CID Video Competition 2020 Judges

Job adsThe CID Video Competition opened for submissions a few days ago, and the first entries have come in. In a month the judges will begin their part. My thanks to all of them for taking the time to watch and critique all the student videos. It’s clear the greatest reward for all those who entered the competition is getting their videos seen by these accomplished professionals!

Jim D'Adderio

Jim D’Addario has been an award winning producer for the Walt Disney Company since 1995.  He started his career with Disney Interactive as a Production Supervisor on multiple edutainment projects, including the best sellers Lion King Activity Center and Toy Story Activity Center.  Jim was then recruited by Walt Disney Imagineering to produce sound tracks and interactive projects for Walt Disney World, Tokyo DisneySea and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris.  Jim was instrumental in the design of The Buzz Lightyear ride at Disneyland park and The Winnie the Pooh Ride at Walt Disney World. His most memorable moment came when he worked with the iconic Sherman Brothers (of Mary Poppins fame) to produce the new soundtrack for the ride.  Jim has recorded with some of the most recognizable talent in the industry including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Rafiki, and Tigger! Jim then jumped ship to work in the online space with Disney Cruise Line,, and creating the first immersive sites for those properties.  Jim’s current position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Global Broadcast, as a Senior Producer of television and radio commercials, trailers, First-Look programming, in-room videos, online videos, and airport interactive displays.

Ovinuchi Prince Ejiohuo is a writer, filmmaker, photographer, and activist currently working as a Media and Communications Officer/Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador at Yiaga Africa in Nigeria. A 2018 Global Ambassador Fellow of the Better Tomorrow Movement, he is a member of the International Youth Media Summit (IYMS). He has photographed and filmed world leaders, including Nobel Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege, Kenyan Activist Boniface Mwangi, former Nigerian Electoral Chairman Prof. Atahiru Jega, Nigerian Speaker House of Representative Femi Gbajabiamila, EU and ECOWAS ambassador to Nigeria Ketil Karlsen, US ambassador Stuart Symington, and British High Commissioner Catriona Laing. His written work and photo and video images have featured in many reputable publications and research both nationally and internationally. He has worked on media projects for organizations such as the Centre for Democracy and Development, ActionAid Nigeria, International Republican Institute, Accountability Lab, European Centre for Electoral Support and the Independent National Electoral Commission. In 2018, he co-directed the silent short film Anything for us for an anti-corruption project sponsored by McArthur Foundation. In 2019 his documentary film displaced showcased in Nepal where he produced the film Rising for IYMS. His Democracy Summer Camp short film Below the Legal Line was nominated for the 2019 Pan African Film Festival. His work focuses on addressing issues around peace, gender equality, marginalisation, education, youth participation, environment, governance and development.

Zsuzsanna Gellér-Varga

Zsuzsanna Gellér-Varga is a documentary filmmaker and video storyteller living in Budapest, Hungary. Her Screw Your Courage documentary won awards at several US film festivals and was broadcast on public TV. She worked for the New York Times Television as a video-journalist and later directed documentaries, including Once They Were Neighbours, Synagogue for SaleMr. Mom, and Angel Business, which were screened internationally and broadcast on public TV. She works as cinematographer, story editor and media consultant, and taught documentary ethics at the international Masters program, DocNomads. She has master degrees from ELTE University Budapest, Graduate School of Journalism UC Berkeley (as a Fulbright scholar), and a DLA from the University of Theater and Film Arts Budapest.

Elizabeth ParksElizabeth S. Parks is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. She has degrees in Communication, Deaf Studies, and Sign Language Interpreting. She uses her international fieldwork experience with diverse cultural communities to ground her scholarship in listening and dialogue, communication ethics, cultural studies, and disability studies. Her current research focuses on the ways in which cultural diversity and embodied difference impacts perceptions and practices of “good listening” that ultimately promote ethical dialogue across difference. Courtesy of her publisher, Lexington Books, copies of her new book, The Ethics of Listening: Creating Space for Sustainable Dialogue, will be given to the top three prize winners in this competition.

Mary Schaffer

Mary C. Schaffer is a digital media consultant.  She was an Associate Professor of New Media at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) for 14 years.  Prior to CSUN, she spent 12 years as a New Media Executive (Disney, Viacom, Geocities) and 18 years as a journalist (NPR, CBS and NBC).  She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the International Documentary Association and Broadcast Education Association.

Mattias Skoog is a film and video creative from the Swedish west coast. He started his career as a public service radio broadcaster and has since then always worked with storytelling, media and communication. After eight years as a digital strategist in local government, Mattias recently decided to go all in as a full-time self-employed filmmaker, and is now combining life as a start-up entrepreneur with being a family man. He is also a member of the advisory board of the International Youth Media Summit.

Carolijn van NoortCarolijn van Noort is a lecturer in politics and public policy at the University of the West of Scotland in London, UK. In 2018, she was awarded her PhD in Political Science and Media, Film and Communication from the University of Otago in New Zealand. Her research explores the strategic communication of rising powers on the issue of infrastructure vision and action plans. Her articles have appeared in Global Society, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Politics and Governance, and Women Talking Politics.

CID Video Competition 2020 Now Open for Submissions!

CID Video CompetitionThe CID Video Competition for 2020 is now open for submissions, and will remain open until June 1, 2020, at midnight Washington DC time.


CID VIdeo Competition 2020

Hints for those entering the competition: Please read the original description of the requirements. And please follow the rules so we don’t have to disqualify your submission. (Bare minimum: it has to be about listening, in the context of intercultural dialogue. It has to be 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length. It has to be a video. It has to be original, and your own work. It doesn’t have to be in English, but if it is in another language, add English subtitles so the judges will all understand what you’re talking about. When ready, upload your video here (not to your own YouTube or Vimeo channel!).

If you have questions, see previously published competition rules, FAQ, and resources. Look at the 2018 or 2019 award winning videos. Read the reflection by one winning team about creating their video. If you still have questions that aren’t answered, then send an email. When you’re ready to submit an entry, click here.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Sara Greco: From Conflict to Dialogue

Greco, Sara. (2020). Dal conflitto al dialogo: Un approccio comunicativo alla mediazione [From conflict to dialogue: A communication approach to mediation]. Santarcangelo di Romagna: Maggioli Editore.

“Words are mightier than swords” goes the saying. Yet, swords can only wound, while words can also heal, helping people find a settlement of their conflicts. Disagreement is a fact of life and it is not negative per se: disagreeing with someone might be the starting point for learning a new perspective, opening new horizons and even strengthening human relationships. However, if people do not find a “dialogue space” to explain their reasons and talk about their emotions explicitly, disagreement might end up escalating into interpersonal conflict. In such cases, while the original disagreement tends to be forgotten, participants become hostile at a personal level.

Argumentative dialogue can be seen as an alternative to the escalation of conflict. In this book, addressed to formal and informal mediators, teachers, social workers, managers and those of us who have to do with conflict in their life. As the author says in the Preface, this book is dedicated to “those who will not passively accept to lose a relationship with someone, only because they have a different opinion”.

Table of contents:
Presentazione by Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont
Prefazione by Sara Cigada
Chapter 1: Conflitto e dialogo: per entrare nel tema
Chapter 2: Il dialogo come strada per la gestione del conflitto
Chapter 3: Capire il conflitto
Chapter 4: Costruire spazi di dialogo: tra comprensione e trasformazione del conflitto
Chapter 5: Emozioni e dialogo ragionevole: il cuore nella risoluzione del conflitto
In conclusione: Un nuovo scudo per Achille?
Postfazione by Michèle Grossen
Bibliografia ragionata plurilingue (e, in conclusione, qualche film per riflettere).

This book is available on the website of the publishing house Maggioli (and other bookstores).

See also Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue 23: Argumentative dialogue, also by Sara Greco, available in Italian, Portuguese, and Russian translations.

Fellowships: Urban Realities in the Global South (UK)


Urban Realities in the Global South International Fellowships, Urban Studies Foundation, Glasgow, UK. Deadline: 30 June 2020.

The Fellowship covers the costs of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice in the Global North or South for the purpose of writing-up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/or a book under the guidance of a chosen mentor in their field of study. Funding is available for a period ranging between 3-9 months, and the proposed research may comprise any theme pertinent to a better understanding of urban realities in the Global South.

Applicants must be early-to-mid career urban scholars with a PhD obtained within the preceding 10 years (by the submission deadline) who currently work in a university or other research institution within the Global South. Candidates must also be nationals of a country in the Global South, defined as any country on the present OECD list of ODA recipients (2018-2020).

CIVIS: A European Civic University

Applied ICDCIVIS: A European Civic University is a network of 8 universities designed to create links across and beyond Europe. CIVIS is oriented towards the Mediterranean and Africa.

Universities included: Aix Marseille Université (France), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece),University of Bucharest (Romania), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain), Sapienza Università di Roma (Italia), Stockholms Universitet (Sweden), Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany). This alliance was created under the Erasmus+ call of the European Commission, bringing together 384,000 students and 55,000 faculty and staff.

The Mediterranean zone and Africa will be at the heart of their global strategy. Founders firmly believe that the future of Europe and that of Africa are intertwined. This is why CIVIS will affirm its vocation as a bridge between Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa, as part of a long-term commitment.

KC15 Cultural Pluralism Translated into Portuguese

Key Concepts in ICDContinuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#15: Cultural Pluralism, which which Robyn Penman wrote in English for publication in 2014, and  which Filipa Subtil has now translated into Portuguese.

As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists of Key Concepts organized alphabetically by conceptchronologically by publication date and number, 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.

KC15 Cultural Pluralism_Portuguese

Penman, R. (2020). Pluralismo cultural. (F. Subtil, trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 15. 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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Emergent Ventures: Grants and Fellowships (USA)

GrantsEmergent Ventures funding for COVID-19 and general projects, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Arlington, VA. Deadline: Ongoing (posted April 20,2020).

Emergent Ventures wants to jumpstart high-reward ideas – ‘Moonshots’ in many cases – that advance prosperity, opportunity, liberty, and well-being. They welcome the unusual and the unorthodox. Their goal is positive social change, but they do not mind if you make a profit from your project. (Indeed, a quick path to revenue self-sufficiency is a feature not a bug!)

Projects will either be fellowships or grants: fellowships involve time in residence at the Mercatus Center in Northern Virginia; grants are one-time or slightly staggered payments to support a project. Applicants are encouraged to think big, but very small grants or short fellowships will also be considered if they might change the trajectory of the applicant’s life. Applications from all ages and all parts of the world are encouraged.

NOTE: This support is not intended for scientific or biomedical research, although Emergent Ventures is also distributing funding for that. These grants/fellowships are for social projects which may be about the response to COVID-19, or may be about other social issues.

MOOC: Memory Sites and Human Rights (Italy)

“MOOCs”MOOC: Memory Sites and Human Rights, offered by Global Campus on Human Rights, Venice, Italy, April 27-June 21, 2020. Free enrollment until May 31, 2020.

Why and how do we remember past atrocities and human rights violations? What is the role of memory sites in social reconstruction, transitional justice and democratisation? How do memory sites shape communities, societies, identities and nations? As witnesses and testimonies of abuse and horror, memory sites aspire to build reflection, teaching and learning, critical memory and non-repetition. Memory is dynamic and constantly evolving, so memory sites function as places where to look at the past to better understand and shape the present and the future of a society and its approach to human rights. As “sites of conscience” drawing on history lessons, memory sites stimulate dialogue and healing, and inspire citizens’ action. This MOOC focuses on the role of memory sites in their crucial interplay with historical trauma, the reconciliation process, the chosen methods for dealing with the past, as well as with nation building dynamics and the shaping of societal identity.

Global Migration Film Festival

EventsGlobal Migration Film Festival, International Organization for Migration, Geneva, Switzerland. Submission Deadline: June 21, 2020. Event date: November 28-December 18, 2020.

The Global Migration Film Festival has an itinerant and unique format. The films that make up the Official Selection are included in a list which is then shared with about 100 IOM offices and partners worldwide. Each participating country office will then select the films to be screened locally during the Festival, which runs from 28 November – 18 December 2020, worldwide.

Filmmakers will receive a final list of countries where their films will be screened by mid-November. Films can be screened in impromptu scenarios, from traditional cinemas and universities worldwide, to open-air theatres in the desert in Niger and detention centers in Libya. All screenings are entrance free. This means that IOM needs the authorization from the films’ rightsholder(s) to host screenings without territory and frequency limitations for the duration of the Festival.

CFP Beyond Multilingualism – Translanguaging in Education (Switzerland)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Beyond Multilingualism – Translanguaging in Education, 2-3 November 2020, University of Basel, Switzerland. Deadline extended to 15 May 2020.

The Institute for Educational Sciences of the University of Basel and the Schaffhausen University of Teacher Education invite proposals for the two-day international conference on “Beyond Multilingualism –Translanguaging in Education” at the University of Basel, Switzerland, 2—3 November 2020. This conference takes a transdisciplinary approach to translanguaging in education. It examines how translanguaging is perceived, its impact and its implications, especially in the classroom. We are particularly interested in the relationship between everyday linguistic practices and language policies in education. To what extent are multilingualism and translanguaging taken into account as institutional issues in educational public spaces? What are the linguistic practices of various stakeholders in their diverse educational institutions?