Research discussion afternoon "Coded cultural systems. Design communication in Islamic visual advertising and Western contemporary art"

On 30 January 2020, 14:00 - 16:00 (room C114) HESPI researcher Ieva Gintere and ViA guest lecturer and PhD student Ilze Loža will moderate a discussion "Coded cultural systems. Design communication in Islamic visual advertising and Western contemporary art" introducing the audience with their research work.


26th Nordic Intercultural Communication (NIC) Conference


How should we live in cultural diversity? Building sustainable communities in times of fear

26th Nordic Intercultural Communication (NIC) Conference

November 28 - 30, 2019, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia

Save the dates! Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences invites you to participate in the 26th Nordic Intercultural Communication conference that will be held in Valmiera – a more than 700 years old Hanseatic town  located about 100km North-East of Riga. The conference language is English.

This time the overarching theme of the conference is centred on exploring cultural diversity and intercultural sustainability1. The conference predominantly but not exclusively addresses the intercultural communication challenges and opportunities as illuminated, for instance, by international migration and diversity. Unfortunate by-products of these processes often are anger, fear, and societal division.  Thus, the conference seeks to foreground the understanding of ways in which communities could be both diverse and integrated. The specific emphasis is on the notion of joint living in instead of merely with diversity2 in a variety of realms e.g. in the practices of everyday interaction, education, policymaking, language and communication training, media, and so forth. Contributions from seasoned scholars as well as from students and practitioners interested in the various aspects of culture and communication are encouraged. The potential forms of participation include individual presentations of either fully developed papers or work in progress, as well as panels and workshops. Concerning publication, the participants are invited to submit articles for peer review to the Journal of Intercultural Communication.

This call for papers is addressed to scholars and practitioners focusing on but not limited to the following themes:

• Culture, communication and civic participation

• Building trust in societies

• Methods and practices of communicating, cultivating, and negotiating cultural diversity

• Cultural diversity in relation to education and pedagogy, training and management

• Intercultural aspects of migration and diasporic life

• Language training and cultural diversity

• Personal relationships across culturally diverse contexts

• Media, cultural diversity, and sustainable communities

During the conference, the 3rd ESPAnet Baltics annual meeting section “Social policy responses to the turbulence of the modern world – values, action, and communication” will take place and also invites proposals. More about the organization itself can be found at

Presentation proposals should follow the abstract format of approximately 500 words (including title and reference information). Panel proposals should also be approximately 500 words, including rationale, a list of proposed participants as well as their individual contribution.

The submission system will open on June 1, 2019 at Submission deadline is September 1, 2019. We look forward to seeing you in Valmiera!

The 26th NIC conference is organized by the Faculty of Society and Science at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences. For further inquiry, you are welcome to contact the chair of the organizing committee Liene Ločmele at

You can download CFP here.


1Busch, D. (2016). What is intercultural sustainability? A first exploration of linkages between culture and sustainability in intercultural research. Journal of Sustainable Development, 9 (1), p. 63-76.

2Antonsich, M. (2016). Interculturalism versus multiculturalism – the Cantle-Modood debate. Ethnicities, 16 (3), p. 470-493.


Open lecture "New data sources and methods in tourism statistics"

On November 15, 2019, from 14:00 to 15:00 an open lecture for tourism students and industry stakeholders on “New Data Sources and Methods in Tourism Statistics” takes place at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, room C114.

The lecture will be led by Andris Klepers, a researcher at ViA HESPI working on the post-doctoral project TourInteLV (No and representatives of the Central Statistical Bureau - Dita Zemīte and Ilze Timermane, Senior Specialists of the Transport and Tourism Statistics Department. The researchers will present the results of their data analysis of 1.7 million public event tickets sold online, and outline the new knowledge the use of alternative big data sources brings. 

The recording of the lecture is available here (recording password: TpFB5kDT).

Research discussion afternoon

On November 14, 2019, 14:00 - 16:00 HESPI researchers Vineta Silkāne, Agnese Dāvidsone and HESPI Research Assistant Liene Ločmele will moderate a discussion on scientific trends in the world and the strength of scientific evidence.

The discussion will include such topics as weak research design and statistical crisis in science.

HESPI UNESCO Chair representative Anda Arkliņa participates in the 42nd Annual Meeting of the National Association of Business, Economics and Technology (NABET) in USA

From November 5 to 11, 2019, Anda Arklina, a Master's student of Tourism Strategic Management programme at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and an activist at the HESPI UNESCO Chair, is traveling to Pennsylvania (USA) to attend the 42nd Annual Meeting of the National Association of Business, Economics and Technology (NABET) and the 20th Student Scientific Conference of Clarion University to share the results of the Master's thesis (led by professor A. Livina and lecturer I.Grīnfelde) on the image of the North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve in the perception of young people and their willingness to go there. Preparations for the conferences are made in collaboration with Professor Nripendra Singh from Clarion University.

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