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.

Reuters NEXT: Virtual Global Conference (UK but Online)

EventsReuters NEXT: Virtual Global Conference, UK but online, December 1-3, 2021.

2022 will be a defining year. Reuters NEXT brings together global leaders and forward-thinkers to inspire, drive action and accelerate a new approach to the challenges we face in the year ahead. The last year two years have transformed the way in which we understand business, markets, society and the environment. Today, new thinking is required. No country, company or community can tackle this future alone. To build a better world, thinkers and doers must come together to share ideas, collaborate and act. At a time when the truth has never been more important, Reuters draws on its global reach to host diverse voices from around the world who will examine topics from different perspectives, bringing their passion, experience and expertise to find new ways forward.

Major topics include: Policy for progress, Business of growth, A sustainable future, Radical redesign, and A fairer world. See the detailed agenda for the list of world leaders who will be participating.

Finding Common Ground: ICD among Youth in North Macedonia (North Macedonia but Online)

EventsFinding Common Ground: Intercultural Dialogue among Youth in North Macedonia, by Marija Krstevska,  Online, November 15, 2021, 12 pm ET.

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Harriman Institute invite you to a talk with Marija Krstevska, Secretary General, Center for Intercultural Dialogue, North Macedonia (held online). Krstevska will discuss her trajectory as a girl raised in a mono-ethnic environment to a young advocate for intercultural acceptance. She is the Secretary General of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, a youth organization in Kumanovo, North Macedonia. Through that organization, she has created learning opportunities within non-formal education for diverse groups of learners, advocated for direct involvement in community decision-making, and supported youth participation through inclusive policies. She will discuss the importance of active citizenship, capacity building, and non-formal education in fostering intercultural dialogue among youth. Marija is a participant in the 2021-22 Human Rights Advocates Program at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Moderator: Lara J. Nettelfield, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Human Rights, Institute for the Study of Human Rights and Department of Political Science

For Zoom login, register here:

World Teachers’ Day Oct 5 2021

EventsWorld Teachers’ Day: Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery, October 5, 2021. Sponsored by UNESCO, UNICEF, International Labour Organization, and Education International.

World Teachers' Day 2021

We honor all the teachers who follow the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. This has been a difficult year and a half for so many. Take a moment to pause, and appreciate all that has been accomplished despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

For those who have the time, World Teachers’ Day celebrations will take place from 4 to 8 October 2021.

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