Hippler, J., & Kamali-Chirani, F. (2018). Cultural civil war. In European Union National Institutes for Culture, Culture Report: EUNIC Yearbook 2017/2018 (pp. 36-41). Stuttgart, Germany: European Union National Institutes for Culture.
Brief overview provided by the authors:
For a long time, Europe and the United States have presented themselves through “Western values” such as liberalism, liberty, and democracy; nevertheless, currently they are in a state of what can be described as cultural civil war. On one hand stands US President, Donald Trump, who proudly applies the “America first” policy. On the other hand stands Brexit, which demonstrates the rise of populism and Euroscepticism in the UK. At the same time, governments in Poland and Hungary are cultivating extreme nationalist discourses, again with strong xenophobic elements and anti-Muslim hysteria. Remarkably, there has also been a weakening of the independence of the courts, restricting freedom of expression, and aiming for a kind of democracy controlled from above. In France, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and Italy there has been a rise of right-wing populist movements doing well at the polls. Such trends are not specific to the West alone. Putin, Erdoğan, and Duterte are part of the right-wing populism that has emerged on every continent. We have to accept that today we are going through a cultural civil war. Jochen Hippler and Fatemeh Kamali-Chirani argue in their article that this war is not being fought with weapons but in people’s minds at the grassroots of society, online, on radio and TV, and in print media. They also present solutions for how to win this war by dealing with the causes of the breakdown of the political culture in the West, and by going on the offensive culturally, in order to re-conquer the hill of cultural hegemony.
Global Professorships, University of Westminster, UK. Deadline for initial expression of interest: 9 December 2018.
The University of Westminster is now welcoming expressions of interest from outstanding international researchers not currently working in the United Kingdom to bring their research experience to the UK and the University as part of the British Academy’s Professorships Scheme.
Each four-year appointment is intended to be a complete project in itself and is expected to involve a specific research focus, although the Academy does not have a preferred model for the balance of time to be spent between research and teaching (which may vary over the course of the award and will depend on the UK host institution’s needs). Up to ten awards each year will be offered during the course of the programme.
Call for Abstracts: Special issue of Journal of International and Intercultural Communication: The subcontinent speaks: Intercultural communication perspectives from/on South Asia. Deadline: January 31, 2019.
Guest Editors: Shaunak Sastry (University of Cincinnati) and Srividya Ramasubramaniam (Texas A&M University).
“We are calling for 200-500-word abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. This special issue is dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge intercultural communication research from/on South Asia, a geopolitical entity that corresponds to the nation-states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The internationalization of the discipline of Communication continues to engender critical questions around the locus of knowledge production and theorizing in its various sub-fields. Rather than conceive of South Asia as a unitary or monolithic cultural space, we hope to showcase, through this special issue, the multiple, contested and conflicting understandings around culture, identity and power that inhabit the South Asian context.
Call for Papers: Association for French Language Studies Conference: ‘Le français d’ici, de là, de là-bas’, 15-17 July 2019, University of Bristol, UK. Deadline: January 14, 2019.
It is perhaps inaccurate to refer to ‘French’ in the singular, as if to imply that the French language is a homogeneous monolithic object. Indeed, modern contemporary French varies and changes over geographical and social space and, while it may seem odd to refer to ‘Frenches’ in the plural, we must acknowledge at the very least that ‘French’ is made up of a plethora of accents, dialects, and varieties. This conference will consider geographical, social, and stylistic variation in French, as well as the implications of such research for pedagogy, language acquisition, and our understanding of the Francophone world in general. The organising committee welcomes abstract submissions on these and any other areas of French linguistics and French language teaching in Higher Education. Conference papers are welcome in either French or English, and abstracts should be written in the language of the presentation. Speakers will be given 30 minutes for oral papers (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions).
Continuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#92: Kintsugi, which Akari Takenishi wrote for publication in English in 2018, and which she has now translated into Japanese. 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.
Takenishi, A. (2018). Kintsugi [Japanese]. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 92. 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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Chair Professor / Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong. Deadline: Open until filled.
Specialization sought is open, with preferred areas including Mass Communication, Digital Journalism, Digital and Social Media, and Graphic/Visual Communication.
Candidates for Chair Professor/Professor should command a superb record of scholarly achievements and exert leadership in the field of media and communication. Candidates for Associate Professor should have an outstanding record of scholarly achievements in both teaching and research, a strong record in research grant coordination and/or academic management expertise. Candidates for Assistant Professorshould have a solid record of, or evidence of high promise for, scholarly achievements in both teaching and research. Preference will be given those who are willing to teach skills-oriented courses; and possess teaching or practical experience/expertise in Multimedia/Data Journalism, Visual/Video Production, Graphic Design, Digital Media Planning, Social Media Management, Mobile Communication or Game Studies.
Researcher in Migration, Migration Observatory, University of Oxford, UK. Deadline: 17 December 2018.
The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford is seeking to appoint a researcher with a strong interest in migration policy. We are looking for someone who is committed to communicating with non-academic audiences and who over time will become a senior member of the Migration Observatory team.
The successful candidate will be involved in a wide range of Migration Observatory activities, producing analysis to help policy audiences and practitioners understand migration policies and data. They will be responsible for developing new ideas for briefing and commentaries, conducting descriptive data analysis, meeting with stakeholders inside and outside of government, and representing a high-profile organisation in public fora. In addition to work with non-academic audiences, they will also be expected to contribute to academic journal articles and will be supported to develop a programme of academic work alongside the Migration Observatory responsibilities.
Call for Submissions: Transnational Autoethnographies: Empowering Voices of the Others. Deadline for abstracts: December 20, 2018.
Drs. Ahmet Atay (College of Wooster) and Satoshi Toyosaki (Southern Illinois University) are building a book project with the working title Transnational Autoethnographies: Empowering Voices of the Others. We value autoethnography as a collection of various inquiry processes that help us interrogate lived experiences, voices, and stories of underrepresented, oppressed, marginalized, intersectional, and transnational identities. Doing autoethnographic work from such cultural positionalities is laborious. Willing to meet such labor, we, along with chapter contributors in this anthology, explore autoethnography’s postcolonial, decolonizing, and transnational potentialities for empowering voices from the margins. This book marks and builds space for (post)colonial, diasporic, and/or transnational scholars to narrate their own lived experiences to/for/against/within today’s global hegemonic economy of knowledge and to discuss culturally diverse and creative techniques of narrating, analyzing, and interpreting their personal/cultural lived experiences. The chapter contributors would help autoethnography diversify voices; narrative techniques (i.e., aesthetics, storying, etc.); and analytic, interpretive, and critical lenses.
With this scope in mind, editors call for chapter abstracts (250-500 words) to be included in the book proposal to be submitted to an interested publisher.
The topics and approaches may include but are not limited to:
transnational autoethnographies; postcolonial autoethnographies; decolonizing autoethnography as a methodology; simultaneous navigation of privilege and marginalization while doing autoethnographies; multilingual approaches to autoethnographies; culturally diverse techniques of narrating, analyzing, and interpreting culturally diverse aesthetic and/or evocative writing; non-western narrative techniques;
academic belonging; location and dislocation; identity and home;
border-crossing as an analytical lens; writing about immigrant experiences; English hegemony; transnational autoethnography and its pedagogical potentialities; and transnational autoethnography as performance.
Please send your abstract (250-500 words/Word Document) and a short bio to Drs. Atay and Toyosaki. DEADLINES: chapter abstracts are due by December 20, 2018. By January 30, 2019, you will learn if your chapter abstract will be included in the book proposal.
Barlow, Susanna. (31 October 2018). The power of story. The Nasiona.
“The collective story of what it means to be human and how we should treat one another is the foundation upon which our cultures, our religions, our rituals, and even our identities are predicated upon. Stories are the bedrock of civilizations and the mortar between societies. While there is much diversity among humans, it is through our shared story that we find mutual understanding and cooperation. It is also through stories that we create wars, incite violence against each other, and isolate ourselves from others’ suffering. Stories bind us to each other, and we can be bonded as easily by hatred as by love through a shared story. And when our hostility, our judgment, and misunderstandings cause us to battle each other, we still end up tethered to one another by the story of that conflict.”
Call for proposals: 5th ESTIDIA Conference: Hybrid Dialogues: Transcending Binary Thinking and Moving Away from Societal Polarisations, l’Universita degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Naples, Italy, 19 – 21 September 2019. Deadline: for workshop proposals, 20 December 2018; for abstracts, 25 February 2019.
The European Society for Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogue (ESTIDIA) will hold their 5th Conference, Hybrid Dialogues: Transcending Binary Thinking and Moving Away from Societal Polarizations, at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’ in Naples, Italy. The conference welcomes a wide variety of thematic and disciplinary approaches to hybrid dialogues in various communities of practice across time and space. This conference offers an open forum for cross-disciplinary and multi-level dialogue among researchers and practitioners interested in exploring dialogic and discursive interaction observable across communities of practices and various social-cultural contexts.