HISTORY OF THE IAICS

The International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS) originated from a series of Asian-American conferences run by the late Dr. John Koo at the University of Alaska and Arizona State University. In 1985, the first international conference on “Cross-Cultural Communication: East and West” was held in Seoul, Korea. The group met every two years, alternating between North America and Asia. Asian conferences were held in Harbin (China), Tainan (Taiwan), and Hong Kong (China). In North America the conferences were held in San Antonio (Texas), Tempe (Arizona), and Louisville (Kentucky). Since 2003, the conference has been held on an annual basis.

The following is the list of the conferences sponsored by the association:

  • Sejong Hotel, Seoul, Korea. 1985
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, USA. 1989
  • Chung King University, Tainan, Taiwan. 1991
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, USA. 1993
  • Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. 1995
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA. 1997
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. 1999
  • Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. 2001
  • California State University at Fullerton, USA. 2003
  • Universidad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. 2004
  • Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan. 2005
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, USA. 2006
  • Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. 2007
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. 2008
  • Kumamoto Gakuen University, Kumamoto, Japan, 2009
  • South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. 2010
  • Universidad Intercultural De Chiapas, Chiapas, Mexico. 2011
  • Yuan Ze University, Chung-Li, Taiwan. 2012
  • Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia. 2013
  • University of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. 2014
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 2015
  • Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China, 2016
  • Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao, 2017
  • Depaul University, Chicago, USA, 2018
  • Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, 2019
  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education and University of Louisville, Manipal, India, 2020

The goals of the conference are:

  • To bring together international educators and scholars to share ideas and experiences from diverse interdisciplinary perspectives on communication across cultures.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of scholarly research on issues relating to communication across language and culture.
  • To disseminate through monographs, journals and websites recent research and thinking on emerging issues relating to language and culture.
  • To bring different academic disciplines together to share theoretical insights and findings about communication across cultures.

In 1991, the conference changed its focus in several ways. It created an organization known as the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS) that is housed with the Intercultural Studies Institute at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. It also established its own journal of Intercultural Communication Studies (ICS) with Bates L. Hoffer (Trinity University) as its General Editor. The home base of IAICS and its journal ICS moved to the University of Louisville in 2007, with Robert N. St. Clair continuing as Executive Director and Margaret D’Silva becoming General Editor. IAICS was moved to the University of Rhode Island in 2008, with Guo-Ming Chen as Executive Director and Margaret D’Silva as General editor. Currently, Guo-Ming Chen (University of Rhode Island), L. Brooks Hill (Trinity University), Nobuyuki Honna (Aoyama University, Japan), and Robert N. St. Clair (University of Louisville) are the other members of that editorial team. In addition to creating an organization, the conference shifted its focus towards interdisciplinary models of communication across languages and cultures.


LEADERSHIP

IAICS Board of Directors

  • Sarah Corona Berkin, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Margaret D’Silva, University of Louisville, USA
  • Salma Ghanem, DePaul University, USA
  • Song Li, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • Joanna Radwanska-Williams, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao, China
  • Yuko Takeshita, Toyo Eiwa University, Japan
  • Doreen Wu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
  • Kenneth C. C. Yang, University of Texas at El Paso, USA

Officers of IAICS

  • President: Margaret U. D’Silva, University of Louisville, USA (2019-2021)
  • Executive Director: Keith Lloyd, Kent State University at Stark, USA
  • Secretary: Priscilla L. Young, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Treasurer: Kenneth C. C. Yang, Univeristy of Texas at El Paso, USA
  • ICS General Editor: Joanna Radwanska-Williams, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao, China

Past Presidents

  • Robert W. Vaagan, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway (2017-2019)
  • Guo-Ming Chen, University of Rhode Island, USA (2015-2017)
  • Robert N. St. Clair, University of Louisville, USA(2013-2015)
  • SONG Li, Harbin Institute of Technology, China (2011-2013)
  • L. Brooks Hill, Trinity University, USA (2009-2011)
  • Nobuyuki Honna, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan (2007-2009)
  • Bates L. Hoffer, Trinity University, USA (2005-2007)
  • JIA Yuxin, Harbin Institute of Technology, China (2003-2005)
  • D. Ray Heisey, Kent State University, USA (2001-2003)
  • Masanori Higa, Ryukoku University, Japan (1999-2001)
  • L. Brooks Hill, Trinity University, USA (1995-1999)

International Advisory Board

  • Ran An, South China University of Technology, China
  • Maria Lebdko, Far Eastern Federal University, Russia
  • Zi-yu Lin, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao, China
  • Changyuan Liu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • Norbert Mundorf, University of Rhode Island, USA
  • Youzhong Sun, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
  • Svetlana Ter-Minasova, Moscow State University, Russia
  • Lin-Wen Wang, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan
  • Judy Yoneoka, Kumamoto Gakuen University, Japan

CONSTITUTION