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The International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC)


IALIC is an Association that seeks to bring together international scholars and practitioners from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, among which are anthropology, sociolinguistics, psychology, education, literary studies, management and organisation studies, as well as linguistics and applied linguistics. IALIC is committed to:


  • creating the conditions for a body of intellectual enquiry which intersects consciously, critically, and reflectively with other disciplines;
  • representing the living reality of experiences of increased mobility and intercultural communication, as well as address the professional concerns brought about by the diversity of the research and the teaching of living languages;
  • promoting in theory and practice greater intercultural understanding and, thereby, address the causes and the consequences of culture, all types of intolerance, social injustice, exclusion and inequalities.


The committee


Chair – Prue Holmes

Vice Chair – Veronica Crosbie

Treasurer and Membership Secretary – Vivien (Xiaowei) Zhou

Secretary – Mariajosé Coperias

Journal Representative - Malcolm MacDonald

Communication Officer – Doris Fetscher

Postgraduate Student Representative – Zhuomin Huang


As an IALIC member, you will get reduced conference registration rates and receive 4 free issues of the Association's affiliated journal Language and Intercultural Communication annually.


Download the IALIC membership form for information about how to join IALIC.


Please note that from January to 26 May 2017 you have the opportunity to join or renew your IALIC membership for 2017 when paying your conference registration fee on this website (see the Registration section for more information).


Edinburgh Napier University, the Languages group


The Languages group at Edinburgh Napier University is situated in the Business School and located at Craiglockhart Campus. We have a longstanding association with IALIC and our research focuses on intercultural communication in the broadest sense: we publish in the areas of intercultural communication, language policy and politics, communication strategies, political discourse and languages pedagogy.


We run a successful seminar series, with themes including Research Methods in Intercultural Communication (2016) and Language and Society (2017). We teach languages and intercultural communication at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including a successful MSc in Intercultural Business Communication (with TESOL). We are currently supervising a number of PhD students and welcome enquiries about studying with us.