Internationalizing the Communication Discipline

Resources in ICD“ width=After several years of task forces on internationalizing communication, and a special issue of Spectra entitled The Communication Discipline Goes Global, the National Communication Association has now produced a brochure entitled Internationalizing the Communication Discipline. It likely will be useful primarily for those already convinced of the need, who want help in convincing colleagues and administrators.

A related prior resource available on the NCA website is a set of pages describing internationalization, which I prepared for them in 2011. All of the photos provided then have been removed or replaced, and the content has been revised to include specific recommendations from the 2013 task force on internationalization, on which I served. Here’s the introduction, explaining the topic, goals, and audience:

“Internationalization is about taking the rest of the world seriously, not only one’s home country, and can be thought of as the formal term for thinking globally before acting locally. It requires knowing enough about the larger world to act appropriately in a specific context and location, especially when interacting with cultural others. Internationalization is relevant for citizens of all countries, but the following comments are primarily intended for those based in the United States, where internationalization is still often viewed as an option. Internationalization applies to all domains and contexts, but these comments emphasize higher education.”

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Lessons on Storytelling

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Pixar has partnered with the online alternative learning resource Khan Academy to provide free lessons on digital storytelling, in a new course called The Art of Storytelling. This is presented as part of a series entitled Pixar in a Box, intended to share information about how Pixar develops its films. Earlier sequences cover topics such as Animation and Simulation.

Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2017

Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver, maintains a list of potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers. This is particularly important for new scholars who are not yet familiar with all the journals in their area and could inadvertently get caught in the net. He also maintains a list of journals publishing misleading metrics, naming companies that “calculate” and publish counterfeit impact factors (or some similar measure) to publishers, metrics the publishers then use in their websites and spam email to trick scholars into thinking their journals have legitimate impact factors. Finally, he is now maintaining a list of hijacked journals, those for which someone has created a counterfeit website, stealing the journal’s identity and soliciting articles submissions using the author-pays model (gold open-access).

As explained by Inside Higher Ed, Beall’s List was shut down as of January 15, 2017, after this post was created, reportedly in response to “threats and politics.” However, a cached version of predatory publishers is still available, as are a cached version of the standalone journals, and a cached version of the hijacked journals.

Peacebuilding and New Media

Media and Communication has released the new issue (2016, volume 4, issue 1) on Peacebuilding and New Media. All articles are published as open access, free for to read, download, and share. The issue was edited by Vladimir Bratic (Hollins University, USA). The complete issue is available online.

Articles include:
Peacebuilding in the Age of New Media by Vladimir Bratic

Elicitive Conflict Transformation and New Media: In Search for a Common Ground by Wolfgang Suetzl

“Likes” for Peace: Can Facebook Promote Dialogue in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict? by Yifat Mor , Yiftach Ron and Ifat Maoz

Fields and Facebook: Ta’ayush’s Grassroots Activism and Archiving the Peace that Will Have Come in Israel/Palestine by Jon Simons

Internet Censorship Circumvention Tools: Escaping the Control of the Syrian Regime by Walid Al-Saqaf

EU Armed Forces’ Use of Social Media in Areas of Deployment by Maria Hellman , Eva-Karin Olsson and Charlotte Wagnsson

Building Peace through Journalism in the Social/Alternate Media by Rukhsana Aslam

Awareness towards Peace Journalism among Foreign Correspondents in Africa by Ylva Rodny-Gumede

Cultural Mapping as Critical Inquiry

Cultural Mapping as Cultural InquiryBook note: Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry, edited by Nancy Duxbury, W.F. Garrett-Petts, and David MacLennan, has just been published by Routledge.

This edited collection provides an introduction to the emerging interdisciplinary field of cultural mapping, offering a range of perspectives that are international in scope. As a mode of inquiry, cultural mapping is both theoretical and practical. Those involved in cultural mapping seek to explore the richness and complexity of local meanings of place. For many, these artistic and ethnographic activities are linked to strategies of change and animation. Cultural mapping has become a valuable tool in policy, planning, and sustainability initiatives. In countries and contexts across the world, cultural mapping is recognized as a legitimate way to protect cultural traditions and to give expression and value to local cultural creations.

The chapters of this book address these themes, drawing on examples from Australia, Canada, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Ukraine. Contributors explore innovative ways to encourage urban and cultural planning, community development, artistic intervention, and public participation in cultural mapping—recognizing that public involvement and artistic practices introduce a range of challenges spanning various phases of the research process, from the gathering of data, to interpreting data, to presenting “findings” to a broad range of audiences. The book responds to the need for histories and case studies of cultural mapping that are globally distributed and that situate the practice locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry: Introduction to an Emerging Field of Practice by Nancy Duxbury, W. F. Garrett-Petts and David MacLennan

Part I: Mapping the Contours of an Emerging Field
Cultural Mapping and Planning for Sustainable Communities by Graeme Evans
One Strategy, Many Purposes: A Classification for Cultural Mapping Projects by Leonardo Chiesi and Paolo Costa
Cultural Mapping: Analyzing Its Meanings in Policy Documents by Eleonora Redaelli
Cultural Mapping in Ontario: The Big Picture by Sharon Jeannotte

Part II: Platforms for Engagement and Knowledge Through Mapping
Wedjemup Wangkiny Koora, Yeye and Mila Boorda (Wedjemup Talking from the Past, Today, and the Future): An Ex-Modern Way of Thinking and Mapping Landscape into Country? by Len Collard and Grant Revell
Understanding the Full Impact of Cultural Mapping in Ukraine by Linda Knudsen McAusland and Olha Kotska
Engaging Public, Professionals, and Policy-Makers in the Mapping Process by Janet Pillai Mapping Cultures: Spatial Anthropology and Popular Cultural Memory by Les Roberts and Sara Cohen
“Reading the City”: Cultural Mapping as Pedagogic Inquiry by Stuart Burch
City Readings and Urban Mappings: The City as Didactic Instrument by Paulo Providência

Part III: Inquiry, Expression, and Deepening Understanding of Place
Time, Aggregation, and Analysis: Designing Effective Digital Cultural Mapping Projects by Elaine Sullivan and Willeke Wendrich
Beyond Paper Maps: Archeologies of Place by Abby Suckle and Seetha Raghupathy
Mapping the Complexity of Creative Practice: Using Cognitive Maps to Follow Creative Ideas and Collaborations by Roberta Comunian and Katerina Alexiou
From Work to Play: Making Bodies in Flight’s Performance Walk Dreamwork by Sara Giddens and Simon Jones
Maraya as Visual Research: Mapping Urban Displacement and Narrating Artistic Inquiry by Glen Lowry, M. Simon Levin and Henry Tsang (Maraya)
Beyond the Brochure: An Unmapped Journey into Deep Mapping by Kathleen Scherf

Mapping Cultural Diversity

London is one of the most linguistically diverse cities in the world. Almost two million people speak English as a second language, and across the city, Londoners speak about 300 different languages. A new map shows how those languages show up as you travel along local subway lines.

The map was created by Oliver O’Brien, a researcher at University College London, using new census data. It shows which language is most common after English at each station, with bigger circles for the most popular languages. It’s drawn using the same simple graphic style as the standard subway map.

Adapted from the original article:
Peters, Adele. (2014, December 17). This map shows which languages are most common at every subway stop In London. Co.Exist.


Museums in an Intercultural Context

The result of a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Management at the Universiteit Antwerpen (Flanders, Belgium) and the Department of Museum Studies at the Université du Québec a Montréal (Quebec, Canada), an intercultural tool aimed at museums in urban context has recently been published. The grid was conceived as an analytical framework for a research project entitled The city museum in an intercultural context. Fostering dialogue in culturally diverse urban environments: perspectives from Montreal, Antwerp, Ghent and Rotterdam.

Inspired by the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities programme, collaboration between researchers and students at both universities involved an analysis of four city museums in Quebec, Flanders and the Netherlands and how they approached intercultural dialogue.

The analytical grid produced in the context of the research project can be used by all types of museums and heritage institutions wishing to reflect upon their engagement with diverse communities. Museums may find it useful for initiating brainstorming sessions and self-assessment exercises, supporting planning processes, conducting intercultural project evaluations or facilitating benchmarking and the exchange of strategic information. Researchers in the heritage and cultural management fields may also find it useful for collecting, analysing and comparing data on issues related to diversity and intercultural dialogue in the museum sector.

The grid addresses three levels of analysis:
*Environmental analysis, including the sociodemographic environment of the city, the policy environment of the museum, the institutional environment of the museum and the governance environment of the museum.
*Museum analysis, including an institutional overview of the museum and an intercultural audit of the museum.
*Project analysis, including an analysis of projects with intercultural components.

Museum professionals and researchers may use one or several of these sections, depending on their needs. Data can be collected using a variety of means, including interviews with museum staff, examination of strategic documents and field observation.

The intercultural tool for museums is available for free.

Original article published by Asia-Europe Museum Network.

Anna Lindh Report 2014 Published

The Anna Lindh Foundation has just published its second report designed describing intercultural relations in the Mediterranean region; the first report appeared in 2010. The Anna Lindh Report 2014 again combines a Gallup Public Opinion Poll, representing the voices of 13,000 people across Europe and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region, with a wide range of analyses by a network of intercultural experts. Themes discussed include: social change in the EuroMed region, differences and similarities in value systems; the religious factor in intercultural relations; human mobility; the role of culture in Mediterranean relations; intercultural citizenship; the Union for the Mediterranean and regional cooperation.

A summary of the 10 major findings has been prepared as an infographic. Ilona Sābera Nukševica, a communication designer, has also discussed how she decided to present the findings visually.

LSLP Micro-Papers

The LSLP Micro-Papers are a series of conceptual, one-page papers intended to introduce key elements of literacy and how they fit within our frameworks. This series, edited by CID affiliated researcher Dr. Raúl A. Mora, drew inspiration from our Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue series. These micro-papers are authored by student researchers and other affiliated researchers from the Literacies in Second Languages Project at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia, as a space to promote their research in the field of alternative and 21st century literacies.

We invite you to check out both the LSLP Micro-Papers and the Literacies in Second Languages Project website.

Belarus book on Intercultural Dialogue

Uladykouskaja book

Любоў Уладыкоўская. Міжкультурны дыялог: амерыканская парадыгма / Л.Уладыкоўская. – Мінск, Установа “Міжкультурны дыялог”, 2014. – 92 с.

The scientific monograph  Intercultural Dialogue: American Paradigm by Liubou Uladykouskaja has just been published. This is the first book in Belarus devoted to intercultural dialogue issues. The book is written in Belarusian, with an introduction and information about the author in English. The book reveals the essence of the American paradigm of intercultural dialogue (including mention of the Center for Intercultural  Dialogue) in its comparing with the European conceptions. Uladykouskaja explains why the American approaches in the field of intercultural dialogue are important for Belarus. She believes that the secret to American success with intercultural dialogue is the precondition for, and has the result of, democracy.

According to Uladykouskaja, the American paradigm of intercultural dialogue includes the following characteristics:
— Universality, inclusiveness, and tolerance;
— Global standards of life of persons;
— Organic interaction of technology, traditions, and nature;
— Unconditional priority of freedom, life, equality, and justice;
— Dialogical thinking;
— Human and national dignity;
— Simplicity, expediency, functionality; and
— Strive for achievements, buoyancy.