Program of the International Conference:
"Paradigms of Teaching Intercultural Communication at Russian Universities"
Volgograd State Pedagogical University, December, 3-4, 2004


December, 3, Friday

9.30-10.00 Registration of the participants.

10.00-13.30 Session 1. Opening of the Conference. Contemporary Approaches to the Teaching of Intercultural Communication.

Greetings from Valery Danilchuk, Rector of Volgograd State Pedagogical University, Professor Dr., Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Education.

Roth, Juliana, Ph. D., Associate Professor of the Institute of Intercultural Communication, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. "Anthropological Paradigms in the Teaching of Intercultural Communication"

Leontovich, Olga, Professor of the Department of English Philology, Volgograd State Pedagogical University. Presentation of the VSPU Center of Communication Studies.

Ufimtseva, Natalya, Professor, Chair of the Psycholinguistics Department, Moscow State Linguistic University, Leading Researcher of the Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Science. "Intercultural Communication and Linguistic Consciousness."

Popkov, Vyacheslav, Professor of the Department of Philosophy and Sociology, Kaluga State University. "Intercultural Communication: Problems of Defining the Content and the Subject of the Discipline."

Lebedeva, Nadezhda, Professor, Chair of the Department of Ethnosociology and Ethnopsycology, Ethnology and Anthropology Institute of the Russian Academy of Science. "Socio-Psychological Research and the Training in Intercultural Interaction."

13.30-15.00 Lunch break. Exhibition of books on Intercultural Communication.

15.00-18.00 Session 2. Contemporary Approaches to the Teaching of Intercultural Communication (continued)

Grischaewa, Ludmila, Professor of the Department of German Philology, Voronezh State University. "Intercultural Communication Theory as a Scholarly and Academic Discipline."

Bergelson, Mira, Associate Professor of the Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, School of Foreign Languages, Moscow State University, Director of the Russian-American Educational Program. "Methods of Teaching and Research of Intercultural Communication Theory."

Shakhovsky, Viktor, Professor, Chair of Linguistics, Volgograd State Pedagogical University. "The Teaching of the Linguistic Culture of Emotions."

Donets, Pavel, Associate Professor of the Department of German Philology, Kharkov National University, Ukraine. Interdisciplinary Character of Intercultural Communication as a Barrier and a Challenge.

Kulikova, Ludmila, Associate Professor, Chair of Second Foreign Languages Department, Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University. "Three years with Munich University: Experience of Teaching and Research of Intercultural Communication."

Zubkova, Yana, Associate Professor of German Philology Department, Volgograd State Pedagogical University, Vorobyeva Elena, Post-Graduate Student, Department of English Philology, Volgograd State Pedagogical University. "The Experience of Participation in the International project: Development and Testing of Programs of Intercultural Education at Russian Universities."

December 4, Saturday

12.00–13.30 Session 3. Theoretical Issues of Intercultural Communication

Makarov, Mikhail, Professor, Dean, School of Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication, Chair of the Department of Language Theory and Intercultural Communication, Tver State University. "Back to the Future: Word about “the Strong Hand."

Sheigal, Elena, Professor of the Linguistics Department, Volgograd State Pedagogical University. "Political Discourse in the Aspect of Intercultural Communication."

Karasik, Vladimir, Professor, Chair of the English Philology Department, Volgograd State Pedagogical University. "Ethnocultural Strategies of Communication."

15.00–16.30 Session 3. Theoretical Issues of Intercultural Communication (continued)

Suprun, Vasiliy, Professor, Volgograd State Pedagogical University. "Orthodoxy in the System of Intercultural Communication."

Leontovich, Olga, Professor of the English Philology Department, Head of the Communication Studies Center, Volgograd State Pedagogical University. "The Problem of Retranslation and Adaptation of Cultural Meanings."

17.00 Round Table "The Teaching of Intercultural Communication Today: Exchange of Experience."

Questions for Discussion

  1. The subject of Intercultural Communication as a scholarly and academic discipline, its boundaries and content.
  2. Multidisciplinary character or delimitation?
    • Mutual enrichment, preparation of many-sided competent specialists in the field of Intercultural Communication. The perspective of founding multidisciplinary departments of Intercultural Communication
    • "Delimitation" of Intercultural Communication from closely connected disciplines including Anthropology and Ethnopsychology.
  3. The absence of well prepared specialists and courses of Intercultural Communication.
  4. Standards of teaching Intercultural Communication.
  5. Textbooks and manuals of Intercultural Communication.
  6. The absence of the federal educational standard of Intercultural Communication.
  7. Profanation of research in the field of Intercultural Communication.
  8. The problems of political correctness, dialogues of culture during the process of teaching foreign languages and Russian as a second language.
  9. Eurocentrism of the West, ethnocentrism of the CIS republics and "national" republics of the Russian Federation.
  10. The influence of stereotypes on the result of Intercultural Communication.

18.30 Closing session.