Cultural Diplomacy, Intercultural Dialogue, and Sustainable Development: A View of the Cultural Diplomacy Potential of the City of Islamabad. Guest post by Fatemeh Kamali-Chirani.
Cultural diplomacy based on intercultural dialogue creates trust by assuring the equality of all partners engaging in communication.
After concluding my PhD on intercultural dialogue between Muslim and Western countries (with a focus on the foreign cultural policies of Iran and Germany), I experienced one of the most attractive career opportunities of my life. Specifically, I started to work as a researcher (at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute) and a teacher (at the School of Politics and International Relations, Qauid-i-Azam University) in the fields of development and international relations in Pakistan.
Development as a discipline brought new light to my understanding about culture. I learned about the significance of “sustainable” development and its 17 goals (SDGs). In terms of a definition, I learned that it means development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987, often called the Brundtland Report). Sustainable development thus requires change through culture. That piqued my curiosity as to why despite all attempts of the UN state members and international organizations like the World Bank still culture, which must be taken as a driving engine of integration of nations to serious change, is neglected and has not yet gotten the attention it deserves. Culture, even rhetorically, is just not a part of the SDGs’ list. Yet it needs to be.
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Research fellows at the postdoctoral level, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany. Deadline: 3 May 2021.
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (Department for SocioCultural Diversity) is seeking to appoint Research fellows (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter*innen) at the postdoctoral level. The envisaged starting date should be between 1 July 2021 and 1 October 2021 (full-time, fixed-term).
Position a. The successful applicant will be part of a team conducting the project “Diversity assent in urban Germany” (DivA). The position requires good quantitative skills, and ideally experience in analyzing survey data. It entails work on the DivA project in the form of data analysis and contributing to publications in scientific journals. In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to pursue other themes.
Position b. Successful applicants should work on self-proposed projects related to: the public understanding of diversity, modes of diversity assent; the politics of diversity, equality, or anti-discrimination and anti-racism; (self-) representations of difference. In line with the departmental focus, projects should relate to European or African contexts.
Assistant Professor in Intercultural Communication and Civic Engagement, Emerson College, Boston, MA, USA. Deadline: April 15, 2021 or until filled.
The The Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College seeks a faculty colleague with expertise in the fields of Communication Studies, Intercultural Communication and Civic Engagement. This will be a full-time appointment at the tenure-track Assistant Professor rank. The appointment begins on August 19, 2021.
The successful candidate for this position will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in the Communication Studies major including, but not limited to, Research Methods, Intercultural Communication, and the Fundamentals of Speech Communication course required of all Emerson students. Other courses in the Departments’ Political Communication, Sports Communication, and Public Relations majors may also be available. The faculty member also will have the opportunity to develop new courses.
The position also includes opportunities to teach in the three Department of Communication Studies graduate programs: MA in Sports Communication, MA in Public Relations and the MA in Political Communication. The successful candidate should have both vision and experience in incorporating diversity and inclusion and cultural competency within the curriculum. Previous college teaching experience with diverse students or relevant professional diversity and civic engagement experience is required. Individuals from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
How Does Your Dignity Feel? coloring book from Global Dignity, New York, NY, USA.
How Does Your Dignity Feel? is a poem/coloring book to help children understand dignity. Simply download, print and begin coloring!
The book is currently available in Arabic, English, French, German, Farsi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Even more translations are on the way.
All languages are available to download, print and color for free.
Continuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#26 Global-local dialectic, which Jana Simonis published in English in 2014, and which Jhon Eduardo Mosquera Pérez has now translated into Spanish.
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.
Simonis, J. (2021). La dialéctica global-local. (J. E. Mosquera Pérez, Trans.). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 26. Available from: https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/kc26_global-local_spanish.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
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Call for abstracts: Dialogue with and among the Existing, Transforming and Emerging Communities, for a special issue of The Journal of Dialogue Studies. Deadline: May 2, 2021.
The Journal of Dialogue Studies invites papers addressing ‘communities’ through the lens of dialogue.
Communities have been designated as secure, physical and emotional comfort zones for individuals and unofficially regulated and codified relations between their members. There are communities in which people have a common interest or passion; communities that are united around the idea of bringing about change; communities of people who belong to the same region or country; communities that comprise people of the same profession; and finally, communities of circumstance, that is, groups of people who came together as a result of external factors.
More than a physical entity, a community is about commonalities and it creates attachments. Similar to other social structures, communities always harbour their own values while they may have some underlying liabilities for individuals. However, community is an evolving phenomenon. Communities emerge, transform, and disappear in response to the context they were born into. In today’s world, traditional communities exist side by side with new and emerging communities, ranging from online forums and social media groups to online gaming communities.
As such, new communities emerge every day and challenge traditional views on what a community is. In the life cycle of a community, ‘dialogue’ comes into the picture as a prominent instrument facilitating the transformation and evolution of communities. It is dialogical engagements (inter- or intra-community) of the individuals that allow these social structures to evolve and transform.
The Art of Seeing and Hearing the Other, 20-21 April 2021, ETHER, Leeds, UK (Online Seminar).
How we see and hear the other is often shaped through our attachment to ideas, images and ideologies about ourselves, others and the world. Language ideologies, for instance, delineate what counts as language and as legitimate ways of language use. They set boundaries inside which another is heard, encountered and judged (Inoue, 2003; Piller, 2016). This kind of meeting, however, precludes genuine contact because the listening/looking subject’s ideological preoccupations always put another in the position of an object (‘it’) to be comprehended, made sense of or assimilated. Anthropological philosophy, on the other hand, has entertained the possibility that an authentic encounter with difference can be achieved with a relational shift from ‘I-it’ to ‘I-Thou’ (Buber, 2013). The latter requires the subject’s pre-reflective way of being-in-the world which regards oneself and the other as whole human beings who cannot be reduced to cultural categories (Levinas, 1972). The seminar will examine how the two stances are negotiated in real-life encounters and identify theoretical principles for enabling authentic meetings across divides.
Ethics and Aesthetics of Encountering the Other: New Frameworks for Engaging with Difference (ETHER) is a global research network of members working across academic, arts and public sectors, based at the School of Education at the University of Leeds. ETHER asks asks: How do people of conflicting worldviews, memories and future visions encounter each other?
Dr. Paola Giorgis was interviewed about the concepts of critical discourse analysis and translation as an intercultural practice on March 25, 2021, by Rehana Paul, CID intern.
Dr. Giorgis answers the following questions:
- Can you explain teaching English as a foreign language with a hidden agenda?
- What is Critical Discourse Analysis and how does it relate to intercultural dialogue?
- Is translation an intercultural practice?
For further information, see her one-page summaries:
Giorgis, P. (2015). Critical discourse analysis. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 51.
Giorgis, P. (2015). Critical Cultural Linguistics. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 88.
as well as these guests posts:
Giorgis, P. (2015, November 24). Teaching EFL with a hidden agenda: Introducing intercultural awareness through a grammar lesson. Center for Intercultural Dialogue.
Giorgis, P. (2016, August 10). On translation as an intercultural practice. Center for Intercultural Dialogue.
Giorgis, P. (2017, February 27). Intercultural communication or post-cultural communication? Reflecting on mistakes in intercultural encounters. Center for Intercultural Dialogue.
Communication Studies, Teacher-Scholar Post-Doctoral Fellow, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN. Deadline: April 13 2021.
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Department of Communication Studies seeks a one-year Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow whose teaching, research, and service will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. The appointment will begin August 16, 2021 and end May 9, 2022. The department is seeking a specialist in Communication Studies to teach Health Communication and/or Intercultural Communication and other courses in the department. Courses in the department are taught on-campus, hyflex, and online. A formal mentoring process will be provided as part of the Postdoctoral Fellowship. The successful candidate is expected to maintain an active record of scholarship, continue professional preparation, contribute to student growth and development, and provide service to the university and department.
Faculty Position in Communication (open rank and specialization), LCC University, Klaipeda, Lithuania. Deadline: Posted April 2, 2021; open until filled.
LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, welcomes applications for a full-time faculty position, open rank and specialization, in the Department of Communication beginning August 2021. They seek a candidate who will teach core courses in the BA program in Contemporary Communication, offer courses in the candidate’s particular area(s) of specialization, supervise senior thesis projects, and participate in the active intellectual life of the campus. Specialization within the Communication field(s) is open. Load is 4/4 equivalent, with load time potentially assigned for research and thesis advising. A modest research agenda is expected.