CFP Difficult Conversations Concerning Identity & Difference

“PublicationCall for extended abstracts: Difficult Conversations Concerning Identity and Difference, Special issue of Human Communication Research. Deadline: November 7, 2021.

Guest Editors: Srividya Ramasubramanian, Syracuse University and Jordan Soliz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

From community dialogues about polarizing social issues to managing different ideologies and identities in families to critical conversations about different lived experiences (e.g., differences in experiences of bias and discrimination, experiences with chronic illness and disability), our daily lives are often infused with conversations that can be characterized as difficult, contentious, uncomfortable, or anxiety-inducing often requiring courageous, bold, and vulnerable engagement by individuals, organizations, and communities.

Further, popular conceptions of what constitutes “appropriate” conversations can often silence dissent, suppress voices of marginalized communities, or ignore experiences of individuals. These difficult conversations and dialogue are often necessary to achieve social justice goals, to build inclusive community or relational solidarity, to enhance individual well-being, to critically engage social issues and truth-telling, or to serve as the foundation for community-led initiatives to enact social change. As such, we benefit from additional inquiries, theorizing, and critical examination on what contributes to effective and empowering conversations in these contexts as well as the personal, social, institutional, and cultural factors that influence engagement in and outcomes of these interactions.

Dialogues for Artists in a Changing World (Malaysia but Online)

EventsDialogues for Artists in a Changing World: Florescence, Neuroaesthetics, and Intercultural Art, University Pendidakan Sultan Idris, Selangor, Malaysia, Online, October 1, 2021.

Dialogues for Artists in a Changing World

Florescence is the term used to refer to flowering; a potent image that recurs throughout art history with shifting contexts and symbolism. Lida Sherafatmand, co-author of the Manifesto of Florescencism, will discuss her belief in the power of art to contribute to social and environmental equilibrium, and its ability to resonate beyond geographic borders. Dr. Ramin Hajianfard, Senior Lecturer in Art & Design at the University Pendidakan Sultan Idris, Malaysia, whose research interests include peace painting and intercultural aesthetics, will participate as well. Touching on the importance of art having an awareness of other disciplines, including psychology and social science, the conversation will explore the political power of an aesthetics of gentle beauty and the importance for painting to be in constant conversation with many different spheres, as well as how research into neuroaesthetics can widen the scope of understanding of the ways in which art interacts with and affects viewers.

The event is scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2021. The times are as follows:
Malaysia – 10.50pm / 11pm start
Central Europe – 4.50pm / 5pm start
UK/Ireland – 3.50pm / 4pm start
East Coast US – 10.50am / 11am start
West Coast US – 7.50am / 8am start

(Follow the link in the first paragraph to participate.)

KC6 Intercultural Capital Translated into Arabic

Key Concepts in ICDContinuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#6: Intercultural Capital, which Andreas Pöllmann wrote for publication in English in 2014, and which Mohammed Guamguami has now translated into Arabic.

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.

KC6 Intercultural capital_Arabic

Pöllmann, A. (2021). Intercultural capital [Arabic]. (M. Guamguami, Trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 6. Available from:

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

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CFP Historizing International Organizations

“PublicationCall for papers: Historizing International Organizations and Their Communication – Institutions, Practices, Changes, Special issue of Studies in Communication Sciences. Deadline: January 30, 2022.

The Thematic Section will focus on the history of international organizations and their communication. Since the second half of the 19th century, for numerous and diverse areas of social life, globally active international organizations of varying degrees of institutionalization and scope, both non-governmental and intergovernmental, have been founded and have dedicated themselves to the global challenges of the first modern age. The most famous of these is certainly the League of Nations, which was established in 1919 as the predecessor institution of the United Nations.

From a media-historical perspective, international organizations played a highly visible role in the transnational intertwining and consolidation processes of journalism, culture, media, politics, technology, and the public sphere in the 19th and 20th centuries. Against the background of the much-discussed boundaries between secret diplomacy and public diplomacy, especially after the First World War, such organizations contributed to the development of the first arenas and forms of international and transnational public spheres whose orientation was toward global governance. To spread their concerns and goals globally, they: constantly used the latest communication technologies and the growing diversity of the media for their communication; organized and professionalized their information work; and developed specific information-policy instruments and strategies for that purpose.

SUNY New Paltz: Communication & Culture (USA)

“JobAssistant Professor of Communication and Culture, Department of Communication, SUNY New Paltz, NY, USA. Deadline: Open until filled; posted September 10, 2021.

The Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz seeks an assistant professor of Communication and Culture beginning in Fall of 2022. We especially encourage applications from individuals who can bring diverse cultural and ethnic perspectives and experiences to the campus and who can advise and mentor all members of our diverse student body. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses such as: Communication Among Cultures; Storytelling and Culture; Nonverbal Communication; Communication, Culture, and Difference; Qualitative Research Methods; Interpersonal Communication Seminar.

A master’s program in Strategic Communication is being developed, and the successful candidate may also teach courses within that program. The normal teaching load is 9 credits per semester. Although teaching is the primary responsibility at SUNY New Paltz, scholarly work and ongoing service to the department and college are expected.

Rooted in Trust: Researcher (Colombia)


Researcher for Rooted in Trust, Colombia. Deadline: 14 October, 2021.


The Rooted in Trust project works to combat COVID-19 rumors and misinformation in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Brazil, Mali, DRC, Sudan and South Sudan. They work to create impact at the local level and inform approaches to rumor management at the global level. The project is supported by a Global Technical Advisory team made up of media, humanitarian, data science and information management experts. Phase 1 of the project collected more than 19 thousand rumors in 14 languages and supported more than 30 local trusted information providers. In this critical phase of the pandemic, the intent is to build on these efforts to listen and respond to information challenges faced by vulnerable groups in humanitarian contexts, encouraging open dialogue between citizens and scientists and stronger and more collaborative partnerships between information providers (such as local media) and humanitarian and health sources.

The Researcher will manage the implementation of research activities in Colombia. The Researcher will have a strong focus on how vulnerable and marginalized groups communicate to access information about COVID-19 related issues and how their use of online media intersects with their use of traditional media and other sources. Research activities include desk research, social media monitoring, Key Informant Interviews, Focus Group Discussions, capacity assessment interviews and field observations. The research will help to inform public health and humanitarian response agencies to better communicate key messages to the at-risk population.

Villanova U: Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication (USA)

“JobAssistant Professor in Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication, Communication Department, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, USA. Deadline: October 22, 2021.

The Department of Communication at Villanova University seeks applicants for a tenure track position in Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin Fall 2022. They are particularly interested in candidates whose scholarship examines and innovates in any of the following areas, especially within underserved or underrepresented groups: intercultural communication and social media/technology, intercultural/intergroup dialogue, interpersonal/intercultural communication competence, negotiation, conflict management, leadership, health, language, deception, affect, among others. The new hire will teach undergraduate and graduate courses on a 3-2 teaching load and pursue an active program of research. Service responsibilities will include student advising and mentoring, as well as curriculum development and assessment.

Call for Nominations: JIIC Editor

Professional OpportunitiesCall for Nominations/ Applications: Journal of International and Intercultural Communication Editor-Elect. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

The Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (JIIC) is a peer-reviewed publication of the National Communication Association (NCA). JIIC publishes original scholarship that expands understanding of international, intercultural, and cross-cultural communication. Widely interdisciplinary, JIIC features diverse perspectives and methods, including qualitative, quantitative, critical, and textual approaches to intellectual inquiry.

During 2022, NCA’s Publications Council will nominate an Editor-Elect (or co-Editors- Elect) for JIIC. The newly appointed Editor will begin processing manuscripts early in 2023 and will oversee the volumes for 2024-2026. The journal is published four times each year.

CFP CONAPP Undergraduate Conference 2022 (USA)

ConferencesCall for proposals, Consortium of North American Peace Programs (CONAPP) Undergraduate Peace and Justice Conference, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, USA. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

The Consortium of North American Peace Programs (CONAPP) invites proposals for The Unfinished Work: Students Enacting Radical Peace, the first undergraduate student-centered, peace and justice conference at Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania, USA), early June 2022. Masters and doctoral students, professors, and community members may attend, learn and dialogue, but presenters will only be undergraduates from Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Organizers invite proposals related to any of the following themes: peace, justice (food justice, restorative justice, prison abolition), sustainable development, human rights, conflict resolution/transformation, peace education, philosophy of peace and non-violence, climate change, and unsettling settler colonialism. You may also submit proposals that reflect peace-related themes not explicitly mentioned here. Proposals should specify the format: Workshops, Panels, Papers, Projects, Performances, Artworks.

CFP Intercultural Mediation, Citizenship & Social Development

“PublicationCall for papers: Intercultural Mediation, Citizenship & Social Development, Special issue of Lusophone Journal of Cultural Studies. Editors: Ana Maria Costa e Silva, Margarida Morgado, & Monika Hrebacková. Deadline: October 30, 2021.

We live in times of social crisis and emergency contexts due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation that has certainly affected people’s relationships in multicultural spaces and shaken their notion of citizenship, while we also witnessed serious threats to social living as we know it. There were probably references that lost their meaning and others that progressively invaded our realities and our imaginations. The state of emergency in which we live is complex at various levels, including prophylactic isolation, physical distancing from people, psychological and social violence, and increased vulnerabilities and inequalities in the most marginalized populations. This issue invites contributions on the various facets of intercultural mediation and the role of mediators in times of change such as these. It invites authors to consider the plural and multifaceted objectives of intercultural mediation in contexts of social transformation. The focus of the issue will be on trialled practices of intercultural mediation, the construction of multicultural citizenship, and the positive development of society, which are transformative and healing in a humanist logic of caring for the other and in terms of the possibility of reinterpreting society in contexts of crisis.

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