Here is an interesting conference my friend in South Africa forwarded to me. I would like to go, but can not make it this year. If anyone knows of anyone going, please let me know.

The First International Workshop on Intercultural Collaboration (IWIC 2007), January 25-26, 2007.
Kyoto University Clock Tower International Conference Hall, Japan

The main theme of this workshop is intercultural collaboration, from both
technical and socio-cultural perspectives. Topics will include collaboration
support (such as natural language processing, Web, and Internet
technologies), social psychological analyses of intercultural interaction,
and case studies from activists working to increase mutual understanding in
our multicultural world. Submissions will be considered for papers, panels,
demonstrations, and posters.

This is a unique workshop in a world where physical borders disappear
rapidly and people and cultures are more and more on the move and in
contact. The workshop will feature four prominent invited speakers:

Christiane D. Fellbaum (Department of Psychology, Princeton University)
Yumiko Mori (NPO Pangaea) Gary Olson (School of Information, University of
Michigan) Wolfgang Wahlster (German Research Center for Artificial

Papers: Papers are solicited on any aspect of intercultural collaboration.
Papers can address technologies to support intercultural collaboration,
laboratory and field studies of intercultural collaboration, and case
reports from field workers. Examples of suitable paper topics include:

– Field studies of intercultural teamwork
– Cases of intercultural collaboration using IT
– Computer supported intercultural collaboration
– Internet and web technologies for intercultural collaboration
– Ubiquitous/ambient technologies for intercultural collaboration
– Multilingual dictionaries and translations
– Multilingual NLP web services
– Standardization issues on resources and tools for multilingual processing
– Usability of multilingual resources and the Language Grid