Deadline Extended until February 1: Graduate Student Symposium: Intercultural Communication

The Third Annual WRTC Graduate Student Symposium on Communication
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
“Communication in the 21st Century: Intercultural Communication”
1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5 – Noon, Friday, April 6, 2012
The School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University welcomes proposals from graduate students in any discipline for a two-day symposium (from 1:00 p.m. Thursday to noon on Friday) exploring all facets of communication. This year, the theme of the symposium is “Intercultural Communication” broadly defined.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • intercultural communication in a globalized world
  • communication norms and discourse communities
  • the challenge of cross-cultural communication
  • communication and cultural values
  • globalization and global media
  • media framing of global politics and culture
  • cross-cultural training
  • public relations and diplomacy
  • diversity and communication in a global society
  • intercultural communication and foreign policy
  • communication and media convergence
  • intercultural awareness in communication

This year, the symposium keynote speaker at the Thursday evening banquet is Dr. Kirk St. Amant, associate professor of Technical and Professional Communication at East Carolina University, and a faculty member with ECU’s Master’s of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) program. His research focuses on international and intercultural communication as it relates to online media and includes international virtual workplaces, international outsourcing/offshoring, and the effects of globalization on online education.
Submit short 250-300 word proposals for 15-minute presentations as an attachment in ‘.doc’ format to by Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
More information about the symposium, including programs and videos of keynote addresses from previous years, can be found at
Please contact us at if you have any questions.


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