Alina Timofte Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAlina Timofte is currently a Lecturer for Transferable Skills at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Her teaching and research interests cluster around three themes: a) 21st-century skills (global citizenship, intercultural communication, and critical thinking), b) service learning, and c) academic writing. She is also a practicing GlobeSmart Profile℠ certified consultant, utilizing the GlobeSmart Profile, a statistically validated cultural intelligence software developed by Aperian Global, mostly in academic contexts (as in her seminar “Globally Competent Cititens: Communicating Across Cultures”).

Alina TimoftePreviously, she was a Research Fellow at the Center of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Social Integration” at the University of Konstanz. The main activities within this academic position were working on a literary science project focusing on Austrian literature after 1945, as well as writing and publishing research articles in peer-reviewed journals.

She holds a Master of Arts with honours in German Studies, with cultural theory, sociology, multilingualism, and translation studies as additional fields. In 2009, she received the Alumni Award for Excellence “Best Exam Achievement by a Graduate Student of Literature” at the University of Konstanz. Her Master’s thesis dealt with the solitude vs. sociability debate in connection with cultural criticism in the European literary anthropology of the 18th century, with a special emphasis on contributions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, J. G. Zimmermann, and Immanuel Kant.

Following her Bachelor’s in German Studies and Classical Philology at the University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza,” Alina worked as a Cultural Program Coordinator at the Goethe-Zentrum associated with Goethe-Institut in Iasi, Romania.

Alina has a track record of research, teaching, and curriculum design in cultural studies, intercultural communication, and literary criticism. Her work and study has been supported by grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), as well as from the Herbert-Quandt-Foundation (Humanities Fellowship), among others.

Her research articles, reviews, and translations have appeared in Limbus. Australian Yearbook of German Literary and Cultural Studies, IASL: International Archives for Social History of the German Literature, Recherches Germaniques, Literaturkritik as well as in other journals and volumes.

On a more personal note, Alina lives with her German-Romanian-Senegalese family in the picturesque city of Konstanz, where they are jointly navigating the complex waters of living multilingually and multiculturally. She sees herself as an educator and a life-long learner at heart, and a world citizen in the making.

PHD Research Fellow: English Language & Literature Pedagogy (Norway)

“Fellowships“PhD Research Fellow Position in English Language and Literature Subject Pedagogy, Nord University, Bodø, Norway. Deadline: 25 March 2019.

The Faculty of Education and Arts, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) invites applications for a position as a PhD research fellow in English. The PhD position is for a period of three years, with the opportunity for a fourth year. The PhD candidate will be a member of the Nord Research Group for Children’s Literature in ELT, a cross-campus research group within the English Department that aims to deepen interdisciplinary and international connections for children’s literature in language education with 6–16-year-olds (grades 1 to 10). Our projects embrace children’s literature in education – image-mediated (e.g. picturebooks, graphic novels), action-mediated (e.g. drama), creative writing and intercultural competence through texts – and English Language Teaching (ELT) research.

Study Abroad: Food Media, Communication & Trends (Italy)

Study AbroadStudy abroad summer 2019: Food Media, Communication and Trends Course, Rome, Italy, May 20-June 22, 2019.

Students have the possibility to earn three credits for this course from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There are no prerequisites. The course is offered within the Critical Studies on Food in Italy Summer 2019 program which assists students in understanding the role of food in human cultures as well as the range of choices and values implicit in the foods eaten in Italy and elsewhere.  Students can also select from the other courses provided in the program: Critical Studies on Food; Food, Nutrition, and Culture in Italy; Food Waste in Italy;  Italian Language for Food and Business (Italian) (all 3 credits).  Some scholarships are available.

Gustolab International also offers courses in Vietnam (June 30-July 27) and Japan (May 26-June 23).

New Zealand Discourse Conference

ConferencesCall for papers: 7th New Zealand Discourse Conference, 3-6 December, 2019, Massey University, Wellington Campus, New Zealand. Deadline: 31 March 2019.

The New Zealand Discourse Conference is a biennial event which brings together scholars working in a range of fields loosely categorised as discourse analysis. The conference welcomes contributions that consider discourse and interaction in a variety of contexts, drawing on a diverse range of theoretical and analytical approaches. Frequently addressed topics in the past have included: Political discourse, Discourse and identity, Language, gender and sexuality, Multimodal discourse analysis, Narrative, stance and positioning, Media discourse, Health communication, and Discourse and interaction in educational settings.

CID VIdeo Competition FAQ 2019

Job adsAs people are learning of the CID Video Competition, they have been asking questions. In hopes this will help others, the questions will be posted, along with answers. As further questions are asked, they will be answered here.

Please read the entry rules carefully! If submissions do not meet the requirements, they cannot be considered for a prize until and unless they are revised. 

Can a group of students submit a video instead of one person?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, that is encouraged, as a way to ensure different points of view.

Can faculty members participate?
No, this is a competition for students only. Faculty members can serve as informal advisers or critics, and are certainly able to encourage participation, or even require participation as a course requirement. But faculty members should NOT be part of the group that actually works on the video, and should NOT be the one submitting a video.

Can audiotapes be submitted in lieu of videotapes?
No, sorry, audiotapes are NOT videotapes.

Where should videos be uploaded?
A URL will be provided on the CID website on or before May 1, the first day videos will be accepted. Videos should NOT be uploaded directly to YouTube or any other server.

Can 30-minute videos be considered?
What part of “no less than 30 seconds, no more than 2 minutes long” is unclear?

Is there a language requirement for the videos?
YES, the videos must be in English or subtitled in English. Permitting other languages would imply having judges who know all the several dozen languages currently represented on the site, which would be impossible. However, choosing to have most of the video silent, with minimal talking, or using subtitles, are appropriate ways to finesse the language requirement for those who primarily use other languages.

Do the videos have to be live action?
NO, animation was successfully incorporated in several of last year’s submissions. However, a PowerPoint is unlikely to result in an award.

Do all forms of social media have to be addressed?
NO, at least one, but as many as you like.

What exactly is intercultural dialogue, anyway?
Here’s the short answer: Intercultural Dialogue. For a longer answer, a list of additional resources will be posted shortly to this site.

What about intergenerational dialogue, is that intercultural as well?
NO, intergenerational dialogue is not usually considered a form of intercultural dialogue. An argument could presumably be made, but that may be difficult given the short time limit for the video.

American U: Kurdish Studies (USA)

“JobMustafa Barzani Scholar for Global Kurdish Studies, American University, Washington, DC. Deadline: April 1, 2019.

The School of International Service at American University invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track faculty appointment for Fall 2019. AU is seeking candidates at all career stages who have a PhD or its equivalent, and who specialize in one or more of the following thematic areas: Kurdish history, culture, politics, and international relations;; Peaceful coexistence between the global Kurdish community and other states and peoples; and Cooperation and conflict resolution within the global Kurdish community.

The position will require the incumbent to teach the equivalent of one undergraduate or graduate course in the second semester, and if renewed, for each semester of the following year. Fellows are required to be in residence at AU and to make a presentation of research in progress to the AU community. All faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in School and University activities and service. Applicants should share the School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

U San Francisco: Assoc VP of International Initiatives (USA)

“JobAssociate Vice Provost of International Initiatives, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. Deadline: Open until filled (posted February 28, 2019).

The Associate Vice Provost of International Initiatives leads the university-wide effort to develop and promote academic excellence through the three aspects of internationalization: outbound (study abroad and faculty-led immersions); inbound (international students and visiting scholars); and on-campus (international curricular and co-curricular opportunities). The Associate Vice Provost (AVP) reports to the Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs (SVPAA) and ensures progress on key strategic goals in the development of the global classroom through faculty and student mobility and a diversified faculty and student body. Drawing on the USF mission to educate social justice leaders with a global perspective, the AVP will create a truly innovative home for global learning that brings together international and local efforts to build a sustainable and just world.

CFP Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration

“PublicationCall for Papers: Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol 8, issue 1. Deadline: March 24, 2019.

Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo) is a bi-annual, independent, academic journal seeking to engage in a global intellectual dialogue about forced migration with students, researchers, practitioners, academics, volunteers, activists, artists, as well as refugees and forced migrants themselves. OxMo welcomes submissions looking at forced migration through the lenses of law, policy, academia, and arts, alongside two sections in which field experiences and first-hand stories by people who have been displaced can be shared. For the first time, OxMo also includes space for creative expressions in the form of poetry, art, photography, as well as film, book, and theater reviews.

OxMo is particularly interested in encouraging submissions of authors from outside of Europe and North America. Submissions in languages other than English are accepted.

U College Cork PhD Studentship: International Business (Ireland)

“Fellowships“PhD Studentship in International Business & International Management, Department of Management and Marketing, University College Cork, Ireland. Deadline: 1 April 2019.

The Department of Management & Marketing, Cork University Business School, University College Cork invites motivated & talented graduates with outstanding academic records to apply to our PhD Scholarship scheme within International Business & International Management. We are looking to recruit the highest calibre PhD students from across the globe. Our scholarship offers up to four years funding, covering doctoral programme tuition fees & an annual stipend of €16,000 per year (subject to satisfactory progress in studies). Teaching experience will also be provided & is part of the scholarship. Open to UK or EU students.

New Website Launched: Cosmopolis2045

Applied ICDNew website launched by CMM Institute: Cosmopolis2045.

What if a whole community treated relationships with other people as if they really mattered? What if a whole community took dialogue and deliberation seriously? And what if that community tried with all their hearts to bring about a better social world in all the myriad of ways we engage in communication with others in our world? These were the questions asked by a group of scholars and practitioners sponsored by the CMM Institute. The Cosmopolis2045 website is their answer.

The Cosmopolis2045 website depicts an imagined community set in the future (circa 2045) in which residents and leaders of the community have adopted a communication-centric view of how their own and other social worlds function. This website offers an intriguing look at a possible near future in which dialogue and deliberation are an integral part of everyday community events and are at the heart of city functioning. The website is also an information-rich resource for teaching classes on communication, especially cosmopolitan communication and for exploring the implications of a communication-centric view for a range of educational, legal, governance, and associated community practices.