The Smithsonian Institution’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world. This year’s theme is Coming Home.
The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world, highlighting the crucial role languages play in our daily lives. In 2023, the festival returned in person, in Washington, DC, February 23 to 26, but many of the films are now available to stream in full on their website.
A few examples of the films available to stream:
Definition of Resilience is a four-episode radio and video documentary series highlighting the dynamic stories of Native American hip-hop MCs. Episode 2 considers the topic of identity.
Witch is a collaboration between Apashe, a Canadian dance and electronic musician, and Alina Pash, a Ukrainian rapper and musician. The music is described as “creepy orchestral with dance flavor,” and Pash’s rap vocals are reminiscent of spellcasting. Shot in Pash’s hometown of Kyiv, the music video weaves the story of a witch burner who reaps what he sows.
The American University of the Middle East (AUM) is a private university established in 2005 in Kuwait. AUM’s mission is to provide an interactive learning environment that facilitates the development of leaders who are committed to their culture, global ethical values, and professionalism. The Liberal Arts Department (LAD) at AUM strives to prepare students for the challenges of the ever-changing global community by cultivating enduring skills for lifelong achievement through an emphasis on creative thinking and effective communication, accompanied with cultural awareness that a liberal arts education provides. AUM Liberal Arts Department (LAD) is recruiting full-time faculty members as Assistant Professors or Associate Professors for Communication courses to start from Spring semester 2023 to teach Communication courses on speech, small group, intercultural and business communication.
They are looking for an individual to support IFSA’s programmes throughout Ireland. This position provides academic and cultural support for undergraduate students; organises co-curricular activities and contributes to the overall operations. In this position, you will work closely with all members of the local team, as well as colleagues from sites in the Europe, the Global Health & Safety Team, Programme Operations, Academic Programmes and Student Engagement teams.
They are looking for an individual to support IFSA’s programmes in Oxford and Cambridge. This part-time position provides high quality academic and cultural support for undergraduate students studying with IFSA in Oxford and Cambridge. You will organize co-curricular activities and personal check ins that support student learning and satisfaction outcomes.
Special Issue Editors: Anastassia Zabrodskaja (Estonia) and Natalia Ringblom (Sweden)
This Special Issue welcomes manuscripts of various types, such as articles, reviews, and conceptual papers of a disciplinary or interdisciplinary nature, that seek to contribute to the analysis of language policy and practice in multilingual families from a multidisciplinary perspective. The multilingual (resp. bilingual) family is a worldwide fact, as more and more families now use more than one language. This provokes situations in which the family is faced with the problem of maintaining a heritage language (mother tongue, home, immigrant or minority language), its transmission to the next generation, or a language attrition and shift towards a dominant (societal or majority) language. Language transmits culture and history; thus, the loss of one’s heritage language can lead to the loss of inherited knowledge. As such, a conscious decision must be made by parents to pass on language, especially as children enter adolescence and become more independent, including in their language choices. Various factors influence the transmission of heritage language and culture, including: motivation (integrative and intrinsic motivation); its symbolic role; linguistic ideologies and language identity; socioeconomic status; social networks; religion; tendency towards social segregation or inclusion; language solidarity; the speaker’s environment and the value of multilingualism in specific domains (family, school, community and individual); and the use of heritage language in public space and its usefulness and cultural value.
The nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization CIEE has been bringing the world together, advancing peace by building bridges of mutual understanding between different people, different countries, and different cultures for 75 years. They offer a variety of scholarships and grants; some are based on need, others on academic achievement, and a few are intended for alumni of a prior CIEE program. They also offer a variety of global internships.
A related program, BridgeUSA, annually attracts around 300,000 individuals to the United States from 200 countries and territories to study in U.S. high schools, universities, and research institutions; build professional networks; enhance English language and intercultural skills; and teach in U.S. schools, colleges, and universities.
Learning Lab and Community Week, Institute for Developing Across Differences, 10-15 July 2023, Groningen, Netherlands OR 27-30 November 2023, Cairo, Egypt. Deadline: varies by program.
The Institute for Developing Across Differences (IDD) is designed to improve on impact by understanding where there are (and are not) intersections among four key areas of study and practice in the differences field: —intercultural communication, global learning, anti-discrimination/diversity & inclusion, and global competence— then borrowing from and expanding on them.
In 2023, all experienced practitioners and scholars (and those who aspire to the field) are invited to join for either or both:
European Developing Across Differences in Groningen, NL, 10-15 July, 2023
Middle Eastern & African Developing Across Differences in Cairo, EG, 27-30 November, 2023
(A North American program will run in August 2024.)
The 13th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP). ALAPP 2023 will be hosted by the Department of English Language and Linguistics, University of Glasgow, 4-6 September 2023. The Post-ALAPP Masterclass is scheduled on 7 September 2023. ALAPP aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, especially language and communication research and professional domains (e.g., business, organization studies, education, banking, health care, therapy, journalism, law, social care and welfare, immigration and border control, police work, translation and interpreting) to share ideas and discuss innovations and interventions.
Emi Kanemoto, Eddah Mutua, & Sasha Allgayer seek chapter proposals for an edited book (in conversation with Peter Lang) that provides narratives about individual experiences around wars, conflicts, and violence in/from different regions of the world. While the primary way people around the world learn of conflict is through media, the world rarely gets to know what happens when the cameras go off. It is the peace scholars, practitioners, and the locals at the sites who are there, seeing, and experiencing. Through this book, they seek to bring out the “invisible” experiences in peace work.
They are specifically looking for autobiographical storytelling to foreground nuanced personal experiences with peace-building scholarship and activism. Their hope is that the stories shared offer an opportunity for scholars and peace practitioners to highlight experiences that engage in purpose and provide directions about ways to sustain doing peace work in the long-term.
Contributors can include scholars and peace practitioners who have experienced war and reconciliation first-hand, as well as those who visit such post-conflict settings in efforts to contribute different ways of understanding peace scholarship and practice. At the same time, there are drawbacks to peacebuilding efforts which are just as important to highlight.
The University of Gibraltar invites applications for a permanent position to teach on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered by the School of Business for the academic year 2023/24 onwards i.e. commencing in September 2023. The position would ideally suit those seeking to apply their experience in a new setting. Applicants are expected to hold a PhD (or recognised equivalent) or a good Master’s degree with significant (relevant) industry experience. Applicants should also have ideally, a minimum two years’ teaching experience in Higher Education (including experience within the United Kingdom) and some relevant industry experience. Previous overseas work experience is also desirable.
They are looking for a candidate who is able to teach a variety of modules in the areas of management and finance, including but not to limited to: Organisational Behaviour, Management Strategy, Intercultural Management, Entrepreneurship, Investment Analysis and Corporate Finance.
The Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford is seeking to appoint a Quantitative Researcher with expertise in the statistical analysis of quantitative data on migration and migrants for a period of one year, with the possibility of extension. The post holder will work on analysing quantitative data from different research projects and will be accountable to the Principal Investigator of the projects, Professor Carlos Vargas-Silva. The projects in which the researcher will work include Aligning Migration Management and the Migration Development Nexus, a large research project with the core ambition of creating new knowledge on migration, development and policy.