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Join us in Atlanta, October 30 - November 2, 2019, for a conference designed to support you with stimulating thinking, inspiring insights, expanding skills and renewing commitments—we will work together to explore important questions and seek avenues of human connection. This year the conference theme is:

From Adversity to Diversity:
The Role of the Interculturalist

Start preparing your proposal today! You can view the CFP and Submissions Guidelines by clicking the buttons below, then submit your proposal using the online system. 

The Call for Proposals is closed.

Watch for registration to open soon.


Join us in Atlanta for a conference designed to support you in stimulating thinking, inspiring insights, expanding skills and renewing commitment—we will work together to explore significant questions and seek pathways to change. The theme of the 2019 conference is:

From Adversity to Diversity:
The Role of the Interculturalist


Proposals are accepted for concurrent sessions in the following formats:

  1. Workshop:A workshop typically features a combination of presentation and interaction with a well- defined structure, handouts, and visual aids. Within this format a simulation or set of exercises may be conducted to teach participants how these methods can be used in training and education. The length of the workshop can be 75 or 90 minutes depending on the nature of the learning experience. Please note: SIETAR-USA conference workshop participants expect both a deep level of learning and a high degree of experiential engagement.
  2. Panel Discussion: A panel brings together the perspectives of three or more presenters into a discussion of best practices and applications of concepts and theories. These sessions are intended to engage audience members by thinking about the multiple perspectives presented and the impact on current and future intercultural professional practice. The length of the panel can be 60 or 75 minutes depending on a topic and number of presenters.  Please note: the program committee may ask a few potential presenters with similar proposal topics to combine their efforts into a panel.
  3. Presentation: A presentation is usually by one or two presenters who are reporting on a project, new development in their work, a new conceptualization of existing theory or practice, a revision of a method or something that is of general interest to most conference participants. Presentations are limited to 60 minutes. Please note: this is an open category for the kind of reporting and discussion that has long been the backbone of SIETAR conferences.
  4. Reflective Forum: A forum is a facilitated discussion with participants on a topic of importance. We encourage experienced facilitators to submit their proposals of a topic describing the reflection model or format with which they would lead the process. The length of the forum can be 60 or 75 minutes depending on the topic and format. Please note: This forum is meant to be a time in which participants can contribute to processing a controversial issue or urgent topic for the intercultural field.
  5. Research: This format consists of lecture and discussion of the results of a research project or academic study. Researchers are encouraged to share copies of their paper with the audience. The l>ength of the research presentation is 60 minutes. Please note: SIETAR audiences appreciate a question and answer (Q&A) time.
  6. Ned Talks: One conference session time slot will be dedicated to highlighting a series of 10-minute TED-style Talk. These should be on a topic of importance to you, the field, be relevant to the overall conference theme, and/or on of the tracks. Your Ned Talk should be concise, well-presented, and engaging for the audience. Each Talk will be strictly limited to ten (10) minutes. If you have a video of a similar talk you have presented, please feel free to attach the link to the video file as part of your submission (not required).
    *Ned Talks, similar to Ted Talks, are named in honor of one of the founding fathers of the intercultural; field, Edward T. Hall, commonly called Ned by his friends and family.
  7. Artistic Expression: Non-traditional presentations that place a primary emphasis on performance and may rely on music, visual arts, theater, film, or physical movement to deliver the intended messages. The performance aims to increases participants’ knowledge of a dimension of the intercultural experience. The length of the presentation can be 60 or 75 minutes. Please note: When you submit a proposal for artistic expression, please identify any special technical requirements you may have in the comments. We will let you know if they involve additional costs.


There are 3 tracks for the 2019 conference:

Track 1: Role of the Interculturalist: Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice. This track addresses interculturalists as agents of communication within and between communities. Have you ever wondered where the intercultural field and the world of diversity and inclusion meet, connect, or differ? Do you ever question the dichotomies of intercultural vs diversity and inclusion, domestic vs global? Proposals for this track could address such topics as the role of interculturalists in addressing unconscious bias; overcoming communication barriers between ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations and more; polarization; difficult conversations with positive outcomes; bridging the gaps; communities in need of dialog; human and civil rights; and the impact of privilege.

Track 2: Role of the Interculturalist Working with Specific Cultures. This track emphasizes working with specific cultures whether domestically or internationally. Proposal topics might include working with immigrants and refugees; or with joint ventures or multinational companies; working with global virtual teams; orienting newcomers to the United States (or abroad); working with cultural groups in the education system; or research and resources that make a difference.  Sessions in this track will focus on one or two specific cultures and what the presenter(s) have learned about best practices within that cultural context.  Presenters or co-presenters from the highlighted cultures will be especially appreciated.

Track 3: The Role of the Interculturalist: Building Skills and Taking them to the Market Place. What are the essential skills of the intercultural teacher, trainer, coach or scholar?  How does one hone those skills and how does one market them effectively to the broader community?  This track focuses specifically on how we learn and share our skills as interculturalists with each other and our communities. Suggested topics for this track could include: marketing and branding your business; educating the market; using social media to grow your business; websites and how to use them effectively; positioning yourself in the market; how to pick conferences and professional development opportunities that will help; networking; and best practices.

Please Note: Proposals that address the overall theme for the conference or for one of the tracks are accepted. If submitting for one of the three tracks, please be sure to address the role of the interculturalist in your presentation.


A screen, projector, flip chart and markers are provided. We do not supply computers or other equipment.


The Priority Deadline for submitting proposals is April 30. These proposals will receive special attention and will be reviewed first. The final deadline for proposals is May 10. No extensions will be granted after May 10.



Conference Registration

Once selected, presenters are asked to confirm their intention to present and are expected to register for the conference before the end of the early bird registration. Regretfully, as a non-profit organization, we do not have the budget to compensate for presentations or cover presenters’ registration and travel expenses.


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Thank you for your consideration and for taking the time to submit your proposal.  
We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!  

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