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Programme

Seven years after the bright hopes for a new millennium, wars, terrorism, fears in the marketplace and the threat of ecological disaster have become our daily fare. Politics, economics, religion, and ecology are embedded in cultural assumptions and played out in painful encounters between societies and individuals. Experts and professionals in the intercultural field will come together in Sofia, Bulgaria, the City of Wisdom, for five days 25-29 April 2007 to share their latest research and best practices, as well as to plan strategies for cultural exchange, understanding and synergy. Please join us.

Full presenter profiles, session descriptions and congress programme coming here soon.

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Pre-congress day

Pre-congress workshops (25 April 2007)

Before the congress starts, you can participate in one of our professional development workshops. Join your fellow intercultural practitioners in these interactive group trainings!

Click here for information and registration for pre-congress workshops.

Pre-conference workshops are not included in the main congress fee.

 

Intercultural Films

A selection of important and thought-provoking films

Films by

Simon Chambers, Petr Lom, Kim Longinotto, Marijke Jongbloed and Andrej Paounov

Click here for information on the intercultural films

 

Plenary Speakers

Keynote

Geert Hofstede
Netherlands
Studying Culture is Asking for Trouble

Hear the latest research and ideas from one of the founders of modern intercultural studies, a man who helped define this profession and reveal some fascinating truths about the role of culture in business and society.

Professor Geert Hofstede, the most frequently-cited scholar in the intercultural field and one of the most influential authorities in cross-cultural management, Honorary Member of SIETAR Europa, will give a plenary speech on Friday 27April

   

Plenary

Richard D. Lewis
United Kingdom
Plenary session

Richard Lewis, the author of numerous publications on cross-culture, among them a popular book When Cultures Collide, will welcome the participants of the congress at his Fireside Chat.

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Fireside

Rob Gibson
Germany
Fireside chat

Rob Gibson develops innovative training and coaching solutions in his role as Manager at Siemens' Learning Campus, Intercultural Management. He welcomes you to exchange ideas at his Fireside Chat.

   

 

Congress presentations

90 minute workshops

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Richard Cook
United Kingdom
Key Competencies for Intercultural Training in a Business Training and Development Context

   
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Josef R. Erbler
Austria
Clash of Religions? About the interdependency between Religion and Culture

   
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Carolyn Feuille
USA
A Competency Approach to Developing Culturally Intelligent Leadership

   
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Mijnd Huijser and
Ahmad Mohseni
Netherlands
The Cultural Advantage. Reconciling the Work of Hofstede and Trompenaars in a New Model

   
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Doug MacDonald, Daniel J. Kealey
Canada
The Role of Cross-Cultural Training in Contributing to the Success of International Projects

   
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Mark Manners
France
Overcoming social anxiety in intercultural situations using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

   
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Nathalie van Meurs
United Kingdom
Culture’s impact: multi-level thinking and perspective taking

   
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Angelika Plett and
Liane
Dannen-berg-Schütte
Germany
The Intercultural Conflict style Inventory (ICS) – Theory And Practice

   
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Joanne Zitek
Cynthia Livingston
USA
Conflict Resolution Isn’t Enough…. Insights and Skills for Managing Conflict

 

45 minute papers

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Layla Al Al Bloushi, Abdulhamied Alromaithy, Dianne Hofner Saphiere
UAE and USA
Creating Cultural Bridges with Gulf Arabs

   
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Nara Arutchyan
Armenia
Cultural Diversity as a component of European identity

   
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Enrique Banús, Nuria Arbizu, María C. Barcenilla, Consuela Dobrescu, Silvia Gurbindo, Álvaro Rosa and Daniel Ruiz-Villa
Spain
Cultural infrastructures’ influence on Spanish economic, social and cultural development

   
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Roger Bell
Spain and Great Britain
Multiculturalism in today’s environment: will it ever be the same?

   
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Maria Borger
Qatar and USA
Teaching Cross-Cultural Perspectives in the Arabian Gulf: Academic Bridge Program, Doha, Qatar

   
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Florence Bourdon
France
View of Culture in Studies of Human Development

   
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Patrick Boylan
Italy
Intercultural understanding and the Pope's lecture in Regensburg

   
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Dine Brinkman and
Marjan Wink
Netherlands
How to assess Intercultural Competence?

   
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Cheryl Caesar
France and USA
The Dance of Time and Space: Chronotopes

   
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Nancy Caldwell
France and USA
Potential Dangers of Interculturalism. A Creative Look

   
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Elisabeth Cassels-Brown and
Priya Abraham
Austria
Looking in a distorted mirror: Western mis-perceptions of Eastern managers

   
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Tanya Chavdarova
Bulgaria
Between West and East or between North and South? The Case of Bulgarian Business Culture

   
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Anne Mette Christiansen and Rikke Kolbech
Denmark
Scandinavian Management in a Polish setting

   
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Ute Clement and
Gerhard Krejci
Germany and Austria
Intercultural trainings in business settings

   
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Barbara Czarnecka
United Kingdom and Poland
Cross-cultural differences in value appeals in the UK and Polish printed advertising

   
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Aneta Dimitrova
Bulgaria
Sweet Europe (Exploring cross-cultural diversity through EU labelling of sweets)

   
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Ciaran Dunne
Ireland
Managing cultural diversity in higher education - A qualitative exploration of intercultural communication from the perspective of host culture students in an Irish University

   
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N. Eernstman and
D. Brinkman
Netherlands
Bridging Cultures between Teachers and Parents: Stimulating Interaction Between Teachers and Parents in a Multicultural Setting

   
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Betse C. Esber
USA
Intercultural Communication and Education in Multicultural Societies

   
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Nigel Ewington and David Trickey
United Kingdom and Italy
What competencies make international managers effective? - comparing the priorities of 125 interculturalists to 1600 managers in the field

   
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Richard Fay
United Kingdom
Developing awareness of the richness and challenges of com-puter-mediated intercultural communication: Curriculum design and participant experiences

   
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Anne-Claire Frank and Julien Keruhel
Netherlands and France
Building bridges between generations: Young SIETAR and the SIETAR Galaxy

   
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Fokion Georgiadis and Zisimos Apostolos
Greece
School Leadership’s Professional Development regarding Anti-Racism and Social Justice: the Greek Case

   
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Susana Goncalves
Portugal
Intercultural Learning, Communication and Education: Connecting Research and Practice

   
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Gourves-Hayward et al
France and Ireland
The Intercultural Dimension of the Language On-Line Project (LOLIPOP). How interculturally competent are you?

   
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Eva Gordon-Smith
United Kingdom
The Motivating Forces and Challenges of Global Business Teams – Eastern and Central Europe EU-Accession - taking Czech Republic as an example

   
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Ellen Greenberg,
Serguey Ivanov and
Krassimir Goranov
Bulgaria and USA
Racism in Post-Communist Bulgaria: The Case of the Roma

   
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Tzvetana Guerdjikova
Canada and Bulgaria
Managing cultural diversity: the Canadian experience

   
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Judit Hidasi
Hungary
Intracultural Diversity - Japan at the beginning of the 21st century

   
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Matthew Hill
United Kingdom
Intercultural Case Study – Muslims in a Christian World

   
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Yordana Hristozova
Bulgaria
Incorporating training activities in the process of a English language learning as a foreign language to University level students

   
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Zarine Jacob
United Kingdom and India
Global Coaching – a practitioner’s view from the field

   
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Robert Johnson and
Wei Ju Liao
United Kingdom and Taiwan
Can cross-cultural training make matters worse? Lessons to be learnt from an empirical study of sojourners in Taiwan

   
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Sonia Karabeliova and
Liudmilla Andreeva
Bulgaria
Cultural diversity in multicultural societies. Sex Role and Ethnic Stereotypes of the Young Adults in Bulgaria

   
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Oxana S. Karnauhova
Russia
Multiculturalism as the paradigm of the postcolonial development: the Russian glance at the British multicultural model

   
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Eun Kim
USA
Managing Asian Cultural Diversity

   
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Natalie Kleinschmidt and
Anne Claire Geffroy
France and Germany
From managing differences to Reaching Full Potential: a new approach to respond to our clients’ and participants’ evolving needs

   
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Christina Laib
Germany
Like an English man in New York: A Chinese Student in Germany

   
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Patrick LeMont Schmidt
Austria, USA and France
The Invisible Mindsets of Americans, Germans and Austrians - How do they differ?

   
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Jasmin Mahadevan
Germany
Beyond Culture: Why the Interpretative Anthropological Approach to Global Interactions is So Important

   
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Plamen Makariev and
Tsvetan Davidkov
Bulgaria
Power Distance – Legitimacy or Coercion

   
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Ruth Mastron
USA
Human Rights, Cultural Wrongs

   
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Mihail Minkov
Bulgaria
Pride and Self-Consistency Predict Cross-Cultural Differences in School Performance, Thrift, Suicide Rates and Religiousness

   
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Marjeta Novak
Slovenia
Why do 'proven' interactive training methods sometimes fail in Central & Eastern Europe: an insider's perspective

   
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Jose Pascal da Rocha
Germany
Negotiating the "Other" - Towards an Analysis and Theories of Interculturalism

   
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Irina Perianova
Bulgaria
Political Correctness - the Case of the Vanishing Trust?

   
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Melville Petrie
United Kingdom
The Influence of China and UK's Culture on Doing Business

   
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Ngyen Phuong-Mai et al.
Netherlands
A Culturally Appropriate Model for Cooperation

   
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Petr Podlesak and
Eliska Kubickova
Czech Republic
Cultural aspects of Czech beer commercials

   
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Juliana Roth
Germany and Bulgaria
Ethical Considerations for Intercultural Trainers

   
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Adrienne Rubatos and
Rudolf Bildhauer
Germany
Intercultural work at the very heart of the business (Mixed top manage-ment team within German automotive industry in Romania)

   
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Haiganush Silgidjan,
Sonja Karabeliova,
Julian Genov and
Encho Gerganov
Bulgaria
The Growing Value of Uncertainty Avoidance: The Actual "Anchor" of National Culture in Bulgaria

   
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Joseph Shaules
France and USA
The Deep Culture Model – Understanding Hidden Barriers to Intercultural Adaptation

   
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Laurence Sicot and Lucy Linhares
France
Diversity map: a tool to help corporations and NGOs to succesfully implement diversity policies

   
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Laurence Sicot and Natalie Lutz
France
French And American Perceptions Of Leadership In Corporations

   
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Shawn Simpson
France
The IDEA project - a case study on intercultural teamwork in the creation of EU proposals

   
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Robert Spenser
United Kingdom
Stereotypes, Self-stereotypes and Looking in the Mirror: What Japanese Are Taught About Working Abroad

   
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Margret Steixner
Austria
Learning between the worlds: Relevance and potentials of Intercultural Coaching in the field of development work

   
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Katharina Storch
Ireland and Poland
The experiences of Polish migrant women in Ireland and their adjustment to Irish society

   
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Bettina Strewe
Germany
Adult Education in Macedonia as an important factor for cultural rethinking: how to encourage people to practice democracy and tolerance

   
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Jaroslav Svetlik
Czech Republic
The Single European Market - Opportunities and Threats for Newcomers? Newcomers - Opportunities or Threats for the Single European Market?

   
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Wim Swaan
Netherlands
Intercultural relations including Central Eastern Europe: An identity negotiation perspective

   
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Pascale Sztum
Belgium
Is it always possible to overcome most of the research’s bias through the help of researchers indigenous to the context explored?

   
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Magdalena Telus
Germany
Intercultural Communication Eastern Europe – an innovative module for a master program

   
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Ingemar Torbiörn
Sweden
Some thoughts on the relevance of psychology for the efficiency of inter-cultural training

   
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Marine Tunyan
Armenia
3C and K’ model in multicultural companies

   
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Nilly Venezia and
Avi Sharfman
Israel
Multicultural Education in Early Childhood

   
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Paul Weslake
Finland
Cross-Cultural Colours

   
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Hannah Wilder and Sabine Amend
United Kingdom and Germany
Coaching Executives for the Four Directions: Leading Change in a Complex Multicultural World

   
   


 

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Pre-congress workshops
2007 programme (PDF)

 

 

Seminar in Bulgarian

Въведение в интеркултурната комуникация и интеркултурния тренинг (Introduction into Intercultural Communication and Training)

 
 

Intercultural films

During the congress you can watch a series of films selected by Marianne van Eldik Thieme. Click here for more information.

 
 

Innovation and excellence

Past congresses have enjoyed a combination of conventional papers and innovative interactive sessions. We offer both kinds in 2007.

 
 
 

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