Creative Tourism in the Regeneration of Communities (Portugal but online)

EventsOnline Seminar: So, what’s next? The role of creative tourism in the regeneration of communities. University of Coimbra, Portugal. June 2, 2020, 16h00 – Portugal/Lisbon timezone. Deadline to register: May 31, 2020

In this moment of transition, this webinar contributes to current discussions on the future of small-scale and community-based creative tourism, and on community recovery and resilience. How can we work collectively to move forward together?

The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 has provided a stark moment of renewed reflection and contemplation on the realities of our interconnected world. It has highlighted the necessity of working together on both a local community and global scale to improve our quality of social solidarity, and to advance ideas and practices that can renew and provide mutual benefit, contribute to local vitality, and foster the sharing of cultural expressions. It has also led many to consider how to redirect travel and tourism to more meaningful and responsible ends. In our individual pods of isolation, the level of virtual reaching out and sharing was highlighted, and the importance of cultural practices in crafting these bridges and inter-locale connections was underscored.

Moving forward, there is a sense that this pandemic will change the way we act in future – individually, collectively in our geographic communities, and more widely in our nations and international networks. In this context, travel and tourism will resume but are likely be profoundly changed. Travelers may increasingly seek out places of beauty, of respite, of renewal. Domestic tourism may be reemphasized. Connections with others may be re-conceived and fostered on a more humane basis as co-travelers on a closely interconnected planet. A sense of rebuilding and renewal may prevail.

Contemporary Debates in Digital Culture (Argentina but online)

EventsContemporary Debates in Digital Culture, Center for the Study on Media and Society in Argentina (MESO), Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Virtual meeting May 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (ARG).

The speakers will be Victoria Andelsman (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Silvana Leiva (CIDE, Mexico), Mora Matassi (Northwestern University, United States) and Celeste Wagner (University of Pennsylvania, United States) and the event will be moderated by Eugenia Mitchelstein (University of San Andrés, Argentina). The speakers will address their work and research experiences on digital culture.

*The event will be in Spanish.

Webinar: Comparing US and East Asian Primary Education

EventsWhy East Asian Students Beat U.S. Students on Every International Test, Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) Tri-State (NY-NJ-CT), Webinar on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT.

Years ago, Cornelius Grove grew curious about why, on every international comparative test since the early 1970s, East Asian students’ scores are among the highest while American students’ scores are somewhere in the middle…or lower. He discovered that the answer lies not only in how they are taught in school but also in how they are raised at home. He wrote two books about what he learned: The Drive to Learn (2017) and A Mirror for Americans (2020), both published by Rowman & Littlefield. Grove will share highlights of what he learned during this SIETAR Tri-State webinar.

The event is free – just follow the link above to register.

Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 on International Assignees

EventsImpact of COVID-19 on International Assignees Webinar, Tri-State SIETAR. April 23, 2020.

Tri-State (NY-NJ-CT) SIETAR (Society for Education, Training and Research) have opened up their webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on international assignees’ mental health and approaches to overcome the challenges. International assignees tend to be highly resilient, having coped with the stresses of relocation and cultural adaptation. The stresses of Covid-19 can exacerbate unique expat circumstances, creating challenges that may be more than they bargained for.

In this webinar, Mercedes Naficy D’Angelo and Rensia Melles will discuss the impact of adverse events or crises on the mental health aspects of cultural adaptation and culture shock. They will offer tips and coping techniques to support assignees with these uncertain times away from home.

Seven Days Interfaith/Intercultural Dialogues (USA)

EventsSeven Days Interfaith/Intercultural Dialogues, sponsored by Faith Always Wins Foundation. Kansas City, MO. Event held online: April 21-27, 2020.

The SevenDays event is a series of interfaith conversations and awareness opportunities that have taken place the last few years in the Kansas City area. The series, sponsored by the Faith Always Wins Foundation, created by the Corporon family in 2014 after a white supremacist murdered William L Corporon, his grandson, Reat Underwood, and Teresa LaManno outside the Jewish Community Center in April of 2014. The general slogan for the event has been “Make a ripple, change the world.”

The event asks participants to give seven days of kindness to others through interfaith and intercultural dialogue. This year the event has moved online, with additional “prequels” available on video, and has a new slogan, “Spreading kindness, not coronavirus.” Given that it is now online, it seems like to be of interest to others not in the geographic area.

 

SIETAR Italia Call for Events Proposals 2020 (Italy)

EventsCall for Events Proposals for 2020, SIETAR Italia, Milan, Italy. Deadline: 30 October 2019.

Organizers at SIETAR Italia are currently working on the 2020 Programme of Events. Every year they ask members and non-members to deliver workshops, seminars, webinars or talks following their guidelines.

Are you interested in presenting an event in 2020?

The areas of greatest interest are:
•    Companies and organizational challenges
•    Intercultural and multicultural socio-political contexts
•    Development of competencies and training of intercultural professionals
•    Intercultural communication in language education
•    Intercultural education in the European context

 

If you have any interesting contribution to offer (in English or Italian) on one of these subjects, please complete the Form for Events Proposals – 2020 Calendar, and send it to SIETAR Italia by the 30th of October 2019. Notices about what has been accepted will be sent by end of November 2019.

In Milan, most of the events are hosted for free by ChiAmaMilano, via Laghetto, 2 (near Duomo – Università Statale) which is run by the Milan Council. If you know of other venues in Milan or other cities, please mention them.

The 2020 Calendar of Events, as well as the one-off events, will be posted on the following channels: the SIETAR Italia website; the GLOBAL SIETAR calendar of events; Eventbrite, through the Newsletter (with a mailing list of 2500 contacts), the SIETAR Italia Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, as well as through partners’ communication channels.

Workshop: Using MCA in Culturally Diverse Settings (Netherlands)

EventsMethod workshop: “At home, I have chores. I am Polish” – Membership categorization analysis as a method to analyze interaction in culturally diverse settings, May 17th, 2019 (13:00 – 17:30), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Membership categorization analysis (MCA) is a valuable approach for researchers focusing on discourse in culturally diverse settings as it provides insights into how individuals are positioned in social interaction, how groups are generated, and how thereby specific moral orders are established. MCA was established by the early Harvey Sacks and further developed within the field of ethnomethodology. The important question for participants in interactions as well as observers is which categories become relevant, why they are made relevant, and why at this very moment. Furthermore, the analysis of categories, relations between categories, and conclusions people draw from these categories elucidate a huge part of mundane sense-making, yet also moral reasoning. Today, MCA is often combined with conversation analysis, yet not exclusively so.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Daniel Rellstab, Professor for Intercultural German Studies and Multilingualism, University of Education, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

In the last part of this method workshop, doctoral students working on the broad topic of social identities are invited to present their work in a 3-minute / 2 slide-presentation. Doctoral students who wish to present should include a brief description of their topic and method (max. 150 words).

The event is free for NeFCA members and PhD students (10€ fee for non-members) and includes tea/coffee.

Doing Ethnographic Film in Global/Multilingual Contexts (UK)

EventsWorkshop: Doing ethnographic film in global and multilingual contexts, 7 June 2019, 9 am – 5 pm, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. Deadline: 1 May 2019.

This cross-disciplinary one-day workshop offers a creative space in which researchers will share their experiences of, and ambitions for, film as visual method in ethnography. Presentations will consider ethnographic film as research output, as research method for data elicitation, and as research method for data analysis. The workshop will engage with the potential of film as a collaborative method, exploring partnerships between ethnographers and film-makers, and between researchers and researched. Examples of research in which visual methods in ethnography are employed will include multimodal languaging between deaf and hearing people,internationally mobile deaf people’s diverse communicative practices, translanguaging in city markets, and gesture-based communication in sport. The workshop will examine the challenges of ethnographic film-making in global contexts. It will also reflect on potential limitations of the use of film in ethnographic research.

Participation in the workshop will be limited to 20 places. Participants will be researchers experienced in the use of film in ethnography, those in the early stages of ethnographic film work, and researchers planning to engage in ethnographic film. Discussion will be stimulated by presentations which present examples of film in ethnography. The presentations will focus on three aspects of ethnographic film: Film as research output, Film for data analysis, Film for data elicitation (eg. audience reception). Following the presentations, a roundtable discussion session will engage with key questions.

Presenters: Adrian Blackledge (University of Stirling), Angela Creese (University of Stirling), Erin Moriarty Harrelson (Heriot-Watt University), Andrew Irving (University of Manchester), Annelies Kusters (Heriot-Watt University).

British Sign Language – English interpretation will be provided

Register by 1 May 2019, by emailing Annelies Kusters – please write a few lines about your background and/or experience with ethnographic film, and what you hope to gain from this workshop. This will help organizers prepare the roundtable discussion.

International Policy Summer Institute 2019

EventsBridging the Gap: INTERNATIONAL POLICY SUMMER INSTITUTE, June 9-13, 2019, School of International Service at American University, Washington, D.C. Deadline: January 28, 2019.

IPSI is a five-day professional development program for professors (all ranks) and post-docs in the field of international affairs who want to build the tools and networks to produce and disseminate policy-relevant academic research. The Institute delivers an intensive curriculum designed to teach participants how to develop and articulate their research for a policy audience, what policy-makers are looking for when they look to IR scholarship, whom to target when sharing research, and which tools and avenues of dissemination are appropriate. IPSI also provides a forum for scholars to develop professional networks with their colleagues and with the broader policy community.

 

Human Library @ Global Centre for Pluralism (Canada)

EventsIn order to mark World Refugee Day, the Global Centre for Pluralism (Ottawa, Canada) is hosting a Human Library on June 20, 2018.

Speakers will share their personal stories from all dimensions of the refugee experience in Canada, including private sponsorship, policymaking and settlement. Each human “book” will speak to the participants at their respective tables for approximately 10 minutes each. Guests will have the chance to hear from several different human “books” over the course of the evening. The event will include the launch of Refugee 613’s social media campaign #ShowYourWelcome and a gallery of portraits from the storytelling project Community. Everyone is welcome. This event is free of charge.

Here’s the basic description of Human Libraries from the organization’s website: “The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.” To find a Human Library near you, check the organization’s Facebook page.