Ruins: A guest post by Steven Darian.
Darian writes: “If you really want to understand another culture, you must immerse yourself in it, especially if that other culture existed long long ago. You must feel yourself into the life, even if it is from a thousand years ago.
Here are a few places I’ve been to and have tried to feel my way into the soul of: the fabled city of Gaur, where the Ganges River joins the Brahmaputra, on its journey down to Calcutta, and the famous clay soldiers of Xi’an. I’ve called the piece RUINS.”
These pieces are from Darian’s forthcoming book The Wanderer: Travels & Adventures Beyond the Pale, appearing fall 2019 and published by Linus Learning.
Assistant Professor of Communication, Difference, & Disparities, School of Communication, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA. Deadline: October 1, 2019.
The School of Communication at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position specializing in Communication, Difference, and Disparities at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin Fall 2020.
The selected candidate will demonstrate expertise in the study of communication, difference, and disparities particularly concerning historically marginalized groups. The selected candidate will be responsible for teaching related courses such as Intercultural Communication and others addressing difference and disparities at the undergraduate and graduate level. Also, the selected candidate will contribute to at least one of the research centers or institute housed within the School of Communication (i.e., Center for Communication, Health, and the Public Good; Center for the Study of Media and Performance; and Institute for Dialogue and Social Justice).
Two 2-year postdoctoral researcher positions in the project Smart Communication: The situated practices of mobile technology and digital literacies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Finland. Deadline: 25 September 2019.
The ”Smart Communication” project is interested in mundane technology use and possible changes in social skills brought about by new communication technologies. Based on video recordings and multimodal conversation analysis, it suggests an empirical and micro-analytic approach to the situated use of mobile technologies (smartphones, tablets, etc.) in everyday face-to-face encounters. The project aims at the comparison of two different stages of digital socialization, i.e., deep digital socialization (young adults), and late digital socialization (elderly adults), in order to grasp possible age-related differences in technological skills and practices, as well as to describe how people engage with new technologies, regardless of their age or culture.
The successful applicants are invited to develop a research project focusing on everyday uses of mobile devices and related social practices in various types of face-to-face encounters. In close collaboration with the team members (currently the principal investigator, Florence Oloff, and one doctoral researcher), the applicants will contribute to the systematic study of linguistic, embodied and material resources that participants mobilize when using mundane technologies in co-presence. In the spirit of a cross-generational and cross-linguistic approach, the project team is to build up a comparable data set. Therefore, the postdoctoral researchers’ projects will ideally complement the already ongoing research as regards specific age groups and/or languages (currently, the project comprises one ongoing doctoral dissertation on young adults / Russian).
Call for Chapters: Urban Communication Reader vol. IV – Cities as Communicative Change Agents, co-editors: erin daina mcclellan (Boise State University), Yongjun Shin (Bridgewater State University), Curry Chandler (University of Pittsburgh). Deadline: September 30, 2019.
The editorial team seeks contributors to join Urban Communication Reader IV: Cities as Communicative Change Agents. This edited volume continues the trajectory established by previous Urban Communication Readers in assembling communication perspectives on issues related to urban dynamics, public life, and space and place scholarship. Editors welcome chapter proposals employing any research methodology or theoretical framework.
Change is a defining aspect of the urban condition. As cities face unique challenges, they attempt to evolve, adapt, and lead the world into an uncertain future, especially as the age of artificial intelligence and other digital technologies attempt to make cities more “efficient.” Today, the world is facing climate change, wealth inequality, housing crises, food shortages, and global mass migration; cities are at the heart of these problems and their solutions. Thus, urban communication research continues to function in proposals for urban change that remain both important and salient. Urban communication scholars are well-poised to examine both these change initiatives and the crises such changes continue to address.
2019-20 ACLS Fellowship and Grant Competitions now open. Deadlines: various, by program, starting September 25, 2019.
ACLS has announced the opening of their 2019-20 fellowship and grant competitions. Information about this year’s programs is available online, and the online application system is now accepting applications for many of these fellowship and grant opportunities.
ACLS offers programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social science research and that support scholars from the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career.
Call for chapters: COMMUNICATING ACROSS DIFFERENCES: An Anthology of Intercultural Communicative Practices in the 21st Century. To be edited by Lena Chao & Cynthia Wang. Deadline: September 15, 2019.
In recent years, our society has become increasingly divisive socially, culturally, politically, and geographically. Just in the US alone, we have seen a rise in conflicts based on differing as well as emerging identities, political views, cultural origins, nationalities, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Chao and Wang are asking for essays and research articles/chapters that address the ways in which intercultural communication seeks to understand communicative practices and strategies between different and uniquely situated groups of individuals and communities. What are the potentials and limitations of intercultural communication practices and rhetoric as different people from different cultures, backgrounds, and sociopolitical understandings attempt (or not) to bridge divides and understand each other? More specifically, we are interested in how intercultural communication research intersects with a wide array of concepts including (but not limited to):
– Race, race relations, and power
– Gender and sexuality
– Ethnic identity
– Intergroup conflict
– Media representation and stereotypes
– Social media and digital cultures
– Social movements
Please submit a 500-word abstract to Cynthia Wang by September 15th, 2019. Full drafts will be due by February 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please feel free to email her.
Call for Papers: AILA 2020 (World Congress of Applied Linguistics) Symposium: S169: Tensions between monolingualism and multilingualism across university contexts, 9-14 August 2020, Groningen, The Netherlands. Deadline: September 16, 2019.
Organizers Maria Kuteeva (Stockholm University), Niina Hynninen (Helsinki University) and Kathrin Kaufhold (Stockholm University) invite submissions to two half-day sessions focusing on two major themes:
1) Discourses of monolingualism and multilingualism, and
2) Stakeholders’ perceptions of monolingualism and multilingualism.
The symposium aims to explore language perceptions and practices in multilingual university settings focusing on:
• tensions between discourses of monolingualism versus multilingualism;
• the dialectics between perceiving and experiencing languages as separable objects and translingual practices; and
• language-regulatory mechanisms and practices involving different stakeholders.
NOTE: There are another 16 symposia planned for this conference on various aspects of multilingualism.
Continuing with translations of the Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#94: Cross-Cultural Kids, by Ruth E. Van Reken, published in English earlier this year, and which Anastasia Aldelina Lijadi has now translated into Indonesian.
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, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.
Van Reken, R. (2019). Taruna Lintas Budaya (A. A. Lijadi, Trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 94. Available from:
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
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Lecturer in Communication, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. Deadline: 18 August 2019.
This is a permanent (tenure track) position. The appointed candidate will join the Media and Communications team which offers three undergraduate majors (Media, Film and Television; Communication; and Screen Production) and two postgraduate programmes (Media and Communication and Screen Production). The university also has two PhD programmes: an academic PhD and a PhD with creative practice.
The ideal candidate will have an area of expertise which may include critical analyses of advertising, journalism, algorithm studies or other approaches to social media and digital platforms. But there is also interest in seeing applications from researchers who explore how gender, ethnicity, and indigeneity intersect with digital cultures. Applicants welcome who combine academic qualifications and research with prior work experience in professional or applied contexts. Candidates will be expected to have familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methods in the fields of Media Studies and Communication.
Dean (Chief Executive Officer), Northwestern University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar. Deadline: November 1, 2019.
Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) seeks a strong leader with accomplishments in journalism or communications to serve as its next dean. NU-Q offers a world-class program in media education with degree programs in journalism and in communication built on a strong foundation of liberal arts. NU-Q is one of six schools from leading American universities that have established campuses in Education City, Doha, as a result of collaborative agreements between the universities and the Qatar Foundation. Each of the American universities brings to Qatar educational programs for which those institutions are especially renowned. The agreement reflects Northwestern University’s commitment to global engagement and to supporting Qatar’s embrace of quality higher education, human development and growing media and communication capacities. Building on the strong foundation established when the school was launched in 2008, NU-Q now seeks a new dean to advance its institutional trajectory, achieve its academic mission and play an important role in the continued development and transformation of Qatar.
The dean must first and foremost embrace the mission of NU-Q, “to give students an education unique in the world and worthy of a great university.” The dean should also bring substantial experience and distinguished intellectual accomplishments in at least one of the two program areas; appreciation of liberal arts-based university education; strong leadership and management experience including a collaborative style and commitment to shared governance; and personal qualities including diplomacy, intercultural sensitivity and an entrepreneurial spirit. Some background in the cultures of the Middle East and the Muslim world are preferred. The new dean must meet the standards for tenure in one of Northwestern’s schools. Terminal degree preferred, though not required.