Programme - NIC 2017

Thursday 23.11.


Registration, morning coffee


Welcome (Jussi Halttunen, Rector of JAMK University of Applied Sciences)

Keynote: Nexus analysis applied: Dynamics of discourse, identity and power under new circumstances (Sari Pietikäinen)

room: Auditorium




Session I, track I
Room 7

CANCELLED: Doing business with Chinese: stereotypes, perceptions and attitudes of Belgian business representatives. (Sarah Gillaerts)

Ísland, best í heimi (Iceland, best in the world)? Media consumers in Iceland and their negotiations concerning identity (Barbara Ruth Burke)


“There are others who are more patriotic than I am”. Constructions of cultural identities in L2 interactions among adolescents with and without migrant backgrounds (Daniel Rellstab)

Session I, track II Room 10

The border between us: CSR discourses on Finnish and Russian business scene (Maria Ivanova-Gongne, Lasse Torkkeli & Maria Uzhegova)

Pop-cultural exchange between Finland and Japan: focusing on a feeling of superiority in ‘Cool Japan’ (Mikako Hata)

POSTPONED to Friday)Reframing others in colors of mastery (Bjørn Z. Ekelund & Piotr Pluta)

Session I, track III,
Room 11

Intercultural survey on perceived voice likability (Rene Altrov, Hille Pajupuu & Jaan Pajupuu)


How to become a global citizen? A presentation of the Mittweida certificate of intercultural competence (Ramona Kusche)

Defining Austrian values: An analysis of official teaching materials for refugees in Austria (Erten-Buch & Astrid Schnitzer-Skjønsberg)




Session II, track I
Room 7

What’s in a name? Teasing apart intercultural competence terminology for improved research and application (Barbara J. Crawford)

Intercultural communication training to support internationalisation in higher education at a university in Aotearoa New Zealand (Franco Vaccarino)

Supporting intergroup interaction of students in intercultural contexts (Jessica Haß, Sylvia Wächter & Margit Krause-Ono)


Session II, track II
Room 10

History teaching and identity faced with global migration (Ellen Vea Rosnes & Marita Sikveland)

Multicultural education as social and psycho-pedagogical phenomenon (Anatoliy Belogurov)

Presentation of new textbook: Human encounters. Introduction to intercultural communication (Øyvind Dahl)




Friday 24.11.


Session III, track I
Room 7

Work group: Addressing the role of activism in the intercultural field in the current world crisis (Elmer Dixon & George Simons)

Session III, track II
Room 10

RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY: Communication and emotion in the intercultural mediation (Maria Mihaela Barbieru)

A qualitative study of intercultural empathy among Palestinian and Israeli individuals (Kelsea Jayne Jackson)

100 years’ perspective in interpretation of otherness: Cultural, historical, religious factors that influence contradiction in communication among individuals (Renata Matkeviciene)

Session III, track III
Room 11

Leadership and integration of immigrant workers in elderly in Sweden: Initiating a discussion from a communication perspective (Solange Barros de Alcantara Hamrin)

This Immigrant Life: How producing short documentary films helped to empower immigrants in Jyväskylä, Finland (Ronan Browne)

Migration, integration and ICC in European and neighboring countries: A comparison and some challenges (Elisabeth Ahlsén & Jens Allwood)


Keynote: Nationalism, diversity and media. How nation-building created a myth of a homogeneous Finland (Miika Tervonen)

Room: Auditorium




Session IV, track I
Room 7

Challenging conviviality: Intercultural encounters in the context of reception centre (Eila Isotalus)

Humor in cross-cultural interactions: A double-edged sword of in- and exclusion (Piotr Pluta)

How may the actor’s literacy affect development assistance aimed at indigenous peoples? (Live Danbolt Drange)

Session IV, track II
Room 10

Work group: New Horizons: At home together in Finland (and elsewhere) (Steven Crawford, Diane Ruppert & Ronan Browne)







Session V, track I
Room 7

Managing diversity in the hospitality industry: Current research perspectives and future research challenges (Tone Therese Linge & Trude Furunes)

Lost on cultural complexity? Trust as enabling and hampering intergroup negotiations regarding hybridity in the context of leader-employee relations (Heidrun Knorr)

Intercultural Crisis Communication above clouds and beyond borders - A one size-fits all approach that in reality fits no one -
(Patrick Kleineidam)


Session V, track II
Room 10

Intercultural communication in multicultural education space (Elena Voevoda & Elena Makhmutova)

Innovative technologies in polycultural education as a practice of development balance between cultural identity and diversity (Eduard Khakimov & Rasul Gilvanov)

Cultural diversity and schools of music and art: How can Norwegian municipal school of music and arts foster inclusion and social justice in the local community - what competences does the teacher need? (Anders Rønningen)

Session V, track III
Room 11

RESCHEDULED FROM THURSDAY Reframing others in colors of mastery (Bjørn Z. Ekelund & Piotr Pluta)


NIC Business Meeting (Allwood)

Room: Auditorium


 Conference dinner at the Vanha Asemaravintola


Saturday 25 November


Session VI, track I
Room 7

Intercultural capabilities for global futures (Iben Jensen)


Assessment in a multicultural classroom: the journey from ‘do it our way’ to the informed dialogue method (Diane Ruppert)

RESCHEDULED FROM THU: Communication and emotion in the intercultural mediation (Maria Mihaela Barbieru)

CANCELLED: Building a happy community: Challenges in international students’ wellbeing at a Finnish higher education (Lotta Kokkonen)

Session VI, track II
Room 10

Blaming the state: Negotiating Latvian and Bulgarian economic emigrants’ identity in public broadcasting (Liene Locmele & Nadezhda Sotirova)

Perception of tradition: Yezidis in Germany and Tibetan Buddhist converts in Finland (Khanna Omarkhali & Maria Sharapan)

Is multi-culturality socially sustainable? (Jens Allwood)

 Session VI, track III
Room 11

Ethics & responsibility at university: A multicultural perspective (Christine Niemi & Ulla Ceesay)


Multicultural workplaces: Facilitating organizational intercultural learning (Bjørg Aambø Østby)

Case study: Negotiating the borders between life as a refugee, student and ambassador for an open class for refugees university program (Eithne Knappitsch)


Keynote: Listening cultural narratives (George Simons)

Closing words

Room: Auditorium



Conference finishes, thank you for attending!