Intercultural dialogue: the way forward

Date: 11 April, 2008 - 12 April, 2008
Location: at-Bristol, Bristol, UK
Event type: Conference

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This two day conference reconsiders learning, teaching and research in the field of intercultural dialogue from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives. The first day will have a teacher/ practitioner focus, whilst the second day will be more focused on current research. We aim to enhance exchange of ideas and there will be a lot of crossover between the two days.

This event is a partnership between the subject centre, The Centre for Intercultural Communication (CICC), University of the West of England and Bristol City Council.

The conference will interest:

  • Researchers and practitioners interested in the fields of intercultural communication, multiculturalism or community cohesion.
  • Practitioners working in local communities, especially those working with minority ethnic groups.
  • Practitioners working in Continuing Education, Widening Participation and Community Outreach.
  • Policy makers and NGOs
  • Students

Audio Broadcast

Items from the conference were broadcast on the radio and online by Bristol community 93.2fm and the conference was also be available live online at Radio Salaam Shalom

Recordings from Radio Salaam Shalom can be found on titled 'Intercultural Dialogue'.

Conference fee

There is no charge for the conference, but delegates must arrange their own accommodation, evening meal and breakfast if required.


To register for this event, please download and complete the registration form. Please return the completed form to Please note that there is a charge for late cancellations received after the 8th April.

Programme for 11 April 2008
Time Session
09.00 - 09.45 Registration (Teas/Coffees served)
09.45 - 09.55 Welcome by Cllr Helen Holland, Leader of Bristol City Council
09.55 - 10.05 Centre for Intercultural Communication (CICC)
George Mann, Director CICC UWE
10.05 - 10.15 Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
John Canning
10.15 - 11.00 Reparation for the Past and Preparation for the Future: Community Cohesion and a World City
Richard Ennals, Centre for Working Life Research, Kingston University
11.00 - 11.15 Break
11.15 - 11.45 UK National Occupational Standards in Intercultural Working
John O’Regan, Oxford Brookes University
11.45 - 12.15 Intercultural Dialogue in a European Context
John MacDonald, Spokesperson for EU Commissioner Jan Figel
12.15 - 12.45 Voice In Search of an Echo: Youth's Need for a Conversational Curriculum
Saville Kushner, University of the West of England
12.45 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 14.15 Repositioning TESOL: Intercultural Communication and Multicultural Awareness Possibilities
Richard Fay, University of Manchester
14.15 - 14.45 Intercultural Dialogue as praxis
Nick Clough, University of the West of England
14.45 - 15.15 Intercultural communication at UWE
Alan Bensted, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of the West of England
15.15 - 15.30 Break

15.30 - 16.15


16.15 - 17.00

Parallel sessions: Each workshop will run twice

Workshop 1: New technologies and intercultural dialogue
Facilitators: Madeleine Probst (Watershed). Noel Goodwin (Media Engagement, Worker Connexions); Lashana C Keen (Chew TV)

Workshop 2: Engaging young people in participative democracy and active citizenship
Facilitators: Christopher Herriot, South West International Youth Partnership and Samantha Seddon, South West European Local Authority Network

Workshop 3: Higher Education and Global Citizenship
Facilitators: Christien Van Den Anker and Marie-Annick Gournet, University of the West of England

Workshop 4: The role of local authorities and other stakeholders in international development projects
Facilitator: Jake Allen (CLGF)

Workshop 5: Community Radio and Community Cohesion
Facilitator: Phil Gibbons, Director, Bristol Community Radio 93.2 fm

17.00 - 17.30 Discussion and Summary
18.15 Reception to launch the Abolition 200 Legacy Commission at Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery, Edwardian Baroque building in Queen's Road


Programme for 12 April 2008
Time Session
09.00 Coffee - (Further registration if necessary)
09.15 - 09.30 Opening of the session
Jo Angouri, UWE
09.30 - 10.30 Beyond the monocultural workplace: researching across cultures
Meredith Marra, Victoria University of Wellington
10.30 - 11.30 The intercultural imperative in healthcare delivery
Srikant Sarangi, University of Cardiff
11.30 Tea and Coffee break
11.45 - 12.45 ‘Culture’ in intercultural first contact situations
Bernd Müller-Jacquier, University of Bayreuth
12.45 Lunch
13.45 - 14.45 Self-assessment/ evaluation – autobiography of intercultural encounters
Mike Byram, University of Durham
14.45 - 16.00

Panel Discussion: How can local authorities and other stakeholders make intercultural dialogue a reality?

Chair: Cllr Peter Hammond, Deputy Leader Bristol City Council
Mike Byram (University of Durham)
Charles Landry (The Intercultural City)
Srikant Sarangi (Cardiff University)
Paul Barnett, Head of Cultural Services, Bristol City Council
Gillian Douglas, Equalities Manager, Bristol City Council
Mohammed el Sharif – Sudan Radio and presenter of the Sudanese show on Bristol Community Radio 93.2 fm
Kyle Hannan, Station Manager of Radio Salaam Shalom

16.00 Saville Kushner (summarising)
16.15 End of conference