Migration Policy Institute: Human Services (USA)


Research Assistant – Human Services Initiative. Migration Policy Institute, Washington, D.C. Deadline: 9 August, 2021.


The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions. MPI’s Human Services Initiative (HSI) is an interdisciplinary policy laboratory developing innovative, evidence-based, and politically feasible solutions to address a broad range of immigration issues affecting children and families, humanitarian populations, and intersections between immigration and health and human services programs. The Research Assistant must quickly achieve proficiency across the range of projects that MPI’s HSI is engaged in and provide critical project management, research and administrative support, and logistical planning to advance MPI’s mission. The incumbent is expected to have strong research and writing skills in English, with Spanish also preferred. The successful candidate will begin as soon as possible; this position is ideally based in Washington, DC, but qualified candidates requesting remote work options will be considered.

Portal: A Bridge to Unity (Lithuania/Poland)

Applied ICDPORTAL: A Bridge to Unity. On May 26, 2021, Vilnius (in Lithuania) and Lublin (Poland) became the first two cities to connect through PORTAL. This visual bridge brings people of different cultures together, encouraging them to rethink the feeling and meaning of unity.

PORTAL brings a new approach to unity, especially important in times like these when we are being separated by extremely viral polarizing ideas and narratives. As the author and the initiator of the project, Vilnius-based Benediktas Gylys Foundation says, it’s time to transcend the sense of separation and to become the pioneers of a united planet.

Every day there is less room left for dialogue, empathy, and compassion, for feeling and being united in our home – a tiny spaceship Earth rapidly decaying due to too many of them, and too little of us.

The project is not a simple one-timer; organizers plan to connect the world by dozens of PORTALS in the near future. The aim is to involve communities and encourage a public movement that would create social experiments, unexpected reactions, and most important – the unity of different cultures and its’ people in the long run. Reykjavik (Iceland) and London (UK) are next in line.

KC7 Intergroup Relations (IGR) Dialogue Translated into French

Key Concepts in ICDContinuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC7: Intergroup Relations (IGR) Dialogue, which Sherry Perlmutter Bowen wrote in English in 2014, and which Mohammed Guamguami has now translated into French.

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.

KC7 IGR Dialogue_FrenchBowen, S. P. (2021). Le dialogue de relations intergroupes. (M. Guamguami, Trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 7. Available from: https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/kc7-igr-dialogue_french.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

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

NYU: Visiting Scholars, Asian/Pacific/American Institute (USA)

Professional Opportunities

Visiting Scholars, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University. New York, USA. Deadline: 16 August 2021.


The A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar Program extends specified courtesy titles and privileges to scholars of distinction who visit the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University in order to engage in research and scholarship, and in general scholarly and cultural interaction with New York University’s faculty and students. The courtesy title may not be granted for the purpose of providing free courses or other privileges to graduate or post-graduate students, or for the sole purpose of providing library privileges. Visiting Scholars are considered guests of the University and the A/P/A Institute who may visit for a temporary period of up to one year (2021-22, renewable). The title Visiting Scholar may be granted to scholars who hold academic appointments elsewhere, to those who have no academic affiliation, or to younger scholars who are sufficiently proficient in their disciplines to be accepted as colleagues by the University’s faculty, but who have yet to obtain academic appointments.

NOTE: There are also other programs of potential interest at A/P/A.

KC22 Cultural Identity Translated into French

Key Concepts in ICDContinuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#22: Cultural Identity, which Vivian Hsueh-Hua Chen wrote in English in 2014, and which Mohammed Guamguami has now translated into French.

As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download the PDF. Lists organized chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, 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.

KC22 Cultural identity_FrenchChen, V. H.-H. (2019). L’identité culturelle. (M. Guamguami, trans.) Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 22. Available from: https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/kc22-cultural-identity_french.pdf

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes a series of short briefs describing Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue. Different people, working in different countries and disciplines, use different vocabulary to describe their interests, yet these terms overlap. Our goal is to provide some of the assumptions and history attached to each concept for those unfamiliar with it. As there are other concepts you would like to see included, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. If there are concepts you would like to prepare, provide a brief explanation of why you think the concept is central to the study of intercultural dialogue, and why you are the obvious person to write up that concept.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Hala Asmina Guta Profile


Hala Asmina Guta is Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.


Hala Guta

She holds a PhD in Mass Communication from Ohio University, USA. Prior to Qatar University, she taught at Ohio University and in Saudi Arabia. Her research interests include global and transnational communication, gendered communication, communication for social change; and the intersection of communication, culture, and identity. Her publications and conference presentations include papers on the role of culture in communication, communication role in peace building in societies emerging from conflict, and the role media and other cultural institutions play in social change and the construction of identity.

Selected Publications:

Guta, H. (2020). Periphery of the peripheries: Women in Al Jazeera Arabic news. Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/ajms_00032_1

Guta, H. (2020).  Sectarian politics online: Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. In M. Karolak & N. Allam (Eds.), Gulf Cooperation Council culture and identities in the new millennium: Resilience, transformation, (re)creation and diffusion (pp. 33-52). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

Guta, H. (2019).  Al Jazeera: Non-violence and peace journalism. In H. Sadig (Ed.), Al Jazeera in the Gulf and the World: Is it redefining global communication ethics? (pp. 191-220). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

Guta, H., & Karolak, M. (2015). Veiling and blogging: Social media as sites of identity negotiation and expression among Saudi women. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 16(2), 115-127.

Karolak, M., & Guta, H. (2015). Intercultural communication in the context of Saudi Arab tertiary education. In R. Raddawi (Ed.), Intercultural communication with Arabs: Studies in educational, professional and societal contexts (pp.41-56). New York: Springer.

Guta, H. (2010). Mass media and peace-building in Sudan. In C. Nwokeafor & K. Langmia (Eds.), Media and technology in emerging African democracies (pp. 155-176). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Guta, H. (2009). The politicization of the education system: Implications for peace in Sudan. Africa Media Review, 17(1&2), 77-94.

Work for CID:
Hala Asmina Guta serves as a reviewer for Arabic.

UNESCO: Director for Communication and Information Strategy & Policy (France)


Director for Communication and Information Strategy & Policy. UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 13 September, 2021 (extended).

Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, the incumbent is responsible for providing intellectual and strategic leadership and vision to support UNESCO’s global mandate in the various fields of communication and information, including freedom of expression and the safety of journalists, universal access to information, media development and media and information literacy, innovation and digital transformations, and documentary heritage. In collaboration with UNESCO’s worldwide network of field offices, the incumbent will inform the development of UNESCO’s activities and initiatives, including by providing policy analysis and advice, to better meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This role does not include responsibility for UNESCO’s wider external communications, which is managed by the Department of Public Information.

Durham U: Community Liaison Lead in Race and Ethnicity (UK)


Community Liaison Lead in Race and Ethnicity. Durham University, Durham, UK . Deadline: 3 August, 2021.

Durham University is seeking a Community Liaison Lead in Race and Ethnicity for its Community, Participation and Engagement Services. The incumbent will be a recognized service specialist in handling matters related to race and ethnicity related community relations, engagement and liaison; implement changes to enhance the design and development of existing service processes, techniques and deliverables in the area of race and ethnicity related community relations, to extend and develop links with external agencies; provide specialist expertise and support with data and information sources, interpretation and analysis relevant to trends in race and ethnicity related community issues; etc. This is a part-time appointment on a two-year fixed-term.

Fellowships: Forced Migration & Refugee Studies 2021-22 (Germany)

FellowshipsForced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships (2021-2022), Germany. Deadline: First-round notice to successful applicants: early August 2021.

The cooperation project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT) aims to strengthen interdisciplinary forced migration and refugee research in Germany. It is jointly run by the Bonn International Center for Conversion, the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (University of Erlangen Nuremberg), the German Development Institute (Bonn) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (University of Osnabrück) and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. FFVT fellowships are granted to researchers or academics from abroad or with a refugee background working in the field of forced migration and refugee studies to support guest stays at (mainly) one of the collaborative partners of FFVT.  Fellowship allowances include a monthly scholarship and travel costs for 2–6 months between October 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.

CFP Language Conflict in Educational Settings

“PublicationCall for Chapters: The Impacts of Language Conflict in Educational Settings. Editors: Yliana V. Rodríguez & Adolfo Elizaincín. Deadline for expressions of interest only: August 1, 2021.

One of the many intriguing aspects of contact linguistics is conflict. Although language conflict between ethnic groups is sometimes wrongly perceived as political, economic or sociological in nature, it actually tends to result from language contact. Such conflicts negatively impact educational settings. How education can be used to settle language conflict has been documented to some extent. However, how language conflict interferes in the educational spheres has received much less attention.

For this purpose, the co-editors seek manuscripts looking into conflict linguistics in educational settings. Specifically, they are interested in manuscripts that address one or more of the framing questions listed in the call itself. Researchers interested in contributing to the volume are invited to submit chapter summaries of up to 1000 words for a chapter of 7000-9000 words. The summary should include your research question(s), theoretical and methodological frameworks, findings, and implications for future research.

%d bloggers like this: