november, 2022

24nov(nov 24)09:0026(nov 26)17:00Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference 202209:00 - 17:00 (26) Veröld - House of Vigdís Event Organized By: Vigdís Institute and International Centre Event Type :Conference

Event Details

About the Conference

About the Conference

Conference: Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference 2022: Changing regional identities and intercultural communication

Date: 24-26 November 2022

Venue: Veröld – House of Vigdís, University of Iceland

Potential themes could include:

  1. A geographically growing and/or changing Nordic region
  2. Mobility and cultural encounters within the Nordic countries
  3. Multiple Nordic identities (fx West Nordic, Nordic-British, Nordic Arctic, Nordic-Baltic etc)
  4. Identity politics and discourses about “Norden”, changing power dynamics and political relations
  5. Minority and majority languages in a Nordic context
  6. Communication across the Nordic region, Scandinavian languages and collaborations
  7. Language sustainability
  8. Intercultural communication through literature – including children´s literature

Note that in addition to the eight themes suggested above, any topic dealing with intercultural communication from anywhere in the worlds is welcome. Contributions from seasoned scholars as well as from students and practitioners interested in the various aspects of culture and communication are encouraged.

Complete panel proposals are encouraged, but individual entries are also welcome.

Participants proposing complete panels are invited to submit a joint abstract for the panel (maximum 300 words including panel title) and a title for each talk. Name, position, institution, address and email of the proposed participants needs to be included and please note that all roles should be well defined (for example: speaker, moderator, discussant or similar). Please highlight who is the main contact person for the panel. The information should be submitted in a single Word document.

Participants proposing individual entries are invited to submit an abstract (maximum 300 words including title), as well as name, position, institution, address and email. The information should be submitted in a single Word document.

Please mail to:, with the subject line: NIC Proposal


The conference is held as part of the network Nordic Intercultural Communication (NIC)

Members of the Conference Committee:

  • Ann-Sofie Gremaud, Assistant Professor in Danish at the University of Iceland –
  • Auður Hauksdóttir, Professor in Danish at the University of Iceland –
  • Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir, Associate Professor in British Literature at the University of Iceland –
  • Kristín Ingvarsdóttir, Assistant Professor in Japanese at the University of Iceland –
Important Dates
Important dates

26 October 2022         Deadline for abstract submission (Please mail to:, with the subject line: NIC Proposal)

October, date to be confirmed        Draft Program

November, date to be confirmed         Final Program / Practical Details

24-26 November 2022      Conference Dates

Fees and Registration

Fees and Registration

All participants must pay the conference fee ahead of the first conference day, which is November 24, 2022.

We recommend that participants confirm their participation by paying the conference fee as soon as possible, after the proposal has been accepted.

  • The early bird fee is 27,000 ISK (ca 190 EUR) if you pay before end of Monday, October 24
  • The conference fee will be 31,000 ISK (ca 220 EUR) for late payments, that is payments conducted after October 24
  • The student fee (Master and Ph.D. students) is 18,000 ISK (ca 130 EUR)

If you need a formal receipt for your payment, please contact

In case you need to cancel your participation, a 70% refund can be provided until November 1st. After that the fee will become non-refundable.

Note that participants from the University of Iceland, who want to pay the conference fee via their research accounts, should write to to complete the payment (rather than paying through the online payment link).

Note that some refreshments will be covered by the conference fee. More practical information regarding the program will be provided during September and October.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Halldór Guðmundsson

Writer, publisher, cultural manager

Halldór Guðmundsson was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1956, brought up in Germany and studied in Denmark. He has worked as a publisher for Mál og menning, at that time Iceland’s largest publisher, written several books, the most well-known being a biography of the Icelandic Nobel prize laureate, Halldór Laxness, and been CEO of Harpa, the concert hall and conference center in Reykjavík. He has been the project manager for a Guest of Honour country at the Frankfurt book-fair twice; Iceland (2011) and Norway (2019).

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Jens Allwood, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus and NIC network representative

Jens Allwood’s research mainly comprises research in the areas of semantics and pragmatics. Mostly this research has been focussed on interaction in spoken language including psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic aspects. At present he is heading projects focussed on semantics for spoken language activity-based communication analysis, cultural variation in communication and the visualization of complex information. Recent projects include: Deep Lexical Concept Analysis, Activity Based Variation in Spoken Language (financed by RJ – Riksbankens Jubileumsfond), Trust as Resource in Striving for Rationality (in cooperation with the dept. of Business Administration, financed by RJ), Intelligent Instruments for Information Processing (in cooperation with the dept. of Informatics, financed by NUTEK), Cultural Models of Conflict Handling – an intercultural and interdisciplinary study of Malaysia (in cooperation with Malaysian scholars, financed by SAREC), Information Visualization and Exploration Support, IVES, financed by NUTEK and placed at SSKKII – an interdisciplinary center for studies of cognition.

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Lesley Riddoch, Ph.D.

Award-winning broadcaster & lover of all things Nordic

Lesley has been Director of Nordic Horizons since 2010 – a policy group which exchanges expertise between the Nordic nations and Scotland. Nordic Horizons arranged large scale events like the Arctic Fringe, which preceded the formal Arctic Forum in Edinburgh in 2017. In 2015 she launched the Nordic House exhibition of Arctic landscape art and photographs which toured Scotland for four years and completed a PhD supervised by Oslo and Strathclyde Universities in December 2019, producing a book on the same subject published in August 2020; Huts, a place beyond. Lesley Riddoch is also one of Scotland’s best-known commentators and broadcasters. She is well known for broadcasting with programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she won two Sony speech broadcaster awards.

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Instructions for presenters

Regular panel sessions are 90 minutes (except for panel 1 and 2 on Thu which last 120 minutes). Panelists have approximately 20 minutes for their presentations. The Moderator is responsible for keeping each presenter, and the overall panel, within the specified timeframe. Questions and comments from the audience are welcome. Hence, it is important to leave sufficient time for discussion, between or after the presentations. The panel Moderator is responsible for finishing the session on time.

It is important that presenters bring their slides/PPTs on a memory stick, or alternatively have them easily available by other means. Presenters are encouraged to use the coffee break before their session to get slides ready so that all panels can start on time.

Practical Information


The conference will be held in Veröld – hús Vigdísar • Brynjólfsgata 1 (corner with Suðurgata) • 107 Reykjavík
Coordinates: 64.140001, -21.952594 or 64°08’24.0″N 21°57’09.3″W.  This is in walking distance from many hotels and accommodation options in downtown and west Reykjavík.

Closest bus-stops are Háskólabíó, Hótel Saga and, somewhat further away, Háskóli Íslands or Hagatorg.
The Building is connected with the main buildings of the university campus via a tunnel to the Háskólatorg building.


Tourism in Iceland has grown immensely and moderately-priced lodging is quick to fill up. We encourage conference participants to book accommodation as early as possible to avoid high prices and limited availability. Websites such as and will provide information about a range of accommodation possibilities. For more information about hotels and other types of lodging in Reykjavik, see HERE.


Keflavík International Airport (KEF), the main airport in Iceland, is located 40 kilometers from Reykjavík, the capital city. Over 20 airlines offer flights to and from Iceland through the airport. For information about flights to Iceland, see HERE.

Transportation to Reykjavík from the airport is available by bus, Flybus or taxi, see HERE

The only public transportation in Reykjavík is the bus system, commonly called Stræto. See their website for information about fares, timetable, and a route planner, HERE.

The two main taxi companies in Reykjavík are Hreyfill, tel. +354 588 55 22 see HERE and Taxi BSR, tel. +354- 56 10000, see HERE. When calling for a taxi you can expect it to arrive within 10 minutes.

For a map of the University of Iceland see HERE.


The Internet can be accessed through Eduroam on the University premises.


The official currency in Iceland is ISK (Icelandic krona). Recognised credit/debit cards are accepted in all restaurants, shops, hotels and cash machines. For the official exchange rate of ISK towards major currencies, see HERE.


The native language in Iceland is Icelandic, but English is widely used.


24 (Thursday) 09:00 - 26 (Saturday) 17:00


Veröld - House of Vigdís


Vigdís Institute and International Centre