Presentation at CAFIC Conference, Haikou

It was an outstanding experience to attend my first conference in China. The China Association for Intercultural Communication (CAFIC) International Conference, held this year in Haikou, China from November, 21st-24th 2013 was definitely one of a kind. It was already the 10th time that scholars and researchers from all over China, as well as international researchers, met in China to speak about the challenges and opportunities of intercultural communication. In these few days, around 350 presentations showed research under the joint theme of the conference: Intercultural Communication for a Harmonious World: Challenges and Opportunities.

For the Austria-China project it was a special event, because for the frist time, the new action research approach as well as the first results of the empirical study were shown to Chinese experts in the field. Additionally, I decided to present the findings with my comic-visualisation, which is even unusual for western scientific presentations. My paper with the title Learning Histories as a Narrative Approach in Mindful Intercultural Communication Research, showed how the learning histories approach by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) could be extended to be utilised for intercultural research and intercultural development. The first case of these Intercultural Learning Histories, as I call it, are experiences from Austrian-Chinese collaborations. 

I learned a lot during those days and met many new friends and colleagues. The presentation was a full success and many researchers commited their interest in participating in the Austria-China project. It will be certaintly not the last time for me at a conference in China and I keep good memories. Good luck also for the new president of CAFIC, Dr. SUN Youzhong, who took over from the honored Dr. JIA Yuxin (on the picture above with Thomas Kurz) and hope to see you again, soon.

Here you can download the full paper as well as the presentation. Your feedback would be very appreciated!

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