Agata Szkiela Profile

ProfilesAgata Szkiela is the Executive Director and founder of Translating Cultures©, a coaching and training company operating globally since 2005, which she created with her Canadian husband.
Agata Szkiela

She has been a Senior Lecturer at the European Academy of Diplomacy for almost 12 years, focusing mainly on cross-cultural communication, intercultural business etiquette, indigenous and aboriginal people, cultural shock, dimensions of culture and intercultural competence, intercultural dimension of diplomacy and cultural differences in business environment. She has over 15 years of professional experience in a multicultural diplomatic environment and UN structures.

Apart from her role as an intercultural educator, she is also a Global Mindset and Cultural Transition Coach, as well as Intercultural Business Communication and Relocation Trainer, working with such global companies as Communicaid, CultureWaves, Brookfield Global Relocation Services or ICUnet.AG. Her main interests and research concentrate around intercultural coaching, cross-cultural leadership and multinational team management as well as cultural identity and cultural shock. She is an active member of the SIETAR Poland training group and does pro bono intercultural education classes for kindergarten kids.

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Agata Szkiela has served as a reviewer for translations into Polish.

CFP State of the Art in Creative Tourism (Portugal)

The State of the Art in Creative Tourism
Leading Research | Advanced Practices | Future Trajectories
1-2 June 2017
Coimbra, Portugal

Call for Proposals
Deadline: February 14, 2017

This conference has two aims:
First, to bring together leading creative tourism researchers with creative tourism networks and practitioners to outline “the state of the art” – the main lines of research and key issues in both the research and practice of creative tourism. What is the state of the art within creative tourism research and practice? What are the leading trends and contextualizing influences today? What are the key questions and issues to be addressed going forward?

Second, to inform the development of a creative tourism network – CREATOUR – focusing on small cities and rural areas within the Norte, Centro, Alentejo and Algarve regions of Portugal. We are eager to learn from creative tourism efforts internationally that can advise the network’s development and the array of creative tourism practices to be conducted by the pilot initiatives within CREATOUR.

What is creative tourism?
Creative tourism offers visitors the opportunity to develop their creative potential through active participation in workshops, courses and other learning experiences that are characteristic of the destination where they are taken. Creative tourism allows visitors to deepen contact with the local culture by directly participating in cultural/creative activities and being involved in the creative life of the destination (rather than just displaying creative products, for example). The creative tourism approach allows the destination communities and regions to benefit from significant advantages, and enables artistic and other creative activities to play a driving role in broader socio-economic development.

In the early 2000s, creative tourism emerged as a reaction against “mass cultural tourism” approaches as consumers sought more authentic and engaging experiences and desired to cultivate their own creativity through tourism. Originally, creative tourism referred mainly to active learning experiences, often linked to tangible cultural elements such as crafts, and this stream continues to be vibrant in creative tourism. Added to this, a shift towards a more extensive relationship between tourism and the creative industries is also observed, moving from a focus on specific forms of culture to creative content more generally and the platforms that make the distribution of this content possible. This new wave of creative tourism embodies an approach centred on “contemporary creativity, innovation and intangible content” (OECD 2014: 7), although it may use traditional culture as a source of inspiration. Becoming more than just a new tourism niche, this represents a source of innovation and an expansion of tourism as a whole.

Creative tourism experiences combine different creative content elements and engage with creative lifestyles. Visitors or consumers want to be actively involved in creative experiences and activities. Creative tourism consumers desire to “go where the creativity is” and to directly participate in creation and co-creation activities. They are increasingly playing a co-creation role in the development of creative experiences, sharing knowledge, and contributing skills to the creative experiences. Creative tourism experiences are not only economically valuable, but may stimulate the development of new ideas, products, and services through the interactions, conversations, and co-creation experiences that occur.

Furthermore, creative experiences must be embedded in the destination so that “people have a reason to be creative in a particular place. Destinations have to identify characteristic creative content and activities that connect with the needs of visitors and residents” (OECD 2014: 54). Creative tourism involves collaboration with a wide range of actors to develop “dispersed value networks” (p. 7).

The highest-profile creative tourism platforms are in cities well known as creative centres (e.g., Paris, Barcelona, Santa Fe) or linked with popular films and music (e.g., Lord of the Rings and Wellington, New Zealand; Korean new wave cinema and music, with various sites). However, other initiatives, for example, in Canada and Japan, have been developed from regional or small-town contexts.

Who is organizing?
The conference is organized within the project CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas (Desenvolver Destinos de Turismo Criativo em Cidades de Pequena Dimensão e em Áreas Rurais). The overall objective of CREATOUR is to develop and pilot an integrated approach and research agenda for creative tourism in small cities and rural areas in Portugal, developing strong links within and amongst regions. CREATOUR is a national three-year project (2016-2019) funded under the Joint Activities Programme of PORTUGAL 2020, by COMPETE2020, POR Lisboa, POR Algarve and Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.


CFP Engaging Together Globally: EU and Central Asia Grants

CALL: ENGAGING TOGETHER GLOBALLY: The European Union and Central Asia
European Commission Grant Opp ID: 164216 | Collaboration or Cooperative Agreement Program or Curriculum Development or Provision
Deadline: 02 February 2017 17:00:00

€1.5 million has been budgeted for this topic for 2017. The budget amounts for the 2017 budget are indicative and will be subject to a separate financing decision to cover the amounts to be allocated for 2017. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. This does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. Coordination and support action: Funding rate: 100%. Participants may ask for a lower rate.

Specific Challenge:
In-spite of its undisputable importance as a region located at a strategic crossroad to the Far East, as a rich reservoir of natural resources and as an area of traditional trade relations with Europe, Central Asia has been rather neglected by the major global players in the post-Soviet era. Only in more recent years, the political and economic developments in the five countries of the region – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – have received more attention. Challenges related to weak governments, abuse of power and corruption, divided societies, border disputes and ethnic tensions have led to increasing political and religious militancy and the creation of extremist groups which potentially represent non-negligible suppliers of forces to the radical political and religious movements in the neighbouring countries. Today’s relevance of Central Asia in general and to the trade, security and development strategies of the European Union[1] and other world powers in particular is, however, not reflected in the level of attention which the region is given from a scientific, social sciences and humanities point of view. Not only are Central Asian Studies less of a priority for European research centres, but European researchers in this field are also not sufficiently coordinated and their work is not adequately linked to policymaking.

Taking into account the need for a more intensive and properly coordinated research in the field of Central Asian Studies and the need for closer links to EU policy making, a network of European researchers will be created which, in cooperation with researchers from Central Asian countries, will:
• through mapping the current state of affairs in the field of Central Asian Studies in Europe and European Studies in Central Asia, recommend relevant new forms and priorities for future EU scientific cooperation in social sciences and the humanities with the region;
• through mapping the current state of political, economic, trade, cultural and any other relations between the EU and its Member States with Central Asian countries as well as between Central Asian countries and countries in the rest of Asia, and analysing results of the existing measures and tools supporting them, recommend future priorities for European policy making. These recommendations should be prepared in close cooperation with any other relevant European and Central Asian stakeholders (e.g. local, regional and state authorities, not-for-profit sectors, representatives of businesses, etc.);
• prepare an awareness-raising dissemination and communication strategy for the promotion of Central Asia and its role for Europe, which could be used by a variety of stakeholders (e.g. education, media, EU public sphere in general).

Any consortium submitting a proposal to this call should ensure a balanced representation of partners from countries in Central Asia.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the order of EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. This does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

CFP Intercultural Horizons (Croatia)

Intercultural Horizons Conference
May 18-19th, 2017
Rijeka, Croatia

The conference committee will be accepting proposals through January 15th 2017!

This edition will be hosted by the University of Rijeka – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences thanks to a long-standing relationship with faculty there. The event is organized by Siena Italian Studies and the Foundation for Intercultural Exchange (formerly known as the International Center for Intercultural Exchange).

The theme for this edition is Innovative Approaches to Education for Democratic Culture and Inclusive Societies.  We look forward to welcoming back Martyn Barrett (University of Surrey, UK) and Robert Bringle (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA) and are thrilled to welcome for the first time Michael Byram (University of Durham, UK) and Petra Rauschert (University of Munich) as Keynote Speakers.

For more information on the event, the keynote speakers and the call for proposals please visit the conference website.

CFP Postcolonial Mediations (Amsterdam)

Call for proposals:
Fourth Annual ACGS Conference: Postcolonial Mediations: Globalisation and Displacement conference
Amsterdam, 26-27 October2017

*Keynote speakers:*
Victoria Bernal (Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, US) Paula Chakravartty (Associate Professor Media, Culture and Communication, New York University, New York, US) Iain Chambers (Professor of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies, Oriental University, Naples, Italy)

Postcolonial thinking has challenged the stability of discourses on culture, globalisation, economics, human rights and politics. Postcolonial thinking, as a form of mediation and displacement of worldviews, triggered a re-evaluation of the complex connections between culture, class, economy, gender and sexuality. This conference aims to engage with such postcolonial displacements.

Displacement can be seen under the rubric of mobility and its many forms today, most tellingly discernible in the forced movements of peoples in the wake of wars, and the concomitant crises this provokes around issues of “culture and civilization”, and its gendered, religious and raced dimensions. The refugee crisis in Europe is an important case in point.

Cultural productions from the non-West continue to displace received understandings of other cultures and societies (Chow, 2002, Narayan, 1997) while contemporary political movements draw inspiration from postcolonial struggles as they deploy new media forms, as Howard Caygill (2013) has recently shown in his analyses of the Gandhian non-violence movement, the continuing Maoist rebellions and their relation to the Zapatistas and the /Indignados. /The shifting contours of gender and sexual politics, and the critique of stable identities provoked by queer politics and theory, are also producing displacements, in the discourse and practice of the politics of rights. Local, regional and national politics often challenge universal rights claims. e.g. the controversies around the relevance of “Global Queer” (Altman, 1996).

The postcolonial is understood here simultaneously as a mediating and a displacing series of interventions, which demands engagement with contemporary understandings of globalisation.

We invite papers that explore the complexity of postcolonial mediations in their interaction with the displacements of globalisation through theoretical and empirical analyses.

*Possible topics* include:

1. How can a postcolonial perspective inform newer understandings of contemporary forms of cultural, political and economic globalisation? For example, what does the “neo-colonial” turn (Mignolo) imply for thinking globalisation’s many dimensions today? What purchase might postcolonial perspectives (including postcolonial self-critique) have in the context of “planetary” (Spivak) developments, discussions of “Empire” and “Multitude” (Hardt/Negri) and articulations of “singular” (Jameson) and alternative modernities?

2. Migration in its many forms has centralized displacement as a crucial feature of globalisation. How might a postcolonial perspective further a contemporary engagement with the displacements of peoples in the wake of economic globalisation, political crises, human rights crises, and the ongoing militarization of the globe? How can the figures of the “migrant”, the “refugee” and the “asylum-seeker”, for example, be rethought given their contemporary reformulations by nation-states and transnational entities such as the EU and other multilateral deportation/resettling schemes in Asia?

3. Queer theory has long argued that gender and sexuality are not external dimensions to be “added” onto considerations of subjectivity but intrinsic to how “human” subjectivities are lived, transformed and theorized. How do contemporary forms of displacement register at the level of gender and sexual politics? And how might queer forms of thinking intervene, mediate, displace or consolidate racist, sexist, transphobic, and hetero-normative discourses in the wake of globalisation, often under the rubric of culture and civilization?

4. Contemporary forms of globalisation are not only represented but also actively constructed through forms of media engagement, from political mobilization through social media to filmic and televisual cultural practices. These mediated forms of global politics demand different forms of analysis while also provoking transformations in how we theorize media themselves. How can “mediation” be confronted and theorized given the postcolonial dimensions of contemporary globalisation?

5. The contours of globalisation in terms of borders, the nation-states and transnational communities are being displaced and redrawn in the content of contemporary economic, political and military crises. How might postcolonial perspectives furnish cognitive and affective mappings of the overlaps and disjunctions of political and cultural cartographies?

6. Given that a “postcolonial perspective” unites competing perspectives (e.g. the literary, the politico-economic, the Marxist, the postmodernist) rather than a unified and homogeneous body of arguments, what are the contemporary forms of internal displacement within the field?

Contributions from fields from across the social sciences or humanities are invited.

*Please submit an abstract (200-300 words) and short bio (max. 100 words) by 1 February 2017 to AGCS.

Notice of acceptance will be given by 1 May 2017.
Conference fee: 50 Euros (25 Euros for PhD students).
Conference dinner: 25 Euros.

Sudeep Dasgupta (University of Amsterdam), John Nguyet Erni (Hong Kong Baptist University), Aniko Imre (University of Southern California), Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam), Sandra Ponzanesi (Utrecht University), Raka Shome (National University of Singapore)

CFP Transnational Journalism History (Ireland)

Transnational Journalism History
Deadline: February 1, 2017

The second annual conference on Transnational Journalism History is seeking papers that deal with any aspect of the history of journalism and mass communications that transcends national borders.

This year’s conference will be June 9-10 in Dublin, Ireland. Keynote speaker will be Marcel Broersma of the University of Groningen.

The conference is sponsored jointly by the journalism and mass communication programs at Dublin City University and Augusta University.

Conference planners anticipate at least one book to result from the 2016 inaugural conference and the 2017 conference. Abstracts of 250 words (for research-in-progress) or full papers (for completed projects) should be submitted to by February 1, 2017. Submissions will be blind reviewed.

Any questions may be addressed to Debbie van Tuyll or Mark O’Brien.

Central College Job Ad: Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Peace Communication

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and/or Peace Communication)
Central College (Iowa)

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, tenure-line appointment beginning August 2017.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates should have a PhD (ABD may apply) in Communication Studies or relevant field and some evidence of scholarly productivity.

POSITION:  Candidates should be committed to undergraduate teaching and have an understanding of and appreciation for the liberal arts environment.  Responsibilities for this position include teaching introduction to communication theory and a presentation course in addition to developing and teaching upper level courses in conflict resolution, negotiation and/or peace studies.  Applicants should be able to teach in these areas of communication as they apply to at least two of the following: interpersonal, intergroup, intercultural, organizational, community, national, and/or international contexts.  Specific foci may include, but are not limited to, negotiation, mediation, peace communication, conflict/dispute resolution, and/or multicultural or international dialogue.  The successful candidate will be expected to participate in curriculum development and be able to teach the College’s first-year or senior-year interdisciplinary seminar. In addition to teaching, all faculty at Central College are expected to participate in the life of the college and to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to professional development.

The Communication Studies Department provides students with a broad-based exposure to the process of creating messages, meaning and relationships in a broad array of contexts. In an effort to cultivate critical thinking, clear writing, articulate speaking and proficiency with technology, our students study communication within a variety of contexts, particularly those related to media citizenship, civic responsibility, professional engagement, and personal relationships. Through a combination of theoretical grounding and applied experience, we prepare our majors for a range of careers, enable them to participate productively in a democratic culture, and instill in them a desire for life-long learning.  This position represents a new area of emphasis for the department and one which affirms Central’s commitment to this interdisciplinary focus area.  The faculty in the department and across the Central campus interact in an academically stimulating and congenial environment with a focus on student success.   100% of communication studies majors complete at least one internship and 66% participate in one of Central’s off-campus domestic or international semester programs.

Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.

To apply for this position please visit  Review of applications will commence January 30, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background investigation.  Please submit the following materials online:
1.a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position.  Please discuss your interest in developing as a teacher and scholar in an undergraduate, liberal arts college
2.a curriculum vita
3.copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
4.a one-page statement of teaching philosophy
Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate’s qualifications and official transcripts can be sent electronically to or mailed to:  Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.
Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace.  Academic positions at Central College use E-verify.

EIUC Training for International Electoral Observers (Italy)

Training seminar for International Electoral Observers

Admissions to the two, three-day, modules (20-22 March 2017 and 23-25 March 2017) of the Training seminar for International Electoral Observers are open until 12 February 2017, early bird 22 January 2017.
Location: Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice Lido (Italy)

Open and legitimate elections are the indispensable foundation for sustainable development and an effective democracy. Actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a major role in sustaining peace, security and conflict prevention. Support takes the form of electoral assistance projects and election observation missions. This requires skilled and trained observers.
Target: The two modules are devoted to those applicants with no experience in election observation or to those observers who have participated to a maximum of two missions as short term observers.

Eligibility: Lectures are conceived for an audience of graduates mainly in Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar who want to address international election observation from a multi-disciplinary approach that will be useful in further engagements on the field.

Training language: all courses will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently.

Enroll by 22 January 2017 to receive a 10% discount

CFP Community College of Qatar Humanities Conference

Call for Papers
4th Community College of Qatar (CCQ) Humanities Conference
March 29th through Thursday, March 30th 2017
Conference theme: “A Nation in Transition”

Transition is fundamentally about change. William Bridges (Transition: Making Sense of Life’s Changes, 2004), asserts that transition is a process that involves three stages: an ending, a neutral zone and in time, a new beginning. While the latter stage is ideal, most agree that transition is an unquestionable and undeniable force of such magnitude that it is capable of building or shattering nations. From the prolific changes in Post-Communist Europe to the Arab Spring to the ambitious pursuits of Qatar’s 2030 National Vision of Human, Social, Environmental and Economic Development, our world exists in a perpetual state of transition. We yearn for transition because it moves us forward. It fosters development, growth, harmony, awareness and acceptance. And, at its best, it can produce profound transformations politically, economically and socially.

The purpose of this conference is to explore and examine the various challenges and successes of transition that countries have encountered and continue to encounter through topics such as, but not limited to, human capital, education, family, gender roles, tradition, religion, the media, government, globalization, the economy, the environment, differently-abled and disenfranchised persons. Even more importantly, this conference will examine lessons learned from past failures, identify strategies for successful transition, and help us recognize and acknowledge our roles and responsibilities to move all nations forward to a brighter future.

We invite and welcome scholarly interdisciplinary submissions (abstracts) rooted in the field of humanities from professionals and graduate students that pertain to issues relative to nations in transition. The abstracts should be between 250 to 500 words.

All submissions are due by January 30, 2017. Early submissions are recommended. Please send your proposals to: Further conference details and information will be posted on the conference website soon.

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