From a Cross- Cultural Perspective: Conflicts and Cooperation in Shaping the Future of Europe
Last years have brought many dramatic and unexpected challenges which must to coped with across the nations in Europe: 1) The refugee crisis in the EU; 2) The Russian – Ukrainian conflict; 3) Economic-political tensions between EU countries, affecting Union’s stability; 4) Terrorism in plural societies.
These macro political problems have direct cross-cultural implications and consequences. Never before in its history, has been the IACCP so much exposed to reality tests. Never before have the research problems on immigration and acculturation been given so much of applied relevance. Our keynote speakers and invited symposia will address the problems enumerated above, head on. With half of my life spent as an active IACCP member, I feel the pressure on our discipline to demonstrate that what we do – matters,
The keynote addresses will reflect the central theme of the congress, but space should also be given to more general topics.
- European multiculturalism during the current refugee crisis: Do we need new models for intercultural group relations?
- The cultural map of Europe and the dis-/integration forces in EU. What is awaiting us ahead?
- Towards applied cross-cultural psychology. Can our discipline contribute to constructive adaptations at the continent?
- One invitation which I have tentatively probed has professor Debi Roberson to speak on The role of language in categorical color and emotion perception
This will make four proposed invited addresses. Invited symposia and panel debates concerning the central themes of the Conference are also envisaged.
Workshops. Finally, a call for full/half- day workshops (to be held on Sunday, July 16) on work with refugees will be made in the 1st announcement.
Panel discussion. Refugee and immigration crisis is one of the key problems in Europe today. It brings much of media and public attention. The presence of media during the conference will be widespread, and we key IACCP figures should be ready and accessible for all kinds of interviews that our press office will arrange.
Other routine parts of Conference program: symposia, paper sessions and poster-sessions will be prepared and handled in a standard way.
Russian as a second language. As has happened before with Regional Conferences, a second language of the region may need to be added, besides English, which remains the first official language of all deliberations. Since our opening to Eastern Europe (Russia and post-Soviet, non-EU republics) seems to be one of priorities, a facilitating gesture of using Russian as a secondary language is recommended. Therefore, the proposal is to open submission for contributions in Russian so that it becomes possible to have symposia or papers sessions in Russian. There is no intention to provide simultaneous translation or to use two languages in the joint events such as the opening. The Russian contributions will be clearly marked in the program.
Participants from low income countries. Participants from the post-Soviet countries (except the Baltics); non-EU members in the Balkans; and from the Middle-East countries, directly involved in war activities (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan); as well as from African countries, will pay reduced conference fee. It is suggested, that the Scientific Committee consider 10 best individual submissions (or better still symposia) from the low income countries for the conference fee waiver and/or travel grant. [That would be an equivalent of Witkin-Okonji Award, which does not operate at regional conferences.]