Kenneth Baxter Wolf Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesKenneth Baxter Wolf is the John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics at Pomona College. He is also the creator and coordinator of the Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS) program. He specializes in the history of the medieval Mediterranean, with particular interest in two areas: Christian sanctity and early Christian views of Islam.

Kenneth WolfAmong his publications are: Christian Martyrs in Muslim Spain (Cambridge, 1988); Making History: The Normans and their Historians in Eleventh-century Italy (Pennsylvania, 1995); and The Poverty of Riches: St. Francis Reconsidered (Oxford, 2003). He has also produced three book-length translations (from Latin): Conquerors and Chroniclers of Early Medieval Spain (Liverpool University Press, 1990; rev. 1999); The Deeds of Count Roger of Calabria and Sicily and of His Brother Duke Robert Guiscard, (University of Michigan Press, 2005); The Life and Afterlife of St. Elizabeth of Hungary: Testimony from her Canonization Hearings (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is currently finishing a translation of the writings of Eulogius of Córdoba, contracted with Liverpool University Press.

Fundamental Rights Strategic Litigation Training (Italy)

Applied ICDEIUC is glad to announce the launch of ACTIONES (the multi-stakeholder training session of the EU funded ACTIONES project) open to representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), Equality Bodies (EBs); judges; public officials; individual litigants.

Fundamental Rights Strategic Litigation à la Carte in the EU ACTIONES Multi-Stakeholder Training

This is the final multi-stakeholder training session of the EU funded ACTIONES project, which targets legal professionals with the aim to explore potential of the Charter of Fundamental Rights as the basis of the strategic litigation. The training puts a specific emphasis on the dynamically growing area of illegal migration and asylum.

THE PROGRAMME

The 3-days training is organised around three main areas. The role of the different actors before, during and after litigation, the role of the different instances at the regional and international levels, and the policy implications of strategic litigation; strategic litigation on the basis of selected fundamental rights protected by the EU Charter, such as non-discrimination, consumer protection, environmental rights; highlights of best practices and challenges from own practice. Case studies on procedural issues relating to public interest litigation will be analysed and the learning will be closed by a simulation exercise.

THE PARTNERS

ACTIONES is coordinated by the European University Institute Centre for Judicial Cooperation and involves the following 16 partner institutions: Association of European Administrative Judges, College of Europe, Croatian Judicial Academy, Estonian Supreme Court, EIUC, National Association of the Romanian Bars, Polish National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution, Romanian National Institute of Magistracy, Slovenian Judicial training Centre, Spanish General Council for the Judiciary, University of Amsterdam, University of Ljubjana, University of Parma, University of Pompeu Fabra, University of Uppsala, Italian School for the Magistracy.

Registration deadline: 1 August 2017
Course dates: 16-18 October 2017

Venue: EIUC premises in Venice Lido at the Monastery of San Nicolò Admission requirements: Eligible are representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), Equality Bodies (EBs); judges; public officials; individual litigants.

CFP MENA Communication & Cultural Studies

Publication OpportunitiesCFP: Voices in Middle Eastern and North African Communication and Cultural Studies: Thinking Transnationally (Proposed Book Project)
Editors: Dr. Haneen S. Ghabra, Kuwait University, Dr. Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui, San Francisco State University, Dr. Shadee Abdi, University of New Mexico, and Dr. Bernadette Marie Calafell, University of Denver

At the heart of communication and critical cultural studies is a discipline that has been slowly expanding its borders around the issues of racism, sexism, ability, privilege, and oppression. As Latinx, African American, Asian Pacific American, Disability and LGBTQ studies widen and shift the scope of Communication Studies, what often gets underplayed is the role of transnational Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies. It is imperative that the experiences of transnational individuals who live and move between the region and the U.S. are centered. For this reason, our goal is to begin to bring Middle Eastern communication and critical cultural studies in conversation with global and transnational studies. We ask, how can scholars make a space for transnational MENA studies within communication and cultural studies? What are the pressing issues? Thus, at a time where Arab, Arab Americans, Iranians, and Iranian Americans, and other MENA ethnic communities are under attack by Western media and governments, it is crucial to center their voice from a transnational perspective that privileges their positionalities and experiences rather than continue to study them from a reductive Eurocentric lens. Accordingly, this book aims to bring together a diverse collection of essays to showcase the complexity and cultural nuances that compose the Middle East and North Africa and its diasporas in the United States. Important work has been published interdisciplinary by prominent scholars such as Lila Abu-Lughod, Janet Afary; Leila Ahmed; Nadje Al-Ali; Amar; Talal Asad; miriam cooke; Deniz Kandiyoti; Saba Mahmood; Joseph Massad; Fatema Mernissi; Afsaneh Najmabadi; Edward Said; Jack Shaheen; Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Sima Shakhsari; Loubna Skalli. We seek to build on existing scholarship by including essays that theorize from a communication and critical cultural studies lenses. Our approach to communication and critical cultural studies is informed by critical performative, rhetorical, feminist, queer, intercultural, social justice and media studies. Furthermore, scholars are encouraged to focus on specific countries or diasporas or general representations of the MENA region. This book aims to bring together work by established and new or emerging scholars.

List of suggested topics for submission can include (but are not limited to):
Creative or performative approaches or perspectives to MENA identities
Vernacular discourse
Critical Rhetoric of Muslims in Western Discourse
Postcolonial approaches to MENA identities
Intersectionality
Queer/ed approaches to MENA identities
Social movements and social justice
Social media and youth
MENA feminisms
Critical intercultural approaches to MENA
Monstrosity and horror

Submission Requirements and Due Dates
In order to have a creative work and/or research manuscript considered for publication, please submit the following:

1.  A 1- to 2 page chapter proposal that summarizes your submission’s goals, scope, and argument with a clear articulation of your submission’s contribution to MENA, communication, and critical cultural studies.
2.  A copy of each author’s most recent CV.

Please email these materials to Drs. Haneen Ghabra, Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui, Shadee Abdi, and Bernadette Marie Calafell at menacommunication@gmail.com by September 15th, 2017.

Responses to submitters will be sent by December 18th, 2017, with first drafts due by June 1st, 2018.

KAICIID International Fellows 2018 (Austria)

The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) is seeking applications from education professionals working in institutions that train future religious leaders to take part in the 2018 KAICIID International Fellows Programme.

Set to commence in January 2018, the International Fellows Programme will develop the abilities of religious educators to promote interreligious dialogue education and practice within their respective institutions.

KAICIID will select twenty Fellows from around the world to participate in the year-long course. Selected Fellows will participate in a series of in-person and online trainings related to interreligious dialogue, coexistence and pluralism. This integrated learning process will provide Fellows with an initial framework to facilitate subsequent trainings and programming within their home institutions. The Fellows will also develop and implement small-scale local and international projects during the course of the programme. There will also be opportunities to organize and attend dialogues, lectures, field visits and conferences.

The Fellows Programme brings together religious teachers from around the world for in-person and online training in dialogue, mediation and promoting social cohesion. The Fellows programme is designed to equip teachers with the skills to educate their students about interreligious dialogue; provide their students with the necessary skills to become active facilitators and leaders in interreligious dialogue; and to train their students in conflict transformation to be active peacemakers in their respective communities.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.

Key Concept #5: Intercultural Communication Translated into Russian

Key Concepts in ICDContinuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#5: Intercultural Communication, which I wrote for publication in English in 2014, and which Inga Milēviča has now translated into Russian. 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.

KC5 Intercultural Communication_Russian
Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2017). Intercultural communication [Russian]. (Inga Milēviča Trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 5. Available from:
https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/kc5-icc_russian.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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U Stirling Job Ad: Media & Communications (UK)

Job adsLectureship in Media and CommunicationsUniversity of Stirling. Closes: August 6, 2017.

We seek to appoint a Lecturer (Grade7/8) in the field of Media and Communications. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the MSc in Media Management in areas such as media economics, the creative industries, media policy, strategic media management or similar areas. The successful candidate will also be expected to pursue research within the broad field of communications, media and culture, supervise doctoral students and undertake administrative duties as appropriate. The post is based on the Stirling campus, but the postholder will be required to deliver short intensive programmes as part of our Media Management programme in Vietnam.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a range of new courses, in line with their own interests and specialisms and in collaboration with other colleagues within the Division and School and in conjunction with international partners.

While we would welcome applicants from across the field of media and communications, we would be particularly interested in developing capacity in the following areas: Media Management, Creative Industries, Media Policy and Regulation, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Media Economics, Audience Research and Management, Production Culture and Cultural Policy. We seek to appoint to the open-ended position of Lecturer from 1 December 2017 (or by date mutually agreed).

Coventry U Job Ad: Participatory Practice (UK)

Job adsResearch Associate in Participatory PracticeCoventry UniversityCentre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. Closes: July 30, 2017

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) seeks a committed participatory researcher-practitioner to work as a part of People’s Knowledge, a newly established working group at CAWR.

The position requires experience of:

  • Convening participatory processes.
  • Community-engaged and participatory research.
  • Fundraising for projects.
  • Being part of national and/or international networks of participatory practitioners.

The successful candidate will bring:

  • Experience to enhance participatory practice and build the reputation of the Centre.
  • Creative skills in participatory practice, such as participatory photography, video and theatre.
  • Capacity to use and develop ideas and concepts, including those drawn from movements for social justice.

This post offers an opportunity to join a dynamic, transdisciplinary team engaged in participatory and action-orientated approaches to research. Our work aims to build trust with people whose knowledge is often excluded from research and dialogue with professional researchers. The successful candidate will be part of a team developing and implementing participatory processes that aim to work towards social justice. This will be in the context of issues such as climate change, growing inequality, conflict and mass migration.

CID Poster #4: Types of Cultural Communication

CID PostersThis is the next of the posters designed by Linda J. de Wit, in her role as CID intern. The need for clarification between intercultural/ intracultural/ cross-cultural/ international forms of communication has been made obvious by the number of times I’ve been asked to explain the differences. These terms have been discussed at length in many publications; one relevant source is cited on the poster itself. The idea to use fruit for the visual explanation of the different terms was Linda’s, and came from proverbs: in English, one is told not to compare apples and oranges; in many other languages, the fruits referred to are apples and pears. The poster thus implicitly refers to the relativist idea that cultures shouldn’t be judged in comparison to others.

Types of Cultural Communication
Just in case anyone wants to cite this poster, the following would be the recommended format:

Center for Intercultural Dialogue. (2017). Types of cultural communication. CID Posters, 4. Available from:
https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/fruit.png

As with other series, if you wish to contribute an original contribution, please send an email before starting any work to receive approval, to minimize inadvertent duplication, and to learn about technical requirements. As is the case with other CID Publications, posters should be created initially in English. Given that translations of the Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue have received so many views, anyone who wishes to translate their own poster into another language (or two) is invited to provide that as well. If you want to volunteer to translate someone else’s poster into a language in which you are fluent, send in a note before starting, to receive approval and to confirm no one else is working on the same one.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue
intercult.dialogue AT gmail.com


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U Oslo Postdoctoral Fellowship: Human Geography (Norway)

FellowshipsPostdoctoral Fellow in Human Geography or equivalentUniversity of Oslo, Norway. Deadline: August 15, 2017.

The position is associated with a research project called “AdaptationCONNECTS” funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The objective of the project is to develop new understandings of whether and how different types of transformations can contribute to successful adaptation to climate change. The announced position is linked to the “Art Connects” work package, which explores the role of art in adaptation processes. The first phase of the project involves semi-structured interviews with Norwegian and international artists who address climate change in their work. The second phase builds on principles of action research to develop a creative lab that fosters transdisciplinary dialogue and interaction among artists and scientists. The lab will engage with artists, students and academics in diverse disciplines, and the broader public through artist residencies, exhibitions, lecture series, publications, and creative workshops.

The Postdoctoral fellow will be part of a research group on climate change and society lead by Professor Karen O´Brien at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography. More information on the project, including project description, can be obtained at the project website.

Qualification requirements and personal skills

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in (aktuelle fagområder). Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Applicants must have the capacity for independent academic research at a high level, preferably documented through publications in international journals.
  • Applicants must have a good understanding of both the human dimensions of climate change and cultural geography, as well as experience with transdisciplinary research and working with artists.
  • Residence in Norway is expected, but Postdoctoral fellows are also encouraged to spend time abroad during the fellowship period.

CFP Expressions of Race & Racism Online (Finland)

ConferencesCFP: Expressions of race and racism online. This working group is part of the 14th Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU) Conference on Race, Power and Mobilities (October 26-27, 2017), University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

The long-lasting idea that dematerialized online presence would downplay racial issues is vanishing as studies are increasingly showing the extent to which race is embedded in online structures, vocabulary, and users’ practices (Daniels, 2012). Though much research has been conducted on representations of race in traditional media, few studies have investigated expressions of race and racism in online and social media, and their findings underline the complexity of the topic (Sommier, van Sterkenburg, & Hofhuis, in press).

This working group therefore calls for papers tackling online expressions of race and racism to further understand associated strategies, tensions, and outcomes. Current findings point to a wide range of dialectics that should be further explored. Studies urge for holistic approaches (e.g. Titley, 2014) to attend to the interplay between colorblind and blatant racism, individual and structural aspects, local and global discourses, and traditional and social media. These broad research areas include, but are not limited to:

– users’ online practices, identity formation and social interactions (e.g. Hughey, 2008)
– the creation of racial digital divides (e.g. boyd, 2013)
– strategies used to disguise online racist discourses (e.g. Sharma & Brooker, 2016)
– methodological challenges associated with the study of expressions of race and racism in online settings

*** Important dates and practicalities ***

• Deadline for submission: August 31, 2017
• Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2017
• Registration starts September 15, 2017
• ETMU Days October 26–27, 2017

Submit your abstracts of 300–400 words directly to the working group organizer, Mélodine Sommier.