeping with a focus on intercultural communication with an orientation toward the future, plenary speakers will include Dan Landis (US) and Min-Sun Kim (US). Additional plenary speakers and panels will be forthcoming.

Submission of Papers and Panels

Watch for details about the submission of papers and panels in the coming months on our website (www.ialsp.org).


Registration will open beginning October 2013 via our website www.ialsp.org.  There is an early registration discount (until 15 February, 2014) in addition to other discounts (for students and others).  Details will be available on www.ialsp.org.

The Venue & Accommodation

The conference venue and hotel is the Ala Moana Hotel, conveniently located across from Ala Moana Park, between the excitement of Waikiki and some of the finest shopping districts in Honolulu.  For further enquiries, please contact Bernadette Watson (bernadette@uq.edu.au) or Kelly Aune (kaune@hawaii.edu).

Calling all IALSP members in Brisbane, Australia

Prof. Richard Bourhis will be visiting Brisbane to give a series of talks that may be of interest to members.

The first talk is at the University of Queensland:

I’m writing to invite you to attend the 2013 Brisbane Symposium on Self and Identity (BSSI) hosted by the Centre for Research in Social Psychology (CRiSP) in the School of Psychology (UQ).

As some of you would know already, the BSSI is a free meeting that is designed to bring together academics from South East Queensland, interstate and overseas. It is a forum for the exchange of ideas, the discussion of theoretical and conceptual issues, the presentation of current research, and the establishment and strengthening of formal research connections in this field.

This year, the symposium will be held on May 4th at the University of Queensland St. Lucia campus (Terrace Room, level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building, Building 14, from 9 am to 5 pm). There is no registration fee and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

We are pleased to present the following local, interstate and international speakers

  •  Cindy Gallois (University of Queensland) Health communication as intergroup: Accommodation, identity, and conflict
  • Thomas Morton (University of Exeter) A future without “us”: Dilemmas of minority identity and social change
  • Lisa Zadro (University of Sydney) ‘Ostracism: The perils pitfalls of being excluded and ignored’.
  • Tegan Cruwys (University of Queensland) Depression: Is social identity the missing ingredient?
  •  Gina Perry (University of Melbourne) Self and identity in accounts of Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments
  •  Elise Kalokerinos (University of Queensland) The role of the aging positivity effect in physical health
  •  Alex Haslam (University of Queensland) A new psychology of economics: Social identity as the foundation for needs, spending, and happiness
  •  Richard Bourhis (Universite du Quebec a Montreal) Linguistic and ethnic identities in the five bilingual autonomous communities of Spain

If you are interested in coming along, please RSVP by April 26 to david.clark4@uqconnect.edu.au.

Best wishes,

the organisers, Jolanda Jetten, David Clark, & Christine McCoy

(please contact Jolanda j.jetten@psy.uq.edu.au, David david.clark4@uqconnect.edu.au or Christine c.mccoy@uq.edu.au with any questions regarding this event)

The second talk is at Griffith University:

Title: Can Diversity Training Improve Attitudes Towards Immigrants?

May 7th, 2013
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
Venue: MG Campus: M24_2.40 (Host Venue)
RSVP to bbh@griffith.edu.au by Wednesday 1st May 2013


The workshop will be in 2 parts. The first part will describe an evaluation study of the Intercultural course that Nicole Carignan provides as a required course to all future Secondary school teachers in the Faculty of Education at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM). The study demonstrated the effectiveness of the course for improving intergroup attitudes compared to a control group. In the second part we will play and discuss a documentary La Lecon de Discrimination (The Discrimination Experiment) that was produced by the Societe Radio-Canada in Montreal, Canada. The documentary shows the emergence of negative social identity, peer victimisation, bullying, prejudice and discrimination in French primary school pupils. In 2007 the documentary won the Japan Grand Prize for best TV documentary in the world, the Governor of Tokyo Award for best Education program, the Gemini Award for best French TV documentary in Canada and the Grand Prix Judith Jasmin award for best journalistic documentary in Quebec.


Richard Y. Bourhis obtained a BSc in Psychology at McGill University and a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Bristol, England. In 1988 Professor Bourhis joined the Psy-chology Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Bourhis has published in English and French on topics such as cross-cultural communication, discrimination, immi-gration, acculturation and language planning. He received a doctorate ‘Honoris causa’ from Université de Lorraine, France in 2010 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada.

Nicole Carignan is full Professor in Intercultural Education at the Department of Education of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada. She obtained a B.ed at UQAM, a BA and an MA in Musical Composition at the Université de Montréal and a PhD in comparative and intercultural education at the Université de Montreal. Nicole published more than 45 articles in English and in French on comparative and intercultural education, discrimination, music and mathematic education as well as intercultural exchange. In 2012 Nicole Carignan received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada.