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Conference Programme

Keynote Speakers

Michael Harris Bond, Keynote Speaker

Keynote | Getting to grips with the “culture thing”: One pilgrim’s halting progress in social psychology

Michael Harris Bond, Chair Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Business, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Michael Harris Bond received his Bachelor's honours degree from the University of Toronto in 1966 and a Ph.D. in social-personality psychology from Stanford University in 1970. His fundamental interest is in figuring out why we do what we do when and where we do it, and what are the long-term consequences of our actions. Bond has written on cultural differences in cognition, emotions, and behavior, most recently as co-author of Understanding Social Psychology across Cultures (Sage, 2013). At this late stage of his life, Bond aspires to continue swimming gracefully, eating judiciously, photographing truthfully, teaching effectively, writing clearly, and discovering the humor and the pathos hidden within our everyday moments.

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Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Keynote

Keynote | Formatting (small) stories on social media: A discourse analysis of platformed storytelling

Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Professor of Discourse Analysis & Sociolinguistics, King's College London

Alex Georgakopoulou is Professor of Discourse Analysis & Sociolinguistics at King’s College London. She has developed small stories research, a paradigm for studying identities in everyday life stories. Her latest publications include: ‘Quantified storytelling: A narrative analysis of metrics on social media’ (with Stefan Iversen& Carsten Stage, 2020, Palgrave) and ‘The Cambridge Handbook of Discourse Studies’ (co-edited with Anna De Fina, 2020, CUP).

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Trevor Grimshaw, Keynote

Keynote | The ‘Horse’s Mouth’ and other fallacies: Insights from supervision and examining in the fields of language education and intercultural communication

Trevor Grimshaw, Associate Professor in International Language Education, Language and Educational Practices (LEP) Research Cluster, University of Bath

Trevor has worked for 35 years in the fields of English language education and intercultural learning, as a teacher, teacher educator, translator, lecturer, programme director, researcher and consultant in various countries. He established the MA TESOL at the University of Bath in 2007 and currently directs the MA in English as a Medium of Instruction (MA EMI) there. He spent several years working on British Council projects in China and Indonesia, from which he developed a continuing interest in the Asia Pacific region. He uses several languages in his personal and professional life. 

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Daniel Z. Kadar, Keynote speaker

Keynote | Cross-cultural politeness research – new research vistas

Dániel Z. Kádár (D.Litt, FHEA, PhD), Chair Professor, Doctoral Supervisor and Director of Center of Pragmatics Research, Dalian University of Foreign Languages, China; Research Professor and Chair of Hungarian Academy of Sciences Research Group, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungary

Daniel Z. Kadar (D.Litt, FHEA, PhD) is Chair Professor, Doctoral Supervisor and Director of Center of Pragmatics Research at the Dalian University of Foreign Languages, China. He is also a Research Professor and Chair of Hungarian Academy of Sciences Research Group at the Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungary. Daniel spent many years in China, he has a Japanese family and a global work experience, and he is currently ‘commuting’ between China and his native Hungary. Because of this, he is fascinated by intercultural communication. He is currently working on cross-cultural pragmatic research by means of which intercultural encounters can be analysed in a strictly linguistics-anchored fashion. He is author of 25 books published by leading academic publishers, and many research papers published in international journals. His most recent books include Intercultural Politeness: Managing Relationships across Cultures (with Helen Spencer-Oatey, Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Cross-Cultural Pragmatics (with Juliane House, Cambridge University Press, 2021). He is Co-Editor of Contrastive Pragmatics: A Cross-Disciplinary Journal (

Conference Opening

Ema Ushioda, Opening Talk

Ema Ushioda, Professor and Head of Department, Department of Applied Linguistics, Warwick University

I have been working in language education and language teacher education since 1982, and have taught in Japan, Ireland and the UK. I obtained my PhD in 1996 from Trinity College, Dublin, where I also coordinated a research-and-development project to set up institution-wide language programmes, and then pursued postdoctoral research funded by Atlantic Philanthropies to promote language learner autonomy in Irish secondary schools. This project involved designing and evaluating a version of the Council of Europe's European Language Portfolio. I moved to Warwick in 2002 where I have been teaching primarily on our MA and PhD courses. I became Director of Graduate Studies in 2013, before taking up the role of Head of Department in September 2018.

As a person of Japanese heritage born and raised in Ireland, I have had a longstanding interest in language, culture and identity, particularly in motivational perspectives on engaging with different languages and cultures. Much of my research revolves around issues of motivation and autonomy in language learning and their implications for classroom practice and teacher education. My preference is for qualitative methods of inquiry.

Workshop Speakers

Daniel Dauber, Speaker

Workshop | Getting 💩 done: Workflows to enhance your productivity and time management

Daniel Dauber, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, Warwick University

After finishing the doctoral program at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Daniel Dauber recently has become a faculty member of the Centre for Applied Linguistics at University of Warwick. He finished his doctoral thesis 'Hybridization in Mergers and Acquisitions' in January 2011, where he investigated into the process of blending organisational cultures. Since October 2009 he is Executive Editor of the European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (EJCCM).

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Christina Efthymiadou, Speaker

Workshop | Getting a job in academia: Reflections on my professional journey

Christina Efthymiadou, Lecturer in International Management, Bristol Business School, UWE

Dr Christina Efthymiadou is a Lecturer in International Management at Bristol Business School. Her PhD in Intercultural Communication (Warwick University) investigated the discursive construction of trust in cross-border business partnerships in the Greco-Turkish context. The project adopted an ethnographic approach and included 56 hours of in-depth semi-structured ethnographic interviews with business partners and audio and video recordings of natural interaction including formal meetings, dinners, visits and everyday talk. Christina has extensive research experience in European funded projects in the fields of migration, education and gender studies. Her primary research interests include workplace discourse, intercultural communication and education, identity and trust.

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Kieran File, Speaker

Workshop | Applying linguistics: Conceptualising your impact

Kieran File, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, Warwick University

Dr Kieran File is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at The University of Warwick and chair of the Sports Communication and Culture Research Collective. His research explores issues related to language use in professional and competitive sporting contexts. Kieran’s current research interests are in the areas of team communication in professional sporting contexts and the issues professional sports managers and coaches have when speaking to the media. Kieran also applies his research to help sports teams, coaches and other professional sporting stakeholders consider how they can use language in the media to manage their impressions or how they can use language as a high-performance tool in their sporting context. He has worked with a number of professional clubs and national sports teams and athletes.

Tony Liddicoat, Speaker

Workshop | Publishing journal articles

Tony Liddicoat, Professor and Director of Research, Department of Applied Linguistics, Warwick University

My research spans a number of areas of applied linguistics including language education, language policy and planning and discourse analysis. Much of my work has focused on the relationship between intercultural understanding and language teaching and learning and the ways that learning a foreign language can promote intercultural capabilities. I am especially interested in understanding how classroom practices that look at the interrelationships between language and culture in the processes of making, communicating and interpreting meanings can enhance language education. I am also interested in how societies and institutions plan language education and what the consequences of this are teachers, students and the society at large.

My educational background is in descriptive and applied linguistics and I completed my PhD in Norman French dialects in the Department of French at the University of Melbourne. Since then the focus of my work has mainly been in applied linguistics. Before coming to the University of Warwick in 2016, I worked at a number of universities in Australia teaching in both linguistics and applied linguistics. In 1999, I was one of the founding editors of the journal Current Issues in Language Planning, and since 2014 I have been the Executive Editor.

Sol Wolfers-Pommerenke, Speaker

Workshop | Doing public talks and academic conferences: Some experiences and useful advice

Sol Wolfers-Pommerenke, Research Associate, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

From 2017 to 2021 Sol conducted her PhD studies in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. In her project she explored the discursive negotiation of team cohesion as an interactional process among members of a professional football team. She currently works as a research fellow at the Institute of English Studies at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Sol’s research interests include interactional sociolinguistics, team cohesion, gender relations, leadership practices, the multiple uses and functions of humour, and the discursive processes involved in identity construction. She has attended multiple conferences, given workshops and spoken on panels – absolutely loving the scholarly exchange.


Workshop | How can we build rapport and trust in a virtual and multicultural team?

Seiji Nakano and Gabriela Weglowska, WorldWork, Learning for Global Success

Seiji Nakano is a Director at WorldWork Ltd, digital learning specialist, intercultural trainer and IT entrepreneur with a focus on seeking a better way to connect people, cultures and technologies. After living outside of Japan for 10 years and obtaining an MA in Intercultural Communication, he decided to experiment, becoming a Japanese salaryman himself in order to observe and analyse the deeply rooted distinctive culture. Seiji has worked as IT consultant, HR Manager and now designs and develops solutions for international competencies and global leadership, as well as coaches and trains individuals in diverse fields.


Gabriela Weglowska is a learning & development professional with a focus on intercultural competence training, consulting and coaching. She designs learning with neuroscience in mind, develops solutions for global clients and coaches new interculturalists in their career development. She holds an MA in Intercultural Business Communication and a CIPD diploma in Learning & Development. She currently works at WorldWork Ltd as Learning Solutions Designer & Marketing Executive, and serves on the SIETAR UK Board as Professional Development Director.

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