Identity, Digital Storytelling & Linguistic Citizenship (UK but Online)


Identity, Digital Storytelling and Linguistic Citizenship, Hub for Education & Language Diversity, King’s College, London, UK, 22 July 2021, 15:00 BST.

This event is part of the Hub for Education & Language Diversity (HELD) summer school, July 21-23, 2021, but is open to everyone.

What is the relationship between identity, digital storytelling and linguistic citizenship? Due to advances in digital technology, there are new relations of power at micro and macro levels, and digital literacy has become essential in “claiming the right to speak.” As language learners navigate these changing times, they need to negotiate new identities, investments, and imagined futures.

In this presentation, Dr Bonny Norton demonstrates that while there are social structures that may constrain a language learner’s linguistic citizenship, digital stories in multiple languages can help these learners claim the right to be heard. Drawing on her recent research on digital storytelling in both wealthy and poorly resourced communities worldwide, she discusses how freely available digital stories in multiple languages can harness the linguistic capital of language learners in homes and schools, with exciting implications for the promotion of linguistic citizenship in communities worldwide.

IAIR: Researching Intercultural Perspectives (Online)

EventsResearching Intercultural Perspectives, Problems, and Relationships Beyond the Pandemic, International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR), Webinar, July 12-13, 2021.

The International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR) Biennial Conference which was planned for July 2021 has been postponed and will now take place July 25-28, 2022. To provide a setting for our continued interaction around the important work of the Academy, instead IAIR has organized this “IAIR Webinar” during part of the original conference dates of July 12-13, 2021. Join the webinar for keynotes, awards, and future directions in intercultural research. There is no registration fee.

Dialogue & Deliberation Summer Learning Springboard (USA but Online)


National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation: Summer Learning Springboard, Online, July 26-30, 2021. Deadline: July 16, 2021.


For those who study, teach, and/or practice dialogue, deliberation, conflict resolution, mediation, and collaboration, the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) is hosting a Summer Learning Springboard, July 26-30. Registration for this week of virtual events is just $10 for NCDD members and $20 for non-members which includes access to a host of included sessions and networking events. There are some advanced workshops with additional fees.

Session topics include supporting DEI, compassionate listening, the tensions of neutrality, capturing impact of engagement processes, Bohm Dialogue, facilitating interactive online meetings, a toolkit of collaborative discussion activities, multi-process synergies, democracy as a wicked problem, and online open space and conversation café.

CFP Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America (Argentina but hybrid)

EventsCall for papers: Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America, Center for the Study on Media and Society in Argentina (MESO), Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 26-27, 2021 (hybrid meeting). Deadline: August 31, 2021.

This will be the seventh annual conference organized by MESO on the interactions between media, culture and society. For more information about previous events, please visit our website. This Annual Conference is sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication and the Center for Latinx Digital Media at Northwestern University.

Submissions should contribute to ongoing conversations about media, culture, and society in empirical, theoretical or methodological ways. They might also broaden our knowledge about the relationship between media, culture, and society at the national and regional level. Articles may refer to different aspects of communication, media, and cultural goods and services in the areas of journalism, entertainment -cinema, theater, television, music, etc. – advertising and marketing, public relations, social media, and video games, among others.

Success Stories of Refugees in Europe (UK but Online)

EventsSuccess Stories of Refugees in Europe: Celebrating the contributions of children and highly skilled adults, BAAL Multilingualism Special Interest Group and Newcastle University (Online), June 16, 2021, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (BST).

Europe has experienced major waves of refugee immigration, which has led to over a million refugees and asylum seekers across EU countries to date. Children and adults have been equally affected and often placed in marginalised positions by their host communities who often failed to fully value their contributions. This event, which has been organised by the BAAL Multilingualism SIG and hosted by Newcastle University’s School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, celebrates the linguistic and cultural contributions of refugees, both children and adults, in Europe. It will bring together researchers, practitioners and members of the public interested in current debates about refugee integration in Europe.

The event is free but registration is required.

Stories of Home VR: Immigrant & Refugee Voices (USA but Online)

EventsStories of Home VR: Immigrant and Refugee Voices, StoryCenter, Berkeley, CA, USA (Online), June 11, 2021, 8-9pm GMT.

Pull up a chair and bring along your favorite Friday afternoon snacks as you join StoryCenter for a FREE, one-hour online screening of new immersive media work from Stories of Home VR. Artist-in-Residence Parul Wadhwa has been hard at work during the pandemic, collaborating with three women to document their material memories of home through virtual reality (VR) filmmaking techniques.

Help organizers honor these unique voices as World Refugee Day approaches (June 20). The event will also feature short interviews with the storytellers, captured in partnership with the California Film Institute, and a Q&A with Parul on the value of VR for enhancing wellbeing and building community and compassion.

At the event, the stories will be shown as 360 videos, but after you register, organizers will send you the information you will need to view them on the Oculus Store, if you have a VR headset.

Promoting ICD through Media, Visual & Performing Arts (Italy but Online)

EventsPromoting Intercultural Dialogue through Media, Visual and Performing Arts, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Webinar), May 19, 2021, 6pm CET.

As part of the series of webinars, Migrations | Mediations. Promoting Intercultural Dialogue through Media, Visual and Performing Arts, the May 19 topic will be We tell a different story – the role of documentary film, alternative and community media in reporting migration.

– Daniela Drastata, Chair of the EBU TV Intercultural and Diversity Group, Senior editor at HRT (Croatian National Radio and Television), Executive co-producer of the EBU New Neighbours series
– Clara Dominguez, Division Director & VOA Director of Partnerships, Latin America Broadcasting, Voice of America
– Fran Atopos Conte, journalist and director, Termini TV
– Nyima Jadama, TV host of Nyimas Bantaba at ALEX Berlin

– Nadia Bellardi, transcultural media consultant

Earlier webinars in the series are available online as well.  Those topics were:

  • Webinar 1: From Integration to Inclusion: Why Culture Matters and How to Build a Positive Narrative; and Migration and the Circuits of Film Culture:
    A Southern Perspective

  • Webinar 2: Beyond the Emergency: Media Representations, Social Encounters and Transculturality.

Counter-Narratives in Language Education Research (UK but Online)


Counter-Narratives in Language Education Research, Center for Language Education Research, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (Online), May 18, 2021, 2-4 BST.

Counter-Narratives in Language Education Research will highlight presentations by Dr. Nelson Flores, University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Giovanna Fassetta, University of Glasgow, with contributions from University of Leeds colleagues: Dr. Daniel Fobi, Dr. Kate Spowage and Rumana Hossain.

The speakers’ presentations in diverse areas of language education inquiry will lead to a more general reflection. Among the topics to be discussed:

  • What are the dominant narratives of language (and) education in our respective contexts and domains of inquiry?
  • Which/whose stories are not included in them and why do they need to be
  • How does our research need to change to make space for the multiple, complex and often competing counter-narratives?

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival 2021 (Canada but Online)


Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Montreal, Canada (Online, and later outdoors), April 24-May 2, 2021.

Starting April 24 and running until May 2, the spring programming of the 23rd Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival will be in full swing, along with the TD-Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival. Online and later outdoors, more than 50 eclectic events with 200 artists will delight eyes and minds around the theme, The Challenges of Our Times. Free multilingual events in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic take the form of captivating panels, debates and interviews. Events are added daily and will remain online.

This would be a good place for those who wish to find books that start conversations about cultural identity, cultural difference, intercultural communication, and intercultural. 

Covid-19: International Perspectives and Transnational Collaboration

EventsCovid-19: International Perspectives and Transnational Collaboration, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, London, UK (Online), 22 April 2021, 18:00-19:30 BST.

During a ‘global’ pandemic, the capacity to learn from the experience of others and share knowledge across borders is essential. Responses to Covid-19 have varied markedly across the globe. The differences in the approaches taken are due to systemic political and economic conditions, but also to cultural and historical factors. One lesson that has emerged clearly is that only a joint transnational effort will enable us to respond efficiently and decisively to the threat of an illness that knows no borders. In this panel discussion, Humanities scholars of languages and cultures will reflect on the handling of the pandemic in their cultural/geographic area of expertise – and suggest lessons to be learned from other nations. They will then go on to explore the place of creative and cultural production in building a more transnationally interlinked post-Covid world – as well as the contributions to be made by research in the Humanities, and specifically Modern Languages.

All are welcome to attend this free event, starting at 6pm BST. The joining link for the online event will be sent out to all those registered prior to the event.