Intercultural Dialogue Platform Intern (Belgium)

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Internship, Intercultural Dialogue Platform, Brussels, Belgium. Note the short deadline: 19 September 2019.


Intercultural Dialogue Platform 
is an NGO in Brussels, founded in 2005 to foster debate and analysis on intercultural dialogue, preventing extremism and other types of intolerance for a peaceful and respectful coexistence in European societies. By so doing, it aims to make practical contributions to the decision-making processes on relevant developments and issues impacting on community relations in Europe. The association also represents 8 European dialogue organizations associated with the Hizmet movement. (a.k.a. Gülen movement).

IDP offers an internship possibility for university graduates in its office in Brussels. This is a position for 6 months.

CFP GURT 2020: Multilingualism – Global South and North (USA)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Georgetown University Round Table 2020, Multilingualism: Global South and Global North Perspectives, March 13-15, 2020, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Deadline: October 15, 2019.

The world has always been predominantly multilingual, but in recent decades globalization and the attendant processes of mobility and technologization have catapulted multilingualism into unprecedented levels of public and academic attention. Benefits of multilingualism are actively investigated across neurocognitive, academic, economic, and social domains. At the same time, misunderstanding and mismanagement of multilingualism have also been shown by research to curtail the educational, socioeconomic, and personal opportunities of multilingual individuals, families, and communities. Today’s multilingualism can be the site for overt and covert oppression, a lived experience that is a gift for some and a curse for others, patterning along structural forces related to inequitable distribution of material and symbolic resources in the world, and rooted in histories of (post)colonial domination and human mobility. In light of these paradoxes, research must be able to account for both multilingual learning and multilingual practices at different nested levels – societies, schools and classrooms, communities and families, minds and brains – while never losing sight of material, ideological, and geopolitical inequities. Moreover, the dynamics of multilingualism can vary across diverse Global South and Global North contexts in ways that create resonances and differences and demand innovative research lenses. Reflecting this complex agenda, GURT 2020 will focus on the relation between multilingual learning and multilingual practices, globalization, and social justice with two goals: (a) to bring together research on multilingualism spanning the full spectrum of psycholinguistic-cognitive and sociolinguistic-critical approaches and (b) to facilitate dialogue about multilingualism as it is lived and investigated across diverse contexts in the Global North and the Global South.

Cookies and Social Justice

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Choe, Caroline. (31 August 2019). Cookie artist teaches edible lessons In Asian-American history. National Public Radio.

 

This NPR essay, produced as part of The Salt, their section on food, highlights the work of a baker who has figured out how to use cookies to start difficult conversations about race. The article is well worth reading.

Who would have thought using baked goods as a platform to talk social justice was a thing? And yet, the attention it has garnered is exactly what we need to start dialog and to impart enlightenment.

“Jasmine Cho knows the power of a good cookie. ‘Cookies,’ she says, ‘can make anything more palatable.’ Including conversations about race and social justice in America.

A baker based in Pittsburgh, Cho creates intricate, hand-drawn cookie portraits of Asian-American figures as a way to increase representation and raise awareness of Asian-American history and identity.”

CFP: Global Conflicts & Local Resolution

“PublicationCall for papers:  Global Conflicts and Local Resolution, special issue of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. Special Issue Editors: Chin-Chung Chao and Ming Xie.. Deadline: January 2020.

Nowadays, conflict has been increasingly complex at both the global and local scale. On the one hand, conflict is becoming globalized in relation to the expansion of international markets, boundary-less environmental crisis, the revolution in communications and the media, the rise of international organizations, and developments of international law. The globalization process is fostering and leveraging the interconnectedness and interdependence across cultures and countries, as well as promoting divisive forces and chasm such as east vs. west, north vs. south, capitalism vs. communism. On the other hand, global conflicts are embedded and embodied within local cases. The local actors and local dynamics are crucial for understanding how global conflicts emerge, evolve, and can be resolved.

In this special issue, the editors wish to broaden the topics exploring the intersection of globalization and localization of conflict management and the approaches to address global conflicts such as environmental conflict, cultural conflict, political conflict, and crisis negotiations. They call for scholars to submit empirical and theoretical papers using qualitative and quantitative methodologies that offer innovative applications for conflict management and resolution including topics such as:

Continue reading “CFP: Global Conflicts & Local Resolution”

CFP Multilingual & Multicultural Learning (Czech Republic)

ConferencesCall for papers: Multilingual and Multicultural Learning: Policies and Practices, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 14-15 December 2019. Deadline: 15 October 2019.

The conference considers all aspects of the linguistic and sociolinguistic competences and practices of bi-/multilingual speakers who cross existing social, cultural and linguistic boundaries, adopting or adapting themselves to new and overlapping linguistic spaces. We invite papers in all areas of research in bi-/multilingualism, whether or not linked directly to the overarching conference theme, including, but not limited to, linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, clinical linguistics, education, bi-/multilingual societies and multiculturalism. The language of the conference is English.

Diversity in Children’s Books

Applied ICDChildren’s books reflect the adult world, sometimes in unexpected ways. In a college course on children’s literature, I studied the ways in which children’s books dealt with serious issues (such as death). Since then I’ve paid a lot of attention to children’s books, so when I saw this infographic, I paid attention. You should too.

Full citation: Huyck, David and Sarah Park Dahlen. (2019 June 19). Diversity in Children’s Books 2018. sarahpark.com blog. Created in consultation with Edith Campbell, Molly Beth Griffin, K. T. Horning, Debbie Reese, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and Madeline Tyner, with statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison: http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/pcstats.asp. Retrieved from https://readingspark.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/picture-this-diversity-in-childrens-books-2018-infographic/.

This seems to show an over-representation of White children at 50%, but now look at comparable figures for 2015:

Full citation: Huyck, David, Sarah Park Dahlen, Molly Beth Griffin. (2016 September 14). Diversity in Children’s Books 2015 infographic. sarahpark.com blog.
Retrieved from https://readingspark.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/picture-this-reflecting-diversity-in-childrens-book-publishing/
Statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison:
http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/pcstats.asp

Even though the number of white protagonists in children’s books has gone down over the 3 years examined, this doesn’t actually show as much increase in diverse protagonists as it might – the largest gain was in the category of “animals, trucks, etc.”! Obviously there are a lot of children’s books with diverse protagonists still needing to be written, so that all children get to see themselves represented.

Further reading:

Durand, E. S., & Jiménez-García, M. (2018). Unsettling representations of identities: A critical review of diverse youth literature. Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, 1(1 ), Article 7.

Naidoo, J. C., & Dahlen, S. P. (Eds). (2013) Diversity in youth literature: Opening doors through reading. Chicago: ALA Editions.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Stanford U: Research Associate/Project Manager, Education (USA)

“JobResearch Associate and Project Manager, Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Deadline: Open until filled, posted 8/22/19.

The new Senior Research Associate and Project Manager position will be responsible for leading CSET’s work associated with the development of a comprehensive instructional framework, curricular framework, and model curriculum units in support of opening an innovative new K-12 school in Guangzhou, China. The position will also have project management responsibility for the development and implementation of a comprehensive, multi-year teacher and administrator professional learning program in support of the new school.

Work under the general direction of the Center faculty director and Center executive director, implement, and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the assigned academic entity/program(s). Participate in entity/program strategy development, long-range planning, and partnership development.

Colorado State U: Rhetoric & Race (USA)

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Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Race, Department of Communication Studies, Colorado State University. Deadline: September 16, 2019.

The Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University seeks an assistant professor who specializes in rhetoric and race in the United States. Approaches to rhetoric outside the Western and/or European tradition are welcome and encouraged. Successful candidates will study race through any of a number of rhetorical perspectives (theory, history, criticism, or any combination of these approaches) and will demonstrate race is a central and animating focus of their scholarship and teaching in their application. Possible areas of study include but are not limited to racial rhetorical criticism, antiracism rhetorics, post-racism, race and space/place/borders, intersectionality, whiteness, decolonizing rhetorical scholarship, and Latina/o/x rhetorics, Asian/Pacific American rhetorics, Black and/or African American rhetorics, and Indigenous and/or Native rhetorics, among others.This faculty member will revise and teach SPCM 540: Rhetoric, Race, and Identity; develop new coursework in rhetoric and race at the undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. level; and rotate with other faculty to teach and revise current department courses in rhetoric like SPCM 201: The History and Theory of Rhetoric (previously entitled Rhetoric and Western Thought). Candidates will employ humanistic and/or critical methods in their study of rhetoric and race. While CSU welcomes candidates with diverse academic training in rhetoric, they seek applicants whose research and scholarly training is deeply conversant with the Communication Studies discipline.

U Vienna: Media & Intersectionality (Austria)

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Tenure-Track Professorship in Media and Intersectionality, Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna, Austria. Deadline: 18 September 2019.

In research and teaching, this position should cover the role of media for the intersection of various categories of difference, especially with regard to gender but also ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, and/or age. Knowledge on theories and methods of communication science as well as in Gender respectively Intersectionality Studies is required. The position is open to the full range of epistemological approaches within the area of communication research.

Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree/PhD and at least two years post-doctoral experience at a university or other research institution; as a general rule, applicants must have gained research experience outside the University of Vienna for a total of at least two years during or after their doctoral studies

  • Outstanding achievements and potential in research, excellent publication record, international reputation

  • Experience in designing and participating in research projects, ability to lead research groups, willingness to acquire third-party funding

  • Enthusiasm for excellent teaching, teaching experience at universities or a teaching concept. Candidates are expected to be willing to teach students at all levels (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral level), to supervise academic theses and to promote junior colleagues

The University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to acquire, within three years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in bachelor’s programmes and for participation in university committees.

Early ICD in Serbia

Applied ICDGorman, J. (20 August 2019). An archaeological puzzle on the Danube. New York Times.

This article reports on a fascinating example of early intercultural dialogue; the archaeological evidence found is in Serbia.

“The faces are haunting. About 8,000 years ago, over a period of perhaps 200 years, artists that lived in this settlement on the banks of the Danube carved about 100 sandstone boulders with faces and abstract designs. The faces are simple, with wide round eyes, a stylized nose and down-turned open mouths…

Researchers still debate the precise dating of different settlements at Lepenski Vir and nearby sites, but agree on the essential fact that the sites capture a record of the meeting and mixing of two cultures and peoples…

Another indication of the merging of two cultures is a change in burial practices. Throughout Europe, the Mesolithic foragers laid a body down stretched out. The migrant farmers from the Near East brought another way of treating death, setting the body in a crouched or fetal position.

Both practices are found at Lepenski Vir. And when the burial practices are combined with DNA profiles, the picture is richer still. Some of the dead of Near Eastern heritage are buried in the way of the foragers. And others of foraging heritage are buried in the way of the farmers.”