NIC Conference 2023: Intercultural Communication with a Focus on Languages, Narratives and Translation

The Nordic Network for Intercultural Communication organizes every year a conference in one of the Nordic countries. In 2023, this conference will take place in Sweden, 23-25 November. It is hosted by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Learning at Dalarna University in the city of Falun.

Call for Papers

The theme of the 2023 conference will have a focus on how language plays a role in communication between cultures. We welcome papers on topics including, but by no means limited to:

  • The role of language in intercultural communication
  • Intercultural communication in digital space
  • Intercultural communication in workplace/education
  • Research methods in intercultural communication
  • Multimodal intercultural communication
  • Plurilingualism and pluricultural competence
  • Language policy
  • Language and identity
  • Literatures of migration and diaspora
  • Translation of culture
  • Intercultural mediation and reception of narratives
  • Intercultural understanding through narratives

In addition to the suggested topics above, papers on any topics concerned with intercultural communication are welcome. It is our aim that, besides the main focus on language, a substantial part of the conference should reflect other aspects of the field of intercultural studies in general.

Contributions by senior as well as young scholars, doctoral students as well as practitioners, which can offer new insights into the various aspects of cultural encounters, are very much encouraged.

We invite proposals of individual papers as well as of pre-organized panels. All presentations should be in English and should be offered face to face. (No online alternatives are planned.) Note that all personal information will be removed before the peer-review, so authors should ensure that their names are not mentioned in the abstracts.

Individual papers

Individual papers will be organized in sections of 90 minutes, including three papers. Each paper will receive 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. The proposal should be submitted in a single Word document and should include:

  • The title of the paper.
  • Name, email address, and affiliation (if applicable) of the author/authors.
  • An abstract of fewer than 350 words.

Complete panels

A panel should consist of three or four papers and should be led by a discussant. Each paper should be offered 15-20 minutes and the panel should be planned to have sufficient time for discussion. Typically, a panel section will receive 90 minutes, but if more time is needed, this should be specified in the proposal. The proposal for the whole panel should be submitted by the main contact person for the panel. It should be written in a single Word document and should include:

  • The title of the panel.
  • The names of the participants and the discussant, their email addresses, and affiliations.
  • A short abstract for the whole panel of fewer than 250 words, and abstracts for each of the included papers, each of fewer than 350 words.


Please send proposals to:, with the subject line: NIC 2023 Proposal. The deadline for submission is August 20, 2023.

Keynote Speakers

To be confirmed.


  • February 2023 - Call for papers published.
  • May 2023 - Keynote speakers confirmed.
  • August 20, 2023 - Deadline for submitting proposals.
  • End of September 2023 - Results of the peer-review are communicated.
  • October 2023 - Early bird registration.
  • Early November 2023 - Final program.
  • November 23-25, 2023 - Conference takes place.

Fees and Registration

More information to come.

Members of the Conference Committee

  • Herbert Jonsson, associate professor of Japanese
  • Mariya Aida Niendorf, assistant professor of Japanese
  • Mattias Aronsson, associate professor of French
  • Lovisa Berg, assistant professor of Arabic
  • Chatarina Edfeldt, assistant professor of Portuguese
  • Hiroko Inose, assistant professor of Japanese
  • Irina Karlsohn, assistant professor of Russian
  • André Leblanc, assistant professor of French

Practical Information


The conference will take place in the main building called “Hyttan” at campus Lugnet in Falun (Google Maps). You find information about the campus area and a map of the building here at the Contact and Visit Us webpage.


In the university’s buildings, the Internet can be accessed through Eduroam.


Most visitors coming to the university stay at Scandic Lugnet Falun. This hotel is situated in the very vicinity of the university. It is slightly more expensive than other hotels in the city.

The three remaining hotels in the city are all situated close to the train station. From there, it is about 20 minutes’ walk uphill to the university campus. These hotels are:

In addition, a few cheaper bed-and-breakfast options may also be available.


By train, you can go directly to Falun from Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The trains depart from Arlanda SkyCity. It takes slightly more than two hours with a direct connection. Train tickets are booked at

Several buses are available from central Falun to the university. From the train station, you can take the bus 153, direction Lugnet, and go off at the bus stop Högskolan Svärdsjögatan. From the central bus terminal, a few minutes’ walk from the train station, most buses going northward stop at Manhemsvägen, a bus stop very close to the university. Timetables and other information (unfortunately mostly in Swedish) are available at Tickets can be paid in the bus with credit cards, or in the bus company’s smartphone app. Cash payments are not accepted.

By car, Falun can be reached via the E16 road, which connects westward to Oslo and eastward to Gävle, from where the E4 road connects to northern and southern Sweden. Oslo can be reached in less than six hours and Stockholm in about three hours. The E16 road passes in front of the university campus.


Although a member of the EU, Sweden’s official currency is still SEK (Swedish krona). Common credit and bank cards are accepted for most payments. Cash is almost never used.

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