Yo-Yo Ma: The Culture of Us

Applied ICDYo-Yo Ma, Music Video: The Culture of Us.

Yo-Yo Ma, world famous cello player, is playing Bach’s solo cello suites in 36 locations around the world. And in each place he and his team partner with local organizers to “demonstrate culture’s power to create positive change… The Bach project explores and celebrates all the ways that culture makes us stronger as individuals, as communities, as a society, and as a planet.”

“The shared understanding that culture generates in these divisive times can bind us together as one world, and guide us to political and economic decisions that benefit the entire species. We are all cultural beings – let’s explore how culture connects us and can help to shape a better future.”
Yo-Yo Ma

IMéRA Fellowships 2020-21 (France)

FellowshipsFellowships, IMéRA Institute for Advanced Study at Aix-Marseille University, France. Deadline: September 26, 2019.

IMéRA and its partners are issuing 4 calls, one per programme. Each programme is associated with a “white” (or general) call and a set of specific residencies jointly managed by local, national or international partners. These specific residencies include chairs reserved for experienced researchers. Interested scientists, writers or artists may apply for one programme only. Please indicate the type of residency you are requesting in your application (general program and/or specific residency):

CBC Radio on Indigenous Identity (Canada)

Resources in ICD“ width=Unreserved is the radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation on CBC Radio (Canada). Host Rosanna Deerchild takes you straight into Indigenous Canada, from Halifax to Haida Gwaii, from Shamattawa to Ottawa, introducing listeners to the storytellers, culture makers and community shakers from across the country.

Episodes include:

Exploring the Complicated world of Cultural Identity looks at cultural identity and how Indigenous people see themselves in a world that wants to paint them all with one brush. Identity, of course, is a complicated and touchy issue in a lot of communities in Canada, as elsewhere.

A full list of podcasts is here.

It’s not part of Unreserved, but a brief video by CBC Radio is also interesting: What’s in a Name? From “Redskin” to Indigenous takes a look at what Indigenous Peoples have been called and what they call themselves.




CFP Compromised Identities: The Role of Social Media in Dismantling Ethnic & National Borders

“PublicationCall for chapter proposals: Compromised Identities: The Role of Social Media in dismantling ethnic and national borders, a book to be edited by Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi, University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Proposal Submission Deadline: October 31, 2019.

Identity is tied to modus operandi and space, meaning that our thought process, the things we do, those we associate with and where all these take place define us. Identity has value; it fosters a sense of belonging. This is why each individual is associated with an ethnic group, nation, race, religion, or a particular belief. The locus for such association is that society treats us based on how we manage our understanding of, and relationship with others within our ethnic group, race, or country, or how well or poorly we deal with our beliefs.

This book will provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area. It will include analyses of social media experiences in indigenous and urban communities around the world. It will be written for scholars and researchers who want to improve their understanding of how ethnic and national identities (the sense of being part of a country) have been compromised through social media networking and by network groups. The book will focus on social media participation in agrarian and urban communities across the seven continents.

1st Prize in CID Video Competition: Juanma Marín Cubero & Rafa Muñoz Hernandez

CID Video CompetitionCID’s second video competition is now over, and the judges have reviewed all the videos. As a reminder, the instructions were to answer the question How do social media influence intercultural dialogue? in 90-120 seconds, on video.

Juanma Marín Cubero
Juanma Marín Cubero

1st prize goes to Juanma Marín Cubero (in Advertising and Public Relations) & Rafa Muñoz Hernandez (in Audiovisual Communication), both undergraduates at the University of Murcia, in Spain.

Title: Break the Borders

Description: “Our inspiration came directly from the question: How do social media influence intercultural dialogue? The answer that came to us was that they bring people together regardless of where

Rafa Muñoz Hernandez
Rafa Muñoz Hernandez

they are. Social media facilitate dialogue, so we wanted to capture how people from different countries could communicate and in some way break geographic boundaries, since social media have made this possible. We also wanted to transmit the values ​​that intercultural dialogue has, which are respect, union, empathy, freedom, etc. We had a great challenge when it came to translating our ideas onto video. But with imagination and effort we got the result we wanted. For its creation we have used everything from flour, to the Adobe Premiere editing program. In summary, it has been hard work as well as satisfactory for us, and we hope that we have managed to appropriately convey our idea.”

There were first, second and third place winners. Each of these is being highlighted in a separate post, as they warrant our attention. My thanks to the judges of the competition, professionals who made time to review student videos. Thanks also to all the competitors, who took the time to really think about the question of how social media influence intercultural dialogue.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

UC Berkeley: Director Admissions, International House (USA)

“JobDirector of Admissions and Housing Operations, International House, University of California, Berkeley, CA. Open until filled; first review July 9, 2019.

International House is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, self-supporting residential and community-oriented program center located in the southeast foothills of the Berkeley Campus.  Since its founding in 1930 with a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr., it has housed more than 90,000 residents including two Governors of California and eight Nobel Prize laureates. Its mission is to foster intercultural respect and understanding among people throughout the world across cultural, economic, and ethnic lines.  Each year I-House provides some 1,100 students and scholars from the United States and around the world with an opportunity to live and learn together over the course of a typical 12-month cycle.  I-House’s rich array of programs serves the residents, the campus and local community.

Under the direction of the Chief of Strategy / Director of the Robertson Center of Intercultural Leadership, the Director of Admissions and Housing Operations is responsible for marketing, recruitment, selection, and placement for approximately 585 spaces at International House during the calendar year representing about 80% of the organization’s annual operating revenue of approximately $13.5 million.  In addition, the incumbent supervises the Admissions and Housing team consisting of 3.5 career staff:  Assistant Director, Housing Coordinator, Front Desk Coordinator and ½ Resident Account Manager, and approximately 10 part-time student staff.  Additionally, the incumbent will oversee the Resident Service Center, comprising one career staff (Storekeeper) and 7-8 student workers.

During the summer, the House operates as the equivalent of a conference center and houses over 700 residents. Residents include graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scholars and researchers from various laboratories affiliated with the University.  The Director also recruits groups and individuals, negotiates rates and manages the contracts with summer and academic year groups and individuals.  Also responsible for developing and implementing programs for student outreach, recruitment and admission for residency at International House; determining admissions requirements, policies and processes; managing or performing the administrative services or managing the full general operations of a non-academic organization. General management includes long- and short-range strategic planning in directing all activities of multi-disciplinary functions through subordinate staff.  In collaboration with the Executive Office, oversees the Financial Aid program for U.S. residents, including the evaluation of applications and distribution of over $225,000 in scholarship funds.

In addition to ensuring maximum occupancy of I-House, the incumbent is also responsible for providing safe, comfortable, and welcoming accommodations for all students and visiting scholars who choose to live at I-House. We continue to strive for an inclusive community that embraces all residents and upholds the well-established community standards and the mission of I-House. Collaborate with staff to solve complex problems that may arise, particularly during move-in/move-out times as well as during the calendar year.

De Montfort U: Student Exchange Coordinator (UK)


Student Exchange Coordinator, Strategic and International Partnerships, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Deadline: 14 July 2019.

Reporting to the Head of #DMUglobal, the role of Student Exchange Coordinator will support with the delivery of Erasmus+ and International Exchange activity, supporting DMU students to participate in full year study abroad as part of their degree studies.

The role will focus on the coordination and administration of all aspects of outgoing and incoming student (and staff) exchange. This will include overseeing administration process, finance and bursary payments, promotion and student engagement, plus support with the management of a portfolio of over 60 exchange partnerships with universities across the world.

You will be able to demonstrate a passion for student exchange and a desire to increase student participation numbers in such programmes at DMU.

Open Online Course for Finnish (Finland)

Applied ICDAn open on­line course for ba­sic Finnish

Launched at the end of November 2015, the online course for Finnish uses texts, dialogues and assignments to teach basic vocabulary and grammar to beginners – from exchange students to asylum seekers.

The online course A Taste of Finnish is primarily intended for international university students coming to Finland, but as it is open to all and available free of charge, it can also help asylum seekers and people relocating to Finland for professional reasons get a taste of the language in their new home country.

Developed at the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Helsinki, the course comprises ten lessons covering basic Finnish vocabulary, involving situations such as introductions, visiting a café and talking about leisure activities. The lessons also discuss Finnish pronunciation and grammar.

CFP WSCA: Communication, Agitation & Justice (USA)

ConferencesCall for Papers: Communication, Agitation & Justice for Intercultural Communication Interest Group of Western States Communication Association, February 21-24, 2020, Denver, CO. Deadline: September 1, 2019.

This year’s Western States Communication Association conference theme is “Communication, Agitation, & Justice,” and the Intercultural Communication Interest Group invites artists, practitioners, activists, and scholars to engage this theme in both content and panel structure to encourage and challenge dialogue across the conference space. As we engage in advocacy within the communities in which we live, this year’s particular theme provides an opportunity to showcase how intercultural communication continues to play a vital role in the larger discipline. For example, we share mutual interests in the promotion of social justice, communicating across and beyond difference, and agitating policy and cultural changes through intercultural communication practices, theory, and methods. By inviting programming that answers the “so what?” question by fighting against systemic oppression and structural inequity at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and more, we encourage submissions that draw from the rich epistemology of (inter)cultural and international communication research to engage work at multiple levels−local, global, international and transnational− and with a variety of tools (e.g., stories, narratives, performances, etc.). This theme invites a commitment to communication, agitation, and justice that should be embodied in academic work as a place of both scholarship and activism. This allows us to work with community members to create positive changes using the tools of reflexivity, critical literacy, listening, speaking up, alliance-building, and dialogue in multiple contexts, peoples, cultures, and various communicative spaces.

The Intercultural Communication Interest Group (ICIG) asks its members to consider how intercultural communication scholarship can serve as a form of advocacy by agitating towards social justice. In response to the conference theme, the ICIG invites papers, panels, roundtables, performative responses, and/or other aesthetic communication innovations. Programming that critically responds to the call by offering unique formats that reach out to other subdisciplinary strongholds within communication studies is encouraged. Additionally, programming that works at the micro, meso, and macro levels both in multicultural, intersectional, queer, and/or transnational ethnoscapes are further encouraged.

For questions, please contact the Chair/Program Planner of the Intercultural Communication Interest Group: Robert Gutierrez-Perez.

MOOCs on Cultural Pluralism (Italy)

“MOOCs”The Cultural Pluralism Area of the Global Governance Programme (part of the  Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University institute based in Florence, Italy) runs several MOOCs in partnership with Future Learn, the Social Learning Platform launched by the Open University UK in 2012.

MOOC is an acronym that stands for ‘Massive Open Online Course.’ A MOOC is a university course offered online and available for free to everyone who has access to the Internet. Currently on offer: Cultures and Identities in Europe, Cultural Heritage and the City, Cultural Diversity and the City, Why Do People Migrate? – Part 1- Facts and Part 2 –  Theories, Cultural Diplomacy, and Migration and Cities.