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.

Speakers:
– 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

Moderator:
– 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)

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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)

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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.

The Art of Seeing & Hearing the Other (Online)

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The Art of Seeing and Hearing the Other, 20-21 April 2021, ETHER, Leeds, UK (Online Seminar).

 

How we see and hear the other is often shaped through our attachment to ideas, images and ideologies about ourselves, others and the world. Language ideologies, for instance, delineate what counts as language and as legitimate ways of language use. They set boundaries inside which another is heard, encountered and judged (Inoue, 2003; Piller, 2016). This kind of meeting, however, precludes genuine contact because the listening/looking subject’s ideological preoccupations always put another in the position of an object (‘it’) to be comprehended, made sense of or assimilated. Anthropological philosophy, on the other hand, has entertained the possibility that an authentic encounter with difference can be achieved with a relational shift from ‘I-it’ to ‘I-Thou’ (Buber, 2013). The latter requires the subject’s pre-reflective way of being-in-the world which regards oneself and the other as whole human beings who cannot be reduced to cultural categories (Levinas, 1972). The seminar will examine how the two stances are negotiated in real-life encounters and identify theoretical principles for enabling authentic meetings across divides.

Ethics and Aesthetics of Encountering the Other: New Frameworks for Engaging with Difference (ETHER) is a global research network of members working across academic, arts and public sectors, based at the School of Education at the University of Leeds. ETHER asks asks: How do people of conflicting worldviews, memories and future visions encounter each other?

Participatory Governance & Involvement of Civil Society in Intercultural Policy-Making (Lithuania but Online)

EventsParticipatory governance and involvement of civil society in intercultural policy-making, April 13-15, 2021, Kaunas Regional Development agency, Lithuania (Online).

Join three open debates organized by the Kaunas Regional Development agency. Everybody is welcome to join the sessions, free of charge.

Kaunas event poster

The presentations will be made by a wide variety of participants, focus on these topics:
• diversity development in Lithuania,
• migrant integration policy in Lithuania: obstacles and opportunities,
• diversity and cultural heritage,
• integration policy for foreigners in the Republic of Lithuania,
• policy of national minorities in Lithuania,
• challenges to local application of participatory governance, and
• good practice of integration of migrants in Jonava district municipality.

Detailed agenda here. NOTE: Registration is required: see form. (Links for attending the event will be sent to registered participants on 12th of April.)

This second international event the Kaunas Regional Development agency will promote “Participatory governance and involvement of civil society in intercultural policy-making” by also promoting the European diversity and using intercultural dialogue as tools to build more inclusive and fairer societies in European towns.

Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

Webinar: Interculturalism and Anti-Racism in Cities

EventsInterculturalism and anti-racism in cities, Webinar, Intercultural Cities (ICC) and Laboratory for Research on Intercultural Relations (LABRRI) at the University of Montreal, 26 February 2021, at 9 a.m. (Canada; 3 p.m. CET), online.

In cities across the world, proponents of interculturalism (an approach focused on communication and positive interactions) and anti-racism (an approach more concerned with social and racial discrimination) have been active in the fight for justice and equality. While activists in these two fields clearly have shared goals, the two approaches are sometimes at odds with each in terms of the strategies that should be used to affect change. While it is often argued that the two approaches are complementary, there is also a tendency to subordinate one approach to the other, without asking fundamental questions about which approach is best suited to address a particular set of issues at a particular moment in time.

This webinar, which is aimed at people whose work involves trying to make cities more inclusive places, will address the tensions between interculturalism and anti-racism in an attempt to find ways in which the two can better support each other’s efforts in the global fight for economic equality and social justice.

Embedding Intercultural Fluency Training in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Transformation 

EventsEmbedding Intercultural Fluency Training in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Transformation by Nitin Deckha, SIETAR Tri-State group, January 27, 2021, 11 am EST.

The SIETAR Tri-State group has organized another webinar, and CID followers are invited to participate. The webinar learning objectives are:

  • Compare and contrast how intercultural fluency training objectives relate to those of diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Distill how key intercultural concepts, such as ethnocentrism, cultural worldviews, conflict styles, communication styles, and others can intersect with diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks.

  • Assess how intercultural fluency can be better aligned with organizational equity and inclusion policies and frameworks.

  • Devise strategies to embed intercultural fluency training into workplace diversity, equity and inclusion transformation.

SIETAR-BC Book Club (Canada but Online)

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SIETAR BC (British Columbia, Canada) Book Club, Jan 06, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, online.

 

SIETAR BC has just announced that they are starting a Book Club. It will be a space to share light, fun, and educational fiction and non-fiction books with others interested in intercultural relations. For the first meeting, bring a glass of wine and your book suggestions. Organizers will introduce the book club process and the group will pick four books to read in 2021. Possible themes could include women’s right, the deaf community, LGBTQIA+, Indigenous and Hispanic Peoples, International Peace, Hannukah or Kwanzaa.

Cultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19 (Pakistan)

EventsCultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19, as part of 23rd Sustainable Development Conference, Islamabad, Pakistan, 14-17 December, 2020.

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. This year, keeping the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, organizers are looking at a conference where some speakers will be able to attend in person taking care of the social distancing and other precautionary measures, while the rest will participate through a web-based platform meant for virtual conference.

Cultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19

Culture is one of the main topics of this conference. The panel “Cultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19” is scheduled on 16th December, 1.45-3.15 pm (Pakistan Standard Time). The panel is supported by both SDPI and the German foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Pakistan, and will be chaired by Dr. Fatemeh Kamali- Chirani, who is affiliated with CID.