31st January: Research Meets Practice: How to Apply New Understandings of Unconscious Bias and the “U-Curve” of Cultural Adaptation in Intercultural Training
Venue: King’s College, The Strand, London, WC2R 2LS. Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm.
We will kickstart the new year with a discussion of the latest developments in unconscious bias and cultural adaptation. Two leading scholars – Dr Perry Hinton, University of Warwick and Dr Nicholas Geeraert, University of Essex will update us on the current status of both concepts. This will be followed by a panel discussion with both scholars and two practitioners – Adrian Pilbeam, President of SIETAR UK, and Agnes Bamford, Director of Professional Development – on how to implement these developments in intercultural training practices. The audience is very much welcome to share their thoughts and ideas during this session.
25. February: New Research Trends and Networking Opportunities
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Malet street, London, WC1E. Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Join us for a student-practitioner mingle to get insights on the latest research developments in the intercultural competence field, and to get to know areas of work in Intercultural Communication. Specifically, practitioners get the chance to question students, who attend various programs that address intercultural competence, about the latest concepts, theories and developments in the intercultural competence field. They also have the opportunity to become part of the development of new understandings by participating in student projects. For students, this event provides a unique platform to meet practitioners and to discuss how they can prepare themselves well for the ICC professions via study choices and dissertation topics, to develop connections to get access to data (e.g., interviews, observation, etc.) and to hear about potential internship opportunities.
21st March: How to use ‘reflection on language’ for intercultural training
Venue: London School of International Communication, 15 Holland Park Gardens, London, W14 8DZ. Time:6:00pm – 8:45pm.
This workshop led by Dr Doris Dippold will provide intercultural coaches and trainers and language teachers with an insight into how reflection on language can support individuals in developing their communication practices across linguistic and cultural boundaries without having to resort to national stereotypes. Spaces are limited.