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Join us in Omaha Nebraska, October 1 - 11, 2020, 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:

Mind, Culture and Society

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. 

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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 in 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.  
  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 reflective 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 length 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 talks. These should be on a topic of importance to you, the field, be relevant to the overall conference theme, and/or one 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 increase 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 conference:

Track 1:  Mind: Leveraging Neuroscience and Beyond. Scientists studying the brain have applied their findings to many areas of human interaction. Most significantly, neuroscientists are increasing our understanding of the mind in such areas as prejudice and bias, as well as intercultural competence and understanding. What can we learn from them that applies to our work?

Track 2: Culture: Foundational Innovation. What are the latest innovative techniques in teaching about cultural competence? How does culture express itself in the work we do, in the leadership of world organizations? In individual cultures?  What does recent research say about culture?

Track 3: Society: Dynamic Intersections. WhHow and where do research and practice intersect?  What have we learned about the issues facing today’s societies in the United States and around the world?  Among these are health pandemics and challenges to democracies, new and ongoing civil unrest, immigrant and migrant issues, and concerns regarding racial and gender identity.  How do these issues shape the work we do on the ground and how are they shaped by our work?  What is the role or duty of the interculturalist or DEI professional? And finally, how do these two perspectives intersect?  Does IC work and DEI work complement each other, or by their nature do they compete?

Please Note: Proposals should address the overall theme for the conference or for one of the tracks. If submitting for one of the three tracks, please be sure to address the theme of that track.


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.  


All proposals are peer reviewed and notifications will be made by June 12, 2020. Requested revisions to proposals will be due 7 days from date of notification. 

Conference Registration

Once selected, presenters are asked to confirm their intention to present by June 30, 2020 and are expected to register for the conference by July 30th. 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 OMAHA Nebraska, USA!

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