Global call for submissions: IMAGE + BIAS. Deadline: Free workshop using Artivive is May 4, 2021; submissions deadline extended to May 23, 2021.
The Goethe-Institut, Gray Area, Fotomuseum Winterthur, and Artivive are launching an open call for artists, designers, and the general public to submit creative representations on the subject of bias. Submissions should articulate our ongoing concerns with technology’s growing ability to alter people’s visual perception of reality. Submissions may explore discriminatory, misrepresentational, and biased apparatuses or express thought-provoking ideas on how to deal with the perpetuation of bias by technology. Technology is never neutral but a reflection of the biases in our society. Images play an important role in that context: fake photos and videos created with deep neural networks threaten privacy, democracy, and national security. Vision recognition systems skew gender, race, and class differences and become vehicles of discrimination. Underdeveloped AI models misrepresent the health disparities faced by minority populations.
FREE workshops will guide participants through new approaches to storytelling with augmented reality using 2D and 3D animations and videos. These introductory workshops require no prior experience and will introduce artists, graphic designers, illustrators, and the general public to the app and how to use it to bring their projects to life. One remains: May 4, 2021 at 9 a.m. PST.
The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program is accepting applications from U.S. institution of higher education to host a scholar from outside of the United States for a semester or full academic year to teach courses, assist in curriculum development, guest lecture, develop study abroad/exchange partnerships and engage with the campus and the local community. Interested campuses should complete the S-I-R Host Interest Survey by May 15, 2021. The program application deadline is October 15, 2021. Contact SIR@iie.org for more information.
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.
The notion of alternative narratives and alternative perspectives is important for the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) and will be central to this year’s Mixed Migration Review. MMC is inviting young researchers and writers on migration to enter a short essay competition – the 5 winners will have their essays published in a section of the MMR2021 dedicated to “Alternative voices” and receive a prize of USD 1,500 each.
The competition is open to writers from and based in Asia, Africa and Latin American countries who are 30 years of age or younger. The winning essays will offer original analysis, alternative narrative or new perspectives of mixed migration and related issues, from the global south, as well as the specific region where the authors are based. The subject matter can relate to any aspect included in mixed migration such as: the politics or trends around migration or displacement; human smuggling or human trafficking; refugees and asylum issues; immobility; human mobility and climate change; migration myths, misconceptions or biases. The perspective can be local or regional, conceptual or based on cases studies. The short essay will be between 1,500-2,000 words long.
The Smithsonian Institution’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world in Washington, DC, until May 31, 2021.
Through digital storytelling, the festival amplifies the work of diverse practitioners who explore the power of language to connect the past, present, and future. Since 2016, the annual festival has celebrated International Mother Language Day on February 21. The sixth annual festival will take place via a monthly online screening series from February 21 to May 31, 2021.
Many of these films would be valuable in teaching about cultural differences, if not intercultural dialogue explicitly. The theme this year is The Healing Power of Storytelling.
Marlena Pompino, MA, is Assistant to the Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Projects at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and Rule of Law in Heidelberg, Germany.
Marlena Pompino has an undergraduate double major in English Studies, focusing on Linguistics, and Economic Sciences, with a minor in Intercultural German Studies. She spent her final year in Namibia, in order to learn more about that beautiful continent and its diverse cultures, tribes, and people. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Media and Communication Management from the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. Her thesis was titled: Interculturality: Between real diversity and fake stereotypes – a comparative content analysis of corporate content communication around the world.
The Assistant Director for Intercultural Learning & Program Director for Mozaiko Living-Learning Community reports to the Director of Cranwell International Center and serves as the leader of intercultural learning efforts within Cranwell International Center and the Mozaiko Living-Learning Community.
The selected individual must be a seasoned educator with an unrelenting commitment to student success, learning, and diversity, with a Master’s degree in intercultural communication, language education, international affairs, counseling, student affairs, higher education administration, or related field.
Weave’s Program Assistant works across each of Weave’s strategic priorities to ensure the operational efficiency and relational focus of the Weave team. This role serves as the primary contact for all inquiries to Weave, offering a warm response to emails, social media, community hub posts, and website correspondence. The Program Assistant will work with Weave team members to coordinate speaking engagements, manage relationships with Weave’s supporters, and support logistics for Weave events.
The Assistant must be highly organized with an ability to monitor and manage multiple moving workstreams to accomplish project success. The Program Assistant is also a skilled communicator and will write correspondence to Weavers and Weave supporters along with content for Weave’s website and social media. The ideal candidate has passion for Weave’s mission, enjoys organizing effective systems, and is at ease getting to know new people of all backgrounds.
Weave: The Social Fabric Project was started by columnist David Brooks and the Aspen Institute in May of 2018 to counter a culture of hyper-individualism in the US that has left Americans divided, isolated and unhappy. This crisis of connection and decline in social trust has led to rising rates of addiction and suicide, persistent inequality and discrimination, and gridlocked politics. Yet in every community, some people have chosen to weave the social fabric by investing in relationships, making commitments to others and creating connection. These “Weavers” are all different. Some work at a suicide hotline, a mentoring program or in schools. Others run a coffee shop where everybody feels at home. Still others just gather neighbors to talk or stop to listen when they see someone distraught. They lead with love, creating countercultural islands where connection and community are more important than ego and self. You will find their stories at WeAreWeavers.org.
The Department of Communications and New Media (CNM) at the National University of Singapore invites applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas: global media and communication, environmental communication, media industry studies, intercultural communication, science and technology studies, development communication, digital technology and social change, global media governance, media communication in Asia and/or Southeast Asia. CNM offers an undergraduate double degree with the School of Business; undergraduate minors in Interactive Media Development and Cultural Studies, the Cultural Studies in Asia PhD programme, and a new Master of Social Science in Communication programme. It has research concentrations in media and publics, critical theory, cultural studies, communication policy, computation and creativity, health communication. Successful candidates for this position will join an engaging community of 46 full-time faculty, 13 part-time instructors, and approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate students.
On January 27th 2021, as part of Fielding Graduate University’s first Alumni Conference themed Global Leading and Learning in the Next Decade, Coordinated Management of Meaning Institute (CMMi) board members co-organized a panel dialogue on “Overcoming Polarized Narratives.” Four of this year’s CMMi Fellows shared their work in this theme, and four board members set the context.
In the context of global leading and learning in the next decade, we can say that overcoming polarized narratives is a key competence for leaders in the context of the relationships that they facilitate with their organizations, be they single entities, communities, networks, nations, or international cooperatives. From a communication perspective, we see the constitutive role of metaphor in overcoming polarized narrative as critical. In addition to watching the video, it is possible to also download slides.