The Cameroonian Committee for the Promotion of Women’s Human Rights (Comité Camerounais de Promotion des Droits Humains des Femmes, CPDF), a women’s organization based in Cameroon in Central Africa, is looking for a US-based organization with which to develop a partnership as part of a project to counter hate speech in Cameroon.
The Women’s Actions To Counter Hate Speech (WATCH SPEECH) project deals with the dissemination of hate speech in Cameroon. It offers an approach to fight hate speech online and in person, through media and information education, and the strengthening of intercultural skills of young beneficiaries.
Cameroon is an ethnically diverse country with about 250 groups. Cameroon’s ethnic community has been known to coexist in peace, and no particular group had political influence over the affairs of the country. These groups contribute to the cultural diversity of the country. But insecurity is increasing in the country, due to terrorism and the resurgence of separatist impulses in the two anglophone northwest and southwest regions. this situation contributes to increasing the tension between the main ethnic groups and between francophones and anglophones. . . Public hatred and socio-ethnic stigma are taking on alarming proportions. The phenomenon has taken on such alarming proportions that the government decided to present a bill to the National Assembly to punish contempt of the tribes and incitement to tribal hatred. . . A tremendous number of intolerant and hateful messages are now exchanged by young Cameroonians on social networks. Hate speech in Cameroon unites and divides at the same time. It creates “us” and “them”. Indeed, while statistics offering a global overview of the phenomenon are not available, both civil society organizations and officials have recognized that hateful messages disseminated online by Cameroonians against Cameroonians are increasingly common and have elicited unprecedented attention to develop adequate responses. . .
The Cameroonian Committee for the Promotion of Women’s Human Rights has chosen to act to counter hate speech in Cameroon. This will be done by promoting peace and security, alternatives to violence to resolve conflicts, tolerance, and mutual understanding between ethnic groups.
Read the full description of the project in the PDF. Contact information is included. If you are able to help, please contact CPDF directly.
Leila Valoura has requested a call go out for those who are US expats working for MNCs in Brazil. If that fits your profile, please help her if you can.
“Hello. This is a call for participation in my doctoral research in Education (Organizational Leadership Studies concentration) approved by the IRB at Northeastern University (IRB# CPS19-04-01). The purpose of this study is to explore cross-cultural learning experienced by U.S. expatriates on assignments for multinational corporations (MNC) in Brazil. This study will focus on how participants make meaning of their international assignment experience to develop cross-cultural learning. If you are a U.S. expatriate who has worked or is still working in Brazil and became interested in possibly participating in this research, please contact me for more details about the research. Participation will be online, which means that it can happen regardless of where participants are located. Thank you very much, Leila Valoura.”
CID has been asked to share the following flyer. There is no specific deadline, but this is being posted August 20, 2018.
Open invitation to participate in a panel, from Concha M. Höfler, Durham University, UK:
“We’re organising a panel at next year’s 16th International Pragmatics
Conference Pragmatics at the Margins in Hong Kong, 9-14th of June 2019, and hereby invite you to contribute. Deadline: 15 October 2018.
*Dealing with Marginality: Categories and Positioning in Interaction*
The question of marginality is more often than not conceptualized as one of (hegemonic) social and spatial exclusion (Leimgruber 2004; Weisberger 1992, Sassen 2016): individuals and/or perceived groups are marginalized by a societal majority and in the process they are portrayed as both voiceless and without agency.
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The Coordinated Management of Meaning Institute (CMMI) is asking for help:
“We created CosmoKidz as one way to help young children develop relational awareness and skills. By now, we have more than four years’ worth of research to confirm what we thought: It works!
CosmoKidz only covers the age group from 4-7 year olds and now we want to go beyond. We imagine creating something for the 8-11 year olds—CosmoTweenz—and for the 12-15 year olds— CosmoTeenz. The social challenges for each of these age groups will most probably vary, and we need their own words, stories, experiences to describe what they are struggling with in their social world. This is where we need your help!
If you are close to children/young people in these age groups, either as a parent, friend, relative, or in a professional manner, and you’d like to offer ideas we’d love to hear from you. If you see this as an opportunity to work collaboratively with us we’d also love to hear from you. Our next steps offer some exciting research opportunities as well as significant opportunities for developing new teaching aids.
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Labforculture.org ran an interesting project, called “Open Lines for Intercultural Dialogue.” It is now closed to new participants, but the results are still available, and may be interesting to review.
“The project undertakes to visualise language. Open Lines to Intercultural Dialogue will invite people from around the world to share their personal interpretations of intercultural dialogue. You will be asked to translate ‘intercultural dialogue’ into your own language and to give a one line description of what it means to you, in your own language. Then translate your description into English yourself and send both the original language line and the translation to LabforCulture.
The lines, in both original languages and in English, will be collected on LabforCulture.org. Their similarities and variations will be traced and connected within a lyrical interface design. Visitors will be able to intuitively navigate through the interpretations, deriving their own associative meanings from the existing lines while being encouraged to add their own.”
(For those interested, the replacement website is ECF Labs.)
Oxford Bibliographies provides faculty and students information about resources on a variety of academic topics by publishing annotated bibliographies to guide them to relevant sources. I’ve been asked to serve as area advisor and suggest topics to be included in the “International and Global Communication” section.
I’m open to suggestions from the CID community while working on this: if there is a topic you think should be included, please send me an email. If you are potentially interested in preparing the annotated bibliography on that topic yourself, mention that. If you know someone else who would be perfect, tell me who. I’m especially interested in including scholars outside the US, as a way to expand their list of authors.
There are no guarantees I can include every topic anyone suggests: 30 topics is the maximum I can propose. And even if I do include your topic, and suggest that Oxford contacts you or the scholar you recommend to write it up, there’s no guarantee they will do so. But at least telling me what and who you would like to see included will increase the chances of that happening.
The deadline for sending suggestions is February 2, 2018. I’m looking forward to hearing from lots of you!
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue
Call for proposals: South Asia Initiative events at the 100th AEJMC 2017 conference. August 9-12, 2017. Chicago, IL.
Research Microtalks on South Asia at AEJMC 2017
Deadline for extended abstracts: 11:59 p.m. ET, May 18, 2017. In our commitment to the 2017 AEJMC conference theme “Closing the Gap: Media, Research and the Profession,” we are hosting research microtalks (2 to 3 minutes) on South Asia or the South Asian diaspora. Research microtalks will be selected through a peer-reviewed competition.
See complete call.
You are also invited to attend South Asia Events at the 100th AEJMC 2017 Conference in Chicago
The South Asia Initiative will host two events at the 100th AEJMC 2017 conference in Chicago.
Click here for event details.
AEJMC’s South Asia Initiative:
With over one-fourth of the world’s population, South Asia has emerged as an important region for media and journalism, politics, international relations, health communication, culture, media and other areas that enrich the repertoire of our field. The South Asia Initiative brings together people with interest and expertise in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the South Asian diaspora worldwide. The AEJMC South Asia Initiative, which currently constitutes 520 members worldwide, was instituted at the AEJMC 2015 conference in San Francisco.
Do you wish to join the AEJMC South Asia Initiative? Are you interested in media and communication issues relating to South Asia or the South Asian diaspora? Email your ideas to Dr. Deb Aikat, School of Media and Journalism, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Mention “SAsia17” in the subject line of your email.
The ICA Regional Conference at Daystar University in Nairobi was held on 19-21 October, 2016. For details, see the summary in the ICA Newsletter.
At the close of the conference students and early-career scholars had informal meetings to discuss how to continue with discussions started at the conference and how to build research networks in media and communication in Africa and beyond.
The participants at the meeting agreed to create and sustain a new African Communication Researchers’ Network, which will be an online community of students and scholars at different stages of their career with interest in research in Africa.
I received the following request for help in locating people who work with refugees in the EU. Please contact the author directly; his email is below.
I am Md Golam Nasibul Hoque, citizen of Bangladesh, pursuing my MA in Human Rights at the University of Padova, Italy. Right now, I am in a Erasmus Traineeship in the Law Faculty at Ghent University, Belgium for my thesis. Specifically, I am gathering information on initiatives taken to encourage intercultural dialogue with and for refugees in the EU. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.
Md Golam Nasibul Hoque