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14th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP14)

19-22 June, 2014

The International Association of Language and Social Psychology (IALSP) aims to ensure the continuity and development of biennial international conferences (ICLASPs) that serve important functions of: exchange of ideas; establishing and extending contacts; facilitating collaborative research projects; sharing experiences among colleagues from a variety of disciplines and professions from around the world. The diversity of perspectives focusing on the intersection of language and social behavior and experience has been one of the most exciting and rewarding features of the earlier conferences (in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, USA, UK & the Netherlands).

The next conference, ICLASP 14, will be held between 19th-22nd June, 2014, in the paradise that is Honolulu, Hawai`i. Local host the Department of Communicology of the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, and President of IALSP, Bernadette Watson, are working collaboratively to program a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and intercultural conference.

The 21st century will see the emergence of the global citizen, that citizen whose network of interpersonal connections spans the entire planet, and whose awareness of global events is motivated by those connections. Honolulu is the birthplace of the global citizen. It has one of the largest populations of pluriethnic individuals on the planet, people who trace their personal ethnic heritages to Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Holding ICLASP14 in Honolulu will allow us to stand in the present moment and look the future in the face.

In keeping with a focus on intercultural communication with an orientation toward the future, plenary speakers will include Dan Landis (US) and Min-Sun Kim (US). Additional plenary speakers and panels will be forthcoming.

Submission of Papers and Panels

Watch for details about the submission of papers and panels in the coming months on our website (


Registration will open beginning October 2013 via our website  There is an early registration discount (until 15 February, 2014) in addition to other discounts (for students and others).  Details will be available on

The Venue & Accommodation

The conference venue and hotel is the Ala Moana Hotel, conveniently located across from Ala Moana Park, between the excitement of Waikiki and some of the finest shopping districts in Honolulu.  For further enquiries, please contact Bernadette Watson ( or Kelly Aune (

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Prof. Richard Bourhis will be visiting Brisbane to give a series of talks that may be of interest to members.

The first talk is at the University of Queensland:

I’m writing to invite you to attend the 2013 Brisbane Symposium on Self and Identity (BSSI) hosted by the Centre for Research in Social Psychology (CRiSP) in the School of Psychology (UQ).

As some of you would know already, the BSSI is a free meeting that is designed to bring together academics from South East Queensland, interstate and overseas. It is a forum for the exchange of ideas, the discussion of theoretical and conceptual issues, the presentation of current research, and the establishment and strengthening of formal research connections in this field.

This year, the symposium will be held on May 4th at the University of Queensland St. Lucia campus (Terrace Room, level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building, Building 14, from 9 am to 5 pm). There is no registration fee and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

We are pleased to present the following local, interstate and international speakers

  •  Cindy Gallois (University of Queensland) Health communication as intergroup: Accommodation, identity, and conflict
  • Thomas Morton (University of Exeter) A future without “us”: Dilemmas of minority identity and social change
  • Lisa Zadro (University of Sydney) ‘Ostracism: The perils pitfalls of being excluded and ignored’.
  • Tegan Cruwys (University of Queensland) Depression: Is social identity the missing ingredient?
  •  Gina Perry (University of Melbourne) Self and identity in accounts of Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments
  •  Elise Kalokerinos (University of Queensland) The role of the aging positivity effect in physical health
  •  Alex Haslam (University of Queensland) A new psychology of economics: Social identity as the foundation for needs, spending, and happiness
  •  Richard Bourhis (Universite du Quebec a Montreal) Linguistic and ethnic identities in the five bilingual autonomous communities of Spain

If you are interested in coming along, please RSVP by April 26 to

Best wishes,

the organisers, Jolanda Jetten, David Clark, & Christine McCoy

(please contact Jolanda, David or Christine with any questions regarding this event)

The second talk is at Griffith University:

Title: Can Diversity Training Improve Attitudes Towards Immigrants?

May 7th, 2013
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
Venue: MG Campus: M24_2.40 (Host Venue)
RSVP to by Wednesday 1st May 2013


The workshop will be in 2 parts. The first part will describe an evaluation study of the Intercultural course that Nicole Carignan provides as a required course to all future Secondary school teachers in the Faculty of Education at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM). The study demonstrated the effectiveness of the course for improving intergroup attitudes compared to a control group. In the second part we will play and discuss a documentary La Lecon de Discrimination (The Discrimination Experiment) that was produced by the Societe Radio-Canada in Montreal, Canada. The documentary shows the emergence of negative social identity, peer victimisation, bullying, prejudice and discrimination in French primary school pupils. In 2007 the documentary won the Japan Grand Prize for best TV documentary in the world, the Governor of Tokyo Award for best Education program, the Gemini Award for best French TV documentary in Canada and the Grand Prix Judith Jasmin award for best journalistic documentary in Quebec.


Richard Y. Bourhis obtained a BSc in Psychology at McGill University and a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Bristol, England. In 1988 Professor Bourhis joined the Psy-chology Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Bourhis has published in English and French on topics such as cross-cultural communication, discrimination, immi-gration, acculturation and language planning. He received a doctorate ‘Honoris causa’ from Université de Lorraine, France in 2010 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada.

Nicole Carignan is full Professor in Intercultural Education at the Department of Education of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada. She obtained a B.ed at UQAM, a BA and an MA in Musical Composition at the Université de Montréal and a PhD in comparative and intercultural education at the Université de Montreal. Nicole published more than 45 articles in English and in French on comparative and intercultural education, discrimination, music and mathematic education as well as intercultural exchange. In 2012 Nicole Carignan received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada.

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Multilingual and Multicultural Communication


The last 50 years or so has seen a variety of interdependent processes associated with globalization, including greater geographical, demographic, social and information exchange and mobility, leading to an exponential increase in contacts and communication between cultures and languages. As a result many more people, especially in large urban areas are affected daily by intercultural and multilingual contacts. This is particularly the case in large urban environments around the world where the presence of speakers of hundreds of languages is not unusual. For example, a recent article in The Economist (10/9/2011) claimed that New York City had nearly as many languages (800) as Papua New Guinea, the country often regarded as home to the highest number of languages (according to Ethnologue, around 830). London is reputedly home to several hundred languages.

Recent research, including that by MERCATOR (The Fryske Akademy, The Netherlands) an independent European Research Centre for Multilingualism, has begun to acknowledge multilingual communication as a norm worldwide, with an increasing amount of research being focused on the complexities underlying multilingualism in individual, developmental, and societal perspectives. With this proposal, which is a joint enterprise of MERCATOR, the School of Oriential and Asian Studies (University of London), the ICA-affiliated International Association of Language and Social Psychology, and the ICA Intergroup Communication Interest Group, we aim to explore some of these recent trends from an interdisciplinary perspective with insights from sociolinguistics, sociology, social psychology and communication theory. Prominent researchers* in these different fields will be invited over the course of the day from the UK, Europe and elsewhere to not only present their own work, but also to be part of a roundtable at the end of the day that aims to begin the process of integrating interdisciplinary insights towards a testable model of multilingual communication.

*Cor van der Meer & Reinier Salverda (Netherlands), Francois Grin (Switzerland), Jean Marc Dewale (UK), Lid King & Dina Mehmedbegovic (UK), Li Wei (UK), Rupert Brown (UK), Anne Pauwels (UK), & Howard Giles (USA) & Itesh Sachdev (UK)

Estimated Attendance



There has recently been an exponential increase in daily multilingual contacts in urban environments around the world; London is home to serveral hundred languages. Prominent researchers in this field will not only present their own work, but also roundtable with a view to crafting a testable interdisciplinary model of multilingual communication


SOAS, University of London, the location for this Preconference, was founded in 1916 and is based in central London. It has an unparalleled history in offering the highest quality resources, knowledge and research in the widest range of cultures and languages of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, covering not only the languages, but also their literatures, arts, cultures, societies, histories, religions and legal systems. SOAS has a long history of responding to the needs of individuals, commerce, industry, government, non-government and other public organisations (including EU and other international organisations).

Additional Information

The Program is of confirmed speakers and draft program is:

8.15 – 9.00 am Registration
9.00 – 9. 15 am Introduction and Welcome
9.15 – 10.00 am Europe & Multilingualism (provisional title)
Cor van der Meer & Reinier Salverda
MERCATOR, Fryske Akademy, The Netherlands

10.00 – 10.45 am Economics of Multilingual Communication (provisional title)
François Grin
Université de Genève, Switzerland

10.45 – 11.15 am Tea/Coffee/Refreshments
11.15 – 12 noon Gender & Multilingual Communication (provisional title)
Anne Pauwels
(School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, UK

12 noon – 12.45 pm Communicating emotions in multiple languages
Jean Marc Dewaele
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

12.45 – 2 pm Lunch
2 – 2.45 pm Multilingual diversity in London (provisional)
Lid King & Dina Mehmedbegovic
The Languages Company, UK; & Institute of Education, University of London, UK

2.45 – 3.30 pm Diasporas: Multilingual and intercultural communication across time and space
Li Wei
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

3.30 – 4 pm Tea/coffee/refreshments
4 – 4.45 pm Acculturation (provisional title)
Rupert Brown
University of Sussex, UK

4.45 – 5.30 pm Round Table: Modelling Multilingual & Multicultural Communication
Chairs: Howard Giles & Itesh Sachdev
UCSB, USA; & SOAS, University of London, UK

5.30pm Reception

Howard Giles,; U of California – Santa Barbara (Session Organizer)
Please register at:

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Dear Colleagues
I just wanted to draw you attention to a new book edited by Howard Giles and myself that recognises the scholarly contribution of Emeritus Professor Cindy Gallois to the field of language attitudes. As many of you will know, Cindy was an IALSP past President and in 2012 the Association recognised her support of IALSP and her academic achievements by awarding her the title of IALSP Fellow. Please see promotional flyer for more about the book and its contents
Best wishes
IALSP President

social meaning of language flyer