African Communication Researchers Group

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.

Request for Information about Work with Refugees in EU

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

EPRIE 2017: Migration, Integration & Belonging (South Korea & Japan)

Applications are being accepted for participation in EPRIE 2017: ‘Migration, integration, and belonging’, to be held from June 21 to July 3 in East Asia (South Korea and Japan).

As an intercultural exchange program, EPRIE (Exchange Program for Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe) aims to contribute through enhanced dialog to improving cooperation among neighboring countries in East Asia and Europe, and to support the process of integration in each region. By strengthening transnational relations, EPRIE shall actively contribute toward promoting international understanding.

Participants will compare historical developments before and after the Second World War, examine the political and social dimensions of mutual relations, and analyze relevant regional cooperation and challenges. Each topic will be dealt with various perspectives and will be presented with the assistance of specialists from the field of politics, economics, academia and media.

In addition, key competencies in intercultural cooperation will be mediated. Through intensive collaborations at the seminar, a network will be created that shall seek to serve long-term cooperation.

Organizer is the Korea Verband e.V., a politically independent association based in Berlin.

Eligibility

Target groups are young people aged between 25 and 35 years from Europe (mainly France, Germany, Poland) and East Asia (mainly China, Japan, Korea). Program participants will include young professionals, and postgraduate students in Master and Research degrees from the field of Area Studies as well as from the disciplines of History, Social and Communication Sciences, among others.

Application deadline will be on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Survey: New Media in Intercultural Communication Courses

Use of New Media in Intercultural Communication Courses – Call for Survey Participants

Sachiyo Shearman and Mariko Eguchi are conducting an online survey about the use of new media in intercultural communication courses among those who teach Intercultural Communication, Cross-cultural Communication, or the courses with another title which deals with Culture and Communication.  If you currently teach intercultural communication courses or if you have taught intercultural  communication courses in the past, please consider participating in this survey.

This survey takes no more than 10 minutes to complete.  The first page provides the informed consent form of the study with more details.

If you are interested in getting the summary of this survey, please contact Sachiyo Shearman via email.

Feel free to share this link with instructors who teach intercultural communication, or other related courses.

CFP Children, Youth & Media in MENA & Gulf Conflict Zones

Call for Panelists for the upcoming Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., November 18-21, 2017

Children, Youth, and Media in Middle Eastern, North African, and Gulf Conflict Zones. This panel seeks to carve out new pathways into the subject of children, youth and media.

Abstracts are sought that critically interpret how Middle Eastern, North African, and Persian/Arabian Gulf children and youth use, play with, produce, interpret and/or are influenced by media in conflict zones. Abstracts should come from or be framed from the “voice”, or perspective of children and youth and connect how their respective media uses and practices impinge on the development of their culture, constructions of civic and national identity, intergroup attitudes, political opinions, and/or peace and conflict related practices and behaviors. To that effect, papers might examine the media uses and associated daily lives — past and/or present — of among others, Algerian, Iranian, Iraqi, Israeli, Lebanese, Libyan, Palestinian, Syrian, Tuareg, Yemini or Yezedi girls and boys. Papers that explore these areas as they relate to the lives of those among them who have been (forcibly-) migrated, are borderlands children, have been born due to the uses of rape as a weapon of war, and/or whom, through them, have become child mothers, are particularly encouraged.

Abstracts, and so papers, may conceptualize children/childhood or youth from a biological, legal, constructed, and/or subaltern perspective. They may either be modern or historical in focus. Field-based research from a variety of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological perspectives are encouraged. Research from communication, children and youth/childhood studies, anthropology, political science, sociology, psychology, history and related disciplines are all welcome. To that effect, media analogous analyses of non-formal education, arts, music, dance, and leisure practices and spaces are invited. The goal of the panel will be to foster a critical transdisciplinary merger of these varied disciplinary approaches.

If interested, and for any questions, please email Yael Warshel at ywarshel AT gmail.com
The following information should be emailed by Feb 8, 2017:
1) your name, affiliation, and contact details.
2) a 300-400 word abstract fitting the above panel theme and MESA’s criteria for evaluating abstracts, including being, “scholarly”, and possessing “a strong, focused statement of thesis or significance, clear goals and methodology, well-organized research data, specified sources, and convincing, coherent conclusions.”

Conflict Management Questionnaire

Call for participants
Seeking American respondents who are 18 or older to fill out a conflict management questionnaire

Dr. Eura Jung, Steven Young, and Rita Nassuna are researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi and are conducting research comparing the influences of personality, culture, and gender on conflict styles. They are checking to see which factor has the most significant impact on an individual’s conflict management style. If you are 18 or older, please help by taking the 10-15 minute survey. The researchers sincerely appreciate your help.

This project has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board, which ensures that research projects involving human subjects follow federal regulations. Any questions or concerns about rights as a research participant should be directed to the chair of the Institutional Review Board, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5147, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001, (601) 266-6820. If you have any questions about this survey, please email the researcher Dr. Eura Jung at eura.jung[at]usm.edu. Your time and input are greatly appreciated!

Survey: The Adaptation of African Descent Persons Living in Foreign Countries

Sheila Boyland requests that anyone fitting her description help her research by completing the survey she has designed.

My name is Shelia Boyland, and I am a graduate student in the Masters of International Diplomacy program at Norwich University in Vermont. The research collected in this survey will be used to examine the experiences and challenges faced by persons of African descent living in another country.  This survey is being posted and distributed with the permissions of Norwich University, my professor Dr. David Jones, website owners, organizations, and participating companies. Your feedback is invaluable and your responses will be anonymous.

The Adaptation of African Descent Persons Living in Foreign Countries
Survey Administrator & Researcher: Shelia Boyland
Opens July 1, 2016 – Closes July 20, 2016

The questions in this survey are intended to get a sense of the experiences of those of African descent, who have resettled in a foreign country at some point during their lives or have returned to their own country after living in a foreign country.  Participation in this survey is open to adults 18 years of age or older. This survey consists of seven questions and should take between 5 and 10 minutes.  Each question has a list of multiple choice options and an Other category for which a single short written response may be added. You have the option of selecting more than one response to questions 4 – 7. This is a confidential survey and the participants will remain anonymous.

Seeking Research Advisors For Live, International, Family-to-Family Dialogues

CID has been asked to publish the following opportunity for collaboration:

SEEKING RESEARCH ADVISORS FOR LIVE, INTERNATIONAL, FAMILY-TO-FAMILY DIALOGUES

I’m the founder of Learning Life, a small educational nonprofit based in Washington DC that’s developing a Citizen Diplomacy Initiative that will soon put lower-income American families (starting in DC) in live dialogue via internet video with similar families in other nations.

We’re currently developing a pilot project that will use experimental method to measure results of these live, family-to-family dialogues.  We’re accordingly looking for intercultural researchers who use experimental method, and who can help us answer questions (about method, especially, but also theory and the research literature on intercultural dialogue) by phone or email briefly (typically less than 30 minutes by phone) as questions come up.

We don’t have funding for research advisors, but we are happy to recognize our advisors on our website.
Feel free to email or call me with any questions. Thanks in advance for your response!

Paul Lachelier, Ph.D.
Founder & Director, Learning Life
paul[at]learninglife.info
Cell: 202-910-6966

Learning Life is a fiscally sponsored program of United Charitable, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. Learning Life’s mission is to spread learning in everyday life. Learn more at our website.

Request for Best Practices: UNIVERSO and Migrants

Gustave Teh, an intercultural mediator with the intercultural association, UNIVERSO, based in Bologna, Italy, asks for information on best practices of all those affiliated with the Center for Intercultural Dialogue.

“Our main objective is aimed at promoting sociocultural growth in the society for both migrants and nationals. We have been operating since 2002 in the territory and have close to 2000 registered users. Recently, due to the immigration crises in Italy we have decided to focus our attention on those activities that will ease and facilitate migrant integration policies and the freewill return back home for migrants with regular or irregular residence permits. Our dear request to you is to help us get into contact with good practices around your global collaborators network which will permit us test and implement new welcome, welfare and well being strategies for migrants with special consideration for women and young mothers.”

Please email Gustave Teh directly with ideas, although you’re also welcome to post comments in response.

 

Danish Council for Independent Research Grants

Danish Council for Independent Research Call for Proposals Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016

The Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF) invites applications for grants towards research activities. DFF wishes to strengthen and develop the internationalisation of Danish research and the Council therefore welcomes applications that involve international activities. The objective is to give the best researchers and research groups the opportunity to coordinate and develop their research collaborations across country borders, and to give talented researchers the opportunity to spend periods abroad as part of their research careers. Consequently, aspects of internationalisation may form an element in applications for all of DFF’s instruments.

Details of the multiple types of grants available here.