Department of Culture and Learning

NIC Conference: 2018

NIC konference 2018

Multiple Belongings and 21st Century Intercultural Communication


Note: New registration deadline 22nd October 2018


25th Nordic Intercultural Communication (NIC) Conference,

29 November – 1 December, 2018,

Copenhagen, Denmark

Aalborg University, Campus Copenhagen welcomes you all to the 25th Nordic Intercultural Communication conference on November 29 - December 1, 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This year’s conference bases its critical perspective on intercultural communication on the themes decolonization, cultural identities, and multiple belongings and capabilities for the 21st century.

Belongings, migrations and issues of diaspora have been a tenet and condition of human societies throughout history. At present, discourses and narratives of difference are connected with concerns for loss of identity, power and dignity. Current constructions of difference as they connect to notions of nation, migration, relocation, and diaspora are inflected with the residue of post- and decolonial processes and conditions as European colonial practices have left their imprint in material and immaterial, implicit and explicit forms.


The 25th NIC conference, organized by the Center For Social Exclusion and Learning (SEAL), at Aalborg University, aims to address such historical legacies as they remain present in our day-to-day experience and practices. Further, we seek to understand the import and influence of decolonialization and multiple belongings in current communication practices, as well as how these pertain to and inform capabilities for the 21st century. How can we conceptualize communication in relation to multiple belongings? Who has the authority to define and delimit culture, difference, and belonging? Who is allowed to speak for or represent culture, groups, identities?

Further, we will integrate areas of the arts, music and other potential sites as part of the conference as these reflect shared social and cultural understandings, trends and histories as well as illustrate different collaborations and interminglings across differences in a broad range of fields and contexts. It is our hope that bringing some less traditional elements into the concept of the conference, may help widen the framework for understanding the role of difference.