Meridian: Program Officer, IVLP (USA)

“JobProgram Officer, International Visitor Leadership Program, Meridian International, Washington, DC, USA. Deadline: open until filled; posted 6 May 2023.

The Program Officer is responsible for designing, planning and implementing short-term professional exchanges in the United States for U.S. Department of State-sponsored participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program. Spanning a wide range of subject areas and sectors, these high-level exchanges connect emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts to encourage long-lasting relationships. This position is located in Washington D.C. and Meridian requires Maryland, Washington, DC, or Virginia residence for all employees. The position may work partially remotely until further notice.

Planning for Multiculturalism in Architecture

Applied ICD

Anju George. (25 April 2023). Planning For Multiculturalism: The Case For Equity And Justice In Communities. Canada Architecture News.

Intercultural dialogue that provides a platform for authentic dialogue, which engages marginalized people, individually and as a collective force, should normatively take into account critical multiculturalism as a social movement that provides opportunities for minority groups to live together in a diverse society symbolized by mutual respect and understanding.

“Multicultural planning has slowly but steadily been growing in importance. There have been arguments that speak to the failure of multicultural planning advocacy translating into effective multicultural planning practice. Multicultural planning has been discussed with respect to marginalized and/or disenfranchised groups predominantly, but not so much on pluralistic planning pertaining to multi-ethnic groups. As minority groups have often been pushed to the sidelines, inclusive physical and/or spatial planning may actually be the answer to effecting change. But the research on inclusive physical planning within multicultural planning literature is limited at best. The concepts of equity and justice have not been analyzed as much either within the realm of multicultural planning. This article (and my future research) will help to have those discourses within multicultural planning, and can aid in formulating a policy framework for multicultural spaces in Canadian communities than can incorporate the tenets of equity and justice.”

This is an interesting article combining intercultural dialogue with spatial planning that may be of interest to CID followers.

CFP South Asia Communication Association @ AEJMC 2023 (USA)

ConferencesCall for papers: South Asia Communication Association @ AEJMC, Washington, DC, 7-10 August 2023. Deadline: 3 June 2023.

Submissions are invited for “Fostering Freedom & Defending Democracy: Media Research on South Asia & Its Diaspora Worldwide,” the 2023 South Asia Communication Association (SACA)’s refereed-research session at the 106th annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), which will be held in Washington DC at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. There will be two interactive research sessions, August 7 and August 9. Organizers invite you to submit your research on media and communication in South Asia or its diaspora worldwide across a wide range of perspectives and approaches.

Royal Roads U: Creating a Multicultural Learning Community Online (Canada)

Intercultural Pedagogy

Intercultural Dialogues: Creating a Multicultural Learning Community Online. (14 October 2020). Royal Roads University.

Professors Dr. Juana Du, Dr. Zhenyi Li, and Dr. Deniz Unsal from the MA in Intercultural and International Communication program within the School of Communication and Culture, at Royal Roads University, posted a video of their workshop on how to create a multicultural learning community online, with the assumption that the goal is teaching online, and creating intercultural dialogues in the process. The video is intended for instructors rather than students.

CFP IALIC 2023 (Cyprus)

ConferencesCall for papers: IALIC: Rethinking intercultural communication beyond verbal language: affect, materiality and embodiment in times of ‘crises,’ European University Cyprus, 1-3 December, 2023. Deadline: 10 June 2023.

The International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) is calling for papers on the topic of Rethinking intercultural communication beyond verbal language: Affect, materiality and embodiment in times of ‘crises.’ Western epistemologies have traditionally valued rationality and the verbal above other aspects of discourse and communication. Verbal language has been primarily seen as the key instrument for developing rationality and the cornerstone of human thought. As a result, these ideas have dominated the field of intercultural communication, often silencing alternative visions of intercultural encounters and their semiotic entanglements, beyond the European male sensorium and a human-centred worldview.

However, recent social and political developments call for new ways of understanding social and political phenomena, including intercultural communication. Indeed, in the last few years, public and academic arenas have been inundated by discourses of ‘crises’ and threats forcing us to rethink both the notion of interculturality, as well as communication itself. Energy crises, ongoing wars and the (so-called) refugee crisis, climate change and ecological crises, financial crises, and of course, health crises, such as the covid19 pandemic – to name just a few – bring to the foreground notions such as precarity, marginality, transition and liminality and raise questions such as:

    • What other ways of communicating (or failing to) do discourses and experiences of threat bring about?
    • How are discourses of crisis and threat semiotically constructed and circulated?
    • What is the role of affect/emotions in times of crises and threats, and what new openings do they create in the study of intercultural communication? (e.g. how are they enregistered as part of crises-discourses and what are their communicative dynamics across and beyond languages and cultures?)
    • What kind of subjectivities do crises and threats produce, and how are these embodied (e.g. the embodiment of fear, the “contaminated” body etc.)?
    • What is the role of technology, and more generally, materiality in intercultural communication in times of crises?

All these call attention to a variety of semiotic repertoires and semiotic resources that are not restricted to language and discourse, and which often require working across disciplines. The affective turn, the material turn, and posthumanism in the social sciences and humanities indicate the ongoing efforts to make sense and theorise social reality and communication beyond verbal language. Besides, the increasing use of the notion of (in)securitisation outside the field of security studies is an example of scholarly attempts to capture the ways in which discourses and experiences of threat permeate everyday spaces and interactions, calling for methodological innovation and interdisciplinarity.

Responding to current challenges, and in line with contemporary discursive and academic developments in the social sciences and humanities, this conference aims to foreground different ways of making sense of cultures, languages, social relations and intercultural communication in an anxious and constantly changing world. At the same time, it calls for a critical examination of the notion of ‘crisis’ and its impact on intercultural communication.

KAICIID Fellows Programme 2024 (Portugal)


International Fellows Programme, The International Dialogue Center (KAICIID), Lisbon, Portugal. Deadline: 21 May 2023.

The KAICIID International Fellows Programme is an ongoing capacity and professional development Programme that brings together religious leaders, educators, and interreligious dialogue practitioners from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and other religious backgrounds from around the world. The Programme offers training (in-person and online) in dialogue facilitation, intercultural communication and promoting social cohesion to people who advance and integrate their knowledge, skill, and experience within their respective communities. Since 2015, more than 500 individuals from more than 85 countries have participated in the Programme.

In 2024, an International and Latin American Cohorts will be launched. The Latin American cohort will be implemented in partnership with Religions for Peace – Latin America and the Caribbean.

The training modules equip the Fellows with an in-depth understanding of subjects such as Interreligious Dialogue, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, Gender and IRD, Climate crises and IRD, Combating Hate Speech, and Common citizenship in addition to valuable skills like Project design, Fundraising and Monitoring and Evaluation. As part of their dialogue training, Fellows receive humble funding to implement grassroots interreligious dialogue projects in their own communities. During the training, Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in and organise real-time dialogue sessions, academic lectures, field visits to religious and cultural sites, and thematic conferences.

U College London: Two Positions in Intercultural Communication (UK)

“JobTwo positions in intercultural communication currently available in the Department of Culture, Communication and Media, University College London, London, UK. Deadline: 25 May 2023.

The Department of Culture, Communication and Media (CCM) is a department of the Institute of Education at University College London. It is committed to excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the areas of: Media and Cultural Studies, Art, Design and Museology; Academic writing; English Education; Applied Linguistics; Language Learning and Intercultural Communication, Music Education; Multimodality studies; Learning with Digital Technologies. They are currently advertising two positions.

  1. Lecturer in Language Learning and Intercultural Communication

You will contribute to Masters, PhD programmes and other programmes in the Centre, while also contributing to research, knowledge exchange, and consultancy activies in the department. Alongside the demonstration of a broad theoretical and practical understanding of intercultural communication, you will have knowledge and expertise in language learning and intercultural communication and will contribute to the further development of this aspect of the MA Intercultural Communication. You will also play a significant role in the planning and development of the International Centre for Intercultural Studies.

2. Lecturer in Professional Communication

You will contribute to Masters, PhD and other programmes in the Centre, while also contributing to research, knowledge exchange and consultancy activities in the department. Alongside the demonstration of a broad theoretical and practical understanding of intercultural communication, you will have knowledge and expertise in the development of intercultural competence in professional settings and will take a lead in developing this aspect of the MA Intercultural Communication. You will also play a significant role in the planning and development of the International Centre for Intercultural Studies.

Anna Lindh Foundation: Public Policies Manager (Egypt)

“JobPublic Policies Manager, Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation, Alexandria, Egypt. Deadline: 28 May 2023.

The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures (ALF) is looking for an experienced professional ready to make a change in the region to join its multicultural team. The Public Policies Manager, working from the ALF Secretariat in Alexandria, will have the overall responsibility to lead the ALF Secretariat’s action towards the public bodies of the 42 Member States and the European Union’s institutions; ensure well-oiled internal and external coordination schemes and procedures; actively contribute to the fundraising strategy of the Foundation; direct the Public Policies team; supervise the assigned budget; develop, implement and organise all the ALF Public Policies Unit activities and coordinate with the other Units of the Foundation, in accordance with the ALF Multiannual Work Programme 2022-2025.

Applicants must be nationals of one of the 42 (UfM) countries: Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, The Netherlands, Tunisia and Türkiye.

MOOC Teaching and Learning in Multicultural Contexts (Italy)

“MOOCs”Teaching and Learning in Multicultural Contexts MOOC, created by Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Opens 8 May 2023 with free access until 5 May 2024.

The growth of human mobility together with globalization are shaping the demographics of many societies and of many interactive contexts, including new ways of learning and of working modalities. Thus, the possibility of facing intercultural relationships, even without moving, is today very frequent. And in the academic contexts, the internationalization of higher education makes the issue of teaching and learning in multicultural contexts, whether in person or online, relevant and essential to be learned and managed effectively.

This MOOC is divided into six weeks, with an estimate of 2-3 hours of time per week. It is addressed mainly to university teachers, with the aim to enhance their intercultural and global citizens’ skills and practices, so they can consciously foster the same skills in their students. It is open to anyone who is interested in understanding cultural diversity, thus to better live together and collaborate in multicultural contexts. It is taught in English, and it is offered without charge.

One of the instructors will be Maura di Mauro, affiliated with CID, who developed it for the Politecnico of Milan and for Somali National University. 

Dance and Intercultural Dialogue

Intercultural Pedagogy

Hu, Vanessa B. (19 March 2023). Let’s Dance Together! Bridging Cultural Siloes on Campus. The Harvard Crimson.

Honestly, dance — and any cultural form of expression — is a great middle-ground to start dialogue.

Vanessa Hu likes to dance, but when she joined Candela, Harvard’s Latin social dance group, and simultaneously chose not to join the Asian-American Dance Troupe, she got a lot of comments. That made her notice “the unspoken cultural borders divvying up campus organizations.” This essay would be a good example to use in an intercultural communication course to spark discussion.

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