CFP Middle East Dialogue 2021 (USA)

EventsCall for proposals: Middle East Dialogue 2021, Policy Studies Organization, Washington, DC, March 19, 2021 (Virtual Meeting). Deadline: January 20, 2021.

The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) and The Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) have announced the official call for proposals for their annual Middle East Dialogue 2021. The event aims to promote dialogue about current policy concerns in the Middle East, and to provide a civil space for discussion across the religious and political spectrum. As in years past, they invite scholars, policy-makers, and other leaders within the global and local community to respectfully, and productively, discuss the diverse range of issues affecting the region.

ETHMIGSURVEYDATA Network Training School (Spain but Online)

EventsInternational Ethnic and Immigrant Minorities’ Survey Data Network Training School, December 17-18, 2020, UAM / Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, Spain (but online). Deadline: October 23, 2020.

Organizers invite applications for participation in the 4th ETHMIGSURVEYDATA network Training School. As part of the COST Action CA16111 “International Ethnic and Immigrant Minorities’ Survey Data Network” (ETHMIGSURVEYDATA), the 4th Training School seeks to train a new generation of researchers interested in Ethnic and Migrant Minorities’ (EMM) integration with survey data by offering them the tools to design and analyze survey datasets on ethnic minorities or migrant minorities. The sessions will focus on methodological, conceptual, and ethical issues in designing and analyzing datasets on cross cultural / cross national research. Trainees will be offered guidelines regarding new and innovative ways of post-harmonizing datasets on EMM groups. The Training School will be delivered fully online, given the current public health situation.

Moral Foundations, Moral Conflict & Moral Injury Webinar

EventsMoral Foundations, Moral Conflict and Moral Injury: A Communication Perspective, CMM Institute, Webinar, November 4, 2020, 12 to 1:30pm EST.

As a follow-on to the 2020 CMM Institute Virtual Learning Exchange, participants are pleased to present a special topic webinar on the ways that CMM concepts and heuristics can help to better understand the conflict among competing and conflicting moral frameworks, and potential impact on social justice, mental health, and the enactment of democracy in our social systems and institutions.

The format organizers envision is to provide several short introductory presentations covering various forms of moral conflict. These may include: moral foundations theory; moral conflict and conflict resolution; metaphors of war and combat in new media (and alternative metaphors to these, such as jazz improvisation); and impact of “moral injuries” of military and veterans caused by failures to prevent harm and episodes of perceived betrayal. This will be followed by a guided open discussion of ways that CMM theory and heuristics may be applied to identify, analyze, and possible re-imagine these and similar conflicts of meaning.

Email your RSVP to Barton Buechner, and you will receive information about how to register via Zoom.

Communicating on Multicultural Remote Teams (Webinar)

EventsCommunicating on Multicultural Remote Teams: Is it really so hard? Webinar presented by Presented by Sophie Lechner and Dr. Deborah Smith, and sponsored by SIETAR Tri-State, September 22, 2020, 11AM (EST).

Do you work on a team? Is your team multicultural? Is your whole team working remotely now? This can be called the trifecta of chaos! Chances are you’ve experienced communication challenges with the resulting consequences of miscommunication, missed deadlines, increased absenteeism, disengagement, frustration, conflict, confusion, and even revenue loss. Join SIETAR Tri-State as they make your lives easier and share strategies and tools to improve communication in your multicultural remote team.

CFP PeaceCon 2020: Pandemics, Peace and Justice (Online)

EventsCall for proposals: PeaceCon 2020: Pandemics, Peace and Justice: Shaping What Comes Next, To be held online, December 7-9, 2020. Deadline: September 13, 2020.

In partnership with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Alliance for Peacebuilding is proud to announce the theme for PeaceCon 2020, Pandemics, Peace and Justice: Shaping What Comes Next, taking place virtually, December 7-9. In the midst of a global pandemic, rising global violence, and a national and worldwide reckoning over systemic injustice and racism, PeaceCon 2020 will bring together experts and practitioners to consider the interplay of justice and peacebuilding, and strategies to elevate and integrate peacebuilding in our collective effort to shape a more just, secure and peaceful future in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing the challenges to international travel and large group gatherings this year, PeaceCon 2020 will take place entirely online, from December 7-9, 2020. Peacebuilders from across the world will be invited to share their ideas for interactive sessions, workshops, or other creative online formats, with an emphasis on moving beyond the traditional format of long panel presentations followed by-brief audience question-and-answers. Organizers seek submissions for interactive panels, ignite talks, workshops, and networking sessions with diverse institutional affiliations and speaker backgrounds. Online sessions will be designed to stimulate discussion and audience participation, with opportunities for engagement in the weeks leading up to PeaceCon and in the year to follow.

CMM Institute Learning Exchange 2020 (Online)

EventsCoordinated Management of Meaning Institute 2020 Learning Exchange: Beyond polarized narratives: Engaging CMM to create better social worlds, September 11-12, 2020 10am-4pm EDT (Online).

Organizers have an exciting plan for convening a virtual Learning Exchange centered around thirteen CMMi 2020 Fellows’ projects.  The entire CMM community is invited to be a part of it! When they chose the theme for the 2020 CMM Learning Exchange, “Beyond Polarized Narratives”, they had not anticipated the global pandemic and other dramatic developments in our social worlds. Anticipating the next turn, the importance for transcending polarized narratives should take on an even higher priority, and more considered attention. Each of the 2020 CMMi Fellows’ proposals invites attention to pivotal facets of this complex and significant social challenge, and will help shape the dialogic exploration in this year’s Learning Exchange.

If you have any questions please contact Ilene Wasserman   or   Beth Fisher-Yoshida.

Onboarding Best Practices for Transformation Projects Webinar

EventsOnboarding Best Practices for Transformation Projects, presented by Mithun Mridha, sponsored by SIETAR Tri-State, Webinar, August 31, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (EST).

Are you working in a global organisation with multiple transformation initiatives involving significant turnover of employees over time? Do you have to deal regularly with onboarding new people in your project teams? Do you struggle with business continuity on your projects? Major challenges faced by project teams following ineffective onboarding include failed deliveries, staff turnover, unproductive employees and low knowledge retention.

Global Delivery Centres, Outsourcing and Nearshoring have become pillars of the current enterprise project landscape for international companies. Mithun Mridha, will present examples of unusual onboarding activities that managed to create extraordinary experiences for project team members, that enabled exceptional quality of project deliveries from his more 15+ years of consulting experience on Project Portfolios.

Teaching Interculturality in Higher Education (Online Event)

EventsFurther thoughts on teaching interculturality in higher education during and after the COVID-19 crisis4 September 2020.

Following a very successful and stimulating event in July 2020, this new webinar represents another contribution to reflecting on current issues in the teaching of interculturality in higher education, especially in relation to the COVID-19 crisis. New speakers were invited to share their views and reflections for this session (Australia, China, Finland, The Netherlands). Organised by Fred Dervin (University of Helsinki, Finland), Andreas Jacobsson (Karlstad University, Sweden) and Mei Yuan (Minzu University of China)

Interculturality is taught in institutions of higher education around the world under different guises (intercultural communication, intercultural encounters, global competence, etc.) and in different fields (language, teacher education, health care, business, etc.). The accelerated internationalization that these institutions have experienced for the last decades has also contributed to the popularity of courses around the notion of interculturality. What scholars note about such courses is that the ideologies, theoretical frameworks and methods used for teaching interculturality are many and varied. Furthermore, those who teach interculturality are not always specialists and they can struggle with different kinds of perspectives, paradigms, ideologies, methods…

Many argue that the COVID-19 crisis will have an influence on our lives for the years/decades (?) to come. As far as interculturality is concerned, the crisis has led to very violent acts of xenophobia, Sinophobia, blatant nationalism but also aggressive (systemic) racism and discrimination. At the same time, some of these have been counterbalanced a little by people standing up against them.

Will these have an influence on the way we see interculturality from a higher education perspective, especially on what we teach, from what perspective(s) and how? Is it time for (real) change, beyond the polarization of culturalist/essentialist and postmodern ideologies, in intercultural communication education?

The Future of Intercultural Training (Webinar)

EventsThe Future of Intercultural Training by Nicole Barile (President & Founder of NB Intercultural), offered by SIETAR Tri-State, USA, July 28, 2020, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (EST), online event.

The future of work is here – and it’s global. No matter your industry, role, or where you work, you will be interacting with people from other cultures, even if you never leave home. Intercultural training is needed more than ever, but it needs to adapt to today’s modern worker. Technology is shaping how we do business, and it’s shaping how we learn. Traditional approaches to intercultural learning will need to make way for new solutions as technology advances. Find out what trends are shaping the next generation of intercultural training for expatriates and organizations, as well as where the field is headed.

Creating Inclusive Cities (Belgium but Online)

EventsCreating Inclusive Cities: Everyone can make a difference, International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), Brussels, Belgium. Webinar on June 18, 2020, 14:00-15:30 CEST.

More than 61 per cent of the world’s refugees and 80 per cent of internally displaced people live in urban areas. The role of towns, cities, counties and provinces in creating inclusive communities and promoting hope has never been as important. They offer safety and shelter and can enable access to local services, education and job opportunities.

The Global Compact on Refugees aims to implement a more holistic approach in responding to refugee displacement and recognizes the important role that local authorities play as first responders to large-scale refugee situations.

Intercultural Cities (ICC) is a Council of Europe policy development and implementation programme that supports local authorities around the World in comprehensive approaches that are inclusive of migrants and refugees. Join the ICC and UNHCR on 18 June, 2020 at 2 pm CEST for a webinar two days before World Refugee Day to hear how cities in Europe are making their cities spaces where everyone can live in safety, become self-reliant, and contribute to and participate in their local community.