Int’l Youth Media Summit 2014

International Youth Media Summit
July 14-27, 2014

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The teen delegates will:
*Explore the 7 Summit Issues with dynamic leaders who are making a difference in non-profits and NGO’s around the world.
*Train with Professionals in the Hollywood Filmmaking Industry.
*Create powerful public service announcements inspired by the 7 Summit Issues.
*Develop individual resolutions of action to present to the United Nations and to their own governments.
*Create study guides to accompany completed PSA’s for use in their home countries by teachers, workshop leaders, and themselves.
*Learn to work with a variety of people from many diverse cultures, religions, and economic and social backgrounds.
*Learn how to organize international teen media exchange projects and find partners from other countries
*View film projects created by delegates and Summit partners.
*Visit Southern California cultural landmarks.
*Celebrate their vision of  a united world  with art, music, dance and food from other cultures

By the end of the 9th Summit, delegates will be motivated and equipped to shape the future through media and action.

Our Host
SOKA UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA –  Aliso Viejo, CA

The mission of SUA is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life. –Daisaku Ikeda, Founder

SUA is founded on the belief that student-centered education is the best way to promote peace and human rights by fostering a global humanistic perspective on the world in which we live.

The culminating event of the 9th IYMS will be a “Celebration of Youth Voices” to be held on Saturday, July 26th,  in the University’s beautiful new  1,000-seat Performing Arts Center.

Click here to apply to be a  delegate to the  2014 Summit!

The International Youth Media Summit (IYMS)  is headquartered in Belgrade, Serbia and is managed by Executive Director Miomir Rajcevic. IYMS is a yearly event which brings together teen filmmakers and teen diplomats from around the world to explore ways to inspire and empower their generation to shape the future through media and action.

Film and Media Artist-in-residence Banff Center

Film & Media Artist-in-Residence
Banff Centre
Alberta, Canada
Fall: 18 November – 6 December 2013
Winter: 10 February – 21 March 2014

The Banff Centre’s Film & Media Artist-in-Residence program provides a rich, well-supported environment for professional development for artists in digital film and media, audio, research, and photography. Residencies are ideal for individuals and teams who want time and space to create new works, research innovative ideas, and experiment with different techniques and modes of production. Projects in all stages, from experimentation to production and post-production, are welcome. Examples of Film & Media Residencies include video production, video post-production, audio post-production, short film and video art, audio and electronic art, 3D animation, virtual reality, interactive design, locative media, research, performance, installation, experimental hardware, wearable technologies, immersive environments, transmedia, and multidisciplinary practices.

Audio, video, interactive, and research facilities are available to help participants develop all aspects of pre- and post-production for their project, while staff and Work Study Program participants are on hand to provide advice and support for the project. The working environment offers a private studio accessible 24 hours a day, and/or collaborative working spaces. Requests for use of specific Film & Media facilities, including editing stations, digital effects lab, recording studios, music huts, television studios, and research labs will be considered at the time of application. Access to these facilities is subject to additional fees.

Deadline for application: 6 September 2013
(Summer and spring residencies have later deadlines)

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Intercultural Dialogue and New Media Research

I recently sat down with Robert Shuter, director of the Center for Intercultural New Media Research, to talk about possible overlaps in our areas of interest. Here’s a brief summary.

Intercultural dialogue typically assumes people from different cultural backgrounds interacting face-to-face, with the intention of coming to some understanding of their areas of similarity and especially difference. Intercultural new media research examines the relevance of culture for mediated communication, specifically when using any of the new social media.

There is an obvious need for research into the ways in which technology can be used to facilitate intercultural dialogues. A few possibilities have already been investigated. One approach examines efforts to link students (especially those studying intercultural communication or learning a language) with peers located in different countries. As yet, there is only a little published research on this topic. A very different form of virtual intercultural dialogue involved placing large electronic screens in public spaces in Australia and Korea, facilitating virtual interaction between populations not typically in dialogue, and then analyzing the results.

Other studies have examined virtual collaboration but collaboration is frequently missing requisite dialogic elements like empathy and deep understanding. At the same time, it may lead to intercultural dialogue, and perhaps is a precursor to dialogue. Hence, the question remains: Is intercultural dialogue possible in the virtual world?

One possible answer may be found by considering Fred Casmir’s concept of third culture. Casmir posited that individuals from different cultures can optimize their relationship through the development of a third culture which combines elements of each of their cultures into a new whole. Dialogue is necessary to develop a third culture, which Casmir argues cannot be achieved without empathy and deep understanding of others. Once achieved, a third culture provides an ideal climate to interact because it is mutually accepting, supportive, and cooperative.

As Shuter puts it in a recent publication (2012): “Although third cultures are difficult to create in the physical world, some research suggests that they may be more achievable in virtual communities. McEwan and Sobre-Denton (2011) argue that the ease of technological access to cultural others combined with reduced social and economic costs significantly increase the probability of developing third cultures in the virtual world. Virtual communities, unlike organic ones, do not require leaving ones domicile to be an active member nor are they plagued by face threats due to social errors, according to the authors. In fact, new media provides users with technological tools to manage social distance, which McEwan and Sobre-Denton suggest increase cultural risk taking and experimentation, leading more readily to virtual third cultures.” (p. 225)

Andreas Pöllmann adapts Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of cultural capital to propose the relevance of intercultural capital. Essentially this expands beyond intercultural proficiencies (the typical list of intercultural skills, competencies, sensitivities required for intercultural competence) to include more subtle elements. A few examples to make his proposal concrete: those who are bilingual are especially useful in multilingual groups; those with international work experience can most quickly find their footing when sent to yet another country to conduct business. Such individuals should find their skills and experiences valued, and themselves much in demand, whether as employees or friends. The implications of cultural capital are enormous, as they suggest that those in the third world who are multilingual have something of great value that many in the first world lack. The question will be: how does intercultural capital play out in new media contexts?

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

See the following articles for references to supplement these comments:

Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (Forthcoming). Intercultural dialogue. In K. Tracy (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. New York: Wiley.

McEwan, B., & Sobre-Denton, M. (2011). Virtual cosmopolitanism: Constructing third cultures and transmitting social and cultural capital through social media. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 4, 252–258.

Pöllmann, A. (2013). Intercultural capital: Toward the conceptualization, operationalization, and empirical investigation of a rising marker of sociocultural distinction. Sage Open, April-June 2013, 1-7. Available from
http://sgo.sagepub.com/content/3/2/2158244013486117.full

Shuter, R. (2012). Intercultural new media studies: The next frontier in intercultural communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 41(3), 219-237. Available from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17475759.2012.728761

Social travel-Peeta Planet

Two brothers from the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed and Peyman Parham Al Awadhi, are exploring the globe in a new social TV show, Peeta Planet. Their unscripted travels are spurred by online conversations and their twitter followers, and then broadcast on Dubai One. The first show started in April 2013, and they go somewhere new every week; at this writing, they have been to Singapore, Istanbul, Dublin, Seoul, and Tokyo. They are reinventing both travel and television for the social media generation, and in the process demonstrating a new way to begin intercultural dialogues.

Originally, they made schwarma, then that turned into a restaurant named Wild Peeta – with input from many on social media who made suggestions about everything from menu choices to decor. When they needed a vacation, they asked their social media followers for ideas. That went so well, they ended up with a television show of further travels. They connect with fans through Google Plus, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. Everything they do in each episode, from where they travel to the food they eat and the people they meet, is based on suggestions from their followers. They’re calling their new idea “social travel.” Not only do they get to meet people they’ve only corresponded with, but they also then help their connections meet one another, as when they introduced an app developer in Turkey to a programmer in Ireland. They help break down stereotypes with every trip they take.

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Bridging Cultures Through Film – NEH $

Bridging Cultures Through Film

This National Endowment for the Humanities program supports documentary films that explore international and transnational themes in the humanities. Projects are strongly encouraged to demonstrate international collaboration with scholars based in the U.S. or abroad. Possible topics include, but aren’t limited to:

*An examination of a critical issue in ethics, religion or history through an international lens
*An exploration of a topic that transcends borders
*A biography of a foreign leader, writer, artist or historical figure
*An exploration of the history of culture of a specific region, country or community outside of the United States

The program supports filmmakers in either the production or development stage. Awards range from one to three years and up to $75,000 (for development) or $800,000 (for production). Applications are due June 12, 2013 for projects beginning in January, 2014.

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S Asia Journalists workshop

South Asia’s Youth at Risk – Multimedia Storytelling by Young Journalists
International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

Journalists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives are invited to apply to a program that aims to connect 21-30 year old journalists in South Asia for joint reporting projects that will explore topics relating to youth and the risks young people face in the region, while also training the journalists on responsible reporting in the digital age. The program, run by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, has two main components.

ICFJ will conduct a six-week online course for 80 journalists on digital expression. During the interactive course, participants will receive an introduction to in-depth reporting, weekly individual feedback from trainers on story progress, and lessons on Internet and document research. They will also learn interview techniques, how to generate support for a complex story in one’s newsroom, how to harness social media for reporting, and how to plan and execute a story plan and a multimedia package. Participants are required to propose story ideas related to the youth in their countries prior to starting the course so that they can rely on the online training to help them develop their stories for more in-depth reporting. The course will be conducted in four languages: English, Hindi, Pashto and Urdu. Daily translation will allow those of all languages to share ideas with the group.

ICFJ will follow the online course with a five-day conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka that will bring together the 30 best participants from the online course who propose the best projects. The projects will be grouped together for regional cooperation. The groupings will help each of the young journalists report their stories in a more responsible and informed way, and create a lasting change in the journalists’ understanding of one another’s cultures. Through these joint reporting projects, audiences throughout the region will benefit from more nuanced and in-depth reporting on critical cultural, religious and social issues. Project selections will be made before the Colombo conference, giving the journalists an opportunity to plan their reporting together. They will also present their projects to the larger conference group. The conference in Colombo will also include panel discussions, site visits and small group breakout meetings.

To apply for this program in English, click here. Applications are due January 1, 2013.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

Call for Applications: 2012 Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

The Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and the Programme of Communication Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP) are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the 14th annual Media Policy Summer School, to be held from June 18 – 29, 2012 at the University of Oxford.

The annual summer institute brings together young scholars and regulators to discuss important recent trends in technology, international politics and development and its influence on media policy. Participants come from around the world; countries represented at previous summer institutes include Thailand, Kenya, China, Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, Jordan, Italy and Bosnia, among others.

This year the summer institute seeks, as part of the cohort, researchers and academics (PhD candidates and early career academics, for example), who will come with a research project related to the general subject of the seminar. Research generally related to the work of the Center for Global Communication Studies and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy is especially welcome, and some participants will be asked to present their research. Applications are also welcome from those working as lawyers and those employed by NGOs, government bodies, and regulatory agencies.

The seminars this year will focus on several key areas, including media governance in India and China and strategic communication in conflict and post-conflict and transitional environments, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. At the same time, the successful curriculum that has been the foundation of the program over the years will continue, with sessions covering global media policy issues such as media and economic/social development, freedom of information, internet regulation and convergence. Part of the course will be devoted to new developments in comparative approaches to regulation, looking at Ofcom in the UK and other agencies, including examples from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The seminar brings together a wide range of participants from around the globe and provides them with an environment in which significant policy issues are seriously discussed. The richness of the experience comes from exposure to a variety of speakers and from the discussions among participants themselves.

This year, Internews Network will again be offering twelve Media Policy Fellowships that cover tuition, housing, travel, and per diem for exceptional applicants who are engaged in research on media advocacy, reform, and implementation in post-conflict societies. For more information about the Internews Fellowships, please contact CGCS.

Applications for the 2012 program will be accepted via our online application form on a rolling basis through March 31, 2012.  Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think might be interested.

For more information about the program, application instructions, and a link to the online application please visit: http://global.asc.upenn.edu/cgi-bin/projects-partner.cgi?id=98

If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at lsh@asc.upenn.edu.

Near Media CFP

The aim of Near Media’s Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media Project is to increase integration and intercultural understanding in society. We are currently recruiting for 8 participants (4 Irish and 4 non-EU nationals) to complete a FETAC level 4 in community radio and intercultural media literacy and, when accredited, to form a production team to create 13 radio programmes on the theme of intercultural dialogue, which will be broadcast on Near90fm.

Attached is a Motivation Form IDCM for those interested in participating in the project. I would appreciate it if you could send this call for participants over your networks, newsletter, website, and/or display the attached poster. The deadline for returning the form is October 7th.

Grace Wilentz
Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media Coordinator
Near Media Co-op
01-848-5211
www.near.ie

About the project organisers: The Near Media Coop is a democratic, not for profit community media initiative based in Coolock, North Dublin. Part of our mission is to provide an alternative to mainstream media by offering an outlet for those underrepresented or excluded through training and access to distribution facilities.

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality and Pobal.

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Culture Shots

“On Monday the 18th of July at 6.30 pm, Near90fm [Dublin, Ireland] will broadcast Culture Shots, the first show in a series of 13 programmes examining the meaning of culture, and what begins when people from different cultures meet and start communicating. Through conversations, stories, interviews and music, Culture Shots aims to promote understanding between the myriad cultures present in Irish society.

Culture Shots is the culmination of an 8 week training and production initiative which was made possible by support from the European Integration Fund. This initiative brought together 4 migrants from beyond the EU and 4 Irish nationals to work in collaboration to develop skills for understanding and creating media from an intercultural perspective. Before production of the series, participants completed requirements towards earning a FETAC Level 4 in Community Radio, and a certificate in Intercultural Media Literacy.

Gillian McInerney, a North Dublin resident and a presenter on the programme said, “By including voices from very different communities and identities, Culture Shots expresses the diversity of voices, perspectives and languages in Ireland today.”

The series debuts with a programme in which two individuals from different cultures were brought together and asked to collaboratively prepare a 3-course meal. Shannette Budhai, one of the chefs and a presenter on Culture Shots said, “Listening to our culinary experiment shows how people from different cultural traditions, when cooking in a common space, can reflect on how we define ourselves and where we come from through the foods we grew up with. By sharing our stories, along with useful cooking techniques, we were an example of how people of different cultures working in collaboration with one another leads to creativity and innovation.”

Tune in to Culture Shots on 90.3 fm or livestream at www.near.ie each week, Mondays from 6.30 to 7.

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office of the Minister for Integration and Pobal.

The Near Media Coop is a democratic, not for profit community media initiative based in Coolock, North Dublin. Part of our mission is to provide an alternative to mainstream media by offering an outlet for those underrepresented or excluded through training and access to distribution facilities.”

For further information, see original post.

Transnational media CFP

CALL FOR PAPERS

Book Project Title: Community and Transnational Media Trajectories

Community radio in South Asia can be described as a social movement sparked by the proliferation of information technologies, the debates on the digital divide, and lobbying by civil society sectors, calling on nations for not having policies on community media.  The confluence of not-for-profit stakeholdership, the availability of technologies, local youth ingenuity, cautious political will, has spurred the emergence of community radio in several parts of the world especially South Asia. The question pertinent here is why now and why radio? The phenomena of community radio in the South Asian region requires that there be a greater reflection on movements (political, social, cultural) across the world  and not just within S. Asia, where there is a similar coming together of new media technology, local and national political ferment, youth mobilization and resultant efforts at institution building.

This is a request for abstracts of papers from those who are studying emerging socio-cultural-political movements that have resulted in building media systems locally, in opposition to existing hegemonic conglomerate media, thereby creating a cultural shift in how a particular local or global issue is understood.  The submitted papers need to be studies conducted in local contexts and communities using critical and qualitative methodologies and theory, not simply reflective writing. The edited volume for which there is an interested publisher, purports to be a collection of essays that shows communication scholars how to enquire about and understand contemporary situated social movement and media using critical perspectives and theories, especially transnational, post-colonial, feminist studies. Please send an abstract of 500 words, of the desired contribution by August 1 and send the completed paper, pending approval, by October 15. Contact Priya Kapoor, Associate Professor, Portland State University at kapoorp@pdx.edu