Agence ITER: Ethical Whistle Blowing: Intercultural Perspectives (France)

The Agence ITER France yearly Intercultural Think Tank is meeting again on 4 May 2017 in Aix en Provence, hosted at the Institute for American Universities. The subject this year is Ethical Whistle Blowing: Intercultural Perspectives.

DRAFT PROGRAM

13h30 Welcome and coffee
14h Introduction by Shawn SIMPSON, Training Project Manager, Agence ITER France: Cultural interpretations of Codes of Conduct
14h10 Discussion
14h30 Frederique CHOPIN, Director of CSR Master Program, Aix Marseille University: Whistle Blowing in France since the new law of 2016
14h40 Discussion
15h Carolina SERRANO ARCHIMI, Professor, Graduate School of Management, IAE Aix en Provence: Subject to be determined
15h10 Discussion
15h30 Break
15h40 Guillaume Frentz, Human Resource Officer, ITER Organization: The ITER Organization Code of Conduct and Ethics Committee
15h50 Discussion
16h20 To be determined
16h30 Discussion
16h50 End

If you would like to attend please register.

CFP Sociolinguistics Summer School (Spain)

Call for Papers

The Sociolinguistics Summer School is an annual international meeting point for postgraduate students and early career researchers where they have the opportunity to present their first findings, as well as to attend plenary sessions and workshops conducted by experienced researchers.

Traditionally organised in the UK and Ireland, SSS7 disembarked on the continent to take place in Lyon in 2016. For 2017, UOC offered to host it in Barcelona as part of the activities programmed by the IS1306 COST Sociolinguistic Network on New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe.

Language and globalisation, management of multilingualism, newspeakerness, and variation and social identity will be the core themes of the SSS8, although presentations about all the current trends in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology will be welcomed. Specifically, invited speakers will focus on the following topics:
• Monica Heller (University of Toronto): Language and Inequality in Contemporary World
• Workshop: Critical Sociolinguistic Ethnography
• Francesc Xavier Vila (Universitat de Barcelona): Agency in Language Policy Revisited
• Workshop:
Language Policies and Management of Multilingualism
• Joan Pujolar (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya): New speakers, Language and Lifestyles in Late Modernity
• Workshop: New Speakers from a Critical Sociolinguistic Analysis Perspective
• Robert Lawson (Birmingham City University): Big Data, Big Problems: Investigating Language Use on Twitter
• Workshop:
Social Media, Discourse Analysis, and Social Identity

In addition, participants in the SSS8 will have the opportunity to attend sessions on Academic Writing and Academic CV Development.

ABSTRACT GUIDELINES: PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Participants in the SSS8 have to choose between two formats of presentation:

Paper presentations
Participants present their research findings.
20 minute presentation + 10 minutes for discussion.
Abstracts: 500 words maximum (excluding references), with keywords.
42 proposals will be selected for this presentation format.

Workshop presentations
Participants present a specific aspect of their research that they would like to discuss with the invited speakers (i.e. methods, data collection, data analysis, ethical aspects & reflexivity). The topic of the presentation has to be related to the topic of the workshop and participants have to specify which workshop they would like to participate in.
30 minute presentation + 15 minutes for feedback and discussion.
300 word abstract summary (with keywords, excluding references) of research project, specifying which concrete aspects would like to be discussed. In addition to this, workshop participants will be asked to submit an extended abstract or presentation slides by the 20th of June.
12 proposals (3 for each workshop) will be selected for this presentation format. English should be the medium of both written proposals and oral presentations. However, we encourage the usage of multilingual materials in PowerPoint, handouts, etc.

DEADLINE AND CONTACT FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS
The deadline for abstract submissions, both for paper and workshop presentations, is March 13, 2017. Abstracts should be sent to sss8barcelona@uoc.edu.

Abstracts will undergo blind review by members of the Scientific Committee. Each candidate has to submit two copies of their abstract. Make sure that one copy includes your name, email address, affiliation (if any) and presentation title. Submissions need to indicate as well whether they are intended for a paper presentation or one of the workshops (specifying which). The second copy has to be anonymised, and it should include your presentation title and whether it is intended for paper presentation or workshop (specifying which).

REGISTRATION & BURSARIES
To participate in the SSS8, there will be a registration fee of 40 €.

The COST New Speakers Network will offer a number of travel & accommodation bursaries for ECR’s belonging to the network. The Societat Catalana de Sociolingüística (SOCS) will offer bursaries for ECR’s developing their work in one of the universities belonging to Xarxa Vives d’Universitats. Further details on payment, registration methods and bursaries will be published soon in the SSS8 website.

FURTHER INFORMATION
More information regarding registration, programme, travel and accommodation, and cultural and networking activities during the SSS8 will be posted in the SSS8 website: https://sss8barcelona.wordpress.com.

Follow us on Twitter (@sss8barcelona) to keep up with the latest news and details, and use the hashtag #sss8barcelona to tweet about the event.

If you have any questions about SSS8 in Barcelona, do not hesitate to contact us at sss8barcelona@uoc.edu.

CFP Middle East Dialogue 2017 (Washington, DC)

Call for Proposals Now Open:
Middle East Dialogue 2017: A New Collective Vision
Friday, March 10, 2017
Held at the historic Whittemore House, Washington DC
RSVP
Call for Proposals – 2017
Middle East Dialogue 2017 Preliminary program 

The Middle East Dialogue is for policy makers, scholars, business and social leaders, to discuss current issues. Its purpose is to promote multidisciplinary conversation about topics that include, but are not limited to education initiatives, social, economic and political reforms, nuclear proliferation, interfaith dialogue, women’s gains and challenges, peace initiatives, and potential areas of conflict. We welcome a spectrum of political and religious persuasions to discuss issues in a spirit of tolerance and free discourse.

The early conference registration fee for speakers is $200 and $250 for conference attendees, due by February 28th, unless previous arrangements have been made*. Late registration fee will be $300 payable and mailed to:
Policy Studies Organization
1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
* Arrangements can be made to waive the registration fee on a case by case basis. For more information, please contact Development and Programs Associate, Roza Kessaci. Continuous refreshments, breakfast, and lunch, will be available for all those in attendance. There is no fee for students and guests of the PSO and its sponsors.

The Forum is co-chaired by Prof. Mohammed M. Aman of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Editor-in-Chief of Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES),and Prof. Paul Rich, President of the Policy Studies Organization. It is sponsored by the Policy Studies Organization, The University of Wisconsin, MilwaukeeAmerican Public UniversityDOMES, the Next Century Foundation, and the Capital Communications Group. Other sponsors are invited and will be added.

LINKS:
Call for Proposals – MED2017
Final Program – MED2016

South Asian Film Festival (Montreal)

An eclectic mix of award-winning films from the Indian subcontinent and its diaspora
Kabir Centre for Arts & Culture
The South Asian Film Festival of Montréal, 6th edition
Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6
Click HERE for all film descriptions and trailers

Kabir Centre for Arts & Culture is pleased to announce the 6th edition of the South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (SAFFMontréal), organized in collaboration with the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema of Concordia University, on November 4, 5 and 6. This innovative festival presents an eclectic choice of inspiring and thought-provoking films made in the countries of the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Maldives) and its diaspora. These engaging and entertaining films have their focus on South Asia; while at the same time compel audiences to realize how much there is in common among cultures throughout the world, identifying both shared life-struggles and joys. Admission is free, with donations gratefully appreciated. Discussions are held after each screening.

The South Asian Film Festival will be presenting 17 films this year; short and long, documentaries and feature films, including comedy, drama and music. All films are subtitled in English and explained in French, with various original languages such as Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali and English, as well as silent films, making them accessible to as many people as possible. The films have been carefully chosen from more than 1000 entries and all screenings will be followed by a talkback between spectators and a panel of experts. Directors for some of the films will be present, other times the directors will interact with the audience via Skype. Most of the films are recent and have won awards at international festivals. As in previous years, the films are drawn from different parts of the Indian subcontinent; recognized as the largest producers of films on the planet.

Refugee Hotel (Montreal)

Refugee HotelThe Refugee Hotel
Written by Carmen Aguirre, Directed by Paulina Abarca-Cantin
A dark comedy about exile, love and the Canadian resettlement experience

Oct. 26-Nov. 13, 2016
Teesri Duniya Theatre at Segal Centre Studio
5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road, Montreal, Canada

The world’s refugee crisis looms large, affecting all walks of lives, generations and nations. This moving, dark comedy brings to life the consequences of exile, betrayal, torture and guilt, but it is ultimately about the strength of the human spirit and its power to heal. Here, Aguirre poignantly chronicles the story of a wave of Chilean refugees placed at a hotel in downtown Montreal following the aftermath of the brutal Chilean coup d’état of Sept. 11, 1973. The Refugee Hotel resonates with contemporary relevance and universality, exploring Canada’s ability to successfully accept, support and embrace refugees as new citizens.

The play is performed in English with Spanish surtitles. Continuing their mandate to encourage dialogue, the company will hold a talkback with invited guests after each performance.

Cette comédie sombre et touchante donne vie aux conséquences de l’exil, de la trahison, de la torture et de la culpabilité, mais est avant tout à propos de la force de l’esprit humain et de son pouvoir de guérison. Raconté par une jeune femme qui revit son enfance en pensées, Aguirre retrace de manière poignante l’histoire d’une vague de réfugiés chiliens qui sont placés dans un hôtel du centre-ville de Montréal, suite aux conséquences du coup d’état brutal au Chili le 11 septembre 1973. The Refugee Hotel résonne avec une pertinence contemporaine et universalité, explorant la capacité du Canada à accepter, supporter et adopter avec succès les réfugiés en tant que citoyens.

With/Avec: Charles Bender, Pablo Diconca, Braulio Elicer, Craig Francis, Ziad Ghanem, Shanti Gonzales, Juan Grey, Gilda Monreal, Sally Singal, Mariana Tayler and Vera Wilson Valdez

Segal Centre box office Halloween Special- Remember the souls from the refugee hotel: tickets for Sun. Oct. 30 8pm & Mon. Oct. 31 are 2-for-1 if purchased by Oct. 20 with the code word ‘refugee’.

8th Intercultural Seminar of Agence ITER (France)

8th Intercultural Seminar of Agence ITER France: The power of intercultural communication in sustainable organizations

Friday 14 October from 17h30 to 21h30
Building Multimedia, Faculte de Lettres, ave robert Schuman, Aix en Provence, France

Workshops, round table and discussions for professional and students in Intercultural Communication, Negotiation, Competence.

Participation is free of charge, but participants are asked to please sign up ahead of time.

The heart of the program will consist of 3 workshops (participants will choose one), as described below:

Workshop 1: Intercultural Communication in International Organizations by Aboubakr Jamaï,  Dean and Professor, School of Business & International Relations, Institute for American Universities

Workshop 2: The role of the Interpreter: From Words to Cultural Mediation by Shawn Simpson, Training Project Manager, Agence ITER France

Workshop 3: Global Understanding: Myth or Reality by Dr Delphine Paulet, ArnavA

Workshops will be followed by a roundtable discussion on intercultural negotiation with ITER organization expatriates

Media Literacy Week 2016

Media Literacy Week logoNational U.S. “Media Literacy Week” Returns for Second Year
October 31 thru November 4, 2016

Media Literacy Week (#MediaLitWk) in the U.S. is being held October 31 – November 4, 2016. The mission of Media Literacy Week is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today. Sponsored by Trend Micro and hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), Media Literacy Week already has the support of numerous partnering organizations and dedicated, passionate media literacy experts and practitioners across the nation. Kicking off U.S. Media Literacy Week will be the Digital Citizenship Summit on October 28 at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters with panels and presentations highlighting the themes of “Citizenship, Literacy, and Advocacy.”

Media Literacy Week is designed to bring attention and visibility to media literacy education in the U.S. Inspired by Canada’s Media Literacy Week now in its 11th year, NAMLE is leading the efforts to create an annual media literacy week in the U.S that showcases the work of amazing media literacy educators and organizations nationwide and drives conversation that creates positive social change.

In an effort to raise national awareness of the escalating demand for media literacy education at home and in schools, affiliated Media Literacy Week partners are working with NAMLE to execute participatory events including #MediaLitWk classroom lessons, live webinars, tweet chats, screenings, PSAs and more.

Organizations and Educators Welcome to Contribute
All are welcome to participate in Media Literacy Week efforts. If you are an organization interested in being a Media Literacy Partner, email mlwpartners@namle.net. If you are a teacher interested in getting involved, email mlwteachers@namle.net. If you are interested in sponsoring, email Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director at mciullalipkin@namle.net.

It’s up to each educator and organization to decide how they will participate, but given the proximity to the presidential election, NAMLE is encouraging the exploration of news literacy and civic engagement. For help planning, feel free to visit http://medialiteracyweek.us for tips and ideas or reach out directly to medialiteracyweek@namle.net.

About NAMLE (Host)
The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) is a professional association for educators, academics, activists, and students with a passion for understanding how the media we use and create affect our lives and the lives of others in our communities and in the world. The NAMLE vision is to help individuals of all ages to develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today’s world. NAMLE is a member of the Council of Communication Associations, the parent organization of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue.

About Trend Micro (Sponsor)
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in security software, strives to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Built on 25 years of experience, our solutions for consumers, businesses and governments provide layered data security to protect information on mobile devices, endpoints, gateways, servers and the cloud. Trend Micro enables the smart protection of information, with innovative security technology that is simple to deploy and manage, and fits an evolving ecosystem. All of our solutions are powered by cloud-based global threat intelligence, the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure, and are supported by more than 1,200 threat experts around the globe.

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Dialogue across Differences: Public Conversations Project Workshop

Dialogue Across Differences: An Introduction to Reflective Structured Dialogue
September 16, 2016, Watertown, MA
May 16, 2017<, Cambridge, MA

25 years ago, Public Conversations Project created a unique approach to dialogue that promoted connection and curiosity between those who saw one another as the enemy. Our approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world – but its principles are widely applicable for everyday conversation. An intentional communication process can help individuals, organizations and communities build trust, enhance resilience for addressing future challenging issues, and have constructive conversations with those they otherwise “wouldn’t be caught dead with.”

Learning Objectives:
• Learn basic theory and practice of Public Conversations’ relationship-centered approach to better communication and dialogue.
• Achieve shared, clear, and mutually understood purpose in a conversation.
• Design a framework for a constructive conversation that will encourage people to participate fully, listen actively, and enhance empathy.
• Stimulate self-discovery and curiosity about the “other” through questions that promote connection, curiosity and caring.

Results:
As a result of this workshop, you will be equipped to:
• Communicate with self-confidence about difficult or divisive topics.
• Break destructive communication habits like avoidance, silence, or reactive responses, enabling those in a conversation to feel truly listened to.
• Design conversations, dialogues, or meetings with clear purpose, full participation, and a structure for moving forward.
• Employ effective and satisfying communication exercises in a broad range of personal and professional settings.

Who might participate:
• Executives in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors interested in shifting the culture of communication in their workplace.
• Managers seeking to lead more constructive conversations with a divided, frustrated, or distracted team.
• Clergy looking to broach a challenging concept with their congregation or internal leadership.
• Consultants in strategic communications, strategic planning, or organizational development exploring new ways to improve client relations.
• Administrators seeking to encourage collaboration between departments.

Accreditation:
This workshop is approved for 6 clock hours for national certified counselors, Massachusetts licensed mental health counselors, MA licensed marriage and family therapists, and New Hampshire pastoral psychotherapists. Credits are accepted by the NH Board of Mental Health Practice for all licensed NH mental health professionals. For more information, please see our workshop policies. Public Conversations Project is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

For more information, please contact training[at]publicconversations.org

IDEA CAMP 2017: Moving Communities

European Cultural Foundation (ECF)
IDEA CAMP 2017: Moving Communities

What’s the Idea Camp?
ECF’s Idea Camp is a three-day collaborative working platform organised within the framework of Connected Action for the Commons, a network and action research programme led by ECF together with six cultural organisations from across Europe.
• The Idea Camp 2014 took place in Marseille, France and focused on the topic “Connected Action for Public Space”.
• The Idea Camp 2015 took place in Botkyrka, Sweden under the theme “Build the City”, applying the principles and ethics of the commons.
• The Idea Camp 2017 will take place in Spain on 1-3 March 2017 and will focus on the theme “Moving Communities”.

ECF believes in bold alternatives provided by citizens through their local cultural initiatives. At this time of transition, ECF invests in these local initiatives to help them to become enduring solutions to the challenges facing our continent. Europe as a shifting ‘home’ of changing communities – where people can live together in solidarity, accepting their differences – is an urgent priority in ECF’s focus over the coming years.

Moving Communities
We are living and working in an increasingly complex environment. Across Europe and its neighbouring countries, more and more people are confronted with discrimination and exclusion on a daily basis – whether economically, politically or culturally. As a result, societies are becoming more and more fragmented, extremism is on the rise, and the divisions between people – and between individuals and institutions – are growing ever wider.

Migration, distrust towards traditional institutions and the widening gap between the idea of a democratic Europe and the reality of a divided continent are among the biggest challenges that we are facing at present. These challenges are not new, but they have reached a degree that directly affects existing systems and policies, both at national and European levels.

Entitled “Moving Communities”, ECF’s third Idea Camp will focus on the current positive, radical resistance movements that are daring to counteract anti-democratic practices.

Co-hosted by Platoniq, the Idea Camp will take place in Spain from 1 to 3 March 2017 and will bring together 50 participants whose emerging, groundbreaking ideas demonstrate a firm desire to contribute to fostering political imagination, building bridges and effectively contributing to the development of a society with a stronger sense of social justice. Based on the values of sharing, inclusion and openness, the Idea Camp offers Idea Makers a unique opportunity to meet peers from diverse backgrounds and with different visions from across Europe and its neighbouring countries.

Quick links
Idea Camp 2017 application guidelines
FAQ
• About Connected Action for the Commons
• A general introduction to the Idea Camp
• Previous editions: Idea Camp 2014 and 2015
• R&D grantees 2014 and 2015
Info pack to help ECF share this call

ProEtnica Intercultural Festival (Romania)

The Centre for Interethnic Youth Education Sighisoara (ibz) together with the Department for Inter-Ethnic Relations present the preliminary programme of the 14th edition of ProEtnica – Intercultural Festival Sighisoara which takes place from August 18 – 21, 2016.

Proetnica 2016

This year’s edition takes place under the patronage of the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis. There are going to be more than 50 artistic performances on the main stage as well as an arts and crafts fair featuring traditional craftworks manufactured by the national minorities. Further, a fine arts exhibition displays the works from ten contemporary artists belonging to the national minorities and is supplemented by three film screenings addressing the topic of intercultural dialogue.

In times of increased global migration, interethnic dialogue steadily gains importance within international peace negotiations. The ibz decided to dedicate this year’s edition of ProEtnica to the topic of interreligious dialogue. Eight events, i.a. scientific presentations and a symposium, address this subject matter from different perspectives and encourage further discussion on the challenges to intercultural peace in today’s world.

ProEtnica brings together more than 600 representatives of the 20 national minorities in Romania and offers them an opportunity to share their customs and actively engage in intercultural dialogue through different channels, e.g. the arts, scientific research or roundtable discussions. ProEtnica is an instrument which promotes the rights of cultural expression of the national minorities and, at the same time, strengthens cultural dialogue. Thus, ProEtnica contributes to the preservation and creation of the intercultural peace in a pluralistic and democratic society.

The ibz was founded in 2000. Its mission is to promote dialogue and interaction between people to foster mutual understanding and strengthen acceptance of ethnocultural differences.

Preliminary programme of ProEtnica –Intercultural Festival Sighisoara