Georgetown U: Labor, Migration & Racial Capitalism (USA)

“JobAssistant Professor in Labor, Migration, and Racial Capitalism and Provost Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. Deadline: 15 November 2022.

Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service invites applications for a Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow and tenure-line Assistant Professor position. They are seeking a scholar whose work addresses connections among labor, migrations and/or displacements, and processes of racialization and/or colonization, on a global scale. The scholar should deploy innovative methodologies to expand understanding of these on-going global processes and connect political economy to processes of racialization at different scales. Applicants are welcomed from a wide variety of disciplines and fields.

The Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellowship program is designed to bring in a cohort of new faculty from a wide range of backgrounds who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Provost’s Distinguished Fellows are on the tenure track and will be exempt from teaching and service duties in the first year of their appointments, devoting their full-time efforts to building their research program. Fellows will be assigned senior faculty mentors. After the first year, the Fellow will then begin as a tenure-line Assistant Professor, with a 2-2 teaching load. The new hire may be affiliated with at least one program housed in the School of Foreign Service based on their areas of research expertise.

IREX: Community Engagement Exchange Program (2023)

Professional OpportunitiesCommunity Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Washington, DC, USA. Deadline: 30 November 2022.

The CEE Program is a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues. CEE equips dedicated visionaries with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multisector approaches and build healthy and engaged communities in over 100 countries. A transformational leadership development experience, CEE is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 21-28, to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement.

Fellowship components include:

  • Three-month Practicum in the United States: IREX matches CEE fellows to civil society organizations throughout the United States. Designated supervisors and peers support the fellows through a three-month, hands-on professional practicum.

  • Leadership and Civic Engagement Academy: CEE fellows explore the program themes through interactive curriculum that includes service learning, face-to-face trainings, mentorship, professional coaching, and inclusion in a global network.

  • Community Engagement Project: With the help of their U.S. host organization and mentors, CEE fellows design and plan a community engagement project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.

  • Community Engagement Project Exchange: Select U.S. hosts and CEE specialists will travel to a CEE alumnus’ country and work collaboratively to support the fellow’s project implementation and bring back what they learn to strengthen communities across the United States or their home country.

Applicants must be age 21-28 at the time of application, living in their home country, that country must be on the list, and be active in community or civil society issues for at least 2 years. Applicants from historically marginalized or underrepresented groups such as women, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and people living in rural areas, are particularly encouraged to apply. The program covers all expenses plus a monthly allowance.

CFP Translating Otherness

“PublicationCall for  papers: Special Issue of Languages: Translating Otherness: Challenges, Theories, and Practices. Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2023; deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2023.

Guest editors: Dr. Paola Giorgis (Italy), Prof. Dr. Ivanka Mavrodieva (Bulgaria), Dr. Bilyana Todorova (Bulgaria), Dr. Andrea C. Valente (Canada).

“We are pleased to invite you to contribute to a Special Issue of Languages, in partnership with the European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue, following its 6th ESTIDIA Conference at Alicante University (June 2022, Spain). As ESTIDIA members and In Other Words (IOW) Dictionary researchers, we welcome contributions that explore issues, concerns, and dilemmas in the translation of the Other from various scholarly perspectives. Translation studies are is informed mostly by linguistics, literature, and psychoanalysis. Similarly, studies on Otherness tend to be interdisciplinary, being enriched mostly by discussions from critical discourse analysis, rhetoric, anthropology, and philosophy. Thus, this Special Issue aims to collect original and innovative studies that articulate theories and practices from interdisciplinary approaches in order to understand how Otherness travels and is translated into other languages and contexts.

The Special Issue aims to showcase micro and macro analysis of translated material, from word/morphological to semantic-pragmatic levels in interlinguistic, intersemiotic, and or intercultural translations of Otherness. We will collect articles that present and discuss challenges, theories, and/or empirical research in translating Otherness”

But Where Are You From From?

Intercultural Pedagogy

Sposato, Jonathan Ng, & Watt, Michelle. (2022, September 1). But where are you from from? JoySauce.

JoySauce invented a fantasy game show entitled “Where are you FROM from?” and asked photographer Michelle Watt to create images illustrating it, as a way of mocking the question Asian Americans are frequently asked:

Uber driver/server/Tinder date/otherwise stranger: “Where are you from?”
Asian American: “Seattle.”
Stranger: “No, like, where are you from from?”
Asian America: “I mean, I was born in Brooklyn, but then moved to Seattle.”
Stranger: “No no, where are you really from?”
And on and on…

“In line with the core values of JoySauce, this irreverent series portrays four scenes that cheekily critique common misperceptions of AA+PIs, and examine some of the ways our communities have adapted to survive (and thrive) in America. These photos also invite the viewer to contemplate how AA+PI identities intersect, sometimes humorously, with other cultures in their broader American context.”

This article, and/or these images, would make a good classroom resource for teaching about stereotypes, Othering, and xenophobia. See also KC55: Stereotypes, KC39: Otherness and the Other, and KC89: Xenophobia.


CFP IADA 2023: The Dialogicity Continuum (Online)

ConferencesCall for papers: International Association for Dialogue Analysis: The Dialogicity Continuum: Rethinking the Value-ladeness of Communication and Discourse, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, 12-15 June 2023, Online. Abstract Deadline: 1 March 2023.

“With the background of a tidal spread of neoliberal ideologies, in recent decades we have witnessed the global flourishing of populist leaders and governments, leaning towards totalitarian and fascist regimes. These regimes share the tendency for personal veneration, moral corruption, excessive use of oppressive methods, and types of governmentality that employ separationist and exclusionary discourses and divisive rhetoric. They also share a global spread, including within liberal democracies.

Moreover, such tendencies have been fueled during the last two decades by the related pervasive rise of social media and social network sites. These pervasive, private owned technologies, further echo, magnify, and enhance radicalism and separationist ideologies, deepening social exclusion of ever-growing marginalized publics and populations. Radical reactionary discourse and social media networks are viewed as reactionary in relation to civic ideas and ideals, and hyper-conservative in terms of potential emancipatory and democratic social change.

At the same time, social media platforms and social network sites specifically act as online spaces of and for support, communality and solidarity. At times they supply arenas for radical social activism, which may spill over from cyberspaces to offline spaces of protest and defiance. Scholars of public discourse have in the past focused mainly on negative rhetoric and discourse. Yet recently, we have experienced an emerging tendency to emphasize the implications and ramifications of positive and hopeful communication and discourse in the public sphere.

At this point in time, we wish to intervene, and to position the discussion of positive and negative modes of communication and rhetoric in center-stage. We offer to do so by proposing a conceptual continuum, whereon different value-laden communication and discourses may be arranged, arching between positive and negative types of communication and discourse.

In the part of the continuum that concerns positive communication and discourse, we may offer such discursive themes and genres as hope, trust, support, solidarity, community, social justice and social activism, civility, politeness, and amicable communication. On the other side of the continuum, we may see communication practices and discourse strategies associated with despair, disappointment, alienation, impoliteness, hate speech, and racism.

We propose an exploration into this continuum and into these discursive and value-laden themes, by applying the concepts of dialogue and dialogicity; and vice versa, we seek to interrogate and develop the conceptual and methodological vocabulary of dialogue studies, through examining these contemporary, powerful and pervasive discourses. Indeed, the tensions between negative and positive discourses shed light on the role of negotiations and dialogue across a myriad of environments and of scholarly disciplines.”

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