Lessons on Storytelling

For anyone who needs to tell a story online, the following news may be relevant:

Pixar has partnered with the online alternative learning resource Khan Academy to provide free lessons on digital storytelling, in a new course called The Art of Storytelling. This is presented as part of a series entitled Pixar in a Box, intended to share information about how Pixar develops its films. Earlier sequences cover topics such as Animation and Simulation.

Radboud U Job Ad: Communication Science & Artificial Intelligence (Netherlands)

RADBOUD UNIVERSITY, The Netherlands

Radboud University is seeking a colleague to expand our research and teaching programs in communication science with specific expertise in the area of artificial intelligence, focusing on the communication between individuals and intelligent media technologies. The professor will have a strong focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for advancing the study of mediated communication and its uses and effects.
Application deadline: 15 March 2017

Georgetown U Postdoctoral Fellowship: Chinese Scholar of Religious Studies

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship for Chinese Scholar of Religious Studies

Georgetown University‘s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs in Washington, D.C., invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for the fall 2017 semester. Candidates should be based at a Chinese university or institute, engaged in research at the intersection of religion, society, and world affairs, and have a strong command of English. The 5-month fellowship (August-December 2017) is open with respect to academic discipline, and it carries a $20,000 stipend plus health insurance and travel allowance. The fellowship includes a 12 hour/week commitment to help develop Chinese-language resources for the Berkley Center and Georgetown websites.
Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for three references via email to berkleycenter@georgetown.edu by midnight on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Decisions will be made by late April 2017.

Central European U Job Ad: International Relations (Hungary)

Assistant Professor in International Relations
Department of International Relations
Central European University
Budapest, Hungary
Closes: 21st March 2017

Starting date: August 1, 2017

The Department of International Relations at Central European University invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor position in International Relations with an emphasis in the field of International Organization, encompassing teaching and research responsibilities related to transnational or international integration processes, and formal and informal international institutions.

Preference will be given to applicants with rigorous methodological training and commitment to methodological pluralism. Further advantages include regional expertise in the European, post-Soviet or Middle East areas, a track record of fieldwork research and/or policy or civic engagement.

Applicants should have, or be close to completing, a PhD in international relations, political science, or sociology and provide evidence for high level achievements to date or outstanding potential in research and teaching. Specific responsibilities include teaching three graduate courses per academic year, master’s and doctoral supervision, engaging in high quality academic research, and attracting external research grants.

Review of applications will begin 3 April 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is located in Budapest and accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU’s promotes high level research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies throughout the world. CEU offers both Master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls about 1400 students from nearly 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty from over 40 countries, and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

Susana Gonçalves Researcher Profile

Susana Gonçalves Susana Gonçalves, PhD is a Coordinator and Professor at the Polytechnic of Coimbra, Portugal, a researcher at the Research Unit for Education and Training/University of Lisbon, Director of the Centre for the Study and Advancement of Pedagogy in Higher Education (CINEP) and Secretary General of CICEA (Children’s identity and Citizenship in Europe Association). She has been a trainer for the Council of Europe, namely at the Programme Pestalozzi. Some of her edited books are Art and Intercultural Dialogue (with Suzanne Majhanovich, 2016, Sense), Diversity, Intercultural Encounters, and Education (with Markus Carpenter, 2013, Routledge), Intercultural Policies and Education (with Markus Carpenter, 2012, Peter Lang), Escola e Comunidade: Laboratórios de Cidadania Global (with Florbela Sousa, 2012, Universidade de Lisboa). Her research interests include intercultural education, education, pedagogy in higher education, teacher training, and art. She is also a visual artist and a photographer.

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CFP Connections & Inclusions: Intercultural Communication in Communication Studies Scholarship

CFP Communication Studies Special Issue- Connections and Inclusions: Intercultural Communication in Communication Studies Scholarship

Editors: Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster), Melissa Beall (University of Northern Iowa), and Alberto Gonzalez (Bowling Green State University)

Intercultural communication (IC) scholars in the CSCA region have often been questioned and sometimes challenged by scholars who have claimed that the Midwest is not an ideal locale for studying communication across cultures and among people from varying cultural backgrounds. However, over the years, scholars have established that intercultural communication is an important area of scholarship in the Midwest (and beyond), and that the region offers plenty of opportunities for studying the intersections of cultural perspectives in communication, ranging from racial and ethnic discrimination to the adaptation process of international students and from immigrant experiences to issues in queer cultures.

IC scholars not only have borrowed from communication research in other areas (both theoretically and methodologically) but also have contributed widely to the discussion on cultural issues as they relate to many areas of communication research. In this special issue, our goal is to present different aspects of intercultural communication research as they connect to and intersect with sub-disciples such as media studies, communication education, international communication, rhetorical studies, gender and sexuality studies, family communication, listening, popular culture, and organizational communication.

Because IC research does not exist in isolation, and it is always connected to larger frameworks or theoretical approaches within communication studies, contributors to this special issue should address how IC scholarship informs other areas of research and how IC scholars use the concepts and theoretical lenses of IC research to examine issues outside of IC. Although we focus on IC scholarship within the CSCA region, our scope extends beyond this regional boundary as well.

This call invites abstracts for a special issue that uses different methodological approaches; however, we highly encourage submissions of projects that take qualitative, interpretive, and critical and cultural perspectives in examining the connections between intercultural communication scholarship, and scholarship in other areas of communication studies.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

1-The usage of intercultural communication frameworks in other sub-areas of communication studies.
2-Theorizing intercultural communication
3- Intercultural communication and cultural identity
4- Intercultural communication, social media
5- Intercultural communication and intercultural relationships
6- Intercultural communication in rhetorical studies
7- Intercultural communication in local/national and global organizations
8- Intercultural communication and listening
9- Intercultural communication and international experiences
10- Intercultural communication in feminist and queer research
11- Intercultural communication and immigration
12- Intercultural communication in media studies
13- Intercultural communication and critical race studies
14- Postcolonial turn, decoloninzation and intercultural communication
15- Intercultural communication and communication studies methodologies

Abstracts are due by March 15, 2017, with a word length of no more than 200 words (not counting references, contact information, and a short bio of 100 words). Full-length manuscripts are due on July 15, 2017, with a word length of no more than 5,000-7,000 words and in APA style, including references, endnotes, and so forth. Please mail your abstracts as Word documents to Ahmet Atay (aatay AT wooster.edu) for an initial review.

IAICS 2017 (China)

IAICS 2017In today’s world, globalization erases boundaries and leads to increased contact among various languages and cultures. While human contact and migration have always been present throughout history, e.g., on the Silk Road, today’s media and transport capacities facilitate contact and communication to an exponentially greater extent than ever before. As a consequence, the phenomena of diversity, interculturality and hybridity are intensified. Juxtaposed to increased contact ensuing from globalization are both the positive and negative aspects of the protectionist efforts of localism. The theme of this conference seeks to examine the context of these problems within the spheres of education, language, culture, and society.

Preregistration due February 28, 2017.

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CFP ESTIDIA 2017: Dialogues Without Borders (Bulgaria)

Call for Papers
European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue
4th ESTIDIA Conference
Dialogues without Borders: Strategies of Interpersonal and Inter-group Communication
29-30 September 2017

Faculty of Philosophy
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”
Sofia, Bulgaria

in partnership with

Institute of Rhetoric and Communications, Sofia
Centre for New Media and Transdisciplinary Dialogue, Constanţa

The 4th ESTIDIA conference, to be held on 29-30 September, 2017, is hosted by Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, the oldest higher education institution in Bulgaria, founded in 1888, which has been consistently ranked as the top university in the country according to national and international rankings. The conference serves as a discussion forum for researchers and practitioners to showcase their dialogue-oriented work on current societal and community-related issues, and on methodological approaches to dialogue and strategies of interpersonal and inter-group Communication. The aim is to bring together senior and junior scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and professional orientations to critically explore, through dialogue, different perspectives on human thinking, communication strategies, interpersonal relations, socio-cultural traditions, political processes and business interactions by means of theory-based and practice-driven investigations.

Conference Theme

Most of the world’s population – and Europe is a case in point – lives in contexts that are becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural. Travel across national boundaries is becoming an everyday activity for many, and new technologies allow individuals to communicate easily and cheaply across such boundaries, even if they stay at home. Meanwhile, hostilities between ethnic, national, religious, and other groups do not seem to be decreasing, but on the contrary, are being kindled by extremist groups and totalitarian leaders. To oppose, prevent and do away with such negative and dangerous developments in the 21st century, it is more important than ever to acquire an in-depth and nuanced understanding of how individuals communicate based on group or community memberships, and how communication allows or encourages group segregation and isolationist tendencies. It is languages – verbal language, sign language, body language – that constitute the basic channels of communication through which group stereotypes can be tolerated, changed, and/or resisted.

While the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup relations has been a recurrent topic in several disciplines, such as psychology, social psychology (Tajfel 1978, 1982; Haslam et al 1998; Bar-Tal 2000) and political science (Sherif 1966; Pennebaker et al. 1997; Sidanius & Pratto 2001), research on communication and miscommunication in interpersonal and intergroup interaction has been conducted primarily within the fields of linguistics, sociolinguistics anthropology, rhetoric and communication studies (Hymes 1964; Gumperz 1971; Gudykunst 1998; Gudykunst & Mody 2002; Giles 2012; Berger 2014). A major advantage of these research strands lies in their intergroup perspective that considers people not only as individuals, but also as members of social groups (in terms of e.g., gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, region), and investigates the ways in which various social group memberships relate to the way that we communicate with each other.

A major goal of this conference is to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines who are interested in sharing their expertise and in discussing and comparing their extensive empirical and theoretical findings, so as to achieve a synergy and a cross-fertilisation of perspectives and approaches that highlight the role of communication practices in dealing with challenging situations emerging in interpersonal and intergroup encounters in 21st century societies.

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Gustolab Study Abroad: Food Systems (Vietnam, Italy or Japan)

Gustolab International has announced an expansion of their popular Critical Studies on Food summer program. Beginning summer 2017, there will be three complementary programs in Vietnam, Italy, and Japan.

CRITICAL STUDIES ON FOOD SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABILITY IN VIETNAM
DURATION: 4-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: May 21 – June 18, 2017

COURSES OFFERED
* Food Systems in Vietnam (3 credits)
* Vietnam, Conflict, Contradiction and Change (3 credits)
* Vietnamese Language for Food and Business (up to 3 credits)

CRITICAL STUDIES ON FOOD SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABILITY IN ITALY
DURATION: 5-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: May 22, 2017 – June 24, 2017
WHERE: ROME, ITALY

COURSES OFFERED
* Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits)
* Food Media, Communication and Trends (3 credits)
* Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits)
* Food Waste in Italy (3 credits) NEW!
* Italian Language for Food and Business (Italian Lexicon for Food Studies) (3 credits)
* Elementary Italian Language (3 credits)
* Intensive Elementary Italian Language (6 credits, minimum of 8 participants)

CRITICAL STUDIES ON FOOD SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABILITY IN JAPAN
SUMMER 2017
DURATION: 4-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: July 2 – July 30, 2017
WHERE: Osaka, Japan

COURSES OFFERED
* Critical Studies on Japanese Food Culture (3 credits)
* Food Choice and Politics in Japan (3 credits)

Applications also open for Gustolab International programs in Italy (Rome, South and North Italy). Open enrollment programs are available to students from all universities.
Spring
Summer
Fall
Internship (several positions available!)

 

Key Concept #10: Cross-Cultural Dialogue Translated into Spanish

Continuing with translations of the Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#10: Cross-Cultural Dialogue, which I wrote and first published in English in 2014, which Shirley Saenz has now translated into Spanish. As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists of Key Concepts organized chronologically by publication date and number, alphabetically by concept, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available.

Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2017). Diálogo cross-cultural. (S. Saenz, trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 10. Available from: https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/kc10-cross-cultural-dialogue_spanish.pdf

If you are interested in translating one of the Key Concepts, please contact me for approval first because dozens are currently in process. As always, if there is a concept you think should be written up as one of the Key Concepts, whether in English or any other language, propose it. If you are new to CID, please provide a brief resume. This opportunity is open to masters students and above, on the assumption that some familiarity with academic conventions generally, and discussion of intercultural dialogue specifically, are useful.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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