SIETAR Italia Call for Events Proposals 2021 (Italy)


Call for Events Proposals for 2021, SIETAR Italia, Milan, Italy. Deadline: 15 November 2020.

Organizers at SIETAR Italia are currently working on the 2021 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 2021?

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 and interlinguistic communication
•    Intercultural education in the European context
•    Diversity, inclusion, equal opportunities and antiracism

If you have any interesting contribution to offer (in English or Italian) on one of these subjects, please complete the Form for Events Proposals – 2021 Calendar, and send it to SIETAR Italia by the 15th of November 2020. Notices about what has been accepted will be sent by 10th of December 2020.

It is very likely that the emergency context related to COVID-19 will somehow have an impact on the way the events take place also during 2021. Organizers ask, therefore, that you propose your events both for virtual mode and in person mode.

The 2021 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 group’s Newsletter (a mailing list of 2500 contacts), the SIETAR Italia Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as through partners’ communication channels.

Organizers look forward to receiving your proposals with the aim of enhancing intercultural awareness in the business world, in politics, education and in our society as a whole.

Connecting Communities Through Mutual Cultural Understanding (Webinar)

EventsInternational Education Summit: Connecting Communities Through Mutual Cultural Understanding, World Artists Experiences, November 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020.

Maryland Governor Lawrence J. Hogan proclaimed November as International Education Month. He advocated listening, observing, and sharing “cross-cultural interaction and learning in schools, colleges and communities.” To support the Governor’s initiative, World Artists Experiences will present an International Education Summit “Connecting Communities Through Mutual Cultural Understanding.” 

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• November 9, 7:00 pm: “Who Are Marylanders?” will explore the rich diversity, demographics, origins, history, and contributions of Marylanders beginning in the 1600s through the present.

• November 16, 7:00 pm: “Connecting Cultures Beginning with Self” will discuss connecting cultures to develop mutual understanding in international communities.

• November 23, 7:00 pm: “Effective Communication in Diverse Cultural Settings will focus on the critical role of communication in daily lives and how misunderstandings in verbal and nonverbal communication emerge.

• November 30, 7:00 pm: “Sharing our Voices: Using Arts in Understanding Cultures” will examine the various ways the arts can be used to bridge cultures.

The summit is free, but prior registration is required. Register on the WAE website.

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?