Mount Vernon Society of Fellows (Postdoctoral fellowships), George Washington University, Washington, DC. Deadline: February 1, 2019.
The George Washington University seeks to hire up to 5 postdoctoral fellows for two-year terms, commencing as early as fall of 2019. Those chosen will be a part of the new Mount Vernon Society of Fellows, located on GW’s Mount Vernon Campus in Washington, DC. Fellows will play a leading role in creating a lively intellectual and creative campus environment. Fellows will report to the Associate Provost for Special Programs and the Mount Vernon Academic Experience and will have an appointment in the appropriate academic department.
Those selected to join the Mount Vernon Society of Fellows will participate in a regular research workshop chaired by the Associate Provost for Special Programs and the Mount Vernon Academic Experience, a forum meant to support and provide structure for post-docs as they move their publications and other work forward. During their fellowship, post-docs will teach three seminars in their field over the course of the academic year: two in the fall and one in the spring. It is expected that the seminar will have a broad appeal to students and provide the intellectual anchor for the living and learning community to which it is tied. Areas where there is particular interest include, but are not limited to: sustainability, diversity, global encounters, intercultural communication, and civic engagement. It is expected that any of these areas of interest could be approached from multiple disciplinary perspectives, so scholars from all fields are encouraged to apply. Most important is that the post-doctoral fellows actively participate in the academic community at Mount Vernon through both their teaching and their research.
Call for Papers: The 17th Chinese Internet Research Conference – Digital Cultures: Chinese Internet and Beyond, June 28 2019, Singapore. Deadline: 1 February 2019.
The Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore, together with Murdoch University, Singapore and Australia, welcome scholars from all disciplinary backgrounds to the 17th annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC), to be held in Singapore on Friday, 28 June 2019. The theme for CIRC 2019 is “Digital Cultures: Chinese Internet and Beyond”.
Papers or panel proposals that address the theme directly or broadly are welcome, as are presentations that are related to the economic, political, cultural, or social dimensions of internet use and digital cultures in China, as well as its reverberations beyond China. This means that presenters are encouraged to submit and share their research findings and ideas on the implications of digital cultures that are local, national, transnational, or global to China.
Dr. Stacey K. Sowards (PhD, Kansas University) is Department Chair and Professor of Communication at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she has been since 2004.
Her research interests include the intersections of: rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist theories of communication, environmental communication and rhetoric, and intercultural communication and rhetoric. She is especially interested in these areas of inquiries in Asia and Latin America. She has completed research projects in and about Indonesia, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Her publications appear in Communication Theory, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Communication Studies, The Howard Journal of Communications, Hypatia, Argumentation and Advocacy, Ethics and the Environment, The Globalization of Corporate Media Hegemony, and other outlets. She also received a William J. Fulbright research grant for her dissertation research in 2000-2001 and a Fulbright-Hays grant in 2005. While at UTEP, Dr. Sowards has led study abroad programs/research trips in Mexico, Costa Rica, Indonesia, and Germany. She also serves as the department’s coordinator for UTEP’s master’s program with the non-governmental organization, Rare. Rare is based in Arlington, Virginia, and works to protect endangered species and their habitats in more than 40 countries. Dr. Sowards also worked with the Rare-UTEP training program for conservation campaigns at the Bogor Agricultural Institute in Indonesia and the Universidad Libre in Colombia with students/campaign managers who earn their M.A. degrees from the Department of Communication.
Director, Intercultural Center, Monmouth University, New Jersey. Deadline: Open until filled, posted December 18, 2018.
Monmouth University is seeking applications for a Director of the Intercultural Center. Reporting to the President, the Director will serve as a liaison to bridge the gap between students, administration, and faculty and lead efforts throughout the University to advance a culture that is inclusive, respectful, and aligned with the mission and values of the university. The Center will serve as a campus-wide hub for students, including those who might otherwise be at risk of being marginalized without this resource and who will find an advocate and champion in the Director. A strong candidate will be able to develop a strategic plan and vision for the Center by working with senior leadership and constituents across campus to enhance our efforts to attract and retain students. The expectation is that this Center will reflect the changes in culture and climate over time to meet students and other constituents where they are in their growth process. Likewise, the candidate for this position will understand and utilize research that integrates theory and practice in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice.
Diversity Postdoctoral Faculty, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA. Deadline: February 4, 2019.
The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of San Diego seeks to hire at least one faculty member with a commitment to empowering students from U.S. communities that are underrepresented in academia through research, creative scholarship, teaching, service and/or mentoring, and are especially interested in advancing the perspectives of African Americans, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Filipinas/os/x, Americans Chicanas/os/x, Latinas/os/x and/or Pacific Islanders. The postdoctoral faculty will begin in Fall 2019 and will serve one or more academic programs, including Communication Studies and Ethnic Studies.
The Diversity Postdoctoral faculty position is for two years. Postdoctoral faculty teach courses in their area of expertise, work closely with faculty mentors in their department, and are invited to participate in the College of Arts & Sciences faculty development programs. Candidates must have completed the PhD or other terminal degree before the starting date of August 2019. Candidates who have not yet had a tenure-track faculty position will have priority.
Call for Participants for The Shenzhen Forum 2019: Communication Innovation, New Media, and Digital Journalism, June 26-28, 2019,Shenzhen, China. Deadline: February 1, 2019.
Co-sponsored by the Shenzhen University (SZU) of China and the National Communication Association (NCA). Building upon the model used for the biennial NCA-CUC Conference on Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization (held in Beijing in 2016, 2018, and forthcoming in 2020), the 2019 Shenzhen Forum will bring together scholars and media practitioners from around the world to engage in conversations about cutting-edge communication-based issues. The Forum will include three tracks:
* Experiments in Communication Innovation
* Intersections in New Media and Health Communication
* The Digital Journalism Challenge
Mangano, M. F. (2018). Relationship as a space “in between”: A transcultural and transdisciplinary approach mediated by dialogue in academic teaching. Bergamo, Italy: University of Bergamo Press.
What is special and uncommon about Maria Flora Mangano’s research is her clear focus on dialogue as a space of relationship. Often intercultural dialogue has been viewed as occurring at the global, international level, typically involving politicians. Maria Flora is one of a very few scholars to become interested in how intercultural dialogues occur within face-to-face interactions, thus at a more personal level. Dialogue more easily develops among those who have already succeeded in establishing a relationship, rather than between strangers.
The metaphor of creating a social space in which dialogue can occur is not unique to Maria Flora, but it is uniquely appropriate to her concerns. The data which form the body of the project demonstrate praxis – in this case, her actual teaching experience, where she creates a space of relationship in the classroom, permitting dialogue to occur. This should encourage others to follow where she has led, since sufficient details are provided which others can immediately use.
In sum, Maria Flora Mangano not only studies dialogue, she demonstrates it in a way others can easily follow. And her theoretical argument clearly explains why they should do so. As the conclusion suggests: “dialogue needs relationship to be realized, and, at the same time, dialogue creates relationship” (p. xiv). May we all learn to create a space for dialogue in our relationships.
Maria Flora Mangano has frequently been mentioned on this site, contributing a number of publications (Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 81 on dialogue as a space of relationship, Constructing Intercultural Dialogues, 2 on reconciliation, and CICD 9 on intercultural dialogue as an activity of daily living), translations into Italian (KC1, KC14, KC37, KC81, CICD 2), and guest posts (A space of relationship for dialogue among cultures, and Example of dialogue among cultures).
NOTE: This post is a shortened version of my Foreword to this book, appearing on pp. v-vi.
Japan Studies Institute, San Diego State University, CA, June 3-16, 2019. Deadline: February 28, 2019.
The Japan Studies Institute (JSI) offers faculty members without prior experience in Japanese studies to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japan, both past and present. JSI encourages participants to develop strategies for incorporating Japanese studies into courses on their campuses. The Institute involves intensive seminars, lectures, readings, films, and cultural activities related to Japanese history, culture, literature, government, business, language and education. Previous programs have included topics as diverse as wartime and occupation Japan, social relations and the changing role of women in Japan, Japanese foreign policy and regional relations, classical music, ikebana, calligraphy, survival Japanese, Japanese film in the classroom, and philosophical and religious traditions in Japan. The formal program is complemented by a number of off-campus and evening activities. Institute faculty will include scholars, representatives from the local Japanese community, artists, journalists, and government officials. Most of the costs of the JSI are covered by a grant from the Japan Studies Institute endowment.
Call for papers: Nonviolence and Intercultural Dialogue International Conference, 8-9 June, 2019 – London, UK. Deadline: 1 February 2019.
Organised by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, this conference seeks to explore, analyse and discuss the complex concept of nonviolence as a strategy toward peace and progress. It will apply an interdisciplinary approach to various manifestations of nonviolence and will also act as an academic space to explore solutions for creating peace.
Conference presentations will be related, but not limited, to: Theories of nonviolence, History of nonviolence, Nonviolence and religion, Nonviolence and philosophy, Nonviolence and peace studies, Nonviolence and literature, Nonviolence and media, Nonviolence and art, Nonviolence and culture, Nonviolence and activism, Nonviolence and politics, Icons of nonviolence, Teaching nonviolence.
The conference will bring together scholars from different fields including philosophy, religion, sociology, international relations, history, literature, art, peace studies, cultural studies, political studies and others.
Continuing translations of Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, today I am posting KC#55: Stereotypes, which Anastacia Kurylo wrote for publication in English in 2015, and which Eleftherios Margaritis and Anastasia Karakitsou have now translated into Greek. As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists of Key Concepts organized chronologically by publication date and number, alphabetically by concept, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.
Kurylo, A. (2018). Stereotypes [Greek]. (E. Margaritis & A. Karakitsou, trans). Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 55. Available from:
If you are interested in translating one of the Key Concepts, please contact me for approval first because dozens are currently in process. As always, if there is a concept you think should be written up as one of the Key Concepts, whether in English or any other language, propose it. If you are new to CID, please provide a brief resume. This opportunity is open to masters students and above, on the assumption that some familiarity with academic conventions generally, and discussion of intercultural dialogue specifically, are useful.
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue
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