Gabriel Furmuzachi Researcher Profile

Gabriel FurmuzachiGabriel Furmuzachi has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Vienna (Austria). His academic work deals with issues such as multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism, language learning, communication and narrative identity. His present research interests gravitate around the idea of dialogue as a means of bringing cultures closer and of cosmopolitanism (both in its guise as identity and responsibility and as moral and institutional cosmopolitanism). He also has written essays about metaphors and emotions, the accommodationist use of reason in Canadian philosophy, the relationship between reason and nature, aesthetics and more.

His non-academic work consists in surveying the international fine art trade (with emphasis on Eastern European art), buying and selling nineteenth and twentieth century paintings.

He is also involved in a series of projects spread on a wide cultural spectrum including, for example, Space and Place (a non-profit group based in Vienna, Austria, focused on urbanism and social interventions aiming at promoting cultural and social diversity in the city), Liternautica (a Romanian literature portal where he is part of the editorial team, encouraging young and established Romanian writers and building bridges between literary traditions) and Revista Timpul (where he is contributing with interviews and essays on various themes).

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Emin Yiğit Koyuncuoğlu Researcher Profile

Emin Yiğit KoyuncuoğluEmin Yiğit Koyuncuoğlu is about to graduate with a BA in Communication Design and Management from the University of Anadolu (Turkey), including a year of studying Tourism Management at the University of Primorska (Slovenia). He completed a Marketing internship in Tallinn (Estonia), and has worked as a tour guide and as a staff member with Tourcon Turizm ve Kongre Hizmetleri in Antalya (Turkey), helping that organization prepare for national and international conferences. As a travel enthusiast and hitchhiker, he manages a Facebook page about his experiences, improving social media and video editing skills. He considers himself a linguaphile currently learning the art of translation.

Amparo Huertas Bailén Researcher Profile

Amparo HuertasAmparo Huertas Bailén (Ph.D., UAB, Spain) is professor in the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and director of the Institute of Communication at UAB (InCom-UAB). She is also member of the Table for the Diversity in Broadcasting (Audiovisual Council in Catalonia-Spain). Her research is focused on the relationship between culture and communication from the perspective of social minorities. The objective of most of her projects is to understand the cultural consumption of migrant population and its influence on their adaptation process in a new country.

Selected publications:
HUERTAS, A. (2016): “Culturas que conviven, ¿pero se interrelacionan?”, in LOBILLO, G.; CASTRO-HIGUERAS, A.; SEDEÑO, A.; AGUILERA, M. (eds.) Prácticas culturales y movimientos sociales en el Mediterráneo: ¿Un cambio de época? Málaga (Spain): Universidad de Málaga (pp. 13–22).

HUERTAS, A.; MARTÍNEZ, Y. (2016): “La adaptación de la población migrante desde sus consumos culturales”, in GERVASI, F. (ed.): Diversidades. Perspectivas multidisciplinarias para el estudio de la interculturalidad y el desarrollo social. Coahuila (México): Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila; Ediciones de Laurel (pp. 185‒210).

Huertas, A.; Martínez, Y. (2013): “La educación mediática como herramienta de integración social en contextos migratorios: estudio de casos a partir de mapeados de proyectos”, in Aranda,D.; Sánchez, F. ; Creus, S. (eds.): Educación, medios y cultura de la participación. Barcelona(Spain): Editorial UOC (pp. 263-278).

Huertas, A.; Martínez, Y. (2013): Maghrebi women in Spain: family roles and media consumption. Observatorio (OBS*) Journal, Special Issue (p. 111-127).

Cogo, D.; Elhajji, M.; Huertas, A. (eds.) (2012): Diásporas, migraciones, tecnologías de la comunicación e identidades transnacionales. Bellaterra (Spain): Institut de la Comunicació, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Leila Monaghan Researcher Profile

Leila MonaghanLeila Monaghan (Ph.D., UCLA) teaches linguistic and cultural anthropology at Northern Arizona University.  Her research interests are broad and include the history of Deaf communities, the impact of HIV/AIDS, the narrative construction of disability, and the role of Native women in the Plains Indian Wars. Co-edited books include Many Ways to be Deaf, and Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability. She is also editor of the new journal Language, Culture and History.

Selected publications:

Jarman, M., Monaghan, L., & Harkin, A. Q. (Eds.). (2017). Barriers and belonging: Personal narratives of disability. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Monaghan, L. (2012) Perspectives on intercultural communication and discourse. In C.B. Paulston, S. Kiesling & E. Rangel (Eds.), Handbook of intercultural discourse and communication (pp. 19-36). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Monaghan, L. F., Schmaling, C., Nakamura, K., & Turner, G. H. (Eds.). (2003). Many ways to be deaf: International variation in Deaf communities. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

Monaghan, L., Goodman, J., & Robinson, J.M. (Eds.). (2012). A cultural approach to interpersonal communication: Essential readings. Malden, MA: Wiley/Blackwell.
Senghas, R.J., &  Monaghan, L. (2002) Signs of their times: Deaf communities and the culture of language. Annual Review of Anthropology, 31(1), 69-97.

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Elizabeth S. Parks Researcher Profile

Elizabeth ParksElizabeth S. Parks (Ph.D., University of Washington) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She has degrees in Communication (M.A., University of Washington), Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies (M.A., Gallaudet University), Communication Studies (B.A., Creighton University), Sign Language Interpreting (Iowa Western Community College), and a graduate certificate in Values in Society (University of Washington). She uses her many years of international fieldwork research experience with diverse cultural communities to ground her scholarship in communication ethics, listening, intercultural dialogue, cultural studies, disability studies, and research methods. Embracing a mixed method approach that draws from both social sciences and humanities, her current research focuses on the ways in which cultural diversity and embodied difference impacts perceptions and practices of “good listening” that ultimately promote ethical dialogue across difference. Fluent in American Sign Language, she pays particular attention to the ways that diverse sensory and linguistic experiences impact the ways that we conceptualize and experience listening in our relationships. She has served as a guest editor for Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture and her research has been published in journals such as the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Critical Issues in Language Studies, Journal of International Communication, Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, and Organizational Development Journal,.

 

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Michael Steppat Researcher Profile

Michael SteppatMichael Steppat has been Chair of Literature in English at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where he also served as Academic Dean of the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies for many years until he achieved Emeritus status in 2015. He also holds a Professorial position of honor in Moscow from the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Higher Education and Science, having been coordinator of a cooperation network of five universities and becoming moderator of a research seminar at Moscow City University. In recent years he has been appointed regular visiting professor and external advising faculty member at Shanghai International Studies University, as well as visiting professor at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei (Taiwan); in earlier years he was invited as visiting professor at institutions in the UK and the USA. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Münster (Germany) and later his ‘Habilitation’ both from there and from the Free University of Berlin, he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, then research professor at Arizona State University. He has repeatedly been awarded the Myra and Charlton Hinman Fellowship of Amherst College and the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC. To move in a new direction, he developed an internationally cooperative graduate program of Intercultural Anglophone Studies.

His book publications include Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange (2009); editions of several Renaissance Latin dramas (1991); Chances of Mischief: Variations of Fortune in Spenser (1990); co-editorship of the New Variorum edition of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (1990); The Critical Reception of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (1980); and a monograph on the early work of St. Augustine of Hippo (1980). Thus one research interest has been in the constructions of Orientalism in early modern literature. A collaborative volume on Writing Identity: The Construction of National Identity in American Literature (Moscow Region University Press, 2016) extends the research focus to identity discourses in American culture. As appointed member of the Modern Language Association of America’s editorial team for the International New Variorum Shakespeare, he continues to edit assigned plays. Spurred by an invitation from the London School of Economics and Social Science in 2011 to organize a workshop, based on the cooperative graduate program, Steppat has increasingly devoted attention to intercultural studies in connection with literature. The chief research interest in this regard is extending intercultural scrutiny of literature as well as film beyond historical comparison, and toward a processual or interactive notion of culture as practice and meeting ground. Imaginative representation of migrant situations and cultural minorities is especially pertinent in exploring the fertile terrain where literary and intercultural study discover each other.

In 2012 Steppat became Primary Investigator in a Bavarian government-sponsored Sino-German cooperative program on “Identity and Intercultural Communication: Perspectives on America”, which has enabled a symposium, the delivering of papers, and the conducting of workshops on intercultural literary study at various international institutions and conferences. The program has widened to considering Intercultural Communication as a resource for literary research. Connections between the range of research interests keep emerging, sometimes in unanticipated ways. Steppat has co-authored an article on “Considering Intercultural Literature: A Mature Field of Study” (forthcoming in Intercultural Communication: German and Chinese Perspectives, ed. Jürgen Henze). More substantially, he has produced a volume Literature and Interculturality in the Intercultural Research book series (Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, 2017). Apart from theoretical and conceptual orientations, major focal areas in this context are diasporic discourses, representations of cross-cultural identities, as well as variations of cross-cultural transfer. A key concern is to understand difficult meanings in the artifacts we study not as a mental act but rather as a social practice and a communicative achievement.

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Sachiyo M. Shearman Researcher Profile

Sachiyo M. ShearmanSachiyo M. Shearman (Ph. D., Michigan State University) is an associate professor in the School of Communication at East Carolina University.  She teaches courses such as Cross-Cultural Communication, Conflict and Communication, and Research Methods both at the undergraduate and the graduate level.  Her research interests include cross-cultural comparative studies in communication styles and preferences, individual differences (such as dogmatism) and cognitive information processing in conflict resolution and intercultural communication in various contexts such as work and family.  Her research has been published in journals such as Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, Human Communication Research, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of Family Communication, The International Journal of Human Resources Management, and Asian Journal of Social Psychology.

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Suzanne Majhanovich Researcher Profile

Suzanne MajhanovichSuzanne Majhanovich is Professor Emerita/Adjunct Research Professor at the Faculty of Education, Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She is the past Chair of the WCCES Standing Committee for Publications and the former editor of the journal Canadian and International Education. With Allan Pitman, she is the co-editor of the Series A Diversity of Voices published by Sense. She has served as guest editor of four special issues of the International Review of Education related to presentations from the World Congresses of Education held in Havana, Cuba; Sarajevo, Bosnia; Istanbul, Turkey and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research interests include first and second language acquisition, the teaching of English as a Foreign Language in international contexts, globalization, education restructuring, decentralization and privatization of education. She is the author of numerous articles and books, and most recently has co-edited with Régis Malet Building Democracy through Education on Diversity (Sense, 2015), and with Susana Gonçalves Art and Intercultural Dialogue (Sense, 2016).

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Susana Gonçalves Researcher Profile

Susana Gonçalves Susana Gonçalves, PhD is a Coordinator and Professor at the Polytechnic of Coimbra, Portugal, a researcher at the Research Unit for Education and Training/University of Lisbon, Director of the Centre for the Study and Advancement of Pedagogy in Higher Education (CINEP) and Secretary General of CICEA (Children’s identity and Citizenship in Europe Association). She has been a trainer for the Council of Europe, namely at the Programme Pestalozzi. Some of her edited books are Art and Intercultural Dialogue (with Suzanne Majhanovich, 2016, Sense), Diversity, Intercultural Encounters, and Education (with Markus Carpenter, 2013, Routledge), Intercultural Policies and Education (with Markus Carpenter, 2012, Peter Lang), Escola e Comunidade: Laboratórios de Cidadania Global (with Florbela Sousa, 2012, Universidade de Lisboa). Her research interests include intercultural education, education, pedagogy in higher education, teacher training, and art. She is also a visual artist and a photographer.

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Agata Szkiela Researcher Profile

Agata SzkielaAgata Szkiela is the Executive Director and founder of Translating Cultures©, a coaching and training company operating globally since 2005, which she created with her Canadian husband. She has been a Senior Lecturer at the European Academy of Diplomacy for almost 12 years, focusing mainly on cross-cultural communication, intercultural business etiquette, indigenous and aboriginal people, cultural shock, dimensions of culture and intercultural competence, intercultural dimension of diplomacy and cultural differences in business environment. She has over 15 years of professional experience in a multicultural diplomatic environment and UN structures.

Apart from her role as an intercultural educator, she is also a Global Mindset and Cultural Transition Coach, as well as Intercultural Business Communication and Relocation Trainer, working with such global companies as Communicaid, CultureWaves, Brookfield Global Relocation Services or ICUnet.AG. Her main interests and research concentrate around intercultural coaching, cross-cultural leadership and multinational team management as well as cultural identity and cultural shock. She is an active member of the SIETAR Poland training group and does pro bono intercultural education classes for kindergarten kids.

For more see https://about.me/agataszkiela

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