The College of Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS) recently co-hosted the International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS). The virtual conference took place on March 11 and 12 in Manipal, India and was jointly organized with the Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
Dr. Margaret D’Silva, C&IS professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies, is the 2019-2021 president of IAICS and a member of the organizing committee for this year’s conference. She has participated in IAICS conferences since 1999 and has co-organized three previous conferences in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
The theme of the conference this year was “Multiculturalism and Diversity in Contemporary Times.” Dr. D’Silva values C&IS’ participation in the conference and believes it is beneficial in showcasing The University of Alabama’s commitment to multicultural communication.
“Organizing such conferences makes our University and its appreciation for culture and communication visible to an international audience,” Dr. D’Silva said.
The conference included a presidential address from Dr. D’Silva and a welcome from C&IS Dean Dr. Mark Nelson, along with various communication scholars around the world.
“We are pleased that our colleague Dr. Margaret D’Silva is serving as a co-organizer of this year’s conference,” Nelson said during his opening address. “We wish [participants] the very best as they join together with colleagues from around the world to discuss common research interests that will advance our understanding of the field of intercultural communication.”
The IAICS conference features participants from 32 countries who are dedicated to doing research focused on communication across cultures. The scholars meet annually at different locations around the world to discuss common research interests.
Learn more about the virtual IAICS conference and view the program for this year’s event here.