Cinema as Social Space of Cultural Encounters and Conflicts (Norway)


NOS-HS Workshop: Cinema as space of encounters before, during and after WWII, 29-30 Sep. 2022, Kristiansand, Norway. Deadline: 22 May 2022.

The workshop “Cinema as space of encounters before, during and after WWII” is the first in the workshop series “Cinema, War and Citizenship at the Northern Periphery: Cinemas and their audiences in the Nordic countries, 1935-1950”. It asks how the Second World War altered the cinema-going experiences and the social functions of the movie theatre. The Nordic countries were affected very differently by the war. While Denmark and Norway were occupied by Nazi Germany, Iceland was first occupied by British and then by US forces. Finland fought alongside Nazi Germany and then against it, while Sweden remainedofficially neutral, but experienced a large influx of refugees from neighbouring countries. The movie theatre became a battleground between different factions of society. At the same time, the movie theatres became a space of cultural encounters with the enemy or the ally, both on screen and in the auditorium.

In the workshop organizers want to discuss how different social groups and individuals experienced and used the cinema especially in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) before, during and after WWII (1935-50). The focus is on the audiences and the cinema as space. Neglected aspects, such as rural cinema audiences, or the operation of mobile cinemas, are of particular interest. Potential topics for presentations include Cinema as social space of cultural encounters and conflicts.

The number of participants will be limited to approx. 20 persons to allow for fruitful discussion and exchange. Accommodation in Kristians and and meals will be provided, travel costs (economy flights and/or public transport) will be reimbursed.

Practicing Relational Ethics in Organizations (Online)

EventsPracticing Relational Ethics in Organizations, Taos Institute, Chagrin Falls, OH, USA, 18 May 2022, 9-10:30 am EST (Online).

This workshop includes an introductory presentation by the authors, Gitte Haslebo and Maja Loua Haslebo, reflections on real life stories of ethical dilemmas and conflict in organization, dialogue on questions from participants, and final perspectives.

  • How can leaders and consultants handle conflicts and dilemmas in organizations with inspiration from social constructionist theory?

  • Which alternatives to universal theories of ethics can leaders and consultants draw on from relational ethics?

  • Looking at stories with ethical dilemmas or conflict, how can we co-create better actions and outcomes for all parties drawing on relational ethics?

Recommended reading before participation: Chapter 8 in the book Practicing Relational Ethics in Organizations: Moral compass points in relational ethics, pp. 267-287. Download the free book.

Gitte Haslebo: Organizational psychologist, founder of a major Danish consultancy firm.

Maja Loua Haslebo: Organizational psychologist, independent consultant in private and public organizations.

Digital Linguistic Diversity in the Global South (Germany but Online)

EventsThe ordinariness of digital linguistic diversity in the Global South, guest lecture by Sender Dovchin, sponsored by Digital Language Variation in Context, University of Hamburg, Germany. Online, 12 May 2022.

Recent debates of linguistic diversity have problematised paradigms such as bi/multilingualism, and code-switching for reifying static language boundaries and for their inability to account for communicative practices constructed out of a diversity of linguistic repertoires. Instead, trans- perspectives have been introduced to capture the critical linguistic diversity, especially in the context of digital platforms. This emergent trans- tradition in reflects the difficulty, if not futility, of demarcating linguistic features according to specific languages, for the fluid movement between and across languages.

Yet, this recent tradition still tends to celebrate and thus exoticize the presumed digital linguistic diversity in and from the Global South, although it is indeed ‘quite normal’, ‘unremarkable’ ‘ordinary’, ‘basic’, ‘everyday’, and by no means a new phenomenon. In so doing, scholarship inadvertently constructs and exoticizes a linguistic Other whose digital linguistic diversity are expected to be made legible according to normative epistemologies of diversity.

This lecture is based on the premise that the analytic potential of the trans- tradition can be enhanced through a stronger focus on such practices as reflective of everyday, quotidian, basic, mundane, unremarkable, banal, and ordinary occurrences, rather than of peculiar, exotic, eccentric or unconventional ones. It is important to recognise that digital linguistic diversity in and from the Global South is neither to celebrate nor to deplore, but something to observe and examine with interest like anything else, as it is inevitable that peoples and cultures have always been mixing and mingling. I conclude that ‘linguistic ordinariness’ is rather ‘diverse’ – a necessary condition of ‘linguistic diversity’ is its ‘ordinariness’.

Dr Sender Dovchin is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow and Director of Research at the School of Education, Curtin University, Australia.

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival 2022 (Canada and Online)


Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, 28 April-4 May, 2022: Online. 5-8 May, 2022: In person, Montreal, Canada.

The 24th Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival offers numerous thought-provoking, unbridled, multilingual authors and multicultural events in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew, Welsh, Ukrainian and Arabic. The Festival is thrilled to be back with live events from May 5-8 and FREE online from Apr. 28-May 4. Explore contemporary literary conversations, performances and launches, with science and ecology’s relationships to literature, and ‘age, time and literature’ as some of this year’s themes, centering around the question: What age are we? Planet, society, people. In addition, this year there will be a special focus on Ukraine during the in-person sessions. Ukraine is in the throes of a tragedy. What can literature do against war? Plenty—war is inhuman; literature is one of the best outlets humanity has to offer.

Creating a Culture of Encountering the Other (UK but Online)


Creating a Culture of Encountering the Other, ETHER, University of Leeds, UK but Online, 6 April 2022, 9:30-15:30 (British summer time).

The theme centres on the notion of the ‘contact zone’… a space in which people with different biographies, understandings and social trajectories engage in everyday encounters. Linguistic ethnographers have generated detailed descriptions of communicative encounters that take place there. Artists and philosophers, on the other hand, have studied people’s emotional, imaginative and moral investment in such encounters. Organizers conceptualize these contact zones as metaphorical ‘unsafe spaces’ to highlight initial discomforts that encounters with difference are likely to produce. This seminar aims to explore ways in which such ‘disturbing encounters’ can be harnessed for the good. Participants will draw on insights from the previous two seminars and draw on experiences and questions of participants to map the transformative potential of these spaces across diverse layers of social activity. The seminar will engage participants with the ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions of enabling such encounters in public life.

ETHER (Ethics and Aesthetics of Encountering the Other), an international AHRC research network, is a research partnership of the University of Leeds, the University of Stirling, Opera North, and Leeds Museums and Galleries.  ETHER asks: ‘How do people of conflicting worldviews, memories and future visions encounter each other?’

Analyzing Race/ism in Interaction (A Virtual Workshop)


Analyzing Race/ism in Interaction: A workshop for Emerging Scholars,
Virtual Workshop, 6-8 July 2022. Applications to participate close on 2 April 2022.

In this three-day workshop, participants will explore how racial identities are invoked and made relevant in everyday conversations, and learn how to analyze race, racism, and discrimination in social interaction. Participants will draw on their expertise on race and learn how to conduct fine-grained analysis of language and culture using ethnomethodology and conversation analysis (EMCA). The course will take place over three days and will consist of four sessions. For each session, participants will watch on their own time a one-hour pre-recorded lecture, and then participate in a two-hour facilitated workshop that reviews and works with the material introduced in the lecture. The workshop will take place online, in real-time; however, it will take place in two streams based on location and time zone.

Lecture Session topics include: Theories of race and interaction; Professional data practices  Transcription; Analyzing race in interaction. Lecturers include: Francesca Williamson, Kevin Whitehead, Alexa Hepburn, Joseph Garafanga, Leah Wingard,  Natasha Shrikant, and Tim Berard.

Any questions should be directed to the organizing committee at analysingrace AT 

World Council for Intercultural & Global Competence: Global Forum (USA but Online)

EventsWorld Council for Intercultural & Global Competence: Global Forum, March 7-8, 2022, Online.

The cost for forum registration is $100 (note that registration is non-refundable; sessions will be recorded).

Teaching Literature in the Language Classroom (Greece but Online)

EventsTeaching literature in the language classroom: The basis of establishing an intercultural dialogue and students redefining their own identity, Communication Institute of Greece, February 25, 2022, 15:00 – 16:00 EET time, Online via zoom.

This workshop will demonstrate how teaching literature in the foreign language classroom can provide a platform for students to start a dialogue over a contentious subject that they would not approach otherwise. Examples will be presented from francophone literature alongside their translations. The workshop will run in English.

Led by the Vice-president of Research and Academic Affairs of the Communication Institute of Greece and Associate Professor in Education UCL Institute of Education University of London, UK,
Dr. Fotini Diamantidaki.

Ryerson U: Language of Diversity (Canada but Online)

EventsLes mots de la diversite / The language of diversity, Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, February 14, 2022, 12-1:30 PM EST, Online via zoom.

The organizers invite you to join a discussion on the power of language. A panel of experts will investigate how various expressions used in migration and urban studies are produced and used differently in discrete cultural and national contexts – in Canada and France in particular, but also in Arab countries. They will explore notions such as diversity, laïcité, multiculturalism, integration, assimilation, cosmopolitanism, with a view to understand their socio-historical contexts and the difficulty of translating, interpreting and communicating them in other languages and contexts. While considering the multitude of expressions used in diverse cultural contexts, they will also explore the power relations that underlie the different categorization politics deployed in urban and migration dynamics.

Register to receive an update closer to the day of the event on how you may participate. Presentations to be delivered in French, with simultaneous translation in English available online.

Modérateur/Moderator: Amin Moghadam, CERC Migration, Université Ryerson University (Toronto)

  • Franck Mermier, Centre national de la recherche scientifique / National Center for Scientific Research (Paris)
  • Annick Germain, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (Montréal)
  • Mireille Paquet, Université Concordia / Concordia University (Montréal)

CFP Middle East Dialogue 2022 (Virtual)

EventsCall for proposals: Middle East Dialogue 2022, Policy Studies Organization, March 18, 2022 (Virtual). Deadline: February 12, 2022.

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. 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.

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