UNESCO Initiative “Arab Latinos!” to Promote ICD in Brazil

Resources in ICD“ width=UNESCO. (2022, August 31). “Arab Latinos!” initiative promotes intercultural dialogue for social cohesion.

Building on the centuries-old ties between the Arab region and Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO organized the first expert meeting on “Arab Latinos!” in São Paulo, Brazil, on 22 August 2022. The main purpose of this initiative of UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector is to encourage intercultural dialogue and tolerance for social cohesion.

The event, hosted by the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, took place on 23 – 24 August 2022 in São Paulo, kicked off by an official ceremony followed by an expert meeting. The discussions between fifteen experts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico resulted in a five-year Plan of Action for a potential new route of intercultural dialogue at UNESCO. The proposed Plan of action would be articulated over four pillars: 1) Research and Knowledge production; 2) Awareness-raising; 3) Capacity-building; and 4) International Coalition.

Since the end of the 19th century, significant migratory flows from the Arab countries arrived in Latin America and the Caribbean. Today the population of Arab descent in the region is currently estimated to be between 17 and 20 million.

Stranger at the Gate

Resources in ICD“ width=Seften, Joshua, & Lo, Jasper K. (14 September 2022). A veteran’s Islamophobia transformed, in “Stranger at the gate.” The New Yorker.

After 25 years of service, U.S. Marine Mac McKinney returns home to Indiana filled with an all-consuming rage toward the people he had been fighting against. Still fueled by his desire to fight for his country, he plans to bomb the local mosque.

But when he comes face to face with the community of Afghan refugees and others of Muslim faith that he seeks to kill, his plan takes an unexpected turn.

He thought they were the enemy.
They thought he was a friend.

“They were able to build an impossible bridge to one another,” Seftel says of McKinney and members of the Muncie Islamic center. “If that could happen, anything is possible. They gave us a blueprint for how we could all do this.” (Blake, 2022)

This is an astonishing documentary, and a great resource.

For further information, see: 

Stranger at the Gate.

Blake, John. (8 October 2022). A Marine who hated Muslims went to a mosque to plant a bomb. His intended victims ended up saving his life. CNN.

See also KC55: Stereotypes, KC39: Otherness and the Other, and KC89: Xenophobia.

Open Anthropology

Resources in ICD“ width=Open Anthropology, the first digital-only, public journal of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), is a pilot experiment envisioned as a way of “opening up” anthropology in several ways.

First, the new online publication helps bring anthropology into the public conversation about critical social issues and policy debates. Each edition of Open Anthropology will focus on a timely theme, offering a selection of articles relevant to contemporary concerns. By means of Open Anthropology, we hope anthropological knowledge, information and insights will figure more prominently in public discussions.

Second, the journal introduces nearly the full archive of AAA journals, past and current-the online “stacks,” so to speak-to potential readers who may not even know these exist. Content in Open Anthropology will be culled from the full archive of participating AAA publications, and curated into editions.

Third, each edition of Open Anthropology is made available free on the public Internet for a minimum of six months permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of the articles in each edition. Content published 35 years ago and longer will remain free on the public Internet in perpetuity; book reviews in Open Anthropology will also remain available on the Internet without cost to readers.

Finally, by means of “The Editor’s Note,” anthropology is opened up to the non-specialist reader by drawing attention to key issues or themes raised in the selected articles (some of which are written in highly technical language), and by identifying each article source-across time and subspecialties of the field-the author, the specialty journal, and the journal’s sponsoring section.

Issues to date have included Skin, Walls, Fences, and Barriers: Anthropology on the Border, and Cultural Heritage, among others.

Advancing Intercultural Competence for Global Learners

Resources in ICD“ width=López-Rocha, S., & Arévalo-Guerrero, E. (2022). Modules in Advancing Intercultural Competence for Global Learners.

This is an open access resource is divided into three interconnected modules to nurture your intercultural competence more holistically.

Module 1: Creating Intercultural Awareness and Understanding Attitudes
Where you learn about what influences people’s judgements and identify strategies to suspend judgement while appreciating other perspectives.

Module 2: Expanding Your Intercultural Knowledge
Where you explore and develop a greater understanding of values, the role of non-verbal communication in interactions, and the importance of expanding your knowledge of global issues.

Module 3: Developing Your Intercultural Skills
Where you identify ways to develop and enhance your intercultural skills, including reflection, communication, critical thinking, and ways to approach interactions.

The estimated time-to-completion is four hours per module, totalling 12 hours for the entire program.

There is also a French version available.

A World Without Borders?

Resources in ICD“ width=Crawford, James. (2022). The edge of the plain: How borders make and break our world. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate.

Crawford blends history, travel and reportage to take readers on a wide-ranging journey through the history of borders and an examination of their role in shaping our world today. This seems a useful discussion for courses considering intercultural dialogue as a topic, given that such dialogue assumes the existence of various sorts of borders.

There’ve been all of these issues around borders, and I wanted to understand where they came from…Every border, in a sense, is a story, and it’s a story that we tell our selves

James Crawford (from CNN interview)

The Edge of the Plain explores how borders have grown and evolved to take control of our landscapes, our memories, our identities and our destinies. As nationalism, climate change, globalisation, technology and mass migration all collide with ever-hardening borders, something has to give. And Crawford asks, is it time to let go of the lines that divide us?

There is an interview of the author by Christiane Amanpour on CNN which also might be useful as a course resource.

 

 

Development, Interculturality & Power

Resources in ICD“ width=Chichizola Ramirez, B. E. (2022). Development, interculturality and power: Translating an NGO-led development intervention in the Peruvian Andes. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Interculturality involves a dialogue among diverse cultures and the redistribution of power, and in countries such as Peru has most often been discussed alongside intercultural bilingual education (IBE). In this book, Chichizola moves interculturality away from its educational context to explore its practice in the complex negotiation of social development projects. The book provides the reader with a close look at the internal negotiations among scientists, development experts and Quechua communities from London to Peru. Using Actor-Network Theory as an ethnographic approach, the book invites us to reflect on the need to re-politicise the discourse around interculturality.

Further reading:
Chichizola, B. E. (2022). The re-politization of intercultural discourse within development studies: An Andean case. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 43(1), 39-53

Dreaming of Words Documentary

Resources in ICD“ width=Dreaming of Words is a documentary film about Njattyela Sreedharan, a fourth standard [grade] drop-out, who compiled a dictionary connecting four major Dravidian languages in India.

Travelling across four states and doing extensive research, he spent twenty five years making the multilingual dictionary. This unique dictionary offers a comparative study of Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. Dreaming of Words traces Sreedharan’s life, work, love for languages and the struggles to get the dictionary published. The film also explores the linguistic and cultural diversity in India.

Dreaming of Words had its world premiere at the International Mother Language Day Celebrations 2021 organized by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and the Ministry of Education (India) in partnership with UNESCO. It was an official selection at the DC South Asian Film Festival, RapidLion Film Festival and Micheaux Film Festival. It won the Kerala State Television Award for Best Educational Documentary. It has been screened at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association and the annual conference of the Linguistic Society of America in January 2022.

The film was directed and produced by Nandan. For further information about him and/or the film, find him on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Feeling Italian Instructional Video

Resources in ICD“ width=Feeling Italian: Citizens in a Multicultural Society. SIETAR Italia. The video is 27 minutes long, in Italian and English, with sub-titles in both languages.

Feeling Italian: Citizens in a Multicultural Society tells the stories and experiences of four people with a migratory background who live in Italy. It is composed of six modules and can be viewed in full or in modules, in order to stimulate a discussion on the following topics: stereotypes and discrimination, multicultural identity, dreams and aspirations, difficulties or challenges to the professional and social inclusion of people with migration, intercultural skills to be developed, diversity and inclusion management skills.

The didactic video is accompanied by training course materials and is part of a “train the trainers” course. In case you want receive the training course materials or you want more information about the course, contact the organizers by email. (Created and produced by Maura Di Mauro and Bettina Gehrke – Intercultural trainers, educators, and diversity and inclusion experts.)

For more information click here.

If you want to buy the video, click here.

Interculture Journal Archives

Resources in ICD“ width=Christoph Eberhard, Associate Researcher at International Institute for Ecological Negotiation (INNÉ), Arcachon, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France, just sent in the following information to share:

“Here is the complete collection of Interculture, the journal of the Intercultural Institute of Montreal. The journal inspired me a lot on my journey and in my work. It tackles many different topics like state, science, health, development, religion, art, philosophy, indigenous rights, human rights and more from diverse intercultural perspectives. The journal also exists in French (the first issues were bilingual before moving to the publication of each issue in English and French). Good and beautiful intercultural inspirations and a happy and dialogical new year to you all! May we have fruitful dialogues!”

Dialogo Intercultural

Resources in ICD“ width=Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2020). Diálogo Intercultural. (Trans. by Daniel Mateo Ordóñez).

In 2015, I published the following short explanation of intercultural dialogue:

Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2015). Intercultural dialogue. In K. Tracy, C. Ilie & T. Sandel (Eds.), International encyclopedia of language and social interaction (vol. 2, pp. 860-868). Boston, MA: John Wiley & Sons. DOI: 10.1002/9781118611463/wbielsi061

This has now been translated into Spanish by Daniel Mateo Ordóñez, Sociólogo de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, under the supervision of Jorge Enrique González Ph. D., director de la Cátedra UNESCO – Diálogo Intercultural, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. The publisher has graciously permitted the translation so long as acknowledgment appears.

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