World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.

Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion
In 2011, a grassroots campaign ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’, celebrating the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity was launched by UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations. By encouraging people and organizations from around the world to take concrete action to support diversity, the campaign aims:
• To raise awareness worldwide about the importance of intercultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion.
• To build a world community of individuals committed to support diversity with real and every day-life gestures.
• To combat polarization and stereotypes to improve understanding and cooperation among people from different cultures.
The campaign works through a dedicated Facebook page, serving as a platform for people around the world to share their experiences through posts and videos.

Some concrete suggestions for specific activities, from the UNAOC, are to:
• Visit an art exhibition or a museum dedicated to other cultures
• Learn about another religion
• Run an international film show
• Listen to a musical tradition from a different culture
• Play a sport related to a different culture (Karate, Criquet, Pétanque…)
• Cook traditional food from different cultures
• Learn about traditional celebrations from other cultures
• Volunteer with an organization working for diversity and inclusion
• Learn another language
• Spread the word around you, family, friends and invite people from a different culture to share your customs.

Of course, just talking to someone from a different cultural background is the simplest, and most powerful.

You can find the brochure of the campaign in the six official languages of the UN (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese).

E-Seminar: Linguistic Diversity & Social Justice

The Linguistic Ethnography Forum will host a free e-seminar devoted to Ingrid Piller’s new book Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice: An Introduction to Applied Sociolinguistics. Please join in this opportunity to discuss the book with the author and a group of leading international scholars.

What: An email-based presentation and discussion of Chapters 1 and 2 of Ingrid Piller, Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2016)
When: May 25: Distribution of reading materials; June 01: E-Seminar opens; June 21: E-Seminar closes
Where: The Linguistic Ethnography Forum mailing list
How: Simply sign up to the Linguistic Ethnography Forum mailing list in order to participate
Who: Professor Ingrid Piller as speaker; Dr Huamei Han as discussant; Livia Gerber as moderator; and the list members, including leading international experts in Linguistic Ethnography

Linguistic Ethnography Forum
The Linguistic Ethnography Forum (LEF) brings together researchers conducting linguistic ethnography in the UK and elsewhere. It seeks to explore a range of past and current work, to identify key issues, and to engage in methodologically and theoretically well-tuned debate.

Linguistic Ethnography holds that language and social life are mutually shaping, and that close analysis of situated language use can provide both fundamental and distinctive insights into the mechanisms and dynamics of social and cultural production in everyday activity.
LEF is a Special Interest Group of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL).
LEF hosts a free annual e-seminar open to all list members.

Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice
Linguistic diversity is a universal characteristic of human language but linguistic diversity is rarely neutral; rather it is accompanied by linguistic stratification and linguistic subordination. Ingrid Piller’s new book Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice employs a case-study approach to real-world instances of linguistic injustice in liberal democracies undergoing rapid change due to high levels of migration and economic globalization. Focusing on the linguistic dimensions of economic inequality, cultural domination and imparity of political participation, this book offers a detailed examination of the connection between linguistic diversity and inequality in domains critical to social justice such as employment, education, and community participation.

The e-seminar will use Chapter 1 (“Introduction”) and Chapter 2 (“Linguistic Diversity and Stratification”) as a starting point for the discussion.

Ingrid Piller is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her research expertise is in Intercultural Communication, the Sociolinguistics of Language Learning and Multilingualism, and Bilingual Education. She serves as editor-in-chief of the international sociolinguistics journal Multilingua and curates the sociolinguistics portal Language on the Move.

 

Artistic and other Creative Practices as Drivers for Urban Resilience (Portugal)

Artistic and other Creative Practices as Drivers for Urban Resilience
September 5 to 7, 2016
Museu Municipal de Espinho, Portugal

Thematic area(s) of the course
Artistic and creative practices, urban resilience, urban sustainability

Course description
Urban sustainable development requires enhancing urban resilience. In this Summer School, we look at resilience as a space for translocal bottom-up learning, emerging artistic-cultural-ecological approaches or as a ‘Space of Possibilities’. Resilience for us is openness, possibility, emergence, creation, non-structuration, art, praxis, mutual learning and doing . . . It is not a 10-point governmental program to be implemented (e.g., early warning, knowledge transfer, etc.).

Several key characteristics of resilience (redundancy, diversity, learning modes, and self-organization) can potentially be fostered in urban neighborhoods through creative practices entangling natural and cultural resources and processes such as “ecological art” and “social practice” interventions, “urban gardening” projects, autonomous social-cultural centers fighting against gentrification, and artivist actions that question unsustainable city planning and societal behaviours. However, how far does the potential of such practices reach? When and how do they scale up to wider urban institutions as drivers of transformations, fostering systemic innovations? What limits and challenges do they encounter? How far do they foster urban resilience towards sustainability as a transformative search process of fundamental change, or are they coopted into neoliberal urban development? What recurrent processes and structures can be observed across different contexts? And how can we learn from these in order to support transformative processes?

The summer school, conceived as an extended workshop, will explore comparative insights across different urban initiatives and projects. We invite researchers, artists, and practitioners to address together several sets of questions and reflect on their empirical research, previous project experiences, and expertise from different cities. Insights emerging from the workshop will inform, and be informed by, the ongoing international comparative research project/network “Culturizing Sustainable Cities: Catalyzing translocal learning and advancement of emerging artistic-cultural environmental approaches”, initiated by the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and the transdisciplinary research project “The City as Space of Possibility” at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. In addition, insights from the summer school will be disseminated through Cultura21, an international network of cultural practitioners, researchers, and others (e.g., cultural policymakers) who are focused on advancing cultures of sustainability.

Participants
Researchers (multidisciplinary), graduate students and post-docs, artists, and practitioners working with community-based artistic and sustainability/resilience initiatives

During the pre-registration process, applicants are asked to submit [HERE] a brief statement on the relevant project(s)/initiative(s) with which they are involved, and why they want to attend the summer school. These statements will be reviewed as part of the participant selection process. Deadline: Sunday, May 1, 2016. All applicants will be notified of selection process results by Monday, May 16, 2016.

Researchers responsible
Nancy Duxbury (CES) and Sacha Kagan (Leuphana University Lüneburg)

Core Team
Nathalie Blanc, Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France
Hans Dieleman, Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, Mexico; Cultura21
Nancy Duxbury, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra
David Haley, Manchester Metropolitan University, England
Verena Holz, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
Sacha Kagan, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany; ESA RN2; Cultura21

Registration
Earlybird rate (by May 31): € 150
Late rate from June 1: € 165
Fee includes: Summer School registration and materials | Welcome BBQ or dinner on Sept 5 | Lunch on Sept 6 and 7 | Breaks (5)
Accommodation and dinner on Sept. 6 at own cost.

Maximum number of registrations: 25 | Minimum number of registrations: 20

Getting to Espinho
Espinho can be easily reached by train from Porto – Campanhã station. Details of train schedules and prices.

Summer school organized by Centre for Social Studies (CES) at the University of Coimbra, in collaboration with the ESA (European Sociological Association) Research Network Sociology of the Arts and its 9th Midterm Conference being held in Porto September 8-10, 2016. The insights generated at the summer school will be shared in a workshop at the Midterm Conference.

Scientific projects relating to the course
“Culturizing Sustainable Cities: Catalyzing Translocal Learning and Advancement of emerging Artistic-cultural Environmental Approaches” – Nancy Duxbury, CES
“The City as Space of Possibility” – Volker Kirchberg, Ute Stoltenberg, Ursula Weisenfeld, and Sacha Kagan, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany

This is a self-funded, non-profit Summer School

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CFP ECREA Doctoral Summer School (Italy)

Call for Participants
ECREA Summer School 2016

We are happy to invite you to participate in the ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2016 that will take place at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, from July 25 to August 5, 2016.

THE FOCUS
The ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School 2016 brings together members of the European research community in order to debate contemporary issues in media, communication and cultural studies. The main emphasis of this summer school is not on a particular theme, but on providing structural and individuated PhD-support for young European scholars, through a variety of working forms, including feedback seminars, workshops, and lectures. The summer school aims to provide a supportive international setting where doctoral students can present their ongoing work, receive feedback on their PhD-projects from international experts and meet students and academics from other countries, establishing valuable contacts for the future.

HOW TO APPLY
There are two options to attend the Summer School:

For students whose universities are members of the organizing consortium the summer school will provide:
– free accommodation for the whole duration of the summer school, including breakfast
– free Welcome and Farewell Dinner
– free WiFi at the summer school venue
– free summer school materials (including 2 books)
– free coffee during the breaks
– free lunch from Mondays to Fridays
– travel expenses (between 0 and 1999 KM: maximum 275 EUR per participant; 2000 and more KM: maximum 360 EUR per participant)

Payment of a registration fee of 560 Euros is required for consortium participants.

For students whose universities are not a member of the organizing consortium, the summer school will provide:
– free accommodation for the whole duration of the summer school, including breakfast
– free Welcome and Farewell Dinner
– free WiFi at the summer school venue
– free summer school materials (including 2 books)
– free coffee in the breaks
– free lunch from Mondays to Fridays

Payment of a registration fee of 660 Euros is required for non-consortium participants.

The total number of students will be limited to 44, half of them from consortium members.

CREDITS
The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Faculty of Political and Social Sciences) acknowledges the Summer School activities with 10 ECTS for the participation in the full programme (including the supplementary activities). Furthermore, six of the best student presentations and all abstracts of student projects will be published in the Summer School Book.

DEADLINE
The deadline for applications for the summer school is March 15, 2016. Applicants from consortium universities and from affiliated partners of the summer school must coordinate their application with their institutional coordinators. All applicants will be informed about the selection of participants in early April.

The working language of the summer school will be English; therefore, a sufficient understanding and ability to express oneself in this language is required.

Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society – India Launch

Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society
Mumbai, India
15-16 March 2016
Planetary Citizens Assembly
India Launch

* Building intercultural, inter-ethnic, inter-religious, inclusive and sustainable society
* Working in collaboration with the United Nations.

The launch of the India Assembly is a significant step, and you are invited!

Mar 15, 2016 OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENT
5:00 pm (for a 5:30 pm start)
KC College Auditorium, Churchgate Mumbai 400020

Mar 16, 2016 WORKSHOP & GARDEN INAUGURATION
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Roundtable: Business for building Unity in Diversity
Workshop: Policy, team, action plan of the Unity in Diversity Indian Chapter
Where: Thadomal Shahani Centre for Management, 257 SV Road, (next to
Shroff Eye Hospital, Bandra, Mumbai 400050
Inauguration: Unity in Diversity Peace Garden, Muktanand Peace Garden, off
Linking Road, Mumbai 54

Objectives of the India launch event:
• to form a “National Steering Committee” in India; which will coordinate continuous collaboration among civil society, private business sector, governments, religions, spiritual organisations, and work towards building inclusive societies,
• to establish a grassroots “Community Leadership Team; which will work with local communities in creating and implementing projects to strengthen civil society via dialogue and understanding,
• to lay the foundation of the Policy of the Indian Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society Assembly and to create the first action plan based on this policy, and
• to establish collaboration between the UN Alliance of Civilizations India Focal Point, UN associated organisations and the India civil society; in order to contribute to reaching the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Who is invited
Corporate leaders, youth groups, women’s groups, media, educationists, migrants, sports, music arts and entertainment, volunteer groups, faith or spiritual groups, community organizations, cultural & ethnic groups, multicultural & diaspora organizations, congress bodies, councils, individuals with an interest in intercultural understanding, prominent thought leaders, etc., and everyone who believes in the vision of the Unity in Diversity.

Presented and organized by
Global Dialogue Foundation (GDF), Melbourne Australia, Shahani Group, Mumbai India, in collaboration with: UN Alliance of Civilizations & NGO DPI.

Key Concepts & Methods in Ethnography, Language & Communication (UK)

Key Concepts and Methods in Ethnography, Language & Communication
4 – 8 July 2016
King’s College, London

If you are researching social processes, institutions, culture or identity, but are unsure about how to analyse the discourse data from your fieldwork, then consider joining this five day research training course.

The programme is designed to help PhD and post-doctoral researchers to navigate the twin perils of over- and under-interpreting discourse data. It introduces a range of key perspectives and tools used to study language and communication ethnographically and it facilitates the study of social practice in a wide range of different settings – education, workplace, recreation, health etc. Initiated with ESRC funding in 2007 and now based in the King’s ESRC Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, this will be our 8th ELC five-day course.

The course will be held at King’s College London from Monday to Friday, and it is taught by an international team from several leading research institutions: Prof Ben Rampton (Director), Dr Jeff Bezemer, Prof Jan Blommaert, Prof Carey Jewitt, Dr Adam Lefstein, Dr Julia Snell.

The deadline for applications is 11 April 2016.  Spaces are limited, so candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible.  Some funding will be available for bursaries.

For more information, click here, or go to: www.kcl.ac.uk, enter ‘Summer course Ethnography Language & Communication’ in the search box, and follow the links.

CITP/MiLab Spring 2016 Doctoral Workshop (Vienna)

The Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University and the Media Innovation Lab (MiLab) at the University of Vienna are pleased to announce our second annual Doctoral Workshop to be held April 27th to April 29th at the University of Vienna.

The workshop will be led by Nick Feamster, Professor of Computer Science and Acting Director of CITP at Princeton University, and Homero Gil de Zúñiga, who holds the Medienwandel Professorship in the Department of Communication and leads the MiLab at the University of Vienna.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a forum for leading doctoral students to present their late-stage research to experts in the field, receive feedback and advice, and gain exposure to related work in other disciplines. We seek to provide a helpful, interactive experience for students, to highlight the work of rising stars in this area, and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

Participants will be selected through a competitive review process. We expect to invite about 8 doctoral students to attend. We will provide support for travel and lodging up to 500 EUR per attendee. Students are encouraged to submit dissertation relevant work; abstracts and shorter proposals will not be accepted.

Research topics should focus on the interplay between information and communication technologies and the social, political, civic, and governmental spheres. We welcome applications from doctoral students doing relevant work in any discipline, including communication studies, computer science, economics, political science, and sociology. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Citizen journalism
• Civic engagement and digital technology
• E-voting security
• Internet governance
• Open government data
• Privacy technologies for democratic ends
• Social media and political expression
• State-sponsored internet freedom programs

Submission process: Please submit your manuscript, along with your CV and full contact information, to Laura Cummings-Abdo and Meike Müller no later than February 7th, 2016.

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Festival of Migrant Film (Slovenia)

International Call for Entries:
7th edition of the Festival of Migrant Film
Open until 31st December 2015

International filmmakers, video artists and activists are invited to submit their films and video works of any genre, length or year of production for consideration to the Festival programming team. If you would like to submit your film/video work, you can do so by using the online application system available on the Festival web page.

The Festival of Migrant Film is co-organized by non-governmental organization Slovene Philanthropy with the purpose of celebrating the World Refugee Day (20th June) and raising awareness of local audience about matters and issues related to migration, asylum/refugees and intercultural dialogue. FMF 2016 will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 15th to 20th June 2016.

You can find additional information about the Festival and the Call for Entries on the official Festival web page and/or by following on Facebook (FMF.si) and Twitter (FMFsi).

CFP New Media, Old Money: Digital Technology, Social Media & the New Challenges to Campaigning and Democracy

New Media, Old Money: Digital Technology, Social Media and the New Challenges to Campaigning and Democracy
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 17, 2015.

A by-invitation experts’ workshop to be held at The Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America Washington, DC, September 27-29, 2015.

Electronic media have played a central role in politics almost since their introduction. The role of media in election campaigns is often seen as the origin of media and communication studies. The variety of political systems worldwide, the wide range of media systems that operate within them, and the extensive array of regulatory schemes that govern this association raise thought provoking questions about the role of media in democracy. The media-politics-capital triad has raised concerns about the effect of money on the health and fairness of political and media structures. The use of digital technologies and collaborative media has now become a critical part of these complex relationships.

Increasingly, political campaigns are built around digital strategies rather than on traditional broadcast ad buys. The internet offers many additional groups cheap access to the public sphere and new possibilities for information and discussion. Accordingly, much of the most “impactful” money is spent “online,” calling on expertise in building networks, conversations and communities using social networking platforms, combined with applications designed to amplify messaging as well as volunteers and users generating their own content. In addition, the ability to find, analyze and apply personal information from “big data” is becoming more important than market research and the focus has shifted to the development of comprehensive social media strategies for young, ethnic, gendered and special interest groups. Finally, legacy media and their traditional business models are affected by change as well, raising questions about implications of the internet for journalism and democracy.

As a result, any current understanding of campaign spending and political communication must incorporate not just traditional advertising, but equally spending on internet and social networking platforms and the use of information technologies to identify and reach voters through multiple platforms. The same “Old Money” is being used to try to gain influence, but new media offer new approaches both to enhance and conceal its effects. Moreover, the same media brands with the same powerful owners prevail online as well.

The Institute for Information Policy at Penn State, the Department of Communication and Media Research DCM at the University of Fribourg and the Journal of Information Policy, are pleased to announce this call for paper proposals. Authors of selected papers will be invited to present them during a two day (September 28th and 29th, 2015) by-invitation workshop designed to bring together up to a dozen American and international experts and to be held at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, DC. The workshop will open with a reception on September 27th. Presenters at the workshop will be invited to submit their
completed papers for review by the Journal of Information Policy. By focusing on the media-politics-capital triad, and taking place a year before the presidential elections in the US and only weeks before the national elections in Switzerland, the workshop is ideally suited to provide important insights not only for scholarly research but also for policy-makers in both countries.

Invited topics include, but are not limited to:
–       The role of media in election and referendum campaigns
–       The (democratic) need for regulation of media and campaigns
–       The role of money in campaigning and political communication
–       The role of money in media policy and regulation
–       Commercialization of the media and its effect on political coverage
–       Ownership structures of new and old media and their implications for democracy, political communication and media policy
–       Changes of political communication and journalism due to digitization
–       The strategic use of social media by political actors
–       Comparative studies of media regulation, political communication and campaigns
–       New metrics for campaign expenditures in the digital age
–       Political campaign money spending in online campaigns
–       Limitations on campaign spending
–       Limitations on contributions; on sources of contributions; requirements for disclosure; regulation of spending by advocacy groups; by political parties; and by individuals
–       The challenge of diversity of views and voices in the digital age
–       Applying broadcast political speech rules be applied on the Internet
–       Should social media, blogs, listserves and websites be subject to political speech rules?
–       How have the larger changes in the economics of media affected political news and commentary?

Abstracts of up to 500 words and a short bio of the author(s) should be submitted via email by July 17, 2015. Please write “IIPFUWS: Your Last Name” in the subject line.

Accepted presenters will be notified by July 31, 2015.

Communication of Scientific Research (Summer School, Czech Republic)

Summer School for Communication of Scientific Research

CRS Summer School 2015

The first Summer School for Communication of Scientific Research (CSR) will be offered at the University of West Bohemia, in Pilsen, Czech Republic. [Click on the image above to download the flyer.]

Location: The Institute of Applied Language Studies of the University of West Bohemia
Term: 7 – 11 July 2015 (daily from 10.00 a.m.to 6.00 p.m.)
Programme: 7 hours per day of theoretical and practical lessons on the basics of theory of communication applied to scientific research; construction of written and oral texts, analyses of written and oral texts prepared by participants, small groups work session and class discussion

CSR: Communication of Scientific Research is different from the general communication of science, which implies the explanation of scientific matters to people who have not a scientific background (public and not specialized media). “CSR” is a discipline dedicated to the professionals of science, people who do know the matter, as they study, do research and work in this context. It does not depend on the disciplines, as it is not based on the contents of science, but on the tools used to communicate. “CSR” courses aim to start to fill a gap: a need for a more formal education on communication among young scientists.

Target audience: PhD students, post-doctoral fellows of different countries and disciplines (natural, social and human sciences)
Number of participants: maximum 20
Structure of the course: an intensive course of 5 days, with 7 hours per day, of theoretical and practical lessons dedicated to written and oral communication of scientific research.
Language: English
Application form due May 31, 2015
Registration Fee: 350 euro per person

Lecturer:
Maria Flora Mangano earned her PhD in biochemistry in Italy, at the University of Milan, in 1999; then she left the research laboratory to study science communication. In 2003 she started to teach communication through meetings and courses dedicated to trainees at scientific faculties of Italian universities. In 2014 she began a second PhD in humanities and intercultural studies at the University of Bergamo (Italy). Her website and the articles she publishes are attempting to start filling a gap: the need for more formal education of communication among scientists. It is a challenge for scientific disciplines, where so much research is done with such a little communication. She has published a handbook of communication of scientific research. It has been written both in Italian (1st ed. 2008; 2nd ed. 2013) and Spanish (2009). It is 100 pages long, and designed for science professionals: young scientists, including PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. It is offered to scientists as a tool to understand how to communicate their research, either written or oral, better. The handbook specifically deals with various forms including a scientific paper, poster, PhD thesis and scientific presentation. Maria Flora Mangano teaches communication of scientific research at Italian universities and organizes regular “schools.” Three courses dedicated to the communication of scientific research have already been held in Pilsen, at the University of West Bohemia, in 2014 and 2015. July 2015 will be the first summer school.

History and more details, including the complete Schedule are available. For further information about the course, please send an email.