ICIC established a week-long Institute on Contrastive Rhetoric and Written Discourse Analysis in July 2004 followed by the First Conference on Intercultural Rhetoric and Written Discourse Analysis in 2005 on the IUPUI campus. In the first year, the institute attracted 11 international participants and the conference attracted 40 international participants.
The Conference on Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse was established to further research in contrastive/intercultural rhetoric and intercultural discourse, and to create collaborations among leading research universities and organizations. The conference typically attracts more than 100 participants from the U.S and abroad.
The expanding umbrella of intercultural rhetoric comprises studies of cross-cultural text analysis and studies of interactions, in which writers and speakers with a variety of linguistic, cultural and social backgrounds negotiate speaking and writing in a multitude of settings, e.g., classroom, business, industry and health care. Challenges for researchers and teachers are many. This conference seeks to discuss the comprehensiveness of research to study these complex situations, keeping in mind the importance of translating research into practice in ESL, EFL, ESP and ELF settings.
Diane Belcher, Georgia State University: "What We Need and Don’t Need Intercultural Rhetoric for: A Retrospective and Prospective Look at an Evolving Research Area"
Marta Antón, IUPUI
Dwight Atkinson, Purdue University
André Buchenot, IUPUI
Ulla Connor, IUPUI
Viviana Cortes, Georgia State University
Bill Eggington, Brigham Young University
Estela Ene, IUPUI
Miguel Ruiz-Garrido, Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Leena Louhiala-Salminen, Aalto University, Finland
Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University
Thomas Orr, International Consultant
Anita Pandey, Morgan State University
William Rozycki, Aizu University, Japan
Sauli Takala, Finland
Thomas Upton, IUPUI
Xiaojun Zhang, Beihang University, PR China
Zhiqing Hu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, PR China
The conference was also supported by the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Academic Affairs Conference Fund Award.
The Sixth Conference on Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse was held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, June 11-12, 2010.
The Fifth Conference on Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse was held June 11-13, 2009,at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The Fourth Conference on Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse was held June 3-5, 2008, at IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
Connor, U., Nagelhout, E., & Rozycki, W. (Eds.) (2008) Contrastive Rhetoric. Reaching to intercultural rhetoric. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Connor, U. (1996). Contrastive Rhetoric. Cross-cultural aspects of second language writing. New York: Cambridge University Press.
The Third Conference on Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse: Multiple Literacies Across Cultures was held June 15-16, 2007, at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2007 plenary abstract: The crucial linguistic and multisemiotic aspects of conference presentations (Ventola, E.)
2007 colloquium: Intercultural rhetoric in health communication (Connor,U., Feak, C., Dempsey,C., & Rozycki,W.)
2007 ICIC presentation: Assessing discourse knowledge of medical residents (Rozycki, W.)
2007 Conference participants and presenters
The Second Conference on Intercultural Rhetoric and Discourse was held July 22-23, 2005, at IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
The First Contrastive and Intercultural Rhetoric Institute and Contrastive Rhetoric and Written Discourse Analysis Conference was held July 26-31, 2004, at IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN