Elenie Opffer Interview

“Interviews”Dr. Elenie Opffer was interviewed about the concepts of peacebuilding and safe space, on October 27, 2020, by Rehana Paul, CID intern.

Dr. Opffer answers the following questions:

  • What is peacebuilding and why is it important?
  • How are intercultural dialogue and peacebuilding related?
  • Describe your involvement in high conflict areas of Africa.
  • What are safe spaces, and why are they important?

For further information, see her one-page summaries:
Opffer, E. (2015). Peacebuilding. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 64.
Opffer, E. (2015). Safe space. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 71.


U libre de Bruxelles: Psychology of Migration (Belgium)

“JobPremier Assistant or Chargé de Cours in Social Psychology, Faculties of Psychological and Educational Sciences & Philosophy and Social Sciences, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. Deadline: 1 January 2021.

Full time academic position in the field of social psychology within the faculty of psychological and educational sciences and one of its research centers. The candidate should pursue research in social psychology as applied to the topics of migration, emigration, immigration and/or asylum.

The research agenda of this position is in line with the research programmes developed in the field of migration studies in the Faculty of Psychological and Educational Sciences (Center for Social and Cultural Psychology) and in the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences (Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality), as well as within the framework of the transdisciplinary centre Migration, Asylum, Multiculturalism, located within the Institute for European Studies of the ULB.


Ca’ Foscari U of Venice: Pedagogy & Social Education (Italy)

“JobAssistant Professor of Pedagogy, Theories of Education and Social Education, Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy. Deadline: 21 December 2020.

Ca’ Foscari is looking for a researcher in the area of Pedagogy, Theories of Education and Social Education, capable of inspiring students to become game-changers in their own fields and to make a genuine difference in the world.

The assistant professor will carry out research based on a precise knowledge of the authors and of the themes of educational sciences, adult education as well as the foundations of social and intercultural pedagogy, will focus on the deepening of the epistemic dimensions of pedagogy in relation to the issues of complexity and sustainability, on the analysis and reworking of curriculum theories, on the issues of initial training and professional development of teachers and the educational professions, on the relationship between formal and informal educational processes and the use of new digital technologies for learning.

CFP CALA 2021 (Philippines)

ConferencesCall for papers: GLOCAL CALA (Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology) 2021, University of The Philippines Diliman, Diliman, The Philippines, September 1-4, 2021. Deadline: January 1, 2021.

The GLOCAL CALA 2021 theme “Symbolism and New Society” describes the need for symbolic representation in a rapidly changing Asia. As has been the case throughout a larger global society, Asian societies have sought increasingly rapid change, seeking none less than online spaces to contextualize and to legitimize the effects of this rapid change. Here, recent events have patently mediated the shift to online interaction, a shift which has thus intensified the development, and possibly, the invention, of new symbolisms and symbolic clusters that now have limited use in offline spaces.

The GLOCAL CALA 2021 thus calls for renewed awareness and interpretations of Asian symbolisms in this new era, and asks that we seek new perspectives of these Asian complex symbolisms, in their global contexts. These interpretations increase in significance as the use of online virtual texts and textual modes now assume an authoritative stance over the real world, creating new realities and new real worlds that subvert ideologies of those old real worlds. This shift to symbolisms required to make sense of new virtual and old real worlds in this current era, will surely motivate dialogue.

Rehana Paul Profile

CID PeopleRehana Paul is currently pursuing a BA in International Studies from the School of International Service at American University in Washington DC, as well as a BS in Business Administration from American University’s Kogod School of Business.

Rehana PaulRehana is serving as an intern at CID in 2020, creating and editing a series of video interviews and working on CID’s social media channels. She has worked in journalism, communications, and marketing since 2018, the same year she founded Overachiever Magazine. OM is a digital platform for Asian women that explores the world from Asian women’s perspective, covering everything from politics to fashion to activism to culture.

Rehana wants to apply her experience in communications to policy writing, and eventually work in the field at the intersection of conflict resolution, counterterrorism, diplomacy, and policy.

Work for CID: Rehana is an intern at CID, and is conducting interviews to post to the site, and to YouTube.

Hearst Fellowship (Remote in 2021)


William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students, Washington, DC. Deadline: December 1, 2020.

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience.

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation seeks to inform and maximize the impact of grantmaking foundations, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and public-private partnerships through leadership development initiatives, convenings, and communications so that each can contribute to the good society at home and abroad.

Activities: In his/her/their internship, the Hearst Fellow undertakes research, writing, logistical, and administrative support for PSI’s leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings. The Hearst Fellow normally serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute, however, the Spring 2021 Fellow will work remotely. Fall and Winter/Spring fellows will work part-time (10-15 hours per week) and Summer fellows will be full-time. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student.

Rethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities (Online)

EventsRethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities, organized by Dialogue Society, 26 November 2020, Time: 09:15-17:30 GMT. Open to public; registration required.

The critical workshop will provide a forum for peers to exchange research, best practices, and ideas related to current and emerging issues associated with dialogue on a global scale. It will include a total of 13 paper presentations as well as key note speakers from different parts of the world addressing the following themes related to the concept of dialogue in the age of new challenges and opportunities. Questions to be addressed include:

  1. In the face of the rise of populist rhetoric around the world, how can dialogue be used to address the negative outcomes of populism?

  2. How can dialogue be utilised to deflate tensions in non-conflict situations?

  3. In the case of new dialogue spaces, in what ways can dialogue be beneficial and instrumental for various means, for instance, when we consider online communications tools, such as social media platforms?

  4. What are the challenges of doing dialogue in new spaces, e.g. on online/virtual platforms communication channels?

  5. What are the fresh challenges brought about by the current pandemic, Covid-19, which has driven people to online platforms?

Organizers hope these papers will help to provide new and useful insights for rethinking dialogue amid the explosion of new technologies that create spaces for discussion and debate and ensuing challenges.

ICD Exercise #1 Intercultural Meetups

ICD ExercisesIn response to the call for intercultural dialogue exercises, Marcella LaFever submitted one immediately. We’ve worked together on the template, and now have the first exercise ready to present. After thinking about it, it seems obvious that, rather than just publishing quick notes in multiple formats, these should be consistently presented and formatted, and so Intercultural Dialogue Exercises becomes the next publication series for CID.

The goal is to share best practices for how to facilitate intercultural dialogues. The most likely context will be as part of a course, or a workshop, but these may come from a wide variety of occasions and for a variety of audiences. This particular exercise was designed for a a first-year Intercultural Communication course based in Canada, as one response to having to move the course into a fully online format as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was also designed to occur over a semester, rather than in a single class meeting.

As with prior publications, ICD Exercises are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download.

ICD Exercise 1 LaFever

LaFever, M. (2020). Intercultural meetups. Intercultural Dialogue Exercises, 1. Available from:

If you have an exercise you’ve used that works, and you would like to share it, please submit it. All authors will be asked to answer the same set of questions, and to make the exercises available for others to use, thus these are being published with a Creative Commons license (as is the case for all CID publications). 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.

Intercultural Communication and Public Diplomacy (Ukraine but Online)

EventsIntercultural Communication and Public Diplomacy: Effective Education for Future Peacebuilders, Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts, Ukraine, November 25-26, 2020, Online conference.

The Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts, with the support of the Black Sea Trust of the German Marshall Fund (USA) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany), invite all interested parties to reflect on the following matters:

  • How the studies pertaining to intercultural communication and public diplomacy should evolve in order to meet the challenges of today’s world

  • What is the best place for such instruction in the higher education curriculum?

  • What agenda for intercultural communication and public diplomacy should define the post-university training of early career professionals in diplomatic service and other fields of international interactions?

  • How the schooling in question may encompass both theoretical and cases-based knowledge regarding cultural heritage, identities, and mentalities, as well as national minorities, indigenous peoples, and diasporas?

U Montréal: Faculty in Communication (Canada)


Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada. Deadline: January 31, 2020.

The Department of Communication invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor to fulfill research and teaching needs in the field of public relations, crisis management, stakeholder engagement, advocacy or relationships with governments. Candidates whose work addresses contemporary social issues, such as those related to diversity, equity and inclusion; health and accessibility; environment and sustainability; among other possibilities will be prioritized.

An adequate knowledge of the French language (written and spoken) or a strong commitment to attaining the proficiency level required, in accordance with the Université de Montréal’s Language Policy. An institutional learning support program is offered to all professors wishing to learn French or improve their communication skills.

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