U Mass Amherst: Director Academic Fellows Program (USA)

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Faculty Lecturer / Director- Academic Fellows Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Deadline: December 15, 2020.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) seeks an innovative, dynamic, and student-centered Faculty Lecturer to direct the Academic Fellows Program (AFP), which serves the approximately 2000 SBS undergraduate students who identify as first-generation, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), and/or from families with low incomes. The goals of AFP are to ensure equity; foster a sense of belonging and community; provide holistic support for students’ academic, professional development, civic, and personal pursuits; and close the opportunity gap for historically marginalized students.

The Lecturer/Director will teach two courses per semester, including an Integrative Experience (IE) course and a team-based-learning (TBL) course, and will serve as a faculty mentor and sponsor for senior theses, independent studies, and internships. Teaching assignments may also include a research seminar, an advanced transfer student seminar, a cohort-based internship seminar, or a first-year seminar.

SIETAR Europa: Decoloniality, Equity and Belonging (Webinar)

EventsSIETAR Europa Webinar: Decoloniality, Equity and Belonging, by Zarine Jacob & Carlos Gonzalez Carrasco, December 14, 2020 06:00-07:00 CET.

Description: “HCI (Human Conductivity Institute) is an interdisciplinary think-tank whose purpose is to raise human consciousness. We do this by stimulating & inspiring the quality the quality of human connections (conductivity) so that relationships, people and our planet flourish. With a renewed focus on antiracism, we critically question “coloniality” to help frame our understanding of the world. The connections between intercultural understanding, white supremacy, diversity work and decoloniality are not usually articulated in corporate settings. We are enriched by the insights decoloniality has brought to our work. We will present our thoughts and invite collaborative enquiry into its relevance and application in the intercultural world, especially for those in the diversity space.”

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar. The webinar video-recording will be provided after the event on the SIETAR Europa YouTube Channel.

Stellenbosch U: Postdoc in Linguistics & Identity (South Africa)

PostdocsPostdoctoral Fellowship in General Linguistics for the project Politics of the Belly: Language, Food, and Memory in the (Re)Construction of South African Identity, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2021-23. Deadline: 31 December 2020.

The grantholder of the above project, Dr. Marcelyn Oostendorp, invites applications from suitably qualified doctorate graduates for a postdoctoral fellowship valued at R220 000 per annum. The postdoctoral fellowship is based at Stellenbosch University and is available for two (2) years. The fellowship is only available to one individual who has obtained their doctorate degree within the past five (5) years, who has not attained their doctoral degree at Stellenbosch University, and whose degree was in the area of (applied) linguistics, literature, communication/rhetoric, or another language-related discipline.

This project will investigate the construction of identity and memory in discourses on food, and will employ multimodal discourse analysis as the main theoretical framework and analytical tool. The aim of the project is to shed light on how semiotic resources are used to (re)construct memory, identity, and place in our discursive engagements with food.

Applicants must: a) be available to start the fellowship on 1 April 2021; b) be willing to work full time; c) be competent and experienced in discourse/multimodal analysis and/or in experimental methods (such as eye-tracking); d) hold a PhD and must have graduated within the past five (5) years; e) be able to work in a team environment; f) have experience in writing academic articles; and g) be able to articulately communicate academic findings to disseminate results.

Interculturing Cinema

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Mukherjee, I., & Williams, M. G. (2020). Migration, mobility and sojourning in cross-cultural films: Interculturing cinema. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Ishani Mukherjee and Maggie Griffith Williams analyze six cross-cultural films through an intercultural communication lens and argue that their depictions of migration, mobility, and the resulting intercultural communications are complex and stressful moments of conflict, with mixed outcomes ranging from productive personal growth to endless oppression, familial or social separation, and loss of identity.

Global movements and intercultural communication are oft-explored themes in popular cinema from Hollywood and beyond. The authors pay homage to this cinematic trend by locating transnational films within key themes that tie into global movements, their complexities, and implications. While some films focus on migrants’ experiences of culture-shock, cultural assimilation and/or integration, some cinematic texts focus on cultural identities that are in transition within contexts of social mobility and movements. Other films explore the short-term intercultural impact that sojourners experience in unfamiliar cultural spaces and different social positions.

Dialogic & Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times (Zoom Seminar)

EventsDialogic and Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times, offered by Harlene Anderson and Sheila McNamee, Taos Institute, January 28-30, 2021,12-3pm each day, Zoom seminar.

In this intensive, 9-hour Zoom seminar spread over 3 days (3 hours each day), Harlene and Sheila will introduce, discuss, and provide opportunities to put constructionist theory to practice. Given the challenges we confront globally, discussion will center on exploring the practical implications of social construction while giving ample space for us to collaborate in an effort to put these ideas into practice. Special attention will be given to participants’ own projects and professional contexts. We will provide ample time for sharing and interacting.

This workshop will be useful for those familiar with social construction and relational practice as well as those new or unfamiliar with these ideas. This is an opportunity to be in conversation with others who are working in or who want to work in relational ways. It is a chance to forge connections that might help us sustain relational practices.

Readings and other resource materials will be provided prior to the course.

Elenie Opffer Interview

“Interviews”Dr. Elenie Opffer was interviewed about the concepts of peacebuilding and safe space, on October 27, 2020, by Rehana Paul, CID intern.

Dr. Opffer answers the following questions:

  • What is peacebuilding and why is it important?
  • How are intercultural dialogue and peacebuilding related?
  • Describe your involvement in high conflict areas of Africa.
  • What are safe spaces, and why are they important?

For further information, see her one-page summaries:
Opffer, E. (2015). Peacebuilding. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 64.
Opffer, E. (2015). Safe space. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 71.

 

U libre de Bruxelles: Psychology of Migration (Belgium)

“JobPremier Assistant or Chargé de Cours in Social Psychology, Faculties of Psychological and Educational Sciences & Philosophy and Social Sciences, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: 1 January 2021.

Full time academic position in the field of social psychology within the faculty of psychological and educational sciences and one of its research centers. The candidate should pursue research in social psychology as applied to the topics of migration, emigration, immigration and/or asylum.

The research agenda of this position is in line with the research programmes developed in the field of migration studies in the Faculty of Psychological and Educational Sciences (Center for Social and Cultural Psychology) and in the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences (Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality), as well as within the framework of the transdisciplinary centre Migration, Asylum, Multiculturalism, located within the Institute for European Studies of the ULB.

 

Ca’ Foscari U of Venice: Pedagogy & Social Education (Italy)

“JobAssistant Professor of Pedagogy, Theories of Education and Social Education, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy. Deadline: 21 December 2020.

Ca’ Foscari is looking for a researcher in the area of Pedagogy, Theories of Education and Social Education, capable of inspiring students to become game-changers in their own fields and to make a genuine difference in the world.

The assistant professor will carry out research based on a precise knowledge of the authors and of the themes of educational sciences, adult education as well as the foundations of social and intercultural pedagogy, will focus on the deepening of the epistemic dimensions of pedagogy in relation to the issues of complexity and sustainability, on the analysis and reworking of curriculum theories, on the issues of initial training and professional development of teachers and the educational professions, on the relationship between formal and informal educational processes and the use of new digital technologies for learning.

CFP CALA 2021 (Philippines)

ConferencesCall for papers: GLOCAL CALA (Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology) 2021, University of The Philippines Diliman, Diliman, The Philippines, September 1-4, 2021. Deadline: January 1, 2021.

The GLOCAL CALA 2021 theme “Symbolism and New Society” describes the need for symbolic representation in a rapidly changing Asia. As has been the case throughout a larger global society, Asian societies have sought increasingly rapid change, seeking none less than online spaces to contextualize and to legitimize the effects of this rapid change. Here, recent events have patently mediated the shift to online interaction, a shift which has thus intensified the development, and possibly, the invention, of new symbolisms and symbolic clusters that now have limited use in offline spaces.

The GLOCAL CALA 2021 thus calls for renewed awareness and interpretations of Asian symbolisms in this new era, and asks that we seek new perspectives of these Asian complex symbolisms, in their global contexts. These interpretations increase in significance as the use of online virtual texts and textual modes now assume an authoritative stance over the real world, creating new realities and new real worlds that subvert ideologies of those old real worlds. This shift to symbolisms required to make sense of new virtual and old real worlds in this current era, will surely motivate dialogue.

Rehana Paul Profile

CID PeopleRehana Paul is currently pursuing a BA in International Studies from the School of International Service at American University in Washington DC, as well as a BS in Business Administration from American University’s Kogod School of Business.

Rehana PaulRehana is serving as an intern at CID in 2020, creating and editing a series of video interviews and working on CID’s social media channels. She has worked in journalism, communications, and marketing since 2018, the same year she founded Overachiever Magazine. OM is a digital platform for Asian women that explores the world from Asian women’s perspective, covering everything from politics to fashion to activism to culture.

Rehana wants to apply her experience in communications to policy writing, and eventually work in the field at the intersection of conflict resolution, counterterrorism, diplomacy, and policy.


Work for CID: Rehana is an intern at CID.