October 14-16, 2015
Miami, Florida

Invited Panel

Acculturation Around the World

Migration and globalization are at an all-time high (United Nations, 2013). As a result, more emerging adults than ever before now have contact with different cultures both in their immediate environment and in the global milieu (Ferguson, 2013; Jensen et al., 2011). This has given way to unprecedent levels of proximal acculturation (traditional immigration-based) and remote acculturation (distal, non-migrant). This panel discussion will highlight the universals and context specifics of modern acculturation and adaptation processes of emerging adults around the world, with speial focus on the United States and three understudied world regions – Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean. Invited panelists are experts in acculturation within each world region and are authors of chapters in the forthcoming 2016 2nd Edition of the Cambridge Handbook of Acculturation Psychology (Editors: David Sam & John Berry). The following general questions will guide the discussion among panelists and the audience in regard to each region:

1. What is the state of the research and theory on acculturation?
2. How are acculturating individuals adjusting and adapting and what are the key moderators?
3. What should the future research agenda entail?
4. What are the practice and policy implications of the current body of work?

Panel members (alphabetically):

Byron G. Adams, PH.D.
Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Tilburg University, The Netherlands




Dina Birman, PH.D.
School of Education and Human Development
University of Miami, USA






Radosveta Dimitrova, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Stockholm University, Sweden




Gail M. Ferguson, PH.D.
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Department of Human and Community Development
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA