The Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) was established by the Council of Communication Associations (CCA) at its March 1, 2010 meeting. The Center serves all members of any of the eight associations which jointly make up the Council.
The goal of the Center is approach intercultural dialogue at two levels: to encourage research on the topic of intercultural dialogue, but to do so through bringing international scholars interested in the topic together in shared intercultural dialogues about their work.
The Center’s main project is to obtain funding and develop a mechanism to distribute micro grants for cultural research to Communication scholars so they can travel in order to develop, or take advantage of existing, international research connections. “Micro” means funding under $2000; “grants” means awards will be gifts, not loans; “cultural” suggests not only topics in intercultural communication will be appropriate but any research on culture in the broad sense so long as it entails communication between members of two or more groups; “research” means not only engaging in research, but also establishing the necessary prerequisites for it, including acquiring knowledge of a geographic area and the languages and cultures of the people living there, and establishing professional connections with scholars living in a given area or studying it. As the Center exists under the auspices of the Council of Communication Associations, anyone who is a member of any of the 8 member associations will be eligible to apply for funding. When such funding has been acquired, information about how to apply for grants will be posted to this site, and also advertised through all of the member associations.
In addition, the Center serves as a clearinghouse for Communication scholars interested in a variety of topics supporting research into intercultural dialogue as well as intercultural research and collaboration more generally. Thus CID hosts a series of databases: for publications on intercultural dialogue, collaborative research opportunities, international conferences, international teaching opportunities, and study abroad opportunities for students, as well as a list of other Centers/associations/blogs/podcasts on related topics. Since this site is hosted by WordPress, these pages have been set up so that the databases are editable. Simply post the relevant information to the appropriate page as a comment.