Conference on Applied Interculturality Research (cAIR09)


Call for Papers

Conference on Applied Interculturality Research (cAIR09)
University of Graz, Austria, 16-19 September 2009

Interculturality has always been a part of the human condition, but the topic has become increasingly relevant and critical in a globalized world in which

•social and cultural configurations are constantly changing and their representations being renegotiated

•technological advances and economic constraints provoke and promote the transnational mobility of individuals, cultural groups and cultural goods

•political parties and decision makers increasingly regard intercultural issues as central to their strategies and programs

•global issues such as environment, defence, finance, and the distribution of wealth and resources are increasingly negotiated across cultural boundaries

•intercultural conflicts pose a constant threat to world peace and stability

Interculturality research addresses all kinds and aspects of intercultural interaction in all relevant disciplines. Topic areas include anti/racism, community interpreting, discrimination, ethnicity, identity, intercultural marriage, interfaith dialogue, in/tolerance, migration, minorities, multilingualism, Otherness, prejudice and xenophobia/philia. Disciplines include aesthetics, anthropology, cultural studies, economics, education, ethnology, geography, history, interpreting, law, linguistics, literature, musicology, politics, physiology, medicine, peace and conflict studies, psychology, philosophy, religious studies, and sociology.

The Conference on Applied Interculturality Research (cAIR) promotes all interculturality research in all relevant disciplines, and all applications of the findings of such research, such as interactions between research teams, civil society and policy makers. Areas of application include affirmative action, awareness raising, conflict resolution (local, national, international), community interpreting, disability, culture (art, music, literature, theater...), education, gender and women's issues, government, integration of cultural minorities (asylum, language, employment...), legal advice, medicine and therapy, think tanks, poverty and development (local and global), relationships (marriage, families), and religion (interfaith dialogue).

cAIR aims to empower researchers to contribute significantly to social and political developments in their field; to support civil society through relevant research; to encourage academics and practitioners to collaborate; and to establish Applied Interculturality Research as a visible and productive area of interaction between academe and society. cAIR does not support unlimited freedom of speech: we will not offer a platform to any project that the organisers or reviewers feel might exacerbate xenophobia or discrimination of any kind. To our knowledge, no previous international conference has aspired to achieve these or similar aims.

The first Conference on Applied Interculturality Research will be held in Graz, Austria, from 16 to 19 September 2009. cAIR09 is

•hosted by the Forum for Applied Interculturality Research (fAIR)

•supported by researchers in diverse disciplines at the University of Graz and representatives of diverse Graz NGOs (see committees)

•financed by a grant from Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich, a fund established to compensate victims of national socialism

•modeled on an international series of Conferences on Interdisciplinary Musicology (founded by Richard Parncutt in 2004)

Abstract submission. Abstract submissions should have at least two authors, one primarily representing a specific research project in any relevant discipline and the other primarily representing a specific practical application of insights gained from that project. The first author may be either of these two, and should have made the greater (or greatest) contribution to the project.

The text should begin with the title, the author(s) with their affiliation(s), and the email address of the first author. The main text should be structured with the following headings:

•Background in… (the main academic discipline/s)

•Background in… (the practical aspect/s of the project)


•The research

•The application



The two Background sections should summarize relevant knowledge without directly referring to the specific research and its application. The Aims section should clarify the link between the research and its application. Both the Research and Application sections should describe both approaches (paradigms, schools, methods) and outcomes (insights, results, developments). The Implications section may address any relevant political, social, cultural or academic consequences of the research or its application. The References may be presented in any well-known format.

The entire text, including all headings and administrative detail, should not exceed 800 words. Abstracts must be submitted as email text or attachment (pdf or word) to by 15 February 2009. Referees’ comments and notifications of acceptance (as talk or poster) or rejection will be sent to first authors by 30 April 2009.

Language. To maximize participation by speakers and audiences from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, the conference will be conducted entirely in the English language. To enable a review procedure that is anonymous, uniform, expert and international, abstracts must be submitted in English.

Review procedure. All submissions will be subject to anonymous double-blind peer review by two international experts representing the submission’s specific academic discipline and its specific area of application (see committees). To enable double-blind review, authors should write in such a way that they cannot be identified after their names and affiliations have been removed from beneath the title.

Questions. This text has been revised since its release in October 2008 in response to enquiries. The current text is posted on the cAIR09 website. If you have any questions about the conference or submission process that are not answered on the website, please write to

cAIR09 is directed by Richard Parncutt and Simone Schumann at the University of Graz, Austria.