Interculturalism Ahead: Transition to a Virtual World?
SIETAR EUROPA CONGRESS 2011
September 21st to 25th
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After submitting the proposal, you will receive an initial acknowledgement of receipt. You will be notified of acceptance in time to pre-register for the conference for the early bird payment deadline. All presenters are required to register for the conference. Note: SIETAR-Europa is a non-profit organization and presenters do not receive any form of payment in conjunction with their participation in the SIETAR-Europa 2011 congress.
The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR Europa) invites you to submit a proposal to present at its 2011 congress to be held September 21-25 in Krakow, Poland. The theme of the 2011 congress is Interculturalism Ahead: Transition to a Virtual World?
More frequent and intense intercultural experiences are what lie ahead for most of us. Ever increasing virtual communication, migration, tourism, and international business will challenge the idea that separate cultures exist.
Everyday living has taken on new dimensions. The IT revolution has changed our lives – we enter virtual worlds to play, to learn, to engage others. Growing numbers of people can now access endless streams of information on demand or instantly leapfrog continents to see and talk to others. Despite a world economic crisis and often extreme border controls, millions move around the globe for tourism, adventure, work and a better life. The European Union is a reality. While these forces change the cultures in which we live, they also open doors to new intercultural encounters and offer new possibilities of learning and sharing.
There is a transformation taking place. Does it reach into every sphere of our lives? What human knowledge and experience cannot be digitalized and pixelated? What part of our heritage should we carry forward? How is interculturalism relevant in virtual communities? Are the values of commitment, care of community, service and appreciating the contribution of others being encouraged or threatened? What are the opportunities for volunteerism in the virtual communities of the 21st century? What conflicts will emerge? What is our place as interculturalists in this new world, and what tools will be necessary?
The SIETAR Europa congresses have always served as a forum for interculturalists to come together to share their knowledge, insights, and questions with other members of the intercultural field. Members of SIETAR Europa represent a wide range of professions and disciplines and share a passion for deepening our understanding of cultures, increasing intercultural competence in ourselves and others, and in continually fostering culturally respectful and inclusive ways of making the world a better place to live and work.
The 2011 Congress seeks to understand the transition to, and our own transformation within, a new world and a new Europe.
This congress will invite us to engage with new trends in the intercultural domain and acquire new skills, to focus on developments now loose in the world that affect our everyday contact with virtual realities. We will ask how these new worlds affect our experiences, our expectations.
To do so we will track their progress in different cultures. We will ask whether these new forces level and dissipate our cultural heritage, or is it that the new culture that we have interiorized is leading us to virtual worlds? How can we use these new dimensions for cultural exchange?
We welcome contributions from all disciplines that deal with intercultural dynamics. However, proposals directly linked to the conference theme will receive priority treatment. These sub-themes have been identified for focused attention:
- The cultural dimensions of encounters in virtual worlds
- Does the blurring of time and space lead us to a single culture?
- Developing virtual worlds in interdisciplinary teamwork and in intercultural learning and communication; sharing examples and experiences of virtual spaces
- Conflict resolution and intercultural mediation; the potential conflicts between IT and diverse cultures
- Networking and volunteering in a virtual context
- The Europeanization of Europe’s living cultures
- Opportunities for intercultural programs and projects under the EU umbrella
- Latest trends in the intercultural field
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About SIETAR-Europa (www.sietar-europa.org)
SIETAR-Europa is a non-profit, membership-based organization for educators, researchers, and trainers from a wide range of disciplines who share a common concern for intercultural relations. SIETAR-Europa is a part of a network of SIETAR organizations around the world. Through a broad range of activities SIETAR-Europa provides a unique opportunity to learn from and share knowledge with colleagues in the intercultural arena and advance the body of knowledge and practice in the field.