CFP TESOL 2019 (USA)

ConferencesCall for proposals: TESOL 2019: The Local-Global Nexus, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 12–15 March 2019. Deadline: July 2, 2019.

The annual TESOL convention offers English language teaching professionals and scholars from around the globe the premier opportunity for professional development. Educators and scholars from more than 100 countries exchange ideas and practices, explore a wide range of topics and current trends, expand their professional networks, engage in mentoring on research and other projects, review the latest professional publications and resources, and learn about advocacy efforts in their community and around the world.

The TESOL 2019 convention theme is TESOL: The Local-Global Nexus. Join the international TESOL community in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and experience what makes this association unique: Engage in dialogue with present and future practitioners, administrators, researchers, and advocacy leaders about language education and policy as you enrich your knowledge, networks, and professional experience.

U Westminster Postdoctoral Fellowships (UK)

PostdocsBritish Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Westminster (UK). Deadline: 22 July 2018.

The University of Westminster is committed to supporting postdoctoral and early career fellowships. This year the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is keen to consider eligible applications from suitable PhD students and early career researchers of postdoctoral standing, whether or not they have a current affiliation with the University.

We will consider applications from candidates working in the fields of:
  • English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies
  • Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Politics and International Relations
  • History, Sociology and Criminology
  • Law

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are three-year Fellowship awards made to an annual cohort of outstanding Early Career Scholars.

Take “the Other” to Lunch

Applied ICDElizabeth Lesser suggests we take “the Other” to lunch in a TED talk posted in 2010, but getting a lot of views this year (and now translated into 31 languages). She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue – by going to lunch with someone who doesn’t agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what they think and why.

For further information about the concept of “Otherness and the Other,” there’s a Key Concept, written by Peter Praxmarer, and a CID Poster available as well.

Steven Darian Fulbright

FulbrightsSteven Darian, Professor emeritus at Rutgers University, has sent in a description of his Fulbright experience in Uzbekistan, 1997-1998. Details follow.

Steven DarianThe Fulbright was for someone to teach courses in management at the Tashkent Institute of Finance. I had a keen cultural interest in Central Asia, but my Ph.D. was in Applied Linguistics, & most of my teaching dealt with the English language, with courses like applied linguistics, fiction, & non-fiction writing, I also taught an MBA course in business communication. In my Fulbright application, I stressed the fact that an American business professor teaching in a place like Tashkent would be faced with serious comprehension problems from his students, especially since management has its share of jargon and technical terms. I offered to prepare a book for management students who were also nonnative speakers of English. I was also lucky enough to have had a previous Fulbright, plus several other long-term overseas ESL teaching assignments (in Afghanistan, Saudi, & Indonesia). At any rate, the Fulbright came through, and I arrived in Tashkent with copies of the book (later published as English for Decision-Makers: A Course in Modern Management).

Some benefits to the Institute & my school as well: (1) I was able to work with several professors at the Institute, on the back-&-forth language problems (English-Uzbek) in teaching business; (2) There’s an increasing number of foreign business majors in American universities. I was able to help sensitize business colleagues at my school (Rutgers) to some of the many linguistic challenges faced by foreign students when studying business; (3) Teaching in Tashkent also helped me develop a heightened awareness of those needs as well; and (4) I stayed in touch with several of my Uzbek students, & was able to help place a few of them in American MBA programs.

In addition to the academic benefits to all – the overseas institution and their students, promoting good will, and your home university – you are never quite the same. Living & working in another culture – you never see the world in quite the same way. The experience opens you to things you may never have thought of. You realize how arbitrary your cultural identity is; deeply-embedded, but arbitrary. Apart from my academic research, I’m also a hopeless scribbler, and was able to collect material for an historical novel, set in Samarkand at the time of Tamerlane, & called: The Illuminator, that came out in 2010. Some of the incidents during the tour I was able to use in a travelogue called The Wanderer: Travels & Adventures Beyond the Pale, coming out end of 2018. No space here for examples. The takeaway: The experience can enrich your writing in ways you may never have imagined. And remember: Whatever  else you do on your Fulbright, don’t forget to keep a diary.

Swansea U Job Ad: International Development/Relations (UK)

Job adsLecturer in International Development or International Relations, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, UK. Deadline: 2 July 2018.

The department seeks to appoint a specialist in the ethical or theoretical aspects of international development or international relations and with a particular focus on international humanitarian action, and/or international climate change. Applicants, however, must be able to relate their ethical or theoretical interests to applied contexts and global policy challenges.

U Cambridge Job Ad: Research Associate (UK)

Job adsResearch Associate, Dialogue and Argumentation for Cultural Literacy Learning in Schools (DIALLS), Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Deadline: 20 June 2018.

The Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a part-time Research Associate (0.6 fte) to work on a new large-scale EC Horizon 2020 project with nine partners, led by Dr Fiona Maine. The project works in schools across Europe to support the development of young people’s cultural literacy, which is defined as a set of competences and dispositions moving beyond understanding of European culture into an awareness of one’s own cultural identities and those of others.  It will work with teachers from primary and secondary schools to develop a programme of cultural literacy learning, focusing on the development of dialogue and argumentation as children read and respond to visual narratives of European origin.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience of working with children and young people in schools, recording and analysing classroom discussions, particularly focusing on dialogue. They will provide support to European colleagues in the development of a Cultural Analysis Framework to enable the selection of cultural texts for the project and help recruit and work with suitable participants to develop a Cultural Literacy Learning Programme, whilst leading on the collection of data in schools. The successful candidate will also work with a European team to develop and apply consistent coding approaches for the analysis of classroom dialogue.

U Oxford Job Ad: Teaching Fellow, International Business (UK)

Job adsTeaching Fellow – International BusinessUniversity of Oxford – Saïd Business School. Deadline: 20 June 2018.

The University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School seeks an outstanding candidate for the position of Teaching Fellow – International Business. This is a fixed-term position for 2 years based at Park End Street, Oxford.

The Teaching Fellow will support the International Business faculty in the development and delivery of its portfolio of courses during a period of growth; including course content and materials, student assessment and support, and curriculum and pedagogical innovation. The Teaching Fellow will have responsibility for undertaking advanced academic study to underpin lectures and class teaching and produce lecture notes, course materials, reading lists, and reference guides, sourcing materials and writing for different student audiences.

 

U Aberdeen Job Ad: International Marketing (UK)

Job adsInternational Marketing Officer  for China, Directorate of Marketing and Student Recruitment, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. Deadline: 17 June 2018.

The main purpose of this role is to manage and deliver a coherent digital campaign strategy in China, coordinating with colleagues in the International Office, Marketing and IT to create a sector leading institutional identity to aid student recruitment figures.  This includes continuing to develop a unique brand identity for the University of Aberdeen in China, integrating marketing activity across multiple Chinese social media platforms, specifically Weibo, WeChat, QQ, Yizhibo and Baidu and developing and maintaining our China focussed web content.

The post holder will be fluent in Mandarin (spoken and written) and have extensive experience of Chinese digital marketing, social media marketing and HE marketing.  In addition to brand and profile raising activities, the post will also be integral to conversion, utilising social media to build supportive communities to assist in progressing potential students through the applicant journey.  Further, the post holder will also assist in wider recruitment activities which would include participation at overseas fairs and events as well as connecting with our Chinese student community already based in Aberdeen via engagement with our Chinese Society and developing our Alumni engagement and reach.

Human Library @ Global Centre for Pluralism (Canada)

EventsIn order to mark World Refugee Day, the Global Centre for Pluralism (Ottawa, Canada) is hosting a Human Library on June 20, 2018.

Speakers will share their personal stories from all dimensions of the refugee experience in Canada, including private sponsorship, policymaking and settlement. Each human “book” will speak to the participants at their respective tables for approximately 10 minutes each. Guests will have the chance to hear from several different human “books” over the course of the evening. The event will include the launch of Refugee 613’s social media campaign #ShowYourWelcome and a gallery of portraits from the storytelling project Community. Everyone is welcome. This event is free of charge.

Here’s the basic description of Human Libraries from the organization’s website: “The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.” To find a Human Library near you, check the organization’s Facebook page.

CFP African Digital Cultures (Ghana)

ConferencesCall for Papers, ICAfrica 2nd Biennial: African Digital Cultures: Emerging Research, Practices and Innovations7-9 November 2018, School of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. Deadline: June 30, 2018.

The School of Information and Communication Studies (SICS) of the University of Ghana, in collaboration with the International Communication Association (ICA) is hosting the 2018 Regional ICA conference on the theme African Digital Cultures: Emerging Research, Practices and Innovations. The conference seeks to bring together scholars from within and outside the continent to share their research and perspectives on the cultures forming around conceptualizations, production and consumption of the digital space in Africa.