Making Dialogue Effective

The Dialogue Society in London is holding a series of panel discussions examining the question of how to make intercultural dialogue work.

“Those working with intercultural and interreligious dialogue at the community or professional level face a range of challenges regarding its effectiveness. We are asked, or ask ourselves, such questions as:

     

  • Does what we do make or contribute to a tangible difference to society in any way?
  • Does our work, whether directly or otherwise, reach beyond the sympathetic to those whose attitudes and behaviour are an actual threat to peace and social cohesion?
  • Are the relationships that our work initiates across cultural or religious boundaries of a meaningful and lasting kind?
  • Is our work part of something broader that is capable of effecting change on a grand scale?
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This series is intended to occasion focused and constructive discussion of such questions among a range of people concerned with relationships between different cultural, religious or social groups, in their professional lives or at the community level.

Findings and conclusions will be published. It is hoped that the series will be replicated at three independent UK branches of the Dialogue Society, allowing us to draw on a wider range of perspectives in collating findings.

Objectives

  • To encourage interprofessional dialogue, interaction and cooperation between people working on intercultural/ interreligious dialogue, peace and social cohesion.
  • To foster dialogue between people engaged with dialogue at the personal or community level, and those concerned with the same questions in a professional capacity.
  • To explore and clarify the questions of what effectiveness in dialogue is, and whether and how it can be measured.
  • To find a range of creative and practical answers to the question of how dialogue can be made effective by

       

    • identifying and promoting current best practice and
    • identifying and promoting promising future possibilities.
    • To share these answers among all participants of the series and more widely.”
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  • Originally posted on the Dialogue Society website; see further information there.

     

    One World Scholarships-Developing Countries

    “The One-World-Scholarship-Programme is directed at students from developing countries at Austrian Universities and is meant to contribute to the peaceful coexistence of people from different countries of origin by enhancing equal opportunities, dialogue, intercultural know-how and partnership. It has been established within the Austrian Cooperation for Education, and together with the other programmes it supports their concerns (struggle against poverty, resource conservation, peace-keeping etc.), the establishment and expansion of accordingly qualified personnel and the advancement of educational- and economic systems (capacity and institution development) with lasting effects.
    It is complementary to other scholarship programmes and laid out globally, it enhances the ability for independent, creative, critical and self-determined thinking and acting and shall strengthen the competence for innovative problem solving strategies. The OWS contributes to the socially required production of knowledge and awareness, it promotes a global perspective and the creation of the globally educated citizen. It attaches a high significance to regional, international and trans-cultural networks. The programme is co-financed (government, church and private funds and own resources of the recipients of the benefits) and significantly contributes to the economic, social and cultural development of the southern countries.”
    For further information, see the original posting at the Afro-Asiatisches Institut site.

    Dialogue award for Eco Peace

    “ECOPEACE Friends of the Earth Middle East, an organisation jointly established by environmentalists from Palestine, Jordan and Israel and member of Friends of the Earth International, will on Friday 3 December receive the 2010 Anna Lindh Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue Award, at a ceremony to be held in Brussels.

    Taking place this year on the theme of ‘Intercultural Dialogue for Ecological Sustainability’, the Dialogue Award is unique in the fact that it is bestowed and voted upon by members of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s region-wide Network of 3,000 civil society organisations working across the 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean.

    The ceremony will be followed by a debate on the theme “Can Intercultural Dialogue Prepare Social Change to Address the Ecological Challenge.”

    ECOPEACE Friends of the Earth Middle East is a civil society organization, conducting trans-boundary research projects and promoting cross border dialogue for ecological sustainability in the region, a fair share of natural resources of the Jordan Valley, and a just peace.”

    For further details, see the original announcement on the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument [ENPI] site.

    Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities

    Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO)
    April 8, 2011 Friday
    Call For Papers and Presentations
    Topic Areas: All areas of arts and humanities, business, information sciences, education, social sciences are invited

    The Kennesaw State University (KSU) Asian Studies Program announces the Call for Papers and Presentations on a new global interdisciplinary Symposium on Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities.  The goal of this conference is to share ideas in a unique format which addresses the interests of scholars, practitioners, and administrators in working together between the USA and Asian countries such as China, Japan, Korea and India. This symposium will serve as a platform for governments, universities and corporate entities to address critical strategic needs of the businesses they intend to serve in Asia and the U.S. Speakers from multinational companies with operations in Asia and the USA will be present, as well as academicians to discuss both domestic and global concerns between these nations. Diplomats and policy makers from China, Japan, Korea, India and the U.S. will be present at the conference as well. Dr. Jagdish Sheth, renowned scholar and world authority in the field of marketing, will be the featured dinner keynote speaker.
    The theme of the 2011 conference is: Globalization and Asia-USA partnership
    Consistent with the theme of the Conference, the submitted papers and presentations are expected to address the following questions:
    1. Given the future global political, business and cultural climate, what changes in common business and operational processes and practices are required to create and sustain a competitive advantage for Asian-owned companies in the USA?
    2. What are the challenges and opportunities American businesses need to pay attention to when doing business in Asia or with Asians?
    3. What do companies need to understand about the interplay among governments, politics, cultures, and business practices in Asian societies?
    4. What actions should be taken by businesses, academic institutions and governments to be more proactive as well as responsive to the complexities characterized by this Globalized Era?

    The following represent some of the paper and presentation topics of interest:
    *Identification of current opportunities, challenges, and threats in creating and sustaining competitive advantages
    *Exploration of processes and practices of managing multinational corporations
    *Examination of governmental policies toward businesses and specific industries
    *Knowledge and skills of intercultural practice in successful business relationships
    *Theories and emergent research on the interplay between businesses, governments, and politics
    *Corporate Social Responsibility in American and Asian contexts
    *Opportunities for non-profit organizations between Asia and the U.S.

    Abstract Submission Guidelines:
    1. One page abstract of 250-300 words to be submitted by January 15, 2011: Full paper submission by March 1, 2011.
    2. Abstracts should be sent to asianstudies@kennesaw.edu.
    3. Subject line of the email, indicate 2011 SAUPO Conference Paper Abstract  where “X† stands for the letter that specifies the primary theme or category for your paper as described below.
    4. Primary theme or category for your paper and presentations (choose one):
    A. Opportunities, challenges, and threats in creating and sustaining competitive advantages
    B. Processes and practices of managing various sized businesses
    C. Governmental policies toward businesses and specific industries
    D. Intercultural communications in successful business relationships
    E. Theories and practices on the interplay between businesses, governments, and politics
    F. International or global education
    G. Other Emphasis

    Selected papers from the conference may be eligible for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Emerging Knowledge on Emerging Markets (JEKEM). If you would like to have your paper considered for publication in JEKEM, please submit the full manuscript of the paper by 15th January 2011. Manuscripts must be prepared by SMA Style Guidelines. Manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed for acceptance according to JEKEM procedures. Please indicate in the email submission of your abstract if you would like your manuscript to be considered for publication in JEKEM.
    Note: At least one author of each accepted paper (abstract) must attend the conference and present the paper.
    The location of the conference at Kennesaw State University, located outside Metro Atlanta, Georgia, serves as an ideal venue for such a gathering of this momentous scale.
    Questions regarding the Call for Papers may be directed to:
    Dr. Leila Borders (aborder4@kennesaw.edu, Dr. Sarasij Majumder (smajumde@kennesaw.edu), or Dr. Guichun Zong (gzong@kennesaw.edu), Co-Chairs of the Program Committee
    More information about the conference can be found at www.kennesaw.edu

    [originally posted to CRTNET by Heeman Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Rd. Mail Drop #2207, Kennesaw, GA 30144, Tel. 678.797.2078, Fax. 770.423.6740, email: hkim21@kennesaw.edu]

    Book of Travels

    “In partnership with the British Council Maslaha has built an online exhibition about the constant mix of conversations that have occurred between Islamic people, cultures, societies and Europe. Maslaha is a new web-based organisation closely linked to the Young Foundation in London which aims to provide a greater understanding of Islam and its practices for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. In mid-June 2010, the online version has been launched at www.thebookoftravels.org.

    To make things even more interesting, Maslaha also built a physical exhibition which was on display in mid-May 2010 at Bethnal Green Library in East London.

    The theme of this exhibition is travel – both of individuals and also ideas across time and geographical boundaries. In particular, the project focuses on a 17th century Turkish traveller, Evliya Çelebi, who wrote extensively of his travels to Europe and North Africa in his book, Seyahatnâme: Book of Travels. This exhibition aims to capture the sense of curiousity that drives exploration, and the human desire to investigate and learn more about different cultures and experiences.

    Read Book of Travels: How the Ottomans shaped London, Raheel Mohammed’s introduction to the exhibition at the BBC London website.”

    For more information, go to the British Council’s description of the project.

    Literature Seminar

    “The “Our Shared Europe” literature seminar is the British Council’s first event specifically aimed at exploring Muslim European interaction through contemporary literature, as part of the wider project of the same name. Adopting the well-established concept and format of the “Walberberg Seminar on Contemporary Literature from the UK”, colleagues from the British Council Berlin office have organised this exciting three-days seminar entitled “Faultlines, Fictions and Futures”. Chaired by writer Ahdaf Soueif and gathering writers Inaam Kachachi, Jamal Mahjoub and Robin Yassin-Kassab, the seminar will explore the writers’ work, their people, their times and their hometowns, and give the opportunity to a wide range of participants coming from the UK, Germany, Malta, the Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia, Portugal, Turkey, France, Greece and Belgium, to interact and share ideas.”

    For details and interviews with these authors, held Nov 12-14, 2010 in Berlin, see the original blog.

    International Opportunities: NCA mini-conference

    “International Opportunities for Scholars in Communication and Related Disciplines”

    Report of a mini-conference held as part of the
    National Communication Association Conference,
    November 2010, San Francisco, United States

    Report prepared by Grant Hannis
    Convenor and chair of the mini-conference
    (g.d.hannis@massey.ac.nz)

    “Over recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of universities outside the US offering Communication and Journalism courses. This growth has taken place, for instance, in the Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Canada. Such internationalization presents opportunities for US Communication scholars to seek funding to teach and conduct research in other countries and for foreign Communication scholars to do likewise in the US.

    A mini-conference on this topic was held on November 14-16, 2010, as part of the National Communication Association conference in San Francisco. The mini-conference invited contributions from scholars who had worked in foreign countries—including the benefits they derived from the experience, any pitfalls to avoid, and what advice they would offer others. The mini-conference also invited contributions from those who fund such travel.

    The mini-conference was convened by Grant Hannis, the head of journalism as Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. Dr Hannis spent the second half of 2010 as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, teaching and conducting research at San Francisco State University.

    Six presenters spoke at the mini-conference and answered questions from the floor. This report summarizes the presentations, incorporating the presenters’ responses to questions. All the presenters are happy to be contacted, should you have further questions.”

    Report of the NCA Mini-conference

    A slideshow with photos of the 6 presenters follows.

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    Our Shared Europe

    “The Our Shared Europe project is the British Council’s response to one of the major cultural challenges facing our continent today – the growing mutual mistrust between Muslim communities and wider European society.

    Our Shared Europe seeks to find common ground, and build shared values, perspectives and behaviours that are based on mutual respect and trust. In particular, it is about how to acknowledge the contribution of Islamic communities and cultures – both in the past but also in the present – to the shaping of contemporary European civilisation and society. This means recognising the rich and diverse roots of our culture and society and using this recognition to build a more inclusive view of the continent that we all share.”

    For further information, see the British Council’s site for Our Shared Europe.

    Panorama: Resources for Intercultural Dialogue

    Panorama is a resource collection for intercultural dialogue established by the Platform for Intercultural Europe in 2009, including definitions, case studies, organizations, events, and bibliographies.

    “The Platform for Intercultural Europe, which was initiated in 2006 (as the Civil Society Platform for Intercultural Dialogue) by Culture Action Europe and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), with the support of the Network of European Foundations (NEF) and on the occasion of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. Hundreds of civil society organisations and their individuals engaged in intercultural action across Europe – at local, national and international level, have participated in the Platform during its informal phase; after establishing as an association, the Platform is open to subscribing members.

    The core principle of the Platform is cross-sectoral engagement – connecting and bringing people together from all sectors of the Interculturalism debate, from arts and culture, to education, to social and youth policies, to human rights policies etc.

    The resource collection is about Intercultural Dialogue in Europe and concentrates on the European understanding and practice. There are only few key international resources included in the listings. We present English language resources here, with the hope that the next phase will be multi-language based. We collect resources related mainly to “pan-European” level. National strategies on Intercultural Dialogue, specific national and regional examples are not within the scope of this Inventory as of the limitation of numerous local languages.”

    For further information, see Panorama‘s site.

    Northeastern U job ad

    “The Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor with expertise in intercultural communication and global communication to begin Fall 2011. We are seeking a candidate with teaching and research expertise in intercultural and global communication in a variety of contexts.

    Our mission is to develop both research and teaching in a way that advances critical thinking into practice and application. We are a primarily undergraduate department looking for candidates that can contribute to the development of our graduate, as well as undergraduate programs. Candidates should also be comfortable in a co-operative education environment. All candidates must have an established record of research and an ongoing research program, demonstrable teaching excellence, and possess a doctorate in communication studies. Successful applicants will also have a demonstrated commitment to achieving and maintaining diversity in higher education.

    Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. Application information and complete job description available at the online application website: http://www.northeastern.edu/camd/, and click on ‘Faculty Positions’.”