WhatsApp Research Awards

GrantsWhatsApp Research Awards for Social Science and Misinformation. Grant amount: $50,000. Deadline: August 12, 2018.

WhatsApp will seriously consider proposals from any social science and technological perspective that propose projects that enrich understanding of the problem of misinformation on WhatsApp. High priority areas include (but are not limited to): information processing of problematic content, election related information, network effects and virality, and detection of problematic behavior within encrypted systems. The program will make unrestricted awards of up to $50,000 per research proposal. All applications will be reviewed by WhatsApp research staff, with consultation from external experts. Payment will be made to the proposer’s host university or organization as an unrestricted gift.

Other research awards are also available from Facebook (the parent company of WhatsApp). Each program has a different award amount, application deadline, and topic.

CFP International Conference on Education (Greece)

ConferencesCall for Papers: International Conference on Education (EDU2019), 13-16 May 2019, Athens, Greece, sponsored by Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University, China. Deadline: 29 October 2018.

The conference aims to provide an opportunity for academics, professionals and industry experts from various fields, with cross-disciplinary interests, to discuss the future prospects in the evolution of Education. Topics include, but are not confined to: Bilingual Education, Identity and Education, Educational Psychology, Teaching Approaches, Teacher and Student, Education Strategy, Teacher Education, Educational Foundations, Online Education, Education Technology, Special Education, Teaching Methodology, Art Education/Art therapy, Bilingual Education, Computer Education, Early childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Higher Education, Multicultural Education, Science Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Foundations, Health Education, Career and Technical Education, Adult Education, Business Education (Education Leadership), Ethical issues in Education, Diversity and Equality in Education, Cross-disciplinary areas of Education, Life-long Learning Education. Topics are broadly defined, but not limited to the above.

3rd Prize CID Video Competition: Sahiti Bonam

CID Video CompetitionCID’s first video competition is now over, and the judges have reviewed all the videos. As a reminder, the instructions were to answer the question “What does intercultural dialogue look like?” in 90-120 seconds, on video.

Sahiti Bonam

Third prize goes to Sahiti Bonam, who is a BA student in Visual Studies at Temple University (USA). Her website provides further information about her, and examples of her work.

 

 

Title: Accent

Description: “Accent is defined as “a distinctive manner of expression” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The idea for this project is to question people whether they have an accent or not. I am using video as my medium for this project in order to capture the visuals and sounds of people saying whether or not they have an accent and to label where they are from. I think the idea of my project can be well reflected through video because it allows the viewer to determine whether an accent is a regional concept or a minority vs majority. As a stylistic choice, the video was taken up close of the participant, where only the mouth and nose were visible. The purpose of this was to be in the gray area of anonymity and identity. The bottom of each clip is the place where the participant is from. Some people in the video were my friends and others were completely random. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t guide or push the answers of the participants, so there would be a diversity in opinion.

From a linguistics perspective, everyone has an accent. This project was inspired by one of the lectures in my Intercultural Communication course, where we watched a documentary called “American Tongues”. The documentary was about the various accents of people in USA. My interest was piqued when some people interviewed in the documentary said that they have an accent, need to change their accent depending on their environment, or believe that they don’t have an accent.

I am interested in this topic because I believe that I do have an accent and that my accent changes depending on who I am with. My accent is influenced by the places I have lived and the people I am with. The change in accent and to be understood is called “code-switching”, which is mainly done so that the accent is standardized for the majority of people to understand you or when you are with a specific background of people.”

There were first, second and third place winners, as well as 3 videos that merited awards of excellence. Each of these is being highlighted in a separate post, as they warrant our attention. My thanks to the judges of the competition, professionals who made time to review student videos. Thanks also to all the competitors, who took the time to really think about the question of how to show intercultural dialogue visually.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Southern States Comm Assoc Job Ad: Executive Director (USA)

Job adsExecutive Director, Southern States Communication Association. Deadline: August 15, 2018.

The Executive Director shall perform all ordinary duties of the Secretary and Treasurer of the Association and of the Executive Council: 1. As Treasurer, the Executive Director shall furnish a financial report at each annual convention. The Executive Director shall incorporate into the report a financial accounting covering all publications and the results of the official independent accounting review.

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Aarhus U Job Ads: Media (Denmark)

Job adsAarhus University in Denmark is advertising multiple positions, all with a deadline of 1 August 2018.

Professor in Media Studies

The School of Communication and Culture invites applications for two to three professorship positions in the field of media studies. The positions are based at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies, which is part of the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University.

We are seeking candidates to play key roles in the continued development of innovative and internationally recognised research and teaching at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies. Each successful applicant must present a strategy for how he/she will contribute to the department’s research and education profile, and account for the relevance of his/her research in an international perspective (see qualifications section).

Professor in Global Media Industries

Globalisation and digitalisation of contemporary societies have entailed significant transformations in the media industry with significant ramifications to the production, distribution and consumption of media content. Part of this development has included the increasing importance of global media industries within specific media markets with pertinent implications for local, national, regional and transnational media cultures. The Department of Media and Journalism Studies wishes to strengthen its position within this research field, and is therefore seeking to appoint a professor with a particular interest in examining transformations in global media industries and their various ramifications and implications.

IMéRA Fellowships (France)

FellowshipsIMéRA Institute for Advanced Study at Aix-Marseille University (France) and its partners are issuing 4 calls for fellowships in 2019-20, one per programme. Deadline: September 20, 2018.

Each programme is associated with a “white” (or general) call and a set of specific residencies jointly managed by local, national or international partners. These specific residencies include chairs reserved for experienced researchers.

Interested researchers, writers or artists may apply for one programme only. Please indicate the type of residency you are requesting in your application (general program and/or specific residency).
  • Art, Science and Society Programme
  • Mediterranean Programme
  • “Science Meets Humanities” Programme
  • Global Phenomena and Regulation Programme

UNESCO e-Platform on ICD

Resources in ICD“ width=UNESCO has created an e-platform for intercultural dialogue. It is designed to be “a global collaborative hub” intended “to promote good practices  from all over the world, that enable to build bridges between people from diverse backgrounds in order to create more inclusive societies through mutual understanding and respect for diversity.”

One major section presents short explanations of about 2 dozen relevant core concepts, from intercultural dialogue to cultural identity to intercultural citizenship. These will be particularly familiar to all those who have previously read Intercultural Competences: A conceptual and operational framework from 2013, which I drafted for UNESCO (with many contributions by others named in the notes), as they all come directly from that publication. The new e-platform describes that booklet as “A comprehensive reference publication on the basic terminology needed in order to develop intercultural competences and to permit intercultural dialogue, as well as outlining a series of minimally necessary steps to take in sharing this knowledge with the largest number of others, across the greatest selection of contexts, possible.”

Another major section provides a wide range of resources documenting best practices for a wide range of topics, from awareness raising to advocacy, from celebrating diversity to capacity building, and from research to policy advice. CID publications have been submitted to be added to the list. This section is open to contributions from anyone who is doing relevant work and wants it noted. (Just click on the “Login/Registration” button on the top right of any page.)

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CFP Public Anthropology: Modeling the Hope

Publication OpportunitiesPUBLIC ANTHROPOLOGY: MODELING THE HOPE. New book series, Center for a Public Anthropology. Deadline: November 5, 2018.

Drawing on the example of the California Series in Public Anthropology, the Center for a Public Anthropology announces a new open-access book series that addresses important public issues.  It embraces the hope that anthropology has value to those beyond the discipline, beyond the university. The focus is on publications that matter to other people – by the power of their ideas and by how, with the help of others, they transform peoples’ lives for the better.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. Each year the Center will hold an international competition seeking out prospective manuscripts that align with this vision. The Series reviews proposals independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed.  The proposals submitted should be 3-4,000 words long and describe both the overall work as well as a general summary of what is (or will be) in each chapter.

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CFP Copenhagen Multimodality Day (Denmark)

Conferences4th Copenhagen Multimodality Day, October 5, 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark. Deadline: August 1, 2018.

This one-day research seminar is being prepared and organized by the Centre for Interaction Research and Communication Design at the University of Copenhagen. The day is planned as a single-track research seminar. Proposals are invited for paper presentations related to Video ethnography, EMCA, multimodality and interaction analysis. We especially encourage paper presentations that deal with difficult methodological issues and/or presents novel solutions to methodological issues. The invited keynote speaker is Christian Heath, Professor in work, interaction and technology. Kings College London. The title of his presentation is: Institutional form and multimodal interaction: ecologies of participation and engagement.

2nd Prize CID Video Competition: Class 5B

CID Video CompetitionCID’s first video competition is now over, and the judges have reviewed all the videos. As a reminder, the instructions were to answer the question “What does intercultural dialogue look like?” in 90-120 seconds, on video.

Class 5B

Second prize goes to Class 5B, the final year at the School of Arts “Aldo Passoni,” Turin (Italy). Students have 3 main fields of study: Graphic and Editorial Book Design, Industrial Design, and Textile and Fashion Design. Judges praised this video for creativity and originality, as well as for complexity and professionalism, said it was beautifully shot, and particularly mentioned both the music and the use of color.

Title: What does intercultural dialogue look like? It’s InterCOLORal Dialogue!

Description: Given that we are a multicultural and multilingual Institute, we decided to develop our video focusing on different words in different languages, and as we are a School of Arts we paired each word with a specific color. Indeed, works of art are a whole made up of different colors and brushstrokes, and this is how we understand intercultural dialogue: the participation and the contribution of each of us to a common project, that of mutual understanding. Within such a perspective, we view intercultural dialogue in the widest sense of a dialogue across all types of cultures linked not only to nationality or ethnicity, but also as a dynamic able to challenge all stereotypes regarding gender, sexual orientation, etc.

Specific credits:
Direction & Editing: Stefano Millesimo
Recording & Sound Engineering: Edoardo Denunzio, Bruno Alicata, Matteo Rizzo
Set: Bruno Alicata
Make-Up & Colors: Michela Geremia
Casting: Giorgia Culotta
Texts: Martina Dinoi

There were first, second and third place winners, as well as 3 videos that merited awards of excellence. Each of these is being highlighted in a separate post, as they warrant our attention. My thanks to the judges of the competition, professionals who made time to review student videos. Thanks also to all the competitors, who took the time to really think about the question of how to show intercultural dialogue visually.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue