FAQ

What content is appropriate for this site?

Basically, anything related to the mission of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. In practical terms, that means: conferences, events, and job ads (including faculty and administrative positions, or practitioner positions) as well as fellowships) that either relate to intercultural and/or dialogue topics in some way, or that are based outside the US (in order to encourage US scholars to connect internationally) are all appropriate. Publication opportunities must relate in some way to intercultural and/or dialogue issues. The first time a journal calls for submissions, if the journal is based outside the US, or if it is emphasizes intercultural and/or dialogue topics, that would be appropriate, but after that, only special issue calls will be posted, and only if they relate to CID’s mission. Study abroad courses can be on any topic, since by definition these are international professional travel opportunities. Grants and awards for international travel as well as topics related to intercultural and/or dialogue topics can be posted. Reviews of new books on intercultural and/or dialogue topics will occasionally be posted, as will poetry, if related to intercultural and/or dialogue, but general announcements for new publications will NOT, especially not for textbooks. However, relevant new publications can be submitted for adding to the list of resources in ICD. Guest posts on directly relevant topics related to intercultural dialogue will also occasionally be published, but NOT ads. When in doubt, send an email asking for a decision!

Can anyone add content to this site?

Yes, actually, although very few people do it this way. This website is designed as a clearinghouse for information, meaning that as you have information to share about relevant topics, you can post it directly to the site yourself. Of course, as with all sites, comments that are really spam (including irrelevant and/or inappropriate content, especially ads) will be not be approved. But any comments about your own research, teaching or study abroad opportunities, conferences, awards, etc. are appropriate so long as they have something to do with helping communication scholars in different countries find one another. See What we do for details about how you can contribute.  You can also submit material to be posted via email, and we’ll post it for you, which is the way most people apparently prefer to do it, presumably because it looks more professional that way.

How do I contribute content to this site?

By writing a comment directly on the site. A brief explanation for those new to these technical matters: this website is a blog, and is hosted by WordPress. In a blog, a “page” is distinguished from a “post” or a “comment.” Pages are static (unchanging) presentations of major content – so there are pages with basic information about the CID, who we are, and what we do, as well as for publications, grants, researcher profiles, and centers and organizations. Short-term notes (such as a particular job announcement or study abroad opportunity, description of an event or particular award) appear as “posts.” Only the owner of the site (the Center) can contribute pages and posts. However, everyone is able to make “comments” – and these can be on any topic. Simply click on the link to create a comment at the bottom of the relevant page or post. Alternatively, send an email to the Center with content and ask that it be added to the site on your behalf.

I’ve found a conference/event/job/grant/fellowship/publication opportunity that I want to follow up. Do I contact the Center?

Probably not! Please check the post or page for contact information and contact the person or organization in charge of that opportunity. The Center will respond to all emails, but it usually will be most efficient to directly contact the people responsible for non-Center activities and opportunities.

How do I find content that interests me?

The menu at the top of every page or post organizes the main pages. “Categories” show up in the word cloud at the bottom left of every post, and are designed to help visitors classify content of the posts. However, these only apply to posts, not pages or comments. Banners are just being added to posts to help clarify content, since the word cloud may seem pretty far away, and not be noticed by everyone. “Tags” show up on the left side of every post, and are designed to help visitors locate content on similar topics. It is also possible to “search” for a particular word or phrase using the box at the top right. Posts and pages are equally searchable, and so will show up if you do a search. Comments are NOT searchable, however, so it is important to put them on the most relevant page so others can easily find them!

Someone I want to contact has a researcher profile on this site. Why is there no email listed?

If you email the Center, we will pass your message on to anyone profiled on the site, but we typically do not give out emails. And we rarely post emails since that can result in lots of spam. As a general hint: many faculty members have university pages, and emails are often publicly listed there.

What happened before I got here?

Newcomers to a blog can catch up by checking the archived posts, which are organized chronologically rather than by content. However, only posts are archived – pages and comments are not, meaning that changes do not show up in this list.

Who are the people behind the Center?

See Who we are for details about everyone, from advisory board members to interns to the Director. Use the information on the Contact page if you want to reach us.

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